1.

Each square contains the letters of a nine-letter word. Find the two words that are

similar in meaning.

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OSCILLATE, FLUCTUATE

2. **1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, ? **

What number should replace the question mark?

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47: Each number is the sum of the previous two numbers, ie 18 + 29 = 47

3. Which four bits can be joined together to form two words that have opposite

meanings?

**ant, ert, uce, ire, ill, and, red, tic, exp**

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Expand, reduce

4.

When the above is folded to form a cube, which is the only one of the following that can be produced?

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**E**

5. Blanch is to boil as sauté is to: simmer, fry, soak, roast, garnish.

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Fry

6. In a game of eight players lasting for 70 minutes, six substitutes alternate with each player. This means that all players, including the substitutes, are on the pitch for the same length of time. For how long?

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40 minutes: (70 × 8) ÷ 14. Total time for eight players = 70 × 8 = 560 minutes. However, as 14 people are each on the pitch for an equal length of time, they are each on the pitch for 40 minutes (560 ÷ 14).

7. If 2 = H are BTO is two heads are better than one, what is the meaning of 2 = S to ES?

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Two sides to every story

8. Which three of the four pieces below can be fitted together to form a perfect square?

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9. Which is the odd one out?

Parabolic, lancet, abutment, trefoil, ogee.

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Abutment: it is part of a structure, the rest are specific types of arch

10.

Look at lines both across and down and work out which number should replace the question mark.

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4: In each row and column in order to arrive at the final number multiply the first two numbers together and divide by 6.

11.

What letter is directly opposite the letter two places anticlockwise away from the letter directly opposite the letter H?

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**F**

12.

Which is the missing tile?

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**D**: Looking both across and down, only lines that appear in both the first two squares are carried forward to the third square.

13. Change one letter only in each of the words below to produce a familiar phrase: SO LID ON WANT

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TO LIE IN WAIT

14. Insert the numbers 1–5 in the circles so that for any particular circle the sum of the numbers in the circles connected directly to it equals the value corresponding to the number in that circle as given in the list.

Example:

1 = 14 (4 + 3 + 7)

3 = 5 (4 + 1)

4 = 4 (1 + 3)

7 = 1

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15.

Start at one of the four corner letters and spiral clockwise round the perimeter, finishing at the centre letter to spell out a nine-letter word. You must provide the missing letters.

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PANORAMIC

16.

Which circle should replace the question mark?

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C: only lines and symbols that appear just twice in the outer circles appear in the inner circle.

17.

Find two eight-letter words reading clockwise in each circle. The words are

antonyms. You have to find the starting point of each word, and provide the

missing letter.

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SUCCINCT, RAMBLING

18. Which of the following is not an anagram of a type of building?

Delta arch

Raiment

Cleats

The Arctic

A blowgun

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The Arctic = architect. The buildings are: cathedral (delta arch), minaret (raiment), castle (cleats), bungalow (a blowgun).

19. If five men can build a house in 16 days, how long will it take just two men to build the same house, assuming all men work at the same rate?

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40 days: five men take 5 × 16 = 80 man days to build the house. Two men will, therefore, take 40 days to build the house (80 ÷ 2).

20.

Which circle should replace the question mark?

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**A**: each pair of circles are mirror images of each other