BİLMECE - BULMACA DİZİSİ -- 001
As we grow older, it's important
that we keep mentally alert.
The saying; "If you don't
use it, you will lose it" applies, more than anything else -- including your
ever so precious reproductory organs -- to your brain cells and their
Here are some tell-tale logic
puzzles for you to gauge your IQ power. Find out if you are losing your
or if you are still "with
it" -- or "with us", to be more precise...
Now, c'mon ye brainy bilinguals!
Ready... Steady... GO!!
BİLMECE / BULMACA -- 01
HAS HAPPENED TO THE EXTRA DOLLAR ??
register at a hotel and take a room for 30 dollars. Each pays the clerk 10
charge, however, is only 25 dollars, and the clerk's conscience begins to
trouble him. He calls the bell-boy and gives him 5 dollars to return to the
bell-boy has only half a conscience and returns 3 dollars only, pocketing 2
dollars for himself.
three men together paid 27 dollars for the room ($9 each), and the bell-boy
kept 2 dollars (making 29 dollars all in all) --
What has happened to the extra dollar?
down at the bottom)
BİLMECE / BULMACA -- 02
A NAMIK KEMAL STORY
Namık Kemal, the great patriotic poet, once visited an island in the
Pacific. There were 2 tribes living on this island. The eastern tribal people
would always tell lies. The western tribal people would always speak the truth.
Since Namık Kemal had had no time before his arrival to study the language of
the natives, he had hired a local man -- who happened to know some Turkish -- to
act for his guide and interpreter.
As the story
goes, they came upon a man in the no-man's land between the two tribes, and N.K.
wanted his guide to ask this man which tribe he was from. The guide talked to
him and told Namık Kemal that the man was from the western tribe.
guide himself telling the truth or telling a lie?
BİLMECE / BULMACA -- 03
MURPHY OR SECOLA ??
Timothy Murphy and Antonio Secola were two Catholic boys whose lives
paralleled each other in amazing ways. In the same year Timothy was born in
Ireland, Antonio was born in Italy. Faithfully they attended parochial school
from kindergarten through their Senior year in High School.
They took their
vows to enter the priesthood early in college, and upon graduation became
priests. Their careers had come to amaze the world, but it was generally
acknowledged that Antonio was just a cut above Timothy in all respects.
Their rise through the ranks of Bishop, Archbishop, and finally Cardinal was
meteoric, to say the least, and the Catholic world knew that when the
present Pope died, it would be either Timothy or Antonio who would become the
In time the
Pope did die, and the College of Cardinals went to work. In less time
than anyone expected smoke rose from the chimney and the world waited to
see whom they had chosen. The world, Catholic, Protestant, and secular was
surprised to learn that Timothy Murphy had been elected Pope.
beyond surprise, he was devastated... Even though Timothy was tremendously
gifted, Antonio knew he was the better qualified. With a bitterness that shocked
the Cardinals, Antonio asked for a private session with them in which he
candidly asked, "Why Timothy?"
After a long
silence, one old Cardinal took pity on the bewildered Antonio and rose to reply,
"We knew you were the better of the two, but we just could not bear the thought
of the leader of the Roman Catholic Church being called
Antonio have to be called if he were elected Pope??
He would have
to be called:
(Two words: 4
+ 6 letters)
BİLMECE / BULMACA -- 04
THE STORY OF
SUZAN, HANDAN, AND NURDAN
these 3 triplet sisters. They look identical. The oldest is Suzan; she
always tells the truth. The second is Handan; she always tells a lie. The
third is Nurdan; she either tells the truth or a lie.
I went to
visit them one day. I was anxious to find out who was who. So I asked each
sister a question.
I asked the
one who was sitting on the left: "What is the name of your sister who is
sitting in the middle?". The answer was "She is Suzan.
asked the one who was sitting in the middle: "What is your name?". The
answer was "I am Nurdan."
I went on
to ask the one who was sitting on the right: "What is the name of your
sister who is sitting in the middle?". The answer was "She is Handan."
really confused. I had posed basicly the same question three times, but I
had got three different answers.
you please help me find out who is who here? Who is telling the truth and
who're pulling my leg?
BİLMECE / BULMACA -- 05
WHAT COLOUR IS MY DOG ??
having a chat with a couple of my friends the other day. I told them about
my dog and asked them if they could guess its colour.
Ahmet said, "I guess it is not black".
Mehmet said, "It must be either
brown, or white".
Ayşe said "I know that it is brown".
said, "At least one of you is right and at least one of you is wrong."
Well, what do you say? What color is my dog, assuming
it is really one of the above?
BİLMECE / BULMACA -- 06
THE THEFT OF THE KAŞIKÇI
was a burglary in the Topkapi Palace last month, and the famous Kaşıkçı
Diamond was stolen... Three suspects: Mikrop Murtaza, Bodur Abdurrahman, and
Altıparmak Cemalettin were caught and questioned.
Murtaza said: Abdurrahman had nothing to do with it.
That is true.
Cemalettin said: Murtaza is innocent.
on the police found out that two of these men were telling a lie, and that
only the thief told the truth.
was the thief?
* * * *
BULMACA # 01 ÇÖZÜMÜ
10 dollars initially but received a dollar back, so that was 27 dollars. And
the bell-boy kept 2 dollars, making 29 dollars all in all... what happened
to the extra dollar?"
long as this is your angle of looking into the matter, you're not going to
get anywhere -- the puzzle becomes unsolvable that way.
happened to the extra dollar. There was no extra dollar in fact.
Look at it
this way: They paid 25 dollars for the room; they received back 3 dollars of
the initial 30 dollars they had paid: and the bell-boy took 2 dollars,
bringing the whole sum to 30 dollars.
of the story is that it is your way of looking at things that counts...
hisse: Önemli olan, olaylara bakış açınızdır...
BULMACA # 02 ÇÖZÜMÜ
the guy was from the west, he would answer the truth and say, "I am from the
And if the guy
was from the east, he would tell a lie and again say "I am from the west."
The answer would always be, "I am from the west." So Namık Kemal knew
that his guide was telling the truth.
BULMACA # 03 ÇÖZÜMÜ
POPE SECOLA !!!
de, "Pope Secola" nın okunuşu /POUP-se-KOULA/, tehlikeli
surette "Pepsi Cola" nın taa kendisi gibi...
Olanlar Hiç Zahmet Edip İmamlığa Başvurmasın!
BULMACA # 04 ÇÖZÜMÜ
always tells the truth, we can find her first by false logic.
one sitting on the left were Suzan, she would not say (when asked who the
girl in the middle was), "She is Suzan". So she can not be Suzan.
the one in the middle is Suzan, she should say "I am Suzan" (not, I am
Nurdan). So she can not be Suzan.
Suzan is therefore the one on the
right. Her statement was true. Therefore the middle one is Handan. That
leaves Nurdan on the left.
BULMACA # 05 ÇÖZÜMÜ
dog is brown. then everyone is right. This is not the answer.
dog is black, then everyone is wrong. This is not the answer either.
Therefore, the dog is white. To verify the answer, Ahmet was right, Mehmet
was right, but Ayşe was wrong.
BULMACA # 06 ÇÖZÜMÜ
Murtaza were the thief, then what he said was true. It means that
Abdurrahman was not the thief and he told a lie, which meant that what
Murtaza said was a lie. This conflicts with our first assumption: Murtaza
was telling the truth.
If Abdurrahman were the thief, he was telling
the truth, then he agreed to what Murtaza said. But what Murtaza said was in
conflict with the first assumption that it was Abdurrahman who was the
Therefore, Cemalettin must be the thief.
THE MORAL IS THAT THE DEVIL IS
HIDDEN IN THE DETAILS.
KISSADAN HİSSE: ŞEYTAN
mentally alert =
to gauge = ölçmek)...
mental acuity = zihin keskinliği)...
tell-tale = herşeyi
açığa vuran, anlatan...
register at a hotel = oda tutarlar, giriş yaparlar... (RE-cistı)
conscience (KAN-şıns) = vicdan...
= farkında, bilincinde (Okunuştaki tek ses farkına DİKKAT)...
pocket = kendi cebine atmak...
tribe /TRAYB/ = kabile...
tribal = kabileye
would always tell lies = hep yalan söylerlerdi...
(= used to tell)
to hire a man = adam tutmak, işe almak...
who happened to know some Turkish = tesadüf bu ya, biraz Türkçe biliyordu...
interpreter = tercüman (sözlü çeviri
As the story goes = "Anlatıldığına göre"...
no-man's land = iki
taraf arasındaki tampon bölge...
= kilise okulu... faithfully = sadıkane, inançlarından sapmaksızın...
kindergarten = anaokulu...
to take a vow =
yemin etmek... priesthood = papazlık... a cut above = bir gömlek
üstün... in all respects = her açıdan... meteoric = büyük bir
hızla... to say the least = en hafif tanımıyla söyleyecek olursak...
did die =
gerçekten de, zamanı gelince öldü (did + present tense = past tense yerine
pekiştiricili kullanım... smoke rose from the
chimney = Kardinaller heyetinin yeni Papa'yı seçtiği haberinin bacadan
dumanla müjdelenmesi adetine atıfta bulunuluyor...
= şaşkınlıktan çok öte bir durumdaydı...
= yerle bir etmek, tümüyle yıkmak... Antonio yıkılmıştı... gifted =
doğuştan Allah vergisi yetenekleri, artıları olan... bitterness =
(burada) acılı bir öfke ve serzeniş ile... candidly = açık yüreklilikle,
take pity on = acımak... bewildered = şaşkınlık içindeki;
şaşkınlıktan donakalmış... rose to reply = cevap vermek için ayağa
kalktı... could not bear the thought = düşüncesine tahammül edemezdik, bu
triplet sisters =
to be anxious to
do sth = önemle ve zaman kaybetneksizin yapmak istemek, çok istemek...
to get confused =
kafası karışmak... to pose a question = Bir soru sormak, ortaya bir
mesele koymak ve tartışmaya açmak...
to pull one's leg
= şaka ve latife niyetiyle ve çoğu zaman da kışkırtmak amacıyla, abartı veya
hafif bir yalana başvurarak aldatmağa çalışmak...
having a chat =
laflıyorduk... the other day = geçen gün, geçtiğimiz günlerden