Magic Arcade Mind Bending Puzzle Page


Mind Bending Puzzle Page

February 2000


By Ron Dayton

An Anagram, as we all know, is a word or phrase made by transposing or rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. The following examples are quite astounding!

Dormitory == Dirty Room
Desperation == A Rope Ends It
The Morse Code == Here Come Dots
Slot Machines == Cash Lost in ’em
Animosity == Is No Amity
Snooze Alarms == Alas! No More Z’s
Semolina == Is No Meal
The Public Art Galleries == Large Picture Halls, I Bet
A Decimal Point == I’m a Dot in Place
Eleven plus two == Twelve plus one

July 1998


The Sheik often rode his camel through the desert, and all the while he dreamt of riding a fine Arabian Stallion. After you print this out, can you cut the dark sections out with a pair of scissors, and arrange them in such a manner to help him visualize his dream? Answer to follow…..

Adapted from a puzzle which appeared in Sam Loyd’s 1914 work, “Sam Loyd’s Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles, Tricks and Conundrums.”

So look at the picture and try to figure it out!

Did you get it?

Look again!

Come on, you can do it!

Yep, you’re getting close!

You got it!

Solution To:

Rearrange the legs and tail of the camel
to create the image of a white horse.

August 1998

The Penny Puzzle

For the longest time, I have wanted to devise a magic trick based on the fact that  Lincoln on the US penny is the only president who is facing toward the right,  all other presidents on coins face to the left.  Well, I haven’t come up with a trick as yet, but I do have an original puzzle for I.C.O.M’s Arcade section….Ron Dayton (Mr. Fun)

Three coins are lying in a horizontal row upon your table.  The first is a dime, the second a penny, and the third a nickle.  The problem is, by moving only two coins, to make them all face in the same direction.

The simple solution is to rotate the two silver coins so they appear to be standing on their heads!

You now offer to repeat the puzzle.  You may move only two coins…but, you may not turn any upside down.

The second solution is a bit more sneaky than the first.  You remove the penny from the table, and, replace it with a quarter from in your pocket !  You’ve moved two coins…and,  all three are now facing in the same direction.

October 1998

” New Math “

Math was never my favorite subject in school…recess was, but there was one time that I recall when my paper was returned with a perfect score.  In fact, I have that very paper with me here today.  (Performer shows a sheet typing paper upon which the following equation had been written.)

4 – 1 = 5

In the upper right hand corner of the paper is the grade written in red magic marker,  A+.

You may ask yourself, how could the teacher make such an obvious mistake when everyone knows that four minus one equals three !?  Well, it wasn’t New Math by any means…but I got the perfect grade when I was able to prove my solution. You now openly point to and count aloud, the four corners on the sheet of paper,  actually stating ” Four corners.”   Then you say, ” Minus one…”  as you take a scissors and cut one of the corners way….” leaves five!”   You then count the new corners individually on the sheet of paper, and you will indeed have five…proving that four minus one equals five!


Impress your family and friends with this offbeat collection of true knowledge

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter in the alphabet.

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is: uncopyrightable.

Did you know that there are coffee flavored PEZ?

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

When opossums are playing ‘possum, they are not “playing.” They actually pass out from sheer terror.

The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history. Spades – King David, Clubs – Alexander the Great, Hearts Charlemagne, and Diamonds – Julius Caesar.

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front leg in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.

“I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger that its brain.

The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

David Prowse was the guy in the Darth Vader suit in Star Wars. He spoke all of Vader’s lines, and didn’t know that he was going to be dubbed over by James Earl Jones until he saw the screening of the movie.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Super bowl.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver”.

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”

In Cleveland, Ohio, it’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.

Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars.

When ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

The Bible has been translated into Klingon.

Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the palms of their hands.

Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.

Elephants can’t jump. Every other mammal can.

Special thanks to Don Lamb for supplying us with this fascinating information


Ron Dayton

Coincidence or Fate?: The letters which spell the names of the cards in a deck of playing cards, ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, jack, queen, king….total fifty-two, the same as the number of cards in the pack!



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