Category Archives: Combinations

Days Off

“I heard you have a new job, Dirk,” said Barney, taking a sip of his beer. “Yea, I do, Barney, and it’s a really great job because I get a lot of time off to go fishing at the lake,” … Continue reading

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The Odd Phone Number

“I forgot to ask for your phone number, Julia,” shouted Roger desperately running after the bus that was pulling away from the airport terminal. “It has three sixes, two two’s, and two nines,” shouted Julia back through the window as … Continue reading

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Six Colored Balls

“Daddy, what are these six colored balls for?” “Well, son, you’ll notice that three of them are red, two blue and one is green. The red balls all have the number one printed on them, the blue balls all have … Continue reading

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The Dice Club Project

One Saturday afternoon, as Jack, a new member, entered the Snake Eyes Dice Club he saw many people busy throwing dice at various felt-covered tables. “Why are you repeatedly throwing that die, Vince, won’t you get a sore arm,” asked … Continue reading

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A Basket of Fruit

“I hear the jingle of the fruit vendor Zoltan passing by, Lennie,” said mommy. “Won’t you please run out and buy some fruit for your lunch box next week, and take this basket.” “Sure, mommy.” Lennie ran out with the … Continue reading

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The Small Bouquet

One cold, snowy winter evening on Valentine’s Day, Jasper was in a hurry to buy a bouquet for his sweetheart Molly while rushing on the way to her birthday party. The only flower shop Jasper found open among the swirling … Continue reading

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The Chinese Round Table

One fine evening, Jack and Jill were dining at the Fu Manchu Magic Noodle House, their favorite Chinese restaurant. They sat at a round table served by their regular waitress, Wang Shu. A number of dishes containing delicious tidbits for … Continue reading

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The Flying Card

At the Lucky Duck casino Nick, the dealer, was sitting at a green felt table and practicing fancy acrobatic shuffles with a deck of cards when suddenly one card flew away and sailed into a nearby plant bed with some … Continue reading

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The Faulty Die

Jack was sitting at a café table reading a magazine when Jill sat down and ordered some pastries and a hot chocolate. “What are you reading with such a puzzled look on your face,” said Jill, munching a delicious apple … Continue reading

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The Personnel Assignment

There are seven positions available at a renowned spa. Three must be filled by women and two by men, the remaining two positions by either men or women. If there are ten women and four men applying for the positions, … Continue reading

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