Education: Invention of the Devil?

"Five lords always dined at a small round table. Lord Ha sat next to Lord Hi and Lord Ho. Lord Haw sat next to Lord Hwlk (pronounced How) and Lord Hi. Which two sat next to Lord Hwlk?"

"Tom is twice as old as his brother Sam, who is half as old as his sister Anne, who is five years older than her brotherJim. Who are the twins?"

To turn to one's neighbor in a crowded pub and suddenly pop such questions as these might seem eccentric behavior, but in Britain these days it is not only acceptable but fashionable. The neighbor...

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