Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.
Two old friends, Fred and Ted, had managed to work a party piece that no one could figure out. Fred would go out of the room, and Ted would invite the guests to select an item. They were then asked to continue to think of it so that Fred could read their minds. Fred would be blindfolded so that there could be no possibility of visual clues. Ted would then start to ask Fred questions:
On one occasion Ted asked:
"Did we think of the word sock?"
"Absolutely not." replied Fred.
"Well, was it an ashtray?"
"OK, is it the word plate?"
Again the answer was negative.
"So, are we thinking of the word china?"
"No." replied Fred.
"Are we thinking of the word carpet?"
"No," replied Fred, " the word you are thinking of is chair."
Everyone gasped. He was right.
How did Fred and Ted work their party piece?
HintIt isn't down to mind reading so it must be some kind of trick, you can count on that.
It is simply the third letter of each item selected spells the answer.
Oct 11, 2004
|Great teaser, I got it though|
Oct 11, 2004
|cool teaser i love it!!!|
Oct 17, 2004
Oct 22, 2004
|Question 1: If it was too easy, why did you need to look at the hint?|
Question 2: If the hint was useless, does that indicate that you did you not understand the ‘you can count..’ part of the hint to indicate a need to ‘count’ to solve this?
Nov 22, 2004
|I know this comment is way after the fact, but does platinum ever have anything nice to say. Dumbell, if you read these again don't sweat him or her. Platinum would have been one of the people at the party you could have toyed with for hours with that piece. |
Nov 26, 2004
|It was too easy next time try something a lil harder|
Nov 26, 2004
|If you check the site you will find that I have submitted a number of teaser, with a wide range of levels, from quite simple for the younger members, to more complex for the more advanced. |
This is a family site and as such should cater for all abilities and age ranges.
Dec 05, 2004
|Couldn't have put it better myself.|
Dec 12, 2004
|Can you guess what I'm thinking of?|
Mine was lame
Dec 16, 2004
|Once you got the hint, it was sorta easy if u thought about it. but its a really cool teaser!|
Dec 17, 2004
|Great comment, dumbell! Since the hint used the word, "count", I thought answer was Fred counted and prearranged to agree to the 6th question! |
Jan 03, 2005
|what if they chose different objects???? |
Jan 07, 2005
|i read the comments.i agree i thought it was easy,but clever.i got a grin out of it|
Jan 07, 2005
| That was a good one. I like those kind. Good job!|
Jan 19, 2005
Jan 28, 2005
|that was a good one!|
Feb 18, 2005
|That was a good one! It took me awhile.|
Feb 22, 2005
|OOOOOH, clever Can't wait to post mine |
Mar 03, 2005
|I liked this one. |
It's very similar to a game we played at a camping trip I took in College. Reading about it and trying to figrue out how they did was almost as fun as being there and playing
Mar 12, 2005
|very interesting i must say|
but it was also very strange about the third letter
i think i am going to add it to one of my favourites
Mar 20, 2005
|That was great! ! |
Apr 05, 2005
|Good Teaser. It reminded me of a game me and my friend used to play in High school. It would have really good if you would have just left it as, "What was the group thinking of?|
Apr 14, 2005
|thats really cool!! |
Apr 19, 2005
So how did he know???
I don't get it.
May 01, 2005
|i've done a trick like this before. it's called black magic, and it's very similar except you say "yes" to the object after they say a black object|
May 24, 2005
|i like the teaser (kind of). i feel very sorry for both fred and ted trying to remember which words were said when and which the third letter was so they can work out what it spelt...the only problem i can see is where fred could jump in too early with a word thinking it had been spelled (eg, say "you're thinking of a car" when ted was trying to spell out "carpet"). could also see problems spelling out complicated words (trying to find a word with the right letter in the right place)|
Jun 01, 2005
|good teser! got me stumped|
Jun 16, 2005
|very good i wouldve never guessed that|
Jul 09, 2005
|Very good and very creative. Although, I didn't guess the answer but, when I read the answer it made perfect sense and become obvious! I enjoyed this one. |
Jan 10, 2006
|You copied this mystery right off a book.|
Jan 10, 2006
|wow..i like this one way easy..the way i like it and the only way i get it |
Feb 09, 2006
Just because it has appeared in a book does not mean it was 'copied' from that book.
It could be that it has been submitted here by the person who wrote the book it was seen in, or was submitted for inclusion in that book by the person who submitted it here.
Some of us do have a life away from this site.
Some of those who have teasers on this site have written mind bender or teaser books of their own, and I know of at least three of us who are regular writers for mensa.
Mar 04, 2006
|I liked this one, it was fun and I got it! w00t! I had something else to say, but I forgot...Oh well. It was great, keep it up!|
Apr 21, 2006
|I liked it! It was really fun! |
May 30, 2006
|that was wicked good! I'll have to do that to my old cronies|
Jun 28, 2006
|It was pretty simple, but just try doing this at a party and no one will figure you out |
Aug 15, 2006
|Nice one |
Aug 02, 2007
|I DONT GET IT BUT IT SEEMS LKE A GOOD ONE|
Sep 12, 2007
|Very clever! Excellent Teaser!|
May 07, 2008
|aPlatinum is a Fantastic Also Great (not)|
put the capital letters together
what does that spell?
Aug 01, 2009
|haha, i didn't get it but i have an identical twin and we pretend to 'mind read' all the time. we've worked on our technique for years this was good, but it seems a little hard to do in real life. there ought to be a stop signal of some kind, otherwise, you could end up only getting half of the word, like 'bird' from 'birdbath' and i think it would be hard to think that fast. The first letter is easy (that's what i thought it might be) but the third? i would be umming and ahing so much! Anyway, nice job|
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