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A Lost Tennis Ball

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Puzzle ID:#471
Fun:*** (2.6)
Difficulty:** (1.2)
Submitted By:Jacob**
Corrected By:4demo




One day when I was playing lawn tennis in my back yard my tennis ball fell down a gopher hole. The hole was too deep to reach into and there was a bend in the middle so you couldn`t use a stick. How did I get the ball out without digging up my lawn?


Get a hose and squirt water down the hole. The tennis ball will float to the top.

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Oct 06, 2001

"logically" the solution is plausible however, in reality, have you ever tried to fill a Gopher hole with water? Being from Ne. I tried many times and never filled one nor drowned one out.
Mar 25, 2002

Poor gophers...
Jun 05, 2002

Oct 24, 2002

Pee in it.
Jan 24, 2003

what about a vacuum hose and suck it back?
Aug 25, 2004

im with u jonny
Aug 28, 2004

I first thought about a vacuum, then I read the hint and figured to fill it up with water. It was good though. And I agree, poor gophers!
Dec 18, 2005

Yay!! I got it.

Usually these science teasers are so hard.
Mar 20, 2006

Easy fo cheesy

but fun
Mar 29, 2006

wouldnt the ball be ruined? i liked it
May 12, 2006

i bet the gopher wouldnt like it
Oct 03, 2006

In California that would be a lot of water wasted to no probable effect. I think I would wait a day and let the gophers push the unwanted ball back out (I hope). Ever watch Meerkat Manor?
Oct 27, 2006

I didn't get it.
Mar 02, 2007

i am very upset with your teaser because it is harmful to other animals
Mar 04, 2009

Cool question. But it the hint practically gave the answer away. I also initially thought about a vacuum hose.
Sep 17, 2016

Buy another ball

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