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How Would YOU Solve This ‘Brain Game’ In The February 2020 “Reader’s Digest”?

by Anura Guruge

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Full disclosure. I love mathematical puzzles like these. In my late teens & early 20s (way before there was an ‘online‘, never mind a Web) I used to buy IQ test books and do all the puzzles for fun. I still do them, though not that often anymore, albeit now on the Web. So, with this one I knew what I needed to be looking for.

Then I noticed something incongruous in a puzzle of this nature. There was a perfectly valid and obvious sequence for the numbers on the apex of the triangles: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

But, I knew that that was TOO easy.

So, I worked out, quite quickly what the ‘pattern’ was. Pretty obvious from the first triangle. 8+3 = 11 & ’22’ is 11*2. Easy enough to validate that against the others.

So, as for the triangle in question. 8+9=17. 68÷17 –> –> wait for it. Wait for it. 68÷17= 4.

So, ‘4’ as “Reader’s Digest” confirms in their answers is the right answer. See image below.

So, could I have cheated and just used the easy 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 sequence at the top without bothering to do all the sums (though it wasn’t hard)?

Amused I.

Hence why I wanted to share it with you.

What do YOU think?

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If This Claim Is True, Then A Lot Of Us Must Have 146+ IQs.

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Click image to access this math quiz at the U.K. “Daily Mail”.

I saw this and couldn’t resist — though I knew that my IQ was NOWHERE close to 146. I am more in the double-digit range. I just wanted to see how difficult it was.

It is a SCAM.

It is trivial.

If you need an IQ of 146 to get 100% on this, then there must be a ton of folks who have 146+ IQs.

OK, I HAD to look it up. 146+ IQ is said to be restricted to LESS than the TOP 1% in the world. In that case this test and article is a FAKE.

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Visually Intelligent — A Visual IQ Test For What It Is Worth.

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Click image to access the Quiz at the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.

I happened to see it in today’s U.K. “Daily Mail”.

They, as is their wont, had hyped it up and claimed: ‘those who pass have an incredible ability to analyse and calculate what they see‘. That intrigued me. I think of myself as being fairly decent at being able to analyse what I see.

So, I took the test. I found it trivial, with hardly a need to dally at any of the questions. I was able to breeze through and I knew I was getting each one right! Just knew. Pretty obvious. So, I was not surprised to be told I got them all right.

Not sure what it proves. It seemed too simple. But, I am sharing with you just in case you too might be slightly curious (always bearing in mind that that is supposed to be what killed the infamous cat).

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Educational Google Doodle Quiz To Mark 37-Years Of The ‘Komodo National Park’ In Indonesia.

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I guess I must know my Komodos. Got 5/5. But, it was easy.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.

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“Actual Color Of Your Personality Test” — I Got Gold.

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Click to access this fun and not too onerous quiz at ‘Writical’.

I got Gold.

Is this really I?


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Humdinger Of An IQ Test — Try It IF You Want To Feel Humbled.

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Click to access this 40 question IQ Test at “IQ Research”.

This, if it is truly bona fide, is AN IQ Test!


I am a veteran of IQ tests and must have done close to a hundred in my days. I recounted in my first “Brain Meditation” book (last years) how IBM made me take 3 IQ Tests, when I was 19, one at 10pm at night and then gave me an unconditional job offer — good for ‘life’. I include that snippet below, BUT I assume you all read it in the book. Right? {SMILE}

This is good — assuming it is NOT bogus.

It starts of EASY PEASY and lulls you into a sense of complacency. Then BANG.

I found this on MarketWatch this morning.

I did the test, this morning, on my pad, while doing my ablutions in the bathroom! I was also in a hurry since I needed to start shoveling. I didn’t go for the complete result profile. Didn’t have time. But, it did say that my results were above average. That might not mean much and with all due modesty “I damn well hope I am still above average”.

But, try it. Forget the score …

Do it just to see the questions, no numbers.

All symbols, all 40 of them.



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Determine YOUR ‘Dominant Personality’ Quiz On Facebook [& What I Got!].

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Click to access Quiz.

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This is what I got!

Scary. I know that people have said I am ‘cerebral
— but …


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Pope Francis Turns 80 — How Well Do YOU Know Him?

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Do you know the answers to these 12 questions?

francis5561)  Within twenty-four hours of Francis’ election the Holy See Press Office confirmed, surprisingly, albeit in the last paragraph of an announcement on the new pope’s activities during his first full day, that when Jorge was a twenty-one year old he suffered from a pulmonary illness (that involved pneumonia and the detection of three cysts in his lungs), which necessitated the removal of the upper part of his right lung. It has since been revealed that the pope, when even younger, suffered from another impediment, one that was not very serious, albeit one that hampered his desire to be able to play soccer at a ‘higher’ level. What was, or is, this impediment?

2)  Jorge Mario Bergoglio during his two decades as a bishop, prior to becoming pope, was known to be especially devoted to a well known young female Catholic saint, and even enclosed a small picture of her in the letters he mailed, calling her a ‘great missionary saint’. Who was this saint?

3)  Many examples of the newly elected pope’s remarkable humility received considerable worldwide attention during the first few days of his pontificate. Rather than availing himself (as had his predecessor) to the sleek, black papal sedan that had been provided, Francis had chosen to ride back to the Domus Sanctæ Marthæ, for dinner with the cardinals, in one of the shuttle buses, along with some of his electors. On the first full day of his papacy, Francis not only had insisted on carrying his own luggage but had personally settled his bill at the hotel where he had been staying prior to the conclave. A few days later, on March 18, 2014, the pope, to the bemusement but delight of the owner’s son, Daniel Del Regno, telephoned the newspaper kiosk in Buenos Aires that used to deliver his newspapers and very cordially, after conveying his regards to the family, informed him that he would no longer be requiring newspaper delivery. This is now all part of the already rich and inspiring, ‘stuff of legends’, chronicle of Pope Francis. But, what was the ‘hotel’ that the pope had stayed at prior to the conclave – where he had to settle his own bill and picked up his remaining luggage?

4)  At what consistory was Jorge Mario Bergoglio created, what was his precedence at this consistory, and who were some of the others created at that consistory that went onto gain considerable fame?

5)  According to the pope’s sister, María Elena Bergoglio, who was talking with journalists in March 2014, ‘Jorge Mario’ when attending the archdiocesan seminary of Buenos Aires, the Inmaculada Concepción Seminary (located in the northwestern neighborhood of Villa Devoto), in the late 1950s, when he was in his early twenties, had a pet – he apparently sharing a fondness for this type of pet with a pope of that time. What was the pet that the future pope had when he was attending seminary?

6)  Nearly all non-retired cardinals, irrespective of their primary role or where they are based, are assigned as members, with full voting rights, to various curial congregations and pontifical councils – these membership assignments typically reflecting a cardinal’s known expertise or interest. As members of a congregation or council the cardinals assist the head of the dicastery in governing that body particularly when it comes to strategy, direction, tone and agenda. This is a key part of how cardinals help the pope when it comes to running the Church. Thus, Cardinal Bergoglio, though he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires during his entire cardinalate, was assigned as a member to a number of curial diacasteries starting in 2001. These were his only involvements with the curia given that he had never spent much time at all in Rome as a student, priest or prelate. In what dicasteries did Cardinal Bergoglio hold membership?

7)  Who were Pope Francis’ parents and who were his siblings?

8)  Unlike many who go on to become cardinals, Jorge Mario Bergoglio never studied at a pontifical institute or attended a seminary in Rome, or for that matter Italy. Actually he never, prior to becoming pope, spent that much time in Rome or Italy. However, once a Jesuit he went to four different countries to further his education. What were these four countries?

9)  Since his election Pope Francis has chosen, whenever possible, including at his inaugural public appearance, to wear a simple, unadorned white cassock sans an elaborate mozzetta or stole, and to continue using the iron pectoral cross that he had worn when Archbishop of Buenos Aires eschewing the gold ones preferred by prior popes. These sartorial preferences, given their obvious conspicuousness, have received considerable media coverage and are now very much a part of the burgeoning, borderline cultish, Pope Francis’ mystique. However, much less attention has been given to the style of the Fisherman’s Ring Francis chose to wear or that fifteen months into his papacy he changed the style of the pallium he would wear – this the third change to the style of the papal pallium in less than a decade. So, what is the story as to Pope Francis’ Fisherman’s Ring that he received at his installation as well as the latest pallium style he adopted as of Sunday, June 29, 2014, the day of the Saints Peter and Paul Solemnity?

10)  On Boxing Day 1958, i.e., December 26th, his first as pope, John XXIII (#262), who the previous day had restored a much cherished papal custom by visiting a children’s hospital, reinstated another by visiting a local prison, viz. Rome’s Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven) prison. While there, warmly greeted by the inmates, the irrepressibly personable pope, to the consternation of the Vatican staff, conspiratorially informed the prisoners that one of his brothers had once been incarcerated for poaching. The L’Osservatore Romano, despite the pope’s recent admonishment for it to be more ‘20th century’, opted to omit this revelation in its reporting of the pope’s visit to the prison. Pope Francis, who has professed to his admiration of the ‘Good Pope’ and authorized his canonization, seems to have taken to heart John’s propensity for candor. He has surprised, if not stunned, many during his first sixteen months as pope, by some of his unexpected remarks about gays, atheists and the mafia, which have included (albeit in paraphrased form): ‘who am I to judge them (i.e., gays)’, ‘there is a stream of corruption (within the curia) including a “gay lobby”’, ‘all people who do good works, including atheists, are going to heaven’ and ‘those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated’. However, on March 6, 2014, a week ahead of his first year anniversary as pope, Pope Francis while talking informally with a group of Roman priests about the need to be merciful to their flocks came up with a revelation that might even have had John XXIII in a quandary as to how he should react. What was Pope Francis’ bewildering confession?

11)  During his short stay in Germany in 1986 to explore possible topics for a doctoral thesis, as was discussed in #97 above, the future pope saw something that had a profound impact on his psyche. His recounting of what he had seen in Germany has in time led to what some have called a ‘religious craze’ in Argentina and Brazil. What was it that he saw in Germany and what is he credited with inspiring in Latin America?

12)  Mahatma ‘Bapu’ Gandhi, the India’s ‘Father of the Nation’, was noted for his utmost reluctance to discard anything manufactured, irrespective of its intrinsic worth. A part of this, of course, had to do with his preferred lifestyle that revolved around simplicity, thrift and a constant identification with the poor. However, as he would also sometimes explain, he also had a tremendous appreciation of and respect for the human toil (especially in his time) that went into the manufacturing of goods. Gandhi could not use manufactured goods without thinking about the labor component that had to have been involved. Consequently he was known to use pencils, sharpening them by hand as needed, until the stubs were too small for him to hold between his fingers. Well, it appears that Jorge Mario Bergoglio, also known for his affinity with the poor and working classes, has Gandhi-like values when it comes to material ‘stuff’, whether they be large or small. So it is no surprise that he uses a donated, 1984 Renault 4L, with 190,000 miles on the clock, as his personal car in the Vatican rather than a newish, luxury sedan. Are you aware of a trait that he had, while Archbishop of Buenos Aires, that provided a wonderful clue as to his attitude towards materialistic goods?

All the answers to these 12 questions
can be found in Chapter VII of
Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia

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Is This Really Me? Another Facebook Quiz … and The Results.

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3-days ago I got this, on the
“What Color Is Your Energy Quiz”.


This was what I got 3-days ago. Click to ENLARGE.

Just a few minutes ago, again on Facebook, I got this on the
“Name Test Quiz”.

Is this me?


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Is This Really Me? The “What Color Is Your Energy Quiz”.

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At the behest of a co-worker from 30-years ago,
I took this “Color Test“.


Click image to access Quiz. See what you come out as.

This is what I came out as. Is this really I?


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