Let's test our intelligence with a couple more of their posers.
The following five questions are extracts from Are You Really A Genius? Timely Tests For The Irritatingly Intelligent, by Robert A. Streeter and Robert G. Hoehn.
1. Rearrange the letters in the word ‘sleuth’ to make another word.
2. What word meaning ‘ship’ would mean ‘small collections of water’ if the letters were read backwards?
Some famous detectives:
Thomas Magnum, the suave TV detective
Dick Tracy who started off as a comic strip in a newspaper
Inspector Clausau from the Pink Panther movies
The beloved Tin Tin
Adrian Monk the obsessive-compulsive sleuth
And of course Sherlock Holmes, the most brilliant of them all. He's a mostly emotionless, calculating, analytical, deduction-obsessed supergenius who solves crimes out of no sense of justice, but more or less to prove how brilliant he is.
You might have a favorite that I haven't listed.
Immediately, I think of a sailing ship.
Or a pirate ship.
Here's a beautiful poem that likens a ship with the way we can't see beyond the horizon.
The Sailing Ship - Bishop Charles Henry Brent (1862-1929)
What is dying?
I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "She is gone",
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
"There she comes" – and that is dying.
And now to the answers to the brain teasers:
1 – Hustle
2 – Sloop
And there you have the difference between a sleuth and a sloop. How did you do?