We’ve had some fun stumping some of our Archivists in the past and decided we couldn’t forgo the opportunity to do it again. Another collection of ten brainteasers, riddles, and mathematic puzzles await you ahead in this special mind-bending installment!

## Only for Geniuses

Let’s start off easy! Even if you hate math, you should be able to pinpoint that there’s a hidden element as we go from increments of one before jumping from 6 to 9. First things first, though, is how do we justify saying 2 equals 6?
Think you’ve got it?
All we’re doing is multiplying the top number to the digit below it. But 6 x 9 doesn't equal 42, and therein lies the second part of the equation. Knowing the original count was increments of one, the number below six should be seven, which means the number below 9 would be 10, giving us an answer of 90.

## Sarah, Paul, & John

If Sarah’s big head weren’t blocking John’s line of sight to Paul, this would be a rather quick riddle; but of course, that’s not the case! All the information you need to answer this riddle is right in front of you… or is it? Go ahead, pause us and see if you can figure it out!
Are you thinking the answer is C) Not Enough Information? Well, sorry, but you’d be wrong. The question simply asks if a married person is looking at an unmarried person. Should Sarah be married, she’d be looking at Paul. If she’s unmarried than John would be looking at her!

## I tell you when to start...

Ugh, word riddles, am I right? Answering this is just a matter of how much you know about the world and the objects in it, so sift through that internal wealth of knowledge and start picking at different things. Why not pause us a moment while you determine what’s being referred to!
Cue the reveal!
Get it yet? The answer is cue! Often called when an actor forgets a line and the name given to the ball and stick used in a game of pool, all hints point to this simple, three-lettered word.

## Balloon Math

Ah, another “fill in the blank” math riddle. Is this one as easy as some of the others, though? Why not give us a pause and see if you can solve for each of the colored balloons!
The first thing to note is that there isn’t some underlying trick. The easiest to solve for is yellow as there are few combinations that would equal eight, with the most obvious being 4+4. So, assuming yellow is 4, then green must be 1 to get to four. To get to 10 in that first equation, blue would have to be 9.

## Math Riddles

Right off the bat, we know that the first equation doesn’t make sense. One + 9 + 8 = 18, not one, so what’s the deal? Is there a trick to this mathematical if / then scenario? Clearly, there must be, but what is it? Give us a pause and look it over, see if you can figure it out!
What happens when we make this a word problem instead of a number problem? Taking the first letters of one, nine, and eight, you get “one.” So, combining the first letters of two, eight, and nine, you should get ten.

## I Turn Around Once...

Here, you have to think outside the box a little. This does refer to a real-world object, one you’re probably quite familiar with. The key is that there are really two elements – the thing being turned and an object it effects to essentially lock things out.
Were we very obvious? In case we weren’t, the answer is a key! See, not too complicated!

## Mythology Riddle

Ah, mythology! We couldn’t resist throwing this one in! The first two elements are describing two different parts of something. A word, maybe? “My first three” could refer to the first three letters of said word while, of course, “my last four” points to the last four letters, but who is another name for Odin and what four letter word is something you can wear? Shoe? Boot? And, ultimately, what would require a scythe?
How about… a harvest? Har is another name for Odin, meaning High One and a vest is something you could – but maybe shouldn’t? – wear!

## If 9,999 = 4...

Another numbers test that, on the surface, makes little sense. None of these numbers seem to correspond, so how are they even remotely related? Well, there are 4 numbers in 9999, but there aren’t 8 in 8888, so that’s not it! Maybe there’s something about the numbers. Why don’t you give us a pause, try to figure it out!
You know what there are 4 of in the first set of numbers? Closed areas in the 9’s. And there are 8 in the sequence of 8’s, but where does that leave the other two? There are 3 in 1816, but to get to six, we simply multiply by the numbers of digits that don’t have any openings. Since there are none in 1212, we have 0, which means in 1919, the answer would be 4.

## Dice Riddle

A series of dice, the numbers and colors in no apparent order, but believe it or not, solving for the missing space is a breeze! Look for a pattern and similarities between the top two lines. Do you see it? Go ahead, pause if you have to!
Each line has at least one blue and two reds, so we know that the missing die is red. As for the number, well, there are only 3 represented, and it just so happens that the number 3 is missing from that bottom row, meaning the answer is a red 3 dice.

## We Hurt Without Moving...

This one is a little deep! Don’t try to look around your house for a tangible object that matches what’s being described. Think real hard about something that can be painful and poisonous without any sort of physical interaction. Pause us if you have to and think on it.
Believe it or not, the riddle refers to what may be one of the most commonly used things – words! The wrong words or string of words can be hurtful and can poison a person’s mind. In the same regard, they’re also able to tell truths and lies!