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Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#7468
Fun:*** (2.91)
Difficulty:* (0.66)
Category:Language
Submitted By:dsquared*nz****

 

 

 



An elderly pool attendant is starting to get sick of having to open the swimming pool every Monday, so he decides that the pool will remain closed on Mondays from now on. Being of reasonably limited English, he makes up a sign which he hangs from the front gate. What's special about his sign?

NOW NO SWIMS ON MON


Answer

If you spin the sign upside down it will still read the same thing as it did.
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Comments

astro
Sep 24, 2002

Good one D.
JTJS
Sep 26, 2002

NICE ONE!
angel11**
Oct 03, 2002

Wouldn't you have to turn it upside down and backwards?
Floating_dreamer
Oct 06, 2002

Very visible answer but still good!
lilrockclimber
Oct 17, 2002

i saw this teaser in a book once. did u copy it? or did u originally make it up?
Flynn
Oct 17, 2002

Oops! This is a gotcha! I figured it out in 2 seconds flat! "It's a palindrome", I said! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
Very nice!
dsquared*nz*
Oct 17, 2002

I have to admit that this is probably one of about 2 or 3 of my teasers that I got from somewhere else. A friend told me it and I thought I would share it. I thought it was quite neat.

Angel.. no, you try it, write it on a piece of paper and simply 'spin' the paper around as if you had put a pin in the centre of the paper so that it is upside down.

Lalael, yes I guess it is simple, don't know about pre-school simple but I imagine it's still fun.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and voting and commenting.

D^2.
jucy-lu
Oct 17, 2002

well i liked it!!!!!!!!
adamant545
Oct 17, 2002

ditto w/ wut u said the person before i wrote this comment ;)
jizzyhuggs*
Oct 17, 2002

hey, this was cool, but I have to admit, my 7 year old got this one too.
Bigsurf18*
Oct 17, 2002

I have to say, right when i saw the solution, i still didn't think it'd work out, then when i wrote it out, it worked nicely! Great Teaser! Keep em up!
doggyxpus*
Oct 18, 2002

pretty good : )
something*us*
Nov 11, 2002

well, jizz, from what i've heard, your seven-year-old is a child prodigy?
heather777
Jun 26, 2003

I heard this one at school and I forgot what it was and it's been bothering me so thanks
lizriddle
Oct 20, 2003

that was the easiest brain teaser i have ever read. I wonder who can even consider that to have the title, "brain teaser."
MattM462Aus*
Oct 20, 2003

That's cool. A "funny kid" can't turn it upside down!!
spazgurl
Oct 21, 2003

great one
Chelsie*
Oct 25, 2004



a tad simple ...
Mad-AdeAhu*
Oct 25, 2004

nice of you to admit it here....
dsquared*nz*
Oct 25, 2004

Wow, there's been a few visitors since I last stopped by. Thanks for all the comments. Chelsie, I hope you don't make anyone feel stupid because you proclaim that it's simple yet others may not find it so... teasers can be like that you know. .
melybug*
Oct 26, 2004

i got it in a few seconds (one of the only ones mind u!!) any way it's a good one though i've read it in a book before did u copy or just hear it and decided to put it on?b
MrIxoliteAen*
Oct 27, 2004

Just because it is simple doesn't make it any less clever.
wawa132
Oct 27, 2004

The answer to this is wrong, if you flip the message upside down the ms and ws will switch.
MrIxoliteAen*
Oct 28, 2004

er..yes they will...your point?
Tongue-TwisterAus
Oct 30, 2004

I guessed that it didn't say "one" in between "NOW NO SWIMS ON MONDAY" GREAT TEASER!
StepIntoNoWhere**
Nov 15, 2004

lol.. good one.. could have been a little harder.. I figured it out.. over all good though.
dsquared*nz*
Nov 17, 2004

Hmmmm, busy busy again. Thanks for the comments.
centerofme**
Sep 30, 2005

i thought now no swims on monday.it would read backword.
Unraveled*
Oct 16, 2006

Great one! It didn't take too long to figure out, but the way you incorporated the clever word trick into a story was fabulous
dsquared*nz*
Oct 16, 2006

Thanks
calmsaviorAus*
Dec 16, 2006

ambigram
cloughmeAws*
Nov 28, 2007

Cute... but very easy....
neal_venables
Nov 28, 2007

Very, very nice

Not just a palindrome, but a palindrome with rotational symmetry as well. I wonder if there's a special term for sentences that meet those two criteria?
britocas*
Nov 28, 2007

Easy still nice palindrome
darthpotterbobAph*
Nov 28, 2007

u guys its not really a palindrome... it wouldnt be the same if it were read backwards...

anyw/ great teaser! a little too easy tho, i got it pretty quick.
2ndhandroseca*
Nov 28, 2007

FIRST THINGS 1ST ... CAN WE GET
NOT "AWESOME 100" OFF OF
HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2ND I liked the teaser. I got it
in about 2 minutes. I never knew
what a palindrome was. Now I do.
I had fun solving it.

Thanks for submitting it.
bradon182001*us*
Nov 28, 2007

I agree with Rose about Awesome 100's comment being uncalled for. And I also agree that this teaser is fun and easily solved. Good job.
rameherhard*
Nov 28, 2007

thought it was a very lame and boreing
salepriceAca*
Nov 28, 2007

got it immediately.
Palindrome, it made my day to be right so early for a change LOL
teri12265us*
Nov 28, 2007

It wasn't 'simple' or boring. In fact, only one person truly got the answer - that was Calm Savior. The type of teaser this is, is called an ambigram. (A palindrome is a word/phrase/etc. that can be read the same forward and backward. An ambigram is more artistical. Remember the Da Vinci Code and the symbols? Those were ambigrams. Ambigrams can be read the same or make different words/pictures in different positions.)
Have a great day, everyone! =)
jaydecoAus*
Nov 28, 2007

That was fun!!!
doeheadAus*
Nov 28, 2007

Pretty easy for me.
GROWUP AWESOME
tommysmo*
Nov 28, 2007

enjoyed it though i found it very easy...
j279Aus*
Nov 28, 2007

First of all, it's not a palindrome. It can't be read the same way backwords and forwards. Secondly, neat teaser! Easy, but that's not a bad thing.
j279Aus*
Nov 28, 2007

Oops! Just realized I spelled "backwards" wrong in my previous comment!
avonmaAus*
Nov 28, 2007

Upside down and backwards! Neat! Thanks!
djryce
Nov 28, 2007

For the last time, people. This is NOT a palindrome. It does NOT read the same backwards to forward. If you read it backwards, it would make no sense.

It's an ambigram, because you have to flip it upside-down.
dogg6pound9Aus*
Nov 28, 2007

i found this teaser fun and easy, but that doesnt mean that it would be easy for everybody... awesomes comment was deleted before i got here, which by the looks of it, was a good thing... i liked this teaser and never saw it before until now... thanx and keep 'em coming
dogg6pound9Aus*
Nov 28, 2007

so sorry... i need to correct my grammar... my statement should read "doesnt mean it will"
moody12345*us
Nov 28, 2007

Nice one!
4demo*
Nov 28, 2007

Easy but clever and fun!
Stupidenator*
Nov 28, 2007

No you people its not a
P A L I N D R O M E
its just the same upside down.
auntiesisAus*
Nov 28, 2007

I got it quite quickly, but I think it is very clever, very clever indeed. I truly enjoyed this teaser. Many thanks.
Hungrygiten*
Nov 28, 2007

Liked it, nice.
josciehabick*
Nov 28, 2007

i so did not get that
kasiecom*
Nov 28, 2007

just rotate 180 degrees, just 1 action instead of turning upside down nd backwards, 2 actions. TOOsimple for here
katjojoAus*
Nov 28, 2007

Very cute!!
IlikeWAFFLES
Nov 28, 2007

Does it matter............
jabdrAus*
Nov 28, 2007

Easy but cute....no matter what it is or isn't (Happy to say I don't 'see' awesome 100's remarks.) The system works
hipeople*
Nov 28, 2007

that is funny
composer*
Nov 28, 2007

This is an actual event from M C Escher's childhood. It was an epiphany for him (or at least an inspiration - can't find my book right now...).
MadelulabelleAus*
Nov 28, 2007

Great teaser, I got it fairly easily because all during algebra this week I've been writing messages on my calculator by turning it upside down. (4=h, 3=E, 7=L, 0=O; 0.7734=hELLO!)
Yeah, my mom got kinda mad at me, because I stupidly kept showing my discoveries to her! (I'm homeschooled)
AuthenticallyMe*
Nov 28, 2007

The capital letters stood out to me, so I read that sentence and I figured out the answer before I read the whole teaser...pretty wierd how I could get to exactly where this teaser was going...
Well, this teaser was awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this teaser with us here at Braingle!
mondayschild59Aus*
Nov 30, 2007

That one was easy peasy. I like it anyway. Sometimes they just jump out at you, and then sometimes you can't see for lookin.

Thanks
Monday~
dsquared*nz*
Jan 29, 2008

Thanks so much for all the comments. Missed the gem from awesome. Good to see there are still those types around on Braingle . Just so everyone knows, and I'm not sure if I already shared this but this is not a dsquared original I did receive it somewhere at some point and thought it a good one to share.
(user deleted)
Nov 28, 2008

I'm sure many folks have enjoyed your submission, Dsquared. Originality not important ! Difficulty not important ! Sharing is !!!

And for your teachings, Composer and Teri12265, thanks too, though technically, if you fold the expression over its horizontal line of symmetry, the " Ns " are backwards. So not a 100% true Ambigram, but only 99%.
That 1% discrepancy was enough to fool many into thinking forwards and backwards is identical [ Palindrome ].
But our imaginations didn't worry about that minor technicality. It certainly didn't spoil our fun and SATISFACTION, jumping to a quick solution, often before finishing the reading of the sign.

Your storyline was well written, and I admire your clever touch in the title.

Many thanx !!!
dsquared*nz*
Jan 21, 2009

Bit late steve8rox, but thanks so much for your well thought out words.
Prinescatph*
Apr 29, 2010

Great teaser!
beyonce123*
Jun 15, 2010

I started to read it as a palindrome but then I was like nooo... And then it jumped out at me.
crocodiletca*
Nov 28, 2010

I thought it was a palindrome, but I guessed the correct answer as I clicked the 'Show Answer' button..... Darn!
phyllisa*us*
Nov 28, 2010

Great teaser.
squeakQT*
Nov 28, 2010

cute, i give up on these things way to easy though, i read it, looked at the question, shrugged and said "oh well", and then looked at the answer
XRiddleDragonXtus
Nov 29, 2010

Easy, but good! I got it the second I read it, but that was just me. ^^ Great Teaser!
Babe*
Nov 28, 2013

cutebugAus**
Nov 28, 2013

God Bless all the turkeys who have sacrificed their lives to feed all the hungry mouths.
Maggiethe8th*us*
Nov 28, 2013

had it not been for Braingle practice, I'd have had a more difficult time! this was good-



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