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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column feeling not so bright – in fact, it’s more like dim and distracted.

See, our friend Dan sent us a little quiz. We took it. Fortunately, no one else was looking or grading us. (You might think a daily column known for its inanity would not have to be so worried about its intellectual reputation, but people – namely the ones we work and live with – take great pleasure in making sure that doesn’t become our reputation.)

Anyway, we could blame it all on our approaching expedition to the economic chaos that is South America or the brain tapeworm we’re certain we got from the left-over ground beef we found at the back of the ‘fridge. Instead, we’ll tell you to take the test, and when you don’t do so hot, we’ll all feel better that we’re in the same shape, just like content little lemmings marching to the cliff’s edge.

Here it is. Keep you answers spontaneous – as in, immediate. The answers follow:

1: You are competing in a race and overtake the runner in second place. In which position are you now?

2: If you overtake the last runner, what position are you now in?

3: Take 1000. Add 40. Add another 1000. Add 30. 1000 again. Plus 20. Plus 1000. And plus 10. What is the total?

4: Marie’s father has five daughters – Chache, Cheche, Chichi, Chocho and … ???? What is the fifth daughter’s name?

Now here are the answers:

Answer (1): If you answered that you’re now first, then you’re completely wrong. You overtook the second runner and took their place, therefore you’re second.

Answer (2): If you answered second-last, once again you’re completely wrong. Think about it … How can you over take the person coming last? If you’re behind them then they can’t be last. The answer is impossible!

Answer (3): 5000? Wrong again! The correct answer is 4100. Try again with a good calculator. Today is clearly not your day!

Answer (4): Chuchu? WRONG! It’s obviously Marie! Read the question properly!

Don’t you just hate trick questions? We feel like we’re back in high school geometry class.


It’s Thursday, so that means … something, we’re sure. Tell us what it means at, fax at (970) 668-0755 or just read your Thursday morning tea leaves on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237.

We’re at home watching “Jeopardy!” in hopes of recouping some of our pride …

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