Grandpa Z’s Weekly Puzzle –

Contest period – September 30 through October 4

Level of Difficulty: 7.63 of 10

Meeting Uncle Bill

My old uncle Bill likes to walk over to have lunch with us on Sundays.  Recently we felt it was too long a walk for him and I have driven toward his house and picked him up and driven him the last part of the way.  Both Uncle Bill and I are very methodical.  He always starts at the same time and walks at the same speed and I start to meet him at the same time and drive at the same speed.  As a result, I always pick him up at the same point on the road and get home at the same time.

Last Sunday something went wrong.  I had to drive farther than usual and returned with him to our house 10 minutes later.  When I questioned him, he explained that he had started as usual but had stopped for a time to watch a tree-planting ceremony outised a church he had to pass.

If I drive at thirty-six miles an hour and Uncle Bill walks at three miles an hour, how long did Uncle Bill spend watching the tree planting?


To enter the weekly puzzle contest, fill out the puzzle form below
(all lines must contain text), then click the Send button:

Your Name (required)

Your City & State (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Answer (required)

Type the above characters in the box below!


1 hour & 5 minutes

If I am home to minutes late I must have driven for 5 minutes more before I picked up Uncle Bill.  Hence, I picked him up 5 minutes later than usual.  In 5 minutes I drive (36 / 12) miles which is 3 miles.  Hence, I picked him up 3 miles nearer his home, 5 minutes later than usual.  Uncle Bill would have walked the 3 miles in 1 hour.  He must have watched the tree planting for 1 hour and 5 minutes.


This Week’s Puzzle Results: Attempts: 5; Correct:  1;

Persons with the correct answer for this week’s puzzle

Who got it right??

1.)  Grandpa Z



4.) September 23,2013 * Color Blind *

5.) September 16, 2013 *$2 *

6.) September 9, 2013 * Baker’s Dozen *

7.) June 10, 2013 *8*

8.) April 22, 2013 * Noon, etc. *

9.) April 8, 2013 * Wednesday *

10.) February 18, 2013 * 10 *



The Best Record: Thirty one (31)

February 9, 2007 – Mind Boggler 2 –

The Most Dismal Record:  Zero (0)

September 30, 2013 – Uncle Bill (73)