coverPlease do NOT post your answer, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

What is special about these two sentences?

1)  I am not very happy acting pleased whenever prominent scientists overmagnify intellectual enlightenment.

2) Show this bold Prussian that praises slaughter, slaughter brings rout.

I have produced an ebook containing 101 of the previous Friday Puzzles! It is called PUZZLED and is available for the Kindle(UK here and USA here) and on the iBookstore (UK here in the USA here). You can try 101 of the puzzles for free here.


  1. I got the first one after a few seconds. Looked for a similar pattern in the second, so wrote down the numbers. Rang that number (it needs a + in front, of course) and got Susan Greenfield’s mobile number. She didn’t answer.

    1. For the second one, I removed the first letter of each word and got David Beckham’s number. Victoria, answered. Awkward

  2. First one was easy (maybe 20 seconds). 2nd one was a lot harder, but I got it in 5-10 minutes. It was worth the struggle.

  3. EXCELLENT!!! Very clever. Thank you. First one – about 30 secs, second one about a minute with a few re-reads. I shall have to stop reading comments until AFTER I’ve worked things out…sigh!

  4. In the first one, is the fact that the number of letters in each successive word increases by one significant?

  5. I’ve just realised that there are (at least) two answers for the second one, so I up my original ‘one minute’ to about an hour. 🙂

    1. The question is stated very clearly.
      ‘What is special about these two sentences?’
      So there imust be only one answer!

  6. No time at all for the first, and I had an unfair advantage on the second since that solution has actually happened to me

  7. Got the individual answers to each sentence, but if there’s an answer that’s applicable to both sentences I’m afraid I’m utterly stumped.

  8. The comments had me laughing out of my chair! You guys are wonderful! I love smart, smart a– people. So rare in my world. Keep it up! No idea on the puzzle.

  9. Got the first one in less than a minute. Puzzled over the second one for a good long time, and also read comments to get a vibe for the answer, before I finally got it. Maybe 5-10 minutes.

  10. Less than 30 seconds for the first one, but had to google the 2nd for a hint (was able to solve it with the hint–didn’t actually google the answer this time lol)

  11. Unfortunately approached these from the wrong angle first time around, late last night. Slept on it overnight and just had another go. First one still took a long time (10+ min.) as it still seemed to take ages for things to fall into place. I have a solution for the second one that I’m hoping is correct, but not 100% on it. That took another 5 minutes or so.

  12. Looked at both of them for about 5 minutes, got nowhere & forgot about them. Went outside for a cigarette later – & suddenly the answer to the first appeared from my subconscious. Still couldn’t get the second one. My wife took about a minute for both. She is now muttering about the superiority of female intelligence over male – or at least hers over mine – & I am looking for a younger, dumber wife.

  13. I figured out the second almost immediately, but pretty much gave up on the first until I read a comment or two. That’s opposite practically everyone else, so I wonder what that says about my brain? 🙂

  14. don’t know about UK but several words not finished in U. S. not on 2nd reading-made no difference to braggart who said they only needed” I am” to solve -what boloney-let them explain in detail if they dare.

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