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Front Page - Friday, April 24, 2015

Brainbuster - Make Your Brain Tingle




This puzzle is about real estate. But it has a twist – it’s not about your everyday real estate issues. Check it out and see how you do.

1. Who is the world’s largest landowner? The Australian government; the Alaskan government; the United States government; the United Arab Emirates government.

2. Which famous skilled mason laid the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in 1793? French engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant; President George Washington; Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson; Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician living in Tortola, British West Indies.

3. During what Great Land Boom (in 1919) did investors pay up to $25,000 for lots that had not yet been dredged out of the ocean? The Florida Land Boom; The California Land Boom of 1919; The Great Louisiana Land Boom; The Panic Land Boom of Texas.

4. What is the number one gift new homeowners receive? A lawnmower; a crock-pot; a welcome mat; a basic tool kit.

5. What’s the best day of the week to list your home for sale? Monday; Friday; Wednesday; Saturday.

6. According to the NAR (National Association of Realtors), what was the median age of homebuyers in 2013? 26; 31; 35; 29.

7. In Scotland, what color do homeowners paint their front door once the mortgage is paid off? Green; black; blue; red.

8. Why are brass doorknobs better than brushed nickel? They don’t get as cold in the winter due to the zinc and copper in them; they have a timeless design; they stay germ-free; as they age, they get a nice patina that brushed nickel doesn’t get.

9. Where did the term “stories,” as in the different floors of a building, originate?

10. According to the decorating style of Feng Shui, out of the following elements, which five are needed in your home to have a harmonious environment? Fire, water, earth, wood, metal, cloth, sunlight, brick or stone, and sensual aromas.

Answers: 

1. The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) – nearly 30 percent of its total territory. These federal lands are used as military bases or testing grounds, nature parks and reserves, and Indian reservations, or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture). 2. George Washington, the first president of the United States. 3. The Florida Land Boom. Carl Fisher founded Miami that year, and brought hundreds of the investors to that area. 4. A basic tool kit. 5. TGIF – Friday is the best day for listing your home. 6. In 2013, the NAR reports that the median age of first-time buyers was 31. 7. In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red when they pay off their mortgage. 8. Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves. It’s called the oligodynamic effect: the ions in the metal have a toxic effect on spores, fungi, viruses, and other germs. 9. The floors of buildings are called stories because early European builders used to paint picture stories on the sides of their houses. Each floor had a different story. 10. Wood, fire, earth, metal, and water must be balanced to create a happy and prosperous home.

This puzzle is about real estate. But it has a twist – it’s not about your everyday real estate issues. Check it out and see how you do.

1. Who is the world’s largest landowner? The Australian government; the Alaskan government; the United States government; the United Arab Emirates government.

2. Which famous skilled mason laid the cornerstone of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in 1793? French engineer Pierre Charles L’Enfant; President George Washington; Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson; Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician living in Tortola, British West Indies.

3. During what Great Land Boom (in 1919) did investors pay up to $25,000 for lots that had not yet been dredged out of the ocean? The Florida Land Boom; The California Land Boom of 1919; The Great Louisiana Land Boom; The Panic Land Boom of Texas.

4. What is the number one gift new homeowners receive? A lawnmower; a crock-pot; a welcome mat; a basic tool kit.

5. What’s the best day of the week to list your home for sale? Monday; Friday; Wednesday; Saturday.

6. According to the NAR (National Association of Realtors), what was the median age of homebuyers in 2013? 26; 31; 35; 29.

7. In Scotland, what color do homeowners paint their front door once the mortgage is paid off? Green; black; blue; red.

8. Why are brass doorknobs better than brushed nickel? They don’t get as cold in the winter due to the zinc and copper in them; they have a timeless design; they stay germ-free; as they age, they get a nice patina that brushed nickel doesn’t get.

9. Where did the term “stories,” as in the different floors of a building, originate?

10. According to the decorating style of Feng Shui, out of the following elements, which five are needed in your home to have a harmonious environment? Fire, water, earth, wood, metal, cloth, sunlight, brick or stone, and sensual aromas.

Answers: 

1. The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) – nearly 30 percent of its total territory. These federal lands are used as military bases or testing grounds, nature parks and reserves, and Indian reservations, or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture). 2. George Washington, the first president of the United States. 3. The Florida Land Boom. Carl Fisher founded Miami that year, and brought hundreds of the investors to that area. 4. A basic tool kit. 5. TGIF – Friday is the best day for listing your home. 6. In 2013, the NAR reports that the median age of first-time buyers was 31. 7. In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red when they pay off their mortgage. 8. Brass doorknobs disinfect themselves. It’s called the oligodynamic effect: the ions in the metal have a toxic effect on spores, fungi, viruses, and other germs. 9. The floors of buildings are called stories because early European builders used to paint picture stories on the sides of their houses. Each floor had a different story. 10. Wood, fire, earth, metal, and water must be balanced to create a happy and prosperous home.