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Waisthole

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Enter words into the following word chain such that each pair of words in the chain forms a compound word. No word can appear in the chain more than one time. Each "?" represents a missing word. Example: girl ? ? shape = girl friend ship shape = girlfriend friendship shipshape.

waist ? tail ? ? side ? ? fall ? ? down ? ? spring ? ? ? hole

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White to Play

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This is yet another chess summer school Monday. Let’s consider it an advanced lesson in terms of the difficulty of the problem for beginners, but let’s also consider it an early lesson on thinking about a chess position. I have often pointed out the need on every move for players to look at all checks, captures and forced moves—for your ...

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Fish Lingo

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Each of the following clues describes two words. One of the words is a type of fish. The other word is that fish with one of the following changes: a letter added anywhere (eel reel), a letter deleted anywhere (carp cap), a letter changed anywhere (shark spark). There is no rearrangement of the other letters. No fish is used more than once.

1) This is a metallic fish.
2) This is a medical fish.
3) This is a frozen fish.
4) This is a fish that removes chaff from grain.
5) This is a fish that sinks.
6) This is a musical instrument that is played by a fish in a marching band.
7) This is clothing for a fish.
8) This is what you get when you cross a ...

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Five Siblings

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Five siblings are they, their color is true;
One belongs to one, four are shared by two.
Connected together, some by locks;
Many meet their fate upon the rocks.
Arrange their initials, and you should
Find things that are found in a neighborhood.

What has just been described?

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Olympic Swim Team

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Five swimmers (Adam, Brad, Carl, Doug, and Eric) have been preparing for the Olympics. It is now time for the swimming time trials. The five swimmers each compete in the four different strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle). The top three finishers in each event will qualify for the Olympic swim team in that stroke. Using the following clues, determine the order of finish in each of the four strokes.

1) Only one contestant qualified in all four strokes.
2) No contestant finished last in more than one event.
3) Adam finished better in the backstroke than he did in the butterfly.
4) Brad finished better than Doug in the butterfly.
5...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Today’s puzzle is taken from a new book put out by Russell Enterprises: My First Book of Chess Tactics by David MacEnulty. MacEnulty has won all sorts of awards for his chess teaching and even had a movie based on his efforts with kids in inner city schools. So, this is a welcomed and practical book for those starting out in chess. He covers ...

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Alphabetically Challenged

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What is the meaning of this rebus?

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQUSTRVWXYZ

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Word Fusion

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Each statement describes two words that when fused together create a new unrelated word (not a compound word). The clues do not necessarily indicate in which order the two words are attached. Example: This is the oldness of a tablet (pill + age = pillage).

1) This is a child of the ocean.
2) This is when an insect runs away to get married.
3) This is the monotone melody of a writing instrument.
4) This is the charge for setting a fractured bone.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Today’s puzzle is taken from a supposed blitz game between Lasker and Capablanca. I’ve seen two versions of who had White! Anyhow, it’s a fun “to play and win” position.

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More Spazy Croonerisms

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A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?

1) no-cost fish lures & honey shipment
2) leaping legumes & colliding dungarees
3) crustacean movement & criminal sunscreen
4) baseball term & seasonal pig

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Flower Names

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Each of the following clues describes two words. One of the words is a type of flower. The other word is that flower with one of the following changes: a letter added anywhere (tall stall), a letter deleted anywhere (statice static), a letter changed anywhere (supine lupine). There is no rearrangement of the other letters. No flower is used more than once.

1) This is a sly flower.
2) This is an abusive flower.
3) This is a quicker flower.
4) This is a lively flower.
5) This flower is a bird.
6) This flower is held in servitude to work off a debt.
7) This is what a flower uses for smelling.
8) These are thick earthenware pots made from a flower.<...

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Spazy Croonerisms

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A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?

1) overweight dam builder & symptom of a sick flying mammal
2) bottom of the ocean & an insect-bitten dog has this
3) a cooking utensil & a nosy admirer
4) the person in charge of clocks and watches & the result of exposing silent actors to the sun

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Fruit Names

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Each of the following clues describes two words. One of the words is a type of fruit. The other word is that fruit with one of the following changes: a letter added anywhere (apple applet), a letter deleted anywhere (orange range), a letter changed anywhere (cheery cherry). There is no rearrangement of the other letters. No fruit is used more than once.

1) This is a devilish fruit.
2) This is a crippled fruit.
3) This is a happy fruit.
4) This is a criminal fruit.
5) This is a large fruit.
6) This is a tardy fruit.
7) This is a sullen fruit.
8) This is an up-to-date fruit.
9) This is a handkerchief worn by a fruit.
10) This is a ...

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Martini Music

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Which artist from Group B can be added to Group A?

Group A: Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney and Wings, Sheena Easton, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones

Group B: Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Madonna, Nancy Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Rita Coolidge, Tina Turner

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This is one of those famous positions in chess history. Dr. Emanuel Lasker, who had held the world throne for 27 years until 1921, has just played 24…Qb5, which wins in every variation except one—the one his opponent Carlos Torre found.

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What's Common?

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Group A
A Hurricane
A Human
A Needle

Group B
A Football Game
A Golf Match
A Cooking Show

Group C A Cabbage
A Ship
A Hammer

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The Name Seems Familiar

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For each of the groups of actors below, can you identify the movie / TV character they have in common? For instance, given

Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan

The answer would be "James Bond".

1. Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley, Cindy Carol, Karen Valentine, Sally Field, Caryn Richman
2. Alan Napier, Michael Gough, Michael Caine
3. William Devane, Ossie Davis, William Jordan
4. Boris Karloff, Peter Boyle, Robert deNiro

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White to Play

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Some of you may recognize this position from the Fischer-Spassky return match in 1992. Can you match Fischer’s mating continuation here? Remember: don’t just give the quickie Black cooperating mating line.

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Odd Two, Out Too

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In this teaser, you have to find the odd ones out in the groups of words. BUT WAIT! There's a catch. Each group of words has TWO words which do not belong. Can you find them both?

EXAMPLE:

Lily - Jane - Tulip - Rose

Jane does not belong as it's the only one which is not a flower

Tulip also does not belong because it's the only one which is not a girl's name

You're on you own for the rest!

1. Dodge - Ford - Lincoln - Hoover

2. King - Earl - Knight - Bishop

3. Yellow - Green - Dead - Black

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Flower Power

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Five women bought five different types of flowers for different reasons on different days.
Names: Julia, Amy, Bethany, Rachel, and Kristen
Flowers: Roses, Daisies, Lilies, Tulips, and Carnations
Colors: Purple, Yellow, Pink, White, and Peach
Places or Occasions: Backyard, Park, Office, Wedding, and Birthday
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

1. The flowers were purchased in the following order: tulips, the flowers for the office, the purple flowers, the roses for the park, and the white flowers bought by Julia.

2. Bethany loves flowers but is allergic, so she would never have them indoors.

3. It rained on Wednesday and Friday, because ...

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