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Country Club

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Which country in Group B can be added to Group A? Why? It has nothing to do with their spelling or pronunciation.

Group A: Australia, Denmark, Egypt, Venezuela
Group B: Bulgaria, Japan, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Zaire

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White to Play

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In, this, our last week of chess summer school, we will be concluding with three positions from the great chess teacher of the early 20th century, Siegbert Tarrasch. He was the greatest tournament player of the late 19th century as well. In this game he had started out with one less rook and then sacrificed his queen to reach this position where...

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Anagram Riddle

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An anagram riddle to tease you;
Three five-letter words, each gets one clue.
A guillotine's use,
An act to get deuce,
And what you are reading now in view.

What are the words?

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Words with GH

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Five words that contain GH as a letter-pair have had all of their other letters removed and placed into a pool. Put those letters back in their proper places. What are the words?

GH---, -GH---, ---GH-, ----GH, ---GH--

Pool: A, A, E, I, M, O, O, O, R, R, S, S, S, T, T, T, T, U, U, W

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Ling o'Tree

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Each of the following clues describes two words. One of the words is a type of tree. The other word is that tree with one of the following changes: a letter added anywhere (pine spine), a letter deleted anywhere (larch arch), a letter changed anywhere (birch birth). There is no rearrangement of the other letters. No tree is used more than once.

1) This is an older tree.
2) This is a well-known tree.
3) This is a feeble tree.
4) This is a man tree.
5) This tree is related to an ox.
6) This tree makes hasty decisions.
7) This tree is used to steer a ship.
8) This tree is a soothing lotion.
9) This is tree hair.
10) This is something a ...

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White to Play

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We conclude this week’s study of kingside attacks with a very instructive game well worth playing over to see how White not only sets up his attck, but takes advantage of Black mistakes. The game was Sheremetieva-Sero,, Yugoslavia, 1992 and started out this way: 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bd3 0–0 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.e5 dxe5 9....

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Country Club

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Which country in Group B can be added to Group A? Why? It has nothing to do with spelling or pronunciation.

Group A: Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Malaysia
Group B: Cambodia, France, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Somalia

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Fake Stone

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I am a fake stone,
I am green without envy.
I am three in one,
I can symbolize the Trinity.

What am I?

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White to Play

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In this our 11th week of chess summer school, we’re looking at kingside attacks. Here, from the game Khenkin-Anagnostopoulos, Greece, 2000, White finishes Black off very quickly. It follows that old rule we have harped on here for years!

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Class Photo

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Jacob's class picture has 40 photos arranged in a 8 x 5 grid. The photos in the top row are numbered 1 through 8 from left to right, with the photos in the remaining rows similarly numbered (as shown below). Given the following clues (bordering includes horizontal, vertical, and diagonal), where is Jacob's picture?

X X X X X X X X (1 - 8)
X X X X X X X X (9 - 16)
X X X X X X X X (17 - 24)
X X X X X X X X (25 - 32)
X X X X X X X X (33 - 40)

1) There are 20 boys and 20 girls.
2) Each row and column has at least two girls, but no more than four girls.
3) Every girl borders at least one other girl.
4) Girls are located at positions that are prime ...

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Call 911

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What is the meaning of this rebus?

Buse, train derailment!
Emic, head-on collision!
Larm!
Oint, apartment on fire!
Rena, bank robbery in progress!

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White to Play

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Wow! Week 11 of Chess Summer School. Time flies. This week we’re going to look at attacking a castled king. Our firs example is from an Olympiad in 1933 where “Mickey” Mikenas topples then world championship contender Salo Flohr. Can you match Mickey?

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Slice & Splice

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Slice the six 3-letter words in Group A into individual letters. Then create three 6-letter words for Group B. Each of the Group B words is constructed by splicing one letter from each of the Group A words together. The letters can be spliced in whatever order necessary to create a word in the English language. Each letter from Group A can only be used one time. The Group B words share a common characteristic. One letter of each Group B word is provided.

Group A: ARC, HUT, RID, RIP, SON, TAR
Group B: -A----, --R---, C-----

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Sum of the Parts

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What famous phrase is represented by this rebus?

(K + I + N + G) = (D + U + K + E) = (S + I + R) = (M + I + S + T + E + R) = ...

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Words with PH

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Five words that contain PH as a letter-pair have had all of their other letters removed and placed into a pool. Put those letters back in their proper places. What are the words?

-PH--, PH----, -PH---, --PH--, ---PH--

Pool: A, A, C, D, G, I, I, I, I, L, L, L, M, N, O, R, S, U, U, Y

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White to Play

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This is our last endgame challenge for Chess Summer School, but it’s a dandy! Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance. GM John Nunn picked out some incredible teaching problems.

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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 musical performed on a hill.
2) This is when a fish goes into a building.
3) This is a bird that is tardy.
4) This is used to prevent a skirt from getting shorter.

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White to Play

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(Due to technical difficulties, this puzzle was left out Wednesday of last week. This then is your Thursday Bonus Puzzle!) Being alert to possibilities is our theme for today and our next puzzle. In this game, Khavsky-Korolev, Leningrad, 1962, White appears to be in dire straits. Black has just played Qg4. If White takes the queen, then 1.hxg4 ...

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Dugwink

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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.

dug ? side ? ? over ? ? hold ? ? owner ? ? arm ? ? ? wink

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White to Play

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In this, week ten (!) of chess summer school, we have our second puzzle as we are going back to king and pawn endings to see if you remember some basic principles. This week is based on a contest run by GM John Nunn in British Chess Magazine in 1999. White’s task here is to draw.

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