Six words have had their fish removed. The fish have been placed into Group A. The remaining letters of each word have been placed into Group B. Your task is to reconstitute the words by merging each fish with the proper set of letters. Other than merging the two groups together, there is no rearranging of the letters. Example: sand + pne= spanned (SpANneD).
Group A: bass, carp, gar, shark, trout, tuna
Group B: acue, hugho, moc, rnula, rtble, sholshi
This position is from an actual game, Najdorf-Curtis, 1985. Najdorf, in the 40s and 50s was one of the top ten players in the world, yet here, a bit older, he missed a win. How does White win?View solution
The American Civil War has ended. Can you repatriate the Confederacy (gray) into the Union (blue) by changing one letter at a time? Each step must create a valid word in the English language. President Abraham Lincoln made the change in 6 steps (for the history buffs out there, Abe planned these changes before he was assassinated). Can you do as well ... or better?
GRAY ---- BLUEView full teaser and answer
The countries of Russia and Egypt share a characteristic that only one of the countries in the following list also shares. Which country and for what reason? It has nothing to do with spelling or pronunciation.
(Hint: The answer covers a lot of ground ...)View full teaser and answer
Harry took a hike away from home. Unfortunately, birds ate his trail of bread crumbs. Can you help Harry return home by changing one letter at a time? Each step must create a valid word in the English language. Harry made the change in 8 steps. Can you do as well ... or better?
AWAY ---- HOMEView full teaser and answer
This is the last in our selection of Morgan-picked positions where one move brings about resignation. This game was Darga-Duckstein, Switzerland, 1963.View solution
Which word in Group B can be added to Group A? Why?
Group A: ambler, ingrate, leash, steal
Group B: crushed, pudding, singes, tundra
Following our selection of Morgan-picked positions where one move brings about resignation, here is one with a future world champ on the wrong end: Dementiev,Oleg I - Karpov,Anatoly [B04] URS-ch38 Riga (15), 1970 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 cxd6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.h3 0–0 9.Be2 Nc6 10.0–0 Bf5 11.b3 d5 12.c5 Nc8 13.Bf4 b6 14....View solution
The Knights of Juzhani: The Emerald of the Black CaveBrandon Young
Jimmy is an ordinary kid who is a senior in high school. Except for being a black belt, he is an average kid in every respect, with the same hopes and angst. Little does he know that his life is about to change, starting with his discovery of a strange emerald during his class’s field trip ...
Mike and Dave like to play Scrabble. Mike never cheats. He always plays valid words and never plays out of turn. Dave, however, cheats. Sometimes he plays invalid words, but Mike never challenges. Sometimes he makes two plays in one turn. Mike never notices. Today, Mike and Dave have started playing a game. Mike played first. After 7 plays, the board looked like this:
As usual, Dave has already cheated one time. How has Dave cheated?View full teaser and answer
In a bound volume of British Chess Magazine from 1972, I found a section by D. J. Morgan where he put positions that one move was played and the other fellow resigned. In this game, Juarez,Carlos Eleodoro (2340) - Schweber,Samuel (2435) [B28] Mar del Plata Mar del Plata (15), 10.04.1971, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nde2 Bc5...View solution
The following three equations represent words that have a common relationship. The first letter of each word is given. Where will you find the following equations to be true? (Be sure to 'check' your answer carefully.)
Q = 1, B = 2, P = 8View full teaser and answer
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 the part of a book that describes sheep.
2) This is the natural way to turn a grape into a raisin.
3) These are informal neckwear.
4) This is the admission price for an enthusiastic follower to enter a stadium.
This is our last “dire straits” position. White is threatened by immediate mate in several ways. The queen can’t be taken. What can you do as White to stave off the mates?View solution
What is the meaning of this rebus?
FEANCIENTFEView full teaser and answer
Each of the following sentences contains clues to a set of three words that are anagrams of each other (each sentence describes a different set).
1) I have a painting of a small mammal wearing a coating without the feathers.
2) A winged apparition will harvest the grain where the two lines intersect.
3) The members of the two groups were fearful of the Holy Grail.
4) Trying to reach home and score the winning run, Joe jumped over the catcher and ripped the fold of his uniform.View full teaser and answer
Six words have had their birds removed. The birds have been placed into Group A. The remaining letters of each word have been placed into Group B. Your task is to reconstitute the words by merging each bird with the proper set of letters. Other than merging the two groups together, there is no rearranging of the letters. Example: sand + pne = spanned (SpANneD).
Group A: crow, hawk, owl, raven, robin, wren
Group B: itt, ndior, ossb, tre, trsig, tulg
Letter Equations are well known phrases or facts where the key words have been replaced with the first letter of that word. These are often in the form of an equation, which contain a number, an = sign and the rest of the obscured phrase or fact.
1 = H on a D CView full teaser and answer
Six words have had their colors removed. The colors have been placed into Group A. The remaining letters of each word have been placed into Group B. Your task is to reconstitute the words by merging each color with the proper set of letters. Other than merging the two groups together, there is no rearranging of the letters. Example: sand + pne = spanned (SpANneD).
Group A: blue, brown, cyan, green, pink, red
Group B: agssivess, astr, bac, rstllie, snaer, urig
This is one of the most notorious final positions in chess history. At Monte Carlo in 1902, VonPopiel has just played 36.Rd1, and his opponent, Georg Marco, a very strong player and editor of Wiener Schachzeitung, resigned because of the upcoming loss of a piece. However, his resignation was unwarranted. What could he have done to save himself?View solution
Which element in Group B can be added to Group A? Why?
Group A: Iridium, Vanadium, Xenon, Lanthanum, Carbon, Dysprosium
Group B: Radon, Barium, Uranium, Platinum, Manganese, Phosphorus