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435 M's?

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The initials in the "equation" below stand for words. Can you figure out the phrase? (ex.: 60 S in a M = 60 Seconds in a Minute)

435 M in the US H of R

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37?

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The initials in the "equation" below stand for words. Can you figure out the phrase? (ex.: 60 S in a M = 60 Seconds in a Minute)

37 C in H P and the G of F
(Clue: Literature)

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

We’re continuing our advance start on “chess summer school.” One of the important things to do in teaching beginners is to show them mating patterns. This often involves sacrifices, so it expands their minds in terms of possibilities to look for. We always reinforce the idea of lok at ALL checks and captures. This example is an old favorite.

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The Vowel-less Knights, Part 3

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The Vowel-less Knights are back yet again! Can you place vowels in the following sentences and figure out what the knights are saying? For bonus points, see if you know who said each famous quote.

1. cnnt smltnsl prvnt nd prpr fr wr.
2. f knw nthr th nm nr rslf, wll sccmb n vr bttl.
3. Wr s rgrdd s nthng bt th cntntn f stt plc wth thr mns.

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The Return of the Vowel-less Knights

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The Vowel-less Knights are back again today ... and they're even more difficult to understand! Can you place vowels in the following three sentences to figure out what they're saying? For extra points, see if you can figure out who said them.

1) shll rtrn.
2) Th sht hrd rnd th wrld.
3) Cm p nd s m smtm.

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The Vowel-Less Knights

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For those of you who never played the computer game "Might and Magic," the Vowel-less Knights would always say something without vowels. It was up to you, the player, to figure out what they were saying. In their tradition, what are these famous quotes? (And for bonus points, who said them?)

1) Spk sftl nd crr bg stck.
2) gv hm th whl nn yrds!
3) Nvr hv s fw gvn s mch fr s mn.

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Word 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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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

We’re continuing our advance start on “chess summer school.” If you look at the first two lessons, we see that the Opposition is critical to understanding king and pawn endings. What we have here is yet another. Set up this position for your student and have them play to win.

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Number Problem

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Can you find a five digit number which has no zeros and no repeated digits, where:

The first digit is a prime number.
The second digit is the fifth digit minus the first digit.
The third digit is twice the first digit.
The fourth digit is the third digit plus three.
The fifth digit is the difference between the first digit and the fourth digit.

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Scrambled Stars

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Can you unscramble the movies in Part 1 and match them with who the star was in Part 2? And your answer is?

Part 1 1. LANEI
2. TOCMELA
3. GEISNRLM
4. OPCYSH
5. RMAOB
6. PASUARSCT
7. EUTKL

Part 2 1. Kirk Douglas
2. Sylvester Stallone
3. Donald Sutherland
4. Sigourney Weaver
5. Phoebe Cates
6. Richard Harris
7. Anthony Perkins

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White to Play

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We’re continuing our advance start on “chess summer school.” One of the best ways to demonstrate to beginners just how subtle chess can be with a few pieces on the board is to do king and pawn endings. They can be tricky. Our previous one showed how important opposition is and how one mistake can end the game in stalemate. Today’s is a ...

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The Antisocial Club

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The Antisocial Club meets every week at Jim's Bar. Since they are so antisocial, however, everyone always sits as far as possible from the other members, and no one ever sits right next to another member. Because of this, the 25-stool bar is almost always less than half full and unfortunately for Jim the members that don't sit at the bar don't order any drinks. Jim, however, is pretty smart and makes up a new rule: The first person to sit at the bar has to sit at one of two particular stools. If this happens, then the maximum number of members will sit at the bar. Which stools must be chosen? Assume the stools are numbered 1 to 25 and are arranged in a straight line.

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Breaking the Billiard Ball

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It is your task to determine how high you can drop a billiard ball without it breaking. There is a 100 story building and you must determine which is the highest floor you can drop a ball from without it breaking. You have only two billiard balls to use as test objects. If both of them break before you determine the answer then you have failed at your task. What is the order of floors that you should drop the balls from to minimize the number of droppings that you will have to make to determine the answer?

Assume that if a ball doesn't break you can reuse it without worrying about it being weakened.

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White to Play

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When my sons were little, I used to have morning “Dad’s summer school” lessons on just about anything during the long break. It meant they wouldn’t camp out in front of the TV set to start their day. As the end of the school year coming upon us, I’m going to start with some basic lessons for this week and then do one every Monday. If ...

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Water Locks

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A canal in UK has 13 locks and no water supply at the top. Each lock loses 7000 L of water when used. A truck, capable of carrying 22 tons of water, is rented to bring water from the bottom to the top.

Is the contract reasonable?

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The Ladies from U.N.K.A.L.

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MADADIA has been chosen to host the latest United Nations Kebab Annual Liaisons (U.N.K.A.L). Madadia's mayoress, Madka Owdiseez, has invited several wives of delegates of UNKAL for an informal luncheon. She plans to seat her 9 guests in a row such that each lady will be able to converse with the person directly to her left and right. She has prepared the following list.

Mrs. F speaks English only.
Mrs. G speaks English and French.
Mrs. H speaks English and Russian.
Mrs. J speaks Russian only.
Mrs. K speaks English only.
Mrs. L speaks French only.
Mrs. M speaks French and German.
Mrs. N speaks English and German.
Mrs. O speaks English only. ...

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Five Businessmen

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The five businessmen in question represented different companies at a recent trade fair. Unfortunately, the hotel they were all due to stay in had accidentally double booked their rooms. They tried other hotels in the area, but all were fully booked. Consequently, they all agreed to share the only two rooms available in the hotel - one twin and one triple.

From the clues, can you work out each man's name, company and official title?

1. When the five men realized their dilemma, they drew straws to see who would share with whom. The outcome for four of them was that the CEO shared with the businessman from ABM Inc. and Edgar shared with the Developer.
2. Alan does not work for...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Years ago, I set up this problem for a group of young beginners with the question, “What is your best move here?” They had been told to always look for all checks and captures, so they went at it. Nobody found the right answer! I’ve used my little construction for many years now with beginners with the same result, yet I keep doing it ...

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The Eccentric Billionaire

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One day, an eccentric billionaire decided to give a destitute man a break. But not a total break, as we shall see. So, he invites him into a room in his mansion with seven doors. There is also a large-screen projector that projects the following five images, repeatedly, one at a time:

A human brain, Earth, the incomplete phrase: 'Fair and ____,' the letters AZCONMUT and a cheese sandwich on plain white bread with the edges perfectly cut off.

The poor man was allowed an entire day to study the images, after which he would have to choose the door that corresponded to the commonality of the images. The next day the man walked through the correct door, and the billionaire made him rich. ...

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Hat Trick

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The Situation:
There is an island with 10 inhabitants. One day a monster comes and says that he intends to eat every one of them but will give them a chance to survive in the following way:

In the morning, the monster will line up all the people - single file so that the last person sees the remaining 9, the next person sees the remaining 8, and so on until the first person that obviously sees no one in front of himself. The monster will then place black or white hats on their heads randomly (they can be all white, all black or any combination thereof).

The monster will offer each person starting with the last one (who sees everyone else's hats) to guess the color of his/her own ...

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