In a far-off kingdom, it is well known that the only way to counteract being poisoned is to drink a stronger poison, in order to neutralize the weaker one. Long ago, the king who ruled this kingdom wanted to ensure that he possessed the strongest poison in the kingdom, to ensure that he could counteract any attempts on his life.
So the king called the royal treasurer and the kingdom's best pharmacist. He gave each the task of concocting the strongest poison possible within one week. At the end of this week, each of the two men would drink the other's poison, followed by his own -- whoever survived, succeeded.
The pharmacist went straight to work, but the treasurer knew he had no ...View full teaser and answer
After recent events, Question Mark is annoyed with his brother, Skid Mark. Skid thought it would be funny to hide Question's wallet. He told Question that he would get it back if he finds it. So, first off, Skid laid five colored keys in a row. One of them is a key to a room where Skid is hiding Question's wallet. Using the clues, can you determine the order of the keys and which is the right key?
Red: This key is somewhere to the left of the key to the door.
Blue: This key is not at one of the ends
Green: This key is three spaces away from the key to the door (2 between)
Yellow: This key is next to the key to the door.
Orange: This key is in the middle.
This finish of the game was accomplished by Tolush in 1947.View solution
I was going through some old family photos in the attic when I stumbled upon our family tree. I studied it for a couple minutes then went back down stairs to tell my mom about the family tree. The problem is I didn't study it long enough to remember the whole thing. I only remembered a couple things about it, and recent memories. Can you help me figure out my family tree? There are two grandparents, who had two children, who both got married and had 2 more children each. Totaling 10 people in all (Alex, David, Jamie, Jessica, John, Justin, Lincoln, Martha, Mary and Tina).
1. One of Jamie's ancestors was David.
2. John's sister gave birth to Tina.
3. Mary went bowling with her...
You have a four-liter jug and a nine-liter jug. You also have a pool of water.
What is the fewest number of steps it takes to come up with exactly 6 liters of water?
(A step is defined as pouring water into a jug. For instance, filling the four-liter jug and emptying it into the nine-liter jug would be two steps.)View full teaser and answer
Here’s another Helling special. He was a rook down, but found the quickest way to mate his opponent. Your turn!View solution
Doria, Libby, Robb, TJ, and Vinny searched the lost and found table. By the time they finished, two gloves (one red, one blue), a blue hat, a striped sweater, and one pair of black sneakers had all made it back to their original owners. Each of the students found one of these missing items.
1. Libby and TJ both found something with red in it.
2. TJ and Doria each found a glove.
3. Vinny was the only one to walk off with something in each hand.
What items did each person find at the lost and found table?View full teaser and answer
Decapitate me and all becomes equal. Then truncate me and I become second. Cut me front and back and I become two less than I started.
What am I?View full teaser and answer
Black’s a pawn up, but White has a trick up his sleeve. Won by Helling in 1933.View solution
Which two people in Group A should be in Group B?
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Which word in group B belongs in group A?
A) 1. automatic 2. biology 3. thermal.
B) 4. international 5. transport 6. antiwar.View full teaser and answer
Explain how the following equation is true.
byte = dollarView full teaser and answer
Here’s a blast from the past…the 19th century. White wastes time with some pawn moves and Black takes advantage of it. The game started out: Horwitz-Bledow, 1837: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Bb6 5.d4 Qe7 6.d5 Nd8 7.Be2 d6 8.h3 f5 9.Bg5 Nf6 10.Nbd2 0–0 11.Nh4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 … (see diagram)View solution
One word is missing from the list below. Can you figure out the pattern that will tell you what the missing word is?
begin inch chapel elastic ==?== cellar arisen endView full teaser and answer
This game ended with a real double treat of a sacrifice. Szabo resigned after White’s very first move as he saw it, finally. Can you see it? From Boros-Szabo, Budapest, 1937.View solution
What letters replace the question marks in this series?
Below, we've listed the planets in the Solar System in a different order. According to this order, in which order should the two final planets appear?
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Earth, Mars, Pluto, ?, ?.View full teaser and answer
Which of these numbers does not belong with the others?
There are quite a few mates in four here. Can you checkmate Black in THREE moves?View solution
Amy was pregnant with her 7th child. Everyone was excited. She had named her children Sandy, Adam, Denton, Edward, Dina and Ira, in their order of birth and according to a specific rule. She knows her 7th child will be a girl. Which of the following names is she likely to use, and why?