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Ana-Grammar

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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) The jail keeper counseled the prisoners not to stray beyond the barricade.

2) Due to the warning, Mary had to change her plans to arrive at a future time.

3) The crippled man had eggs and toast for his breakfast.

4) Paul was not excited about making large bundles of black rope.

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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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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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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

I was reading through the new release of Andy Soltis’s “The Inner Game of Chess” and found this position of interest. Actually, there are quite a lot of positions of interest in this book, and congratulations to Mongoose Press for re-introducing such a classic. Soltis revised it, and, of course, it’s now in algebraic. You will read 324 ...

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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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A change of pace. A very challenging mate in 3 for White.

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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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Black to Play

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This is an old classic, but worth knowing for both sides. It starts out: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 and now White should play 4.Nxd4 followed by castling and d3. Instead, White players have been known to go with the mistake 4.Nxe5. If you’re Black, how do you punish this mistake, although it threatens a knight fork on f7.

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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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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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White to Play

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White seems to be in dire straits here as mate is coming at g2. How does he wriggle out?

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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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In 1998, British Chess Magazine reported the following position that arose between grandmasters Gelfand and Lautier. Gelfand played 39.Rc5. Two questions: should Gelfand have played that move; what should Lautier’s response have been?

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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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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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White plays a move in this game that pretty much ends the game. Michael Adams’ opponent, Giorgi Giorgadze, hung on for a few moves, then resigned. What was the move?

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