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Operation Sharp-ectomy

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Six words have had their sharp things removed. The sharp things 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 sharp thing 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: brad, nail, pin, piton, spike, stake
Group B: eeve, insrai, raha, rnlr, ufesbe, waebst

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More Twisted Personas

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The names of four famous people have been scrambled. They are: an athlete, an entertainer, a leader of a country, and a scientist (though not necessarily in that order). Who are they?

1) gong, hero gets a win
2) oh, a jet man
3) sly peer lives
4) ten elite brains

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Black to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

One of my favorite attacking players in chess history is Rashid Nezhmetdinov. Some of his combinations are so complicated and brilliant I can’t really show them here. This position is fairly straightforward, though.

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Animal Life

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

Group A:
garter snake
giraffe
goat
guppy

Group B:
gar
gecko
golden eagle
gorilla

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Anagram Riddle

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I am a set of three words, all with the same four letters.
First I am a type of carriage.
Then switch my middle letters, and I am a cover often useful on a diamond.
Now switch my end letters ...
When you see me, you also see hair.

What are the words?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

On my facebook page, one of my posters put up the end of a 3-minute game they played. Wolff King Morrow was pretty deep into the game with probably a healthy chunk of his 3 minutes gone, yet he found a very pretty finish. You have less than 3 minutes to find it!

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Greek Mythology

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Complete the series by making a selection from the pool.

Series: Hermes, Aphrodite, Gaea, Ares, Zeus, Cronus, Uranus, Poseidon, ?

Pool: Athena, Dionysus, Eros, Hades, Hephaestus, Hera

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Words with AB

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Five words that contain AB 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?

-AB--, ---AB, AB----, AB-----, -AB----

Pool: C, E, E, I, I, I, L, L, N, P, Q, R, S, S, T, T, T, U, U, Y

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Persons of Interest

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What is the meaning of this rebus?

marcus Brutus
john wilkes Booth
Billy the kid
Bonnie parker
clyde Barrow

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White to Play

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An exciting way to finish the week—a slash and burn kingside attack by Boros over Szabo back in the 1930s.

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Motherly Love

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Black as night I can be,
Until my Mother sits on me;
Then clear as ice I become
In the rough, thank you Mum.

What am I?

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Mono-Grammar

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Each of the following sentences contains clues to a set of three words that are spelled the same, except for one letter (each sentence describes a different set). Example: malt, melt, molt.

1) Billy discovered a cylindrical chest buried beneath the knoll.

2) The only evidence found by the detective was some adhesive in the chimney passage.

3) The bashful bovine rested on the small bed.

4) The latest fad was for people to desire the ingestion of a tall wading bird.

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White to Play

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This composition was one of Irving Chernev’s favorites. There is a humorous point to it at the end. It’s White to play and draw. Composition by Bogdassaryanz.

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One Letter of Separation

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1a) to wriggle 1b) a member of the British gentry 1c) a small forcible stream of liquid

2a) this color is a blend of red and yellow darkened by black
2b) the top of the head
2c) to cover with water

3a) more recent
3b) rubbish
3c) a written communication

4a) free from color
4b) a high-pitched plaintive cry
4c) although

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Working 9 to 5

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Jennifer reported to work, and has been at her task for almost eight hours. She has been looking forward to the big softball game tonight, and is worried about how well she will play after a grueling day on the job. Change WORK to PLAY by changing one letter at a time. The change must go through TASK and GAME. Each step must produce a valid word in the English language. No word can be used more than once. (It will take more than one step to get to the next word!)

WORK ---- TASK ---- GAME ---- PLAY

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Black to Play

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There’s not much on the board, but a lot is happening. At Goteborg in 1955, GM Arthur Bisguier, Black, to play, is a rook and knight up, but his opponent, Boris Spassky, who would become world champion in 1969, is about to get a queen and make things interesting. Bisguier found a way achieve victory here. What was it?

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Trios

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The following 15 words can be divided into 5 groups of 3 words. The words in each trio will share a similar characteristic. What are the groupings? Why?

astern, bony, con, deal, land, lien, nit, pending, pinion, range, slander, steroid, tile, vary, venue

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World Series

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In Major League Baseball, the World Series is a best of seven series. The first team to win four games is the champion. The Series is scheduled so that one team hosts the first two games and the last two games, while the other team hosts the middle three games. The World Series ends as soon as one team wins four games, so the Series could be completed in as few as four games.

In this fantasy Series, the New York Yankees played the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles hosted the first two games. The final scores of the games were:
Game 1: 4 to 3
Game 2: 6 to 5 (11 innings)
Game 3: 11 to 7
Game 4: 16 to 9
Game 5: 9 to 6 (10 innings)
Game 6: 2 to 1
Game...

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Boundary of a Sleep Image

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What does this rebus represent?

gloomy turquoise
temperamental cyan
sullen aquamarine
despondent azure
morose cerulean

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White to Play

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Yes it’s White to Play, but Black is the one to perform the mating move! Our last puzzle this week is a self-mate. White goes first and forces Black to mate him. It’s a little odd, but the solution is ingenious. It’s a composition by Shinkman. BTW, that Black pawn is there for several reasons, but the White king still has to head toward ...

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