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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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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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Anagram Riddle

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Words of six letters, anagrams three. Tell me then, what can they be?

The first:
A person that will marry you;
Waiting to hear the words "I do".

The second:
A ghost, a spirit, or fairy;
If it's evil, you'd best be wary.

The third:
What you see when you see a skunk;
Lucky you've not an elephant's trunk.

What are the words?

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Evolution

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Make CARP (fish) evolve into GOAT (mammal) by changing one letter at a time. Each change must produce a valid word in the English language. But there is a catch. The evolution must go through NEWT (amphibian) and CROW (bird). No word can be used more than once.

CARP ---- NEWT ---- CROW ---- GOAT

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Roaming Gnome

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There is a 7-letter word that has, as one of its definitions, a 6-letter word. Now, switch the positions of the third and sixth letters of the original word, making a new word (an anagram). One of its definitions is now that same 6-letter word, except that it is split into two words (for example, "inward" can be split into "in ward").

What are the two words? What are the definitions?

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White to Play

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An old favorite mate in three by A.W. Galitzky

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American Presidents

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Which president from Group B can be added to Group A? Why?

Group A: William Harrison, Zachary Taylor, James Garfield, John Kennedy

Group B: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter

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Bones in the Storage Room

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What does this rebus represent?

The late Dan DeLion: "It's nice that someone mows the cemetery grass"
The recently deceased Mary O'Nette: "It's enjoyable just lying around"
The dearly departed Otto MacAnic: "I'm happy not having to share a room"
The just interred Anna Robic: "I appreciated the beautiful eulogy"

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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 sleep relative.
2) This is a masculine painting.
3) This is when a snake stops moving.
4) This is body waste from a fruit.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A dandy little study by Troitzky from 1917. You would think he had other things on his mind that year! It’s really process of elimination. All the wrong choices just draw very easily.

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Thirsty

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What does this rebus describe?

Coffee @ 120 degrees
Wine @ 40 degrees

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Grape Rouge

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Which word in Group B can be added to Group A? Why?

Group A: forty, grape, react, rouge
Group B: carat, claim, coast, crass, curse

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White to Play

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A two-move from Geoffrey Mott-Smith in the 1930s.

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Boomerang

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Per this rebus, what is indicated by item #5?

1) . echo
2) . feedback
3) . reflect
4) . reply
5) .

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Dress Code

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The sign at the restaurant read "No shirt, no shoes, no service". Wally put on a shirt and a pair of shoes, tried to enter without pants and socks, but he was still turned away. Apparently, he had to be fully dressed. Help Wally get dressed, starting with his shirt, then his pants, followed by his socks, and finally his shoes. Change SHIRT to SHOES by changing one letter at a time. The change must go through PANTS and SOCKS. Each change must produce a valid word in the English language. No word can be used more than once.

SHIRT ---- PANTS ---- SOCKS ---- SHOES

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White to Play

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A thousand apologies for my putting up the wrong diagram on Friday. As one reader, of many who wrote me, pointed out, I seem snakebitten by this puzzle, as I also got it wrong in my book and was attempting to make amends by putting it here. Yes, THIS TIME it is the correct puzzle position. Much thanks to all who wrote! White mates in two. BTW, ...

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Tale of a Tail

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As I get closer, my tail grows longer;
As I leave, my tail leads the way.

What am I?

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Evolution

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Make GAR (fish) evolve into DOG (mammal) by changing one letter at a time. Each change must produce a valid word in the English language. But there is a catch. The evolution must go through BOA (reptile) and OWL (bird). No word can be used more than once.

GAR ---- BOA ---- OWL ---- DOG

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Comb Tonic

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Which word in Group B can be added to Group A? Why?

Group A: comb, mount, strophe, tonic
Group B: acre, floor, giant, log, redo, view

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