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The Name Seems Familiar

Games / Brain Teasers /

For each of the groups of actors below, can you identify the movie / TV character they have in common? For instance, given

Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan

The answer would be "James Bond".

1. Sandra Dee, Deborah Walley, Cindy Carol, Karen Valentine, Sally Field, Caryn Richman
2. Alan Napier, Michael Gough, Michael Caine
3. William Devane, Ossie Davis, William Jordan
4. Boris Karloff, Peter Boyle, Robert deNiro

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Every once in a while, you get to play over a miniature game that you just enjoy because of all its possibilities. I’ve spent some time annotating those possibilities in this game, Gerbec-Weil, Vienna, 1933. Both sides make errors and the king hunts are fascinating. I hope you play over them.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O ...

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Odd Two, Out Too

Games / Brain Teasers /

In this teaser, you have to find the odd ones out in the groups of words. BUT WAIT! There's a catch. Each group of words has TWO words which do not belong. Can you find them both?

EXAMPLE:

Lily - Jane - Tulip - Rose

Jane does not belong as it's the only one which is not a flower

Tulip also does not belong because it's the only one which is not a girl's name

You're on you own for the rest!

1. Dodge - Ford - Lincoln - Hoover

2. King - Earl - Knight - Bishop

3. Yellow - Green - Dead - Black

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Flower Power

Games / Brain Teasers /

Five women bought five different types of flowers for different reasons on different days.
Names: Julia, Amy, Bethany, Rachel, and Kristen
Flowers: Roses, Daisies, Lilies, Tulips, and Carnations
Colors: Purple, Yellow, Pink, White, and Peach
Places or Occasions: Backyard, Park, Office, Wedding, and Birthday
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

1. The flowers were purchased in the following order: tulips, the flowers for the office, the purple flowers, the roses for the park, and the white flowers bought by Julia.

2. Bethany loves flowers but is allergic, so she would never have them indoors.

3. It rained on Wednesday and Friday, because ...

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Cats in Spring

Games / Brain Teasers /

On a beautiful spring day in the park, there were five female cats walking together and gossiping about their humans. Up ahead, there were five males walking together bragging about their conquests. When the two groups met, there were five cupids flying through the air. Next thing ya know, there were five couples walking away in separate directions. The couples began talking and soon found that they had amazing things in common. Well, long story short, we all know what happens to cats that fall in love in the springtime, oh my what a racket! Can you figure out who the couples were, what treats they liked, what their favorite activity was and how many kittens each had in their litter?

...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A truly delightful finish arose in Nadel-Margulies, Berlin, 1932. Mate in three!

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Magical Scroll Case

Games / Brain Teasers /

After some relaxing, the Seekers of Knowledge received a gift from an anonymous person. The gift was a magical scroll case that had 12 gemstones on it. The Seekers were a bit shocked at the elegance of the scroll case as they knew it was very expensive.

There was a catch with it. They had no idea how to open it. As they looked over the scroll case with amazement, suddenly a magic mouth appeared before them and said, "The code to open this scroll case is hidden within the stones; you must press each stone in the proper order to open it." The magic faded out.

The stones are in this order on the scroll case: Turquoise, Diamond, Opal, Aquamarine, Topaz, Emerald, Moonstone, Garnet, Sapphire,...

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Allen's Quandary

Games / Brain Teasers /

Allen was in the process of sprucing up his large backyard by planting trees, when he came to a tough decision. He had already planted the following types of trees: Khejri, Himalayan Pine, Maple, Llala Palm, and Agave Cactus, when he noticed that he could only plant one more. Given the trees that he had already planted, which of the following type would he choose?

Hard Quandong
Chinese Fir
Eucalyptus
Ulmo
Wild Olive
Pacific Dogwood

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Alertness in chess is very important. This game gives one reason why. Kienenger-MRoss, Munich, 1941:1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 b5 7.Bg2 Bb7 [Opposing bishops like this always requires special alertness.]8.0–0 Nbd7 9.Re1 e6? [Black needed to bite the bullet with 9...e5 10.Nf5 Qc7]10.e5! Bxg2 11.exf6 [That's right! White...

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Freezing Point

Games / Brain Teasers /

The freezing point of pure water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). However, by simply adding a common household ingredient, you then can easily cool the water 20 degrees past the freezing point, and still keep it in liquid form.

How is this possible?

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"Force"

Games / Brain Teasers /

A man wanted to encrypt his password but he needed to do it in a way so that he could remember it. His password is 7 characters long. The password consists of letters and numbers only (no symbols like ! or <). In order to remember it he wrote down "You force heaven to be empty" Can you guess what his password is?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

The great attacking grandmaster, Paul Keres, in his youth played a good many correspondence games where he used gambits. Here, his opponent didn’t pay attention to development and tried to get material. Bad idea!

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Around and Back in 12

Games / Brain Teasers /

Start with a 6-letter word. Replace one letter to find the next word. No word is repeated in the trip until we are back to where we started. Clues are given along the way.

1. block and tackle
2.
3. recycled glass
4.
5. decorative moulding
6.
7. online purchase software
8.
9. paid a visit
10.
11. hauled
12 (we are back !)

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Crafty Words

Games / Brain Teasers /

Take the list of words below and arrange them into 3 sentences that all have something in common. Each word is only used once each time they appear in the list. ('A' can be used 4 times as it's in the list 4 times.) Punctuation is not an issue in this teaser.

A, A, A, A, ANIMALS, BAR, BAT, DAN, DROOP, I, I, IN, IN, IS, IT, NET, OR, POOR, SAW, SLAM, TEN, WAS

What are the sentences and what do they have in common?

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Weather-ectomy

Games / Brain Teasers /

Six words have had their weather terms removed. The weather terms 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 weather term 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: cloud, hail, rain, sleet, storm, wind
Group B: arngg, astba, atage, bevora, diabmn, higa

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

The Anti-Max Lange Attack (5…Nxe4 instead of 5…Bc5)leads to active piece play, and this game goes that way for a while. Then, a whole bunch of aimless pawn moves erupt around the board, and that is never good in an open position. It went this way: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O Nxe4 6. Re1 d5 7. Bxd5 Qxd5 8.Nc3 Qf5 9. Nxe4 ...

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Mixing Math and Poetry

Games / Brain Teasers /

What kind of poem am I?

(12 + 144 + 20 + (3 x (4^.5)))/7 + 5 x 11 = (9 ^2) + 0

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Danger?

Games / Brain Teasers /

Parker was hiding under a table. He was frightened, and knew that his brothers were probably already dead. He heard a couple of blasts, then Parker knew he was okay. What happened?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Everyone who plays either side of the Scandinavian (Center Counter) Defense should know the idea presented in this position, a game won by Canal in the 1930s. It started out 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 c6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Bf4 e6 7. h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Bb4 9. Be2 Nd7 10. a3 O-O-O (Black’s better choice was 10... Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Qd5 [11... O-O...

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Stone-Washed Genes

Games / Brain Teasers /

Both of my parents have brown eyes, as do I. My brother and my wife have blue eyes. Using the simple brown-blue model (two genes; a brown gene dominates blue gene), what are the chances of my first child having blue eyes?

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