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Which Planets?

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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, ?, ?.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A wild game from 1926.

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Which Number?

Games / Brain Teasers /

Which of these numbers does not belong with the others?

31,556,926
234,567.876
525,948.766
8,765.81277
365.242199
52.177457
12

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Naming Rights

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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?

Mary
Kimberly
Rachel
June
Yolanda

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Here’s a dandy position as both sides are attacking the other person’s king. For White, it’s great as he has the move.

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Number Sequence

Games / Brain Teasers /

What number should finish this sequence?

23, 14, 19, 6, 20, ?

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Four Doors

Games / Brain Teasers /

You are an expert on paranormal activity and have been hired to locate a spirit haunting an old resort hotel. Strong signs indicate that the spirit lies behind one of four doors. The inscriptions on each door read as follows:

Door A: It's behind B or C
Door B: It's behind A or D
Door C: It's in here
Door D: It's not in here

Your psychic powers have told you three of the inscriptions are false, and one is true. Behind which door will you find the spirit?

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Number Patterns

Games / Brain Teasers /

What is the next in this pattern:

104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 89, 47, 13, 18, 33, 85, 79, 4, 5, ?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This is one of the most well-known attacking formations in chess. If you don’t know it, you should. It’s been around since the 1880s when Lasker defeated Bauer. Tarrasch later defeated Nimzovitch with this same set up. Of course, you have to see all the alternative moves Black would play and how you would meet them.

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Qoucorrian Math

Games / Brain Teasers /

While on your interplanetary vacation, you decide to stop at the planet Quocorri, a planet known for its many mathematical achievements.

While there, you decide to pick up on some of the Quocorrians mathematical variations. The Quocorrians won't tell you exactly how it works, only that it has some relationship to the Standard English math. They also give you four, true, Quocorrian math problems. They are:

2+2=9
4*1=1
5-2=16
-3+2=64

So, according to this system, what is 6/2?

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Number Code

Games / Brain Teasers /

Consider the following,

Mine = 456
His = 768
Hers = 523
Yours = 908

Now what phrase can you get from the rebus below?

4 7 5 8
5 6 2 0
6 8 3 9

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Here’s a nice attack from 1900, won by Ward over Downey in a South vs. North match in the UK. You might guess at the first move, but can you see it all the way through as White did?

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Heat

Games / Brain Teasers /

What are the last three letters in this series?

S, L, S, A, P, A, L, B, L, H, M, R, T, M, M, M, M, L, S, ?, ?, ?

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Number Series

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What are the next three numbers in this series?

1, 3, 6, 55, 66, 171, 595, 666, 3003, 5995, ?, ?, ?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Seeing that it is a day after a holiday for many, here are two hints: The placement of the white king should tell you what all of white's moves have to be. The black king eventually gets mated on the other side of the board!

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Palindrome

Games / Brain Teasers /

A palindrome is a word that reads the same when spelled backwards (eg rotavator). How could the following word be considered a palindrome?

Footstool

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Football

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The scores were completely tied in the last few seconds of a football game, and a player was lining up the goal in his mind. He pictured himself scoring and the crowd cheering as he won the game. He kicked the ball, and it just dropped under the crossbar, yet his team still cheered, as they had won the game. How?

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East of the Mississippi

Games / Brain Teasers /

Smarty was born and grew up in Massachusetts, but he never traveled east of the Mississippi River. How is this possible?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Nona Gaprindashvilli beat the U.S.’s own Max Dlugy in 1987 by a decisive move here. What was it?

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The Olympics

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The Netherlands normally dominate in speed skating in the Winter Olympics, yet in 1944, they didn't win a single medal. Who did?

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