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Grandmaster Alex Baburin posted this endgame by M. Platov in 1925. I just had to post it. Very ingenious!

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Letters and Numbers

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Using a combination or letters and/or numbers to sound out the answers, can you solve the clues? (The first one is free)

1. Not difficult - EZ (Easy)
2. Unoccupied
3. To do better than others
4. Defeated
5. A number (use only letters for this one)
6. A sport
7. Freezing

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Three Equations

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The following three equations represent words that have a common relationship. The first letter of each word is given. Where will you find the following equations to be true?

Q = 1, B = 2, P = 8

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Black to Play

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If you have been following the column for any time in the last 14 years, then you know what I mean by “follow rule number one.”

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Alphabetical Numbers

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If all 1-digit numbers are arranged in alphabetical order, they are eight, five, four, nine, one, seven, six, three, two. Here, eight comes first, and two comes last.

If all 3-digit numbers are arranged in alphabetical order, which number comes first, and which number comes last?

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Six Clues

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What are the answers to all these clues and what do those answers have in common?

1. An amber tinted paste used on a wienerwurst.
2. A purple fruit
3. Besides the number of days, the months of May and August have this in common.
4. A finely feathered and polychromatic avian friend.
5. A 7 letter word for a pigment like crimson.
6. A bleached and neutral hue.

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Holiday Songs

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Below are six statements which, if reworded, are actually the titles of six popular holiday songs. Can you decipher them? (For extra points, try the bonus!)

1. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis.
2. Frozen precipitation commences.
3. Oh, member of the round table with missing areas.
4. I envisioned a trio of marine vessels.
5. Do you perceive the same longitudinal pressure that stimulates my auditory sense organs?
6. Leave and do a broadcast on an elevated peak.

Bonus: The apartment of 2 psychiatrists.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This position actually occurred in a game.

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The Lobster Mystery

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A young woman went into a seafood restaurant, where she saw live lobsters in a tank. Rather than let other restaurant patrons eat them, she decided to buy them all and set them free in a lake near where she lived. However, her good intentions had unfortunate results. What happened?

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Odd Color Out

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Which of these colors does not belong?

red
orange
yellow
green
brown
blue
purple

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Black to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Since the kids are out of school, I thought I would post some tactical alertness positions I use in my teaching for the next couple of weeks. Have fun! Are you as smart as your grammar school chess playing kid? In this position Black is trying to save himself from loss.

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Scrambled Names

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The names of four famous people have been scrambled. They are: an explorer, a Hollywood actor/actress, a sports figure, and a world leader (though not necessarily in that order). Who are they?

1) Find, name large land.
2) No, I marry ol' men.
3) Only a Brit.
4) Server itch.

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Special Paragraph

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What is significant about this paragraph:

'I once found two tiny ferrets, bruised with dirt over them. I decided to help the poor mites by rinsing them off using some tinctured liquid. They soon seemed brighter. Within two weeks I set them free, into the wild. They seemed very delighted with this. I enjoyed it very much.'

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White to Play

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Won by Kopayev in Moscow in 1935.

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The Unicycle Race

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Many contestants entered the unicycle race, but only the best multi-tasking clown came out on top, considering that each had to juggle clubs while trying to win the race! Most of the pack were soon disqualified after dropping a club or falling off the unicycle. In the end, four of the best clowns crossed the finish line. From this information and the clues below, can you determine each clown's full (real) name, club color (one is silver), and placement?

Places: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
First Names: Kyle, Matt, Jake, Leon
Surnames: Turner, Pettle, Vertigo, Wheeley
Colors: Green, Orange, Silver, Red

1. Mr. Turner (who isn't Matt) finished one place ahead of the red club ...

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What Are the Odds?

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A bag contains 64 balls of eight different colours. There are eight of each colour (including red). What is the least number you would have to pick, without looking, to be sure of selecting 3 red balls?

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Common Link

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Below are 3 pairs of words. Find the words that fit in the middle of each pair of words to create two new words, one front-ended and one back-ended.

Example: EVER - ______ - HORN
Answer: EVER - GREEN - HORN

1. BREAD - _________ - CAKE
2. WATER - _________ - READ
3. CHECK - _________ - LESS

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White to Play

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Won by Liebermann in 1935.

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Pirate Pete and the Firing Squad

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Pirate Pete had been captured by a Spanish general and sentenced to death by firing squad. The fifty-man squad were infamous for their terrible aim, and often failed to kill their victim immediately. The general's habit was to leave the prisoner to die -- slowly and painfully -- when this happened. Knowing this, Pete finally begged for mercy.

"Very well," said the general, "I have some compassion. You may choose where the men stand when they shoot you, and I'll add fifty more men to ensure that at least one of them hits you. Oh, and just so you don't get any funny ideas, they must all be within twenty feet of you, they must all be facing you, and you must remain tied to the post in ...

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This & That

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Inside each set of the following words, there are a pair of smaller words. By putting & between them, lo & behold, you'll make a familiar phrase. For example, "Thighbone/Swallowtail" conceals "High & Low."

1. Skyrocketing/Trolleyman
2. Thermometer/Apoplexy
3. Delaware/Bordering
4. Surprised/Trashiness
5. Throughout/Stumblebum

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