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White to Play

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Another edge of disaster position from Philidor, but White escapes by mating, of course.

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Over the Edge

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Letter Equations are well known phrases or facts where the key words have been replaced with the first letter of that word. These are often in the form of an equation, which contain a number, an = sign and the rest of the obscured phrase or fact.

3 = S in the F V of C C (N, P, S M)

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Heat Wave

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Change COLD to HEAT by changing one letter at a time. Each change must produce a valid word in the English language. But there is a catch. You must make the change by going through COOL and WARM. No word can be used more than once.

COLD ---- COOL ---- WARM ---- HEAT

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Black to Play

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Ziska as Black against Kelires at Luxembourg in 2016 ended with a flourish.

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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) The subject of the meeting was "The Poisonous Elixir".

2) When the man refused to fight, it caused the bully to shout "Are you chicken?".

3) When the cows heard the snake shake, there was a fight for survival.

4) Unable to see, the doctor was still able to concoct a mixture that was soothing to the stomach.

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Meeting of the Minds

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What song lyric does this rebus describe?

Caspar says "Idiots will always enter a burning building."
Melchior says "They will do so, even when no one else will try."
Balthasar says "Not only that, but those dupes will do it quickly."

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White to Play

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Caruana-Kramnik came to an abrupt end in 2016 in this rapid game when Caruana played …

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Complex Teaser

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

Group A: complex, on, rat, stall
Group B: accord, gallop, new, tandem

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Not Cross Country

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Letter Equations are well known phrases or facts where the key words have been replaced with the first letter of that word. These are often in the form of an equation, which contain a number, an = sign and the rest of the obscured phrase or fact.

10 = M per P in C C

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Like Clockwork

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What does this rebus represent?

2:53 AM = maelstrom
9:48 AM = conundrum
6:17 PM = talisman

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This is somewhat of a baroque chess position. It comes from Philidor’s book. I have an 1819 English edition on my shelf. It’s typical of the 18th and 19th centuries to have these “edge of disaster” problems. White is threatened with mate in two, so he has no time for waiting moves. Check, check, check and mate. It takes nine moves. Have ...

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Matched Pairs

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Each word in Group A can be paired with a unique word in Group B. What are the pairings? Why?

Group A:
apropos, doughy, gingham, mica, rebuff, scarab, squall, ukulele

Group B:
aloft, amateur, bituminous, enables, melody, phantasm, steroid, summary

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Breakfast Dilemma

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Jane wants to make some toast for her breakfast. Unfortunately, her toaster is broken. Can you turn bread into toast by changing one letter at a time? Each step must create a valid word in the English language. Jane made the change in 7 steps. Can you do as well ... or better?

BREAD ---- TOAST

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White to Play

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Howell, against Junabayev at the Keres Memorial at Tallinn in 2016 played a move in our last puzzle that would have led most people to resign; however, his opponent hung on! If you count the old fashioned way, White has an edge in “points” of 26 to 25. The position is decisive, though, and Howell polished off Black in short order with a ...

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Military Maneuver

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Private Peter Perkins wants to change his branch of military service. He is currently in the army, but wants to join the navy. To leave the army, he must get out of his tank. He then has to go on board a ship to join the navy. Change ARMY to NAVY by changing one letter at a time. The change must go through TANK and SHIP. Each change must produce a valid word in the English language. No word can be used more than once.

ARMY ---- TANK ---- SHIP ---- NAVY

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Evolution

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Make SHARK (fish) evolve into TIGER (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 VIPER (reptile) and RAVEN (bird). No word can be used more than once.

SHARK ---- VIPER ---- RAVEN ---- TIGER

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White to Play

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Howell, against Junabayev at the Keres Memorial at Tallinn in 2016 found a move here that should have caused Black to resign, but he played on! We’ll see what happened after that in the next column, but, for now, what move did Howell play that should have inspired resignation?

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American History

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Which one of the 12 members of Group B can be added to the 7 members of Group A? Why?

Group A: Arizona, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia
Group B: California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, Texas, Wisconsin

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Cast a Net

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

Group A: castanets
existence
kowtow
venomous

Group B: gardening
lucky
mountain
restaurant

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States of the Union

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What is the next state in this series?

New York, Maryland, Georgia, Maine, Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Idaho, ?

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