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The King and the Poison

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In a far-off kingdom, it is well known that the only way to counteract being poisoned is to drink a stronger poison, in order to neutralize the weaker one. Long ago, the king who ruled this kingdom wanted to ensure that he possessed the strongest poison in the kingdom, to ensure that he could counteract any attempts on his life.

So the king called the royal treasurer and the kingdom's best pharmacist. He gave each the task of concocting the strongest poison possible within one week. At the end of this week, each of the two men would drink the other's poison, followed by his own -- whoever survived, succeeded.

The pharmacist went straight to work, but the treasurer knew he had no ...

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Colored Keys

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After recent events, Question Mark is annoyed with his brother, Skid Mark. Skid thought it would be funny to hide Question's wallet. He told Question that he would get it back if he finds it. So, first off, Skid laid five colored keys in a row. One of them is a key to a room where Skid is hiding Question's wallet. Using the clues, can you determine the order of the keys and which is the right key?

Red: This key is somewhere to the left of the key to the door.
Blue: This key is not at one of the ends
Green: This key is three spaces away from the key to the door (2 between)
Yellow: This key is next to the key to the door.
Orange: This key is in the middle.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Sometimes attacking then retreating works! From Blake-Hooke,London, 1891.} 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 f5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nc3 exd4 6. Qxd4 Bd7 7. Ng5 Nc6 {See Diagram}

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Family Tree

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I was going through some old family photos in the attic when I stumbled upon our family tree. I studied it for a couple minutes then went back down stairs to tell my mom about the family tree. The problem is I didn't study it long enough to remember the whole thing. I only remembered a couple things about it, and recent memories. Can you help me figure out my family tree? There are two grandparents, who had two children, who both got married and had 2 more children each. Totaling 10 people in all (Alex, David, Jamie, Jessica, John, Justin, Lincoln, Martha, Mary and Tina).

1. One of Jamie's ancestors was David.
2. John's sister gave birth to Tina.
3. Mary went bowling with her...

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Water Jug

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You have a four-liter jug and a nine-liter jug. You also have a pool of water.

What is the fewest number of steps it takes to come up with exactly 6 liters of water?

(A step is defined as pouring water into a jug. For instance, filling the four-liter jug and emptying it into the nine-liter jug would be two steps.)

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

We're going to spend a good deal of time in the coming weeks on miniatures. You'll get the whole game score with the key position. Looking through an old favorite by Chernev, 1000 Best Short Games of Chess, inspired me to share these. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Nc3 [The dangerous Boden-Kieseritsky Gambit.] 4...Nc5 [Normal is 4....

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Lost and Found

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Doria, Libby, Robb, TJ, and Vinny searched the lost and found table. By the time they finished, two gloves (one red, one blue), a blue hat, a striped sweater, and one pair of black sneakers had all made it back to their original owners. Each of the students found one of these missing items.

1. Libby and TJ both found something with red in it.
2. TJ and Doria each found a glove.
3. Vinny was the only one to walk off with something in each hand.

What items did each person find at the lost and found table?

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What Am I?

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Decapitate me and all becomes equal. Then truncate me and I become second. Cut me front and back and I become two less than I started.

What am I?

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Naming Rights

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Which two people in Group A should be in Group B?

Group A:
Julius Caesar
Phil Jackson
Ambrose Burnside
Jane Austen
Orville Redenbacher

Group B:
Reverend William Spooner
Francois Mansard
Pierre Magnol
Georg Ohm

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

It always happens. I find one “uncluttered” puzzle from the 19th century and another one pops up. This one, composed by D’Orville in 1842, has a wonderful geometry about it. I rarely put a mate in two into a Friday puzzle, but since White has 36 moves to choose from, that’s sufficient challenge.

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English Lesson

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Which word in group B belongs in group A?

A) 1. automatic 2. biology 3. thermal.

B) 4. international 5. transport 6. antiwar.

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Bytes and Dollars

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Explain how the following equation is true.

byte = dollar

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A very instructive endgame composition by Fletcher in 1943.

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Missing Word

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One word is missing from the list below. Can you figure out the pattern that will tell you what the missing word is?

begin inch chapel elastic ==?== cellar arisen end

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What's Next?

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What letters replace the question marks in this series?

ABC
?DF
D?L
HP?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This mate in three captured my attention because it’s remarkably “uncluttered” for a problem composed in 1860.

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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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Which Number?

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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 /

When you were attacked by Koltanowski, it was hard to find the best defense as everything seemed to be coming at you at once. From Havana, 1946.

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