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I'm Spartacus!

Games / Brain Teasers /

What common phrase does this rebus translate to?

D B = 1
N BB = 2
A BBB = 3
T BBBB = 4
S BBBBB = 5

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This is a study by Cheron. It’s White to Play and Win. How would you go about it?

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Rock Group

Games / Brain Teasers /

I am a rock group that has 4 members, all of whom are dead, one of which was murdered. What am I?

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The Bunk Beds

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Six girls, Beth, Haley, Kayla, Liza, Reeva, and Zoe, are in the junior cabin at camp. They sleep in bunk beds. Each girl has a different color blanket on her bed. The beds are lined up in a row with red, black, yellow, brown, blue, and green blankets.

Clues:

1. Reeva and Haley's bed is closest to the door.
2. The color of the blankets on the bottom bunks all begin with the same letter.
3. The color of Beth's blanket does not begin with the same letter as the beginning of her name.
4. Reeva's blanket color does begin with the same letter as her name.
5. The blue blanket is under the red blanket.
6. Liza and Kayla like their lower bunks.
7. Kayla is in ...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

It’s funny where you can run into chess problems. I ran into this one on facebook this morning and just had to share. White is threatened with a mate in one yet can still engineer a draw.

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Got the Edge

Games / Brain Teasers /

What's the rebus shown by this display below?

My---------Your
10:30

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Natural Disasters

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A group of four prisoners were held captive by the enemy and each prisoner was to be shot each day through the week. As natural disasters were common in this specific part of the world, the group of prisoners decided to make up a plan of distracting the guards. Before each prisoner would be shot, they would shout out a natural disaster, which would cause chaos and distract everyone to give enough time for each prisoner to escape. As three days passed the first three prisoners escaped by shouting out their chosen natural disasters and running away, however the final prisoner shouted out a disaster and was shot dead on the spot.

What was the natural disaster he shouted?

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Trance, Stain, Chime

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TRANCE, STAIN, CHIME, TUBA and PERK. These words all belong to the same logical family. Which of the following words also belongs to that family?

GERMANE, EMBARGO, BANANA and NIGHTMARE

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A mate in 7 by Curnock. Just like the previous puzzle, you have to find the right man for the job. That piece will make 6 of the first 7 moves.

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Blind Man's Bluff

Games / Brain Teasers /

A blind man drives up to a house, gets out of the car and goes up to the door with a package. The homeowner takes the package and gives the blind man a check. The blind man then drives away. What was in the package?

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What You Need

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What, when you need it you throw away,
but when you don't need it you take it back?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A delightful puzzle. A mate happens. The best hint I can give is to find the one right man for the job.

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Three Left Turns

Games / Brain Teasers /

A man leaves home on foot one evening, makes three left turns and arrives back home to find two masked men waiting there. Who are they?

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Santa's Toys

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Ole Santa's pack held thirty toys
Made by his elfin crew;
And though none made the same amount,
Each elf made more than two.
The elf named Cher made one more Christmas toy
Than the elf who dressed in reds,
But Cher made one less Christmas toy
Than the elf who made the sleds.
Spry Johnny Elf made racing cars;
Five toys were made by Jane.
The elf who dressed in yellow suits
Made each and every train.
The elf who always dressed in green
Made one-third as many as Sue;
Cute Marcia elf was dressed in orange,
And one elf dressed in blue.
The elf who made the spinning tops
Made the most toys of ...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This endgame composition, by Kubbel in 1922, is one of my favorites. First, it looks impossible because that black pawn seems destined for greatness. Secondly, you learn that every piece and pawn on the board has a purpose. That knight way over on b8 helps in the win. The bishop has an obvious role. And what about those two pawns for White? Work...

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Survival of the Sheep

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There is an island filled with grass and trees and plants. The only inhabitants are 100 lions and 1 sheep. The lions are special:
1) They are infinitely logical, smart, and completely aware of their surroundings.
2) They can survive by just eating grass (and there is an infinite amount of grass on the island).
3) They prefer, of course, to eat sheep.
4) Their only food options are grass or sheep.

Now, here's the kicker:

5) If a lion eats a sheep he TURNS into a sheep (and could then be eaten by other lions).
6) A lion would rather eat grass all his life than be eaten by another lion (after he turned into a sheep).

Assumptions:
1) Assume that one lion...

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Gullible's Travels

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What does this rebus mean?

J, ____ & Titanic

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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) To reduce the strength of the enemy, the general ordered a siege of the citadel.

2) The winner of the contest won a vessel and the loser received a kick in the pants.

3) Bill tried to remove a piece of wood from the pile, but it was jammed between two logs.

4) Ed grabbed the bucket of hot water with his bare hands, causing an ache to two of his fingers.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A two-mover from the 1930s by M. Gruenfeld of Latvia. Just figure out why all the White pieces are where they are and you’ll figure it out.

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Operation: Fish-ectomy

Games / Brain Teasers /

Six words have had their fish removed. The fish 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 fish 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: bass, carp, gar, shark, trout, tuna
Group B: acue, hugho, moc, rnula, rtble, sholshi

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