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Can You See?

Games / Brain Teasers /

Can you decipher this common phrase?

eyeeseeexcept

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

We are looking at attacks on h7 in the black castled position. This example is different in that h7 is defended by the king and knight.

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Adam and Eve

Games / Brain Teasers /

What common phrase does this translate to?

"Cherries, come here!"
"Raspberries, come here!"
"Apples, come here!"
"Pineapples, come here!"

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The Duel

Games / Brain Teasers /

Mr. Black, Mr. Gray, and Mr. White are fighting in a truel. They each get a gun and take turns shooting at each other until only one person is left. Mr. Black, who hits his shot 1/3 of the time, gets to shoot first. Mr. Gray, who hits his shot 2/3 of the time, gets to shoot next, assuming he is still alive. Mr. White, who hits his shot all the time, shoots next, assuming he is also alive. The cycle repeats. If you are Mr. Black, where should you shoot first for the highest chance of survival?

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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 position has a twist on the Bxh7+ theme in that Ng5 doesn’t happen on the next move, but when does it happen??

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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 /

I’m starting a little series on the classical Bxh7+ mating attack against a castled position, but instead of the usual fare, you will meet some twists in the route to mate. I hope you enjoy these.

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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

Games / Brain Teasers /

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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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This is a good lesson for beginners on how to conduct a kingside attack. There are lots of little side variations that force beginners to think about what options their opponent has in meeting the attack.

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Trance, Stain, Chime

Games / Brain Teasers /

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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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

Games / Brain Teasers /

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

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Black to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Derrickson was a brilliant, promising player who departed this earth too soon at 16 years of age in 1862. This was played in Philadelphia in 1860. An amazing attack by Black.

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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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Black to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A remarkable finish by Schlechter over Fleissig. Black mates by using two techniques—a vacating move and a deflecting move.

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Survival of the Sheep

Games / Brain Teasers /

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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