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Emil Sutovsky came up with a slam-bang finish in Israel in 2002 to beat Ilia Smirin. His opponent resigned after the first move in this combination as he saw it all the way to the finish as well. How about you?

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Homonyms

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This teaser features HOMONYMS, or words that are spelt different, but sound alike. There are three blank spaces in each sentence below, and the answers are all homonyms.

See if you can solve the following homonym teasers.

The old ____ began to ____ us with tales of how he used to hunt wild ____.

The Church counsel tried to ban, or in a sense, ______ the use of the ______ as it kept setting off the smoke ______.

The germs probably ____ down the ____ and given me the ___.

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Number Riddle

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It's always 1 to 6,
it's always 15 to 20,
it's always 5,
but it's never 21,
unless it's flying.
What is this?

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Minus Letter Anagrams #1

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In this teaser the idea is to identify the blanked words. The secret is that each word is an anagram of the previous word, but minus one letter. For example

The ------- mopped up the spilt ------ and then made sure all the work surfaces were -----.

The answer for the first word would be "Cleaner", the remove the "N" and make into "Cereal", then remove an "E" to make "Clear".

Now try these.

The ------ that he has to ------ with his roommate is so noisy, the people next door can ---- it.

He did not ------ when the ----- landed on his ---- whilst he was sunbathing.

The can of pop had cured his's ------ but the chilli stain on his ----- caused quite a ---- with his wife.

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White to Play

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A classic finish that all serious chess players know. The first move is the queen sacrifice. Can you see it all the way to mate?

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Homonyms

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This teaser features HOMONYMS, or words that are spelled differently, but sound alike. There are three blank spaces in each sentence below, and the answers are all homonyms.

See if you can solve the following homonym teasers.

I was only one ____ short to be able to buy the _____ I had been ____ to buy at the cosmetics store.

"Don't be disturbing the ____ that ___ the shade of the ____, down by the river" warned the farmer.

"I will show you the ___ to _____ the ____," said the shopkeeper to Miss Muffet.

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White to Play

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In a game between Pilnick and Reshevsky in 1942’s US Championship, how did Pilnick manage to draw this game as White?

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Singular Plural

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Which word in the English language, beginning with "P" is singular until an "S" is added to the end and it becomes a plural, but reverts back to a singlular word if another letter "S" is added to the end?

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White to Play

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I was fortunate to see this game in person. Master John Curdo upset Grandmaster Robert Byrne at the US Open in Chicago, 1994.

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Making Eleven

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How would you combine one-third of 12 and four-fifths of 7 to get 11?

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Breakfast in Bed

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One night Hugh was at work at the recycling plant when he received an unexpected telephone call from a neighbor, listened to what the neighbor said, slammed down the phone and left work and drove straight home. On entering his house Hugh crept upstairs and found his wife in bed with a stranger. He wasn't angry but he was surprised. In fact he crept back down stairs and made his wife some breakfast, which he took up for her to eat in bed.

Why was Hugh so calm about finding his wife in bed with someone he had never met before?

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White to Play

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This is a great lesson game played between Paul Johner and L. Steiner in 1928. Black tries a blockading set-up, but does not seem to know how to play one. White played one move and Black Resigned!

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Jerry Mayor of Smellville

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One day Jerry Mayor from Smelliville was visiting the neighbouring country of Madadia and was sitting in the Penistone mainline railway station. He was sitting very uncomfortably in the waiting room and was staring intently at two doors that were at the opposite end of the room. Jerry Mayor was not a happy man at that point. In fact he was in dire distress. He then noticed a young man enter one of the doors. Instantly Jerry, with a great smile, followed the young man through the door and after a few moments he returned with an even bigger smile on his face.

Why would Jerry Mayor be so happy after following a young man through the door?

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A Great King

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Five hundred begins it, five hundred ends it,
Five in the middle is seen;
First of all letters, the first of all figures,
Take up their stations between.
Join all together, and then you will bring
Before you the name of an eminent king.

Hint: Bible Verses readers will love this riddle.

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Argument

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Can you decipher this phrase:

friends
standing
miss
friends

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White to Play

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A great endgame challenge. A piece not yet on the board will decide this game.From Paul Motwani’s S*T*A*R* CHESS

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Dogs

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There are two dogs, a black one and a white one. One is male. What is the probability they are both male?

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Acquainted

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You and your spouse invite four other couples to a party. During the course of the conversation, it is discovered that, prior to the party, each person except you was acquainted with a different number of the people present. Assuming the acquaintance relationship is symmetric (i.e., if you are acquainted with someone, that person is also acquainted with you), then how many people did your spouse know prior to the party? How many people did you know?

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White to Play

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There was another fellow who could play chess in the 1870s. If only he and Morphy could have met. Steinitz once went to visit Morphy, but no game was played. Here G. H. Mackenzie finishes off James Mason by following the old rule that as long as you’re checking, you can’t lose.

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Three Creatures

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There were three creatures outside a building. One of the creatures did not move itself but entered the building and knew that it was in the building. The second creature moved itself, entered the building, and knew that it was in the building. The last creature did not move itself but entered the building, and the creature did not know that it was in the building. What are the three creatures?

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