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Movie Star

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Name the famous movie star from the rebus below.

Srintn

Hint: Not all movie stars are human!

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White to Place his men to create stalemate on d4

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Two more weird chess problems to go in our holiday series! In this one, you may take the four white chessmen and place them anywhere (there are no moves here), so long as you stalemate the black king on d4. Just write down the squares you would put each one of the chessmen on.

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Mathematical Rebus

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What mathematical rule is represented by the rebus below?

.1km. = ~
.1cm. = ~
.1mm. = ____

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Joe and Smoe

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Two friends, Joe and Smoe, were born in May, one in 1932, the other a year later. Each had an antique grandfather clock of which he was extremely proud. Both of the clocks worked fairly well considering their age, but one clock gained ten seconds per hour while the other one lost ten seconds per hour. On a day in January, the two friends set both clocks correctly at 12:00 noon. "Do you realize," asked Joe, "that the next time both of our clocks will show exactly the same time will be on your 47th birthday?" Smoe agreed. Who is older, Joe or Smoe?

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White to Play and Mate in Three

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You may have heard about the advantage of having the two bishops. How about four?

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Christmas and New Year's

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Everyone knows that both Christmas Day and New Year's Day always fall on the same day of the week. However, in 1939, the year of the outbreak of World War II, Christmas fell on a Monday and New Year's fell on a Sunday. Why?

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Eve

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Eve, Rob, Hannah, and Otto were walking down a dusty road. Otto told Rob, "You don't belong with us." Why did Otto make such a statement?

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Gorilla

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What animal comes next in this sequence:

GORILLA
HEDGEHOG
CAMEL
MOUSE
FOX
BEAR
MOLE
==?==

Choose from: PORCUPINE BADGER COW GIRAFFE SQUIRREL RHINOCEROS

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White to retract his last move and then mate in one move.

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I never had so many replies and questions and even a debate or two with our last problem! It was so much fun, here’s another retraction problem. You can see the task in the headline. It is from Vladimir Nabokov’s book, “Poems and Problems.” The famous author of “Lolita,” “Ada” and “The Defense” (a chess novel)composed this ...

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Famous Author

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I am a famous author
I am a famous poet
Credit for my work
It is not mine
Wouldn't ya know it
For all that is done
I get a lot a of credit
You all have heard my name,
But only some remember

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Five Consonants

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The words "Dumbstruck" and "Thumbscrew" have five consonants in a row. What other word also has this property?

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Black to retract his last move and help White mate in one

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OK, we’re entering the realm of fairy chess. Black is to retract (take back) his last move and then help White mate in one by making another move. There’s an ironclad logic to this, so don’t give up too easily!

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Strange Sentences

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Which one of these sentences does not belong?

A) Diamonds often need keen, elegant yaks.

B) Teacups contain tea and sometimes grapes.

C) Roses are big, beautiful insect terraces.

D) Rocks are constantly coming only on November.

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A Carol

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What popular Christmas carol nullifies itself by the singing of its first line?

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White to Play

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Every year, during this holiday season, I like to put forth some joyful amusement with completely wacky and wild and even witty compositions. Today’s problem is a “task problem” taken from H.R. Agnel’s classic book “Chess for Winter Evenings” (1848), and the problem is from the chapter “The Midnight Challenge” or “Christmas in ...

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Hristmas Arols

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Below are ten clues, each of which relates to the first line of a different Christmas carol or song. Unlike the title of the teaser, these clues only have the first letters of each of the words.

Can you figure out what songs they are?

1. CROAOF
2. IDOAWC
3. RTRNRHAVSN
4. GGROBAR
5. IHABCWY
6. ISMKSC
7. OTFDOCMTLGTM
8. FTSMWAJHS
9. IBMBOJHSSOM
10. JBJBJBR

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Opposites

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What two words, when said or written seem as though they are opposite, but really mean the same thing?

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World Leader Anagram

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Solve this anagram for one of the most famous conquerors in history:

He hangs king.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Every year, during this holiday season, I like to put forth some joyful amusement with completely wacky and wild and even witty compositions. Today’s problem is evidence that both kings have gone for the holiday a bit early. The task, then, for White is to “mate” the black knight in three moves with what you’ve got left.

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Feathers

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I have many feathers to help me fly. I have a body and head, but I'm not alive. It is your strength which determines how far I go. You can hold me in your hand, but I'm never thrown.

What am I?

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