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Black to Play

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The Russians had great respect for former US champ and Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier as they favorably mention him in their books. They liked his aggressive style and his endgame play. In this position, as Black, he knocks off Boris Spassky at the Interzonal in 1955.

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Cast a Net

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Which word in Group B can be added to Group A?

Group A: castanets
existence
kowtow
venomous

Group B: gardening
lucky
mountain
restaurant

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States of the Union

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What is the next state in this series?

New York, Maryland, Georgia, Maine, Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Idaho, ?

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White to Play

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This is definitely endgame time. Black’s pawn’s look imposing, but White can win.

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American Presidents

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Which president in Group B can be added to Group A? Why?

Group A: Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses Grant, Dwight Eisenhower
Group B: William Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, George Bush, Bill Clinton

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Country Club

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Which country in Group B can be added to Group A? Why? It has nothing to do with spelling or pronunciation.

Group A: Argentina, Iran, Jordan, Netherlands
Group B: Bolivia, Finland, Mongolia, Pakistan, Rwanda, United States

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Black to Play

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This showed up on the internet the other day, so I thought I would share it. Black to play and win. A very important endgame lesson!

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Anagram Riddle

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Anagram teaser; same letters, of course.
The first of the words is the movement of a horse.
The second of the words is used to make honey,
And the third is the look of a zombie.

What are the words?

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Boom

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What is the meaning of this rebus?

cannon
ordnance
artillery
torpedo

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Word Fusion

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Each statement describes two words that when fused together create a new unrelated word (not a compound word). The clues do not necessarily indicate in which order the two words are attached. Example: This is the oldness of a tablet (pill + age = pillage).

1) This is a canine's mother.
2) This is currently not there.
3) This is when pain is required.
4) This is a long time for a boar.

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White to Play

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If you’ve been with me a while, you should get the first move right away, but can you work out all the details that lead to mate or winning black’s queen? You would have to do that in a tournament. Can you anticipate what Black might do to not cooperate?

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More Ana-Grammar

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Each of the following sentences contains clues to a set of three words that are anagrams of each other (each sentence describes a different set).

1) The big lamp threw a dazzling light upon the royal robe.

2) The goose put his life in jeopardy when he ate the flowers in the plot.

3) Startled by the warning signal, Jack tumbled into the sap; yet he only had to lightly wash his hair to remove the residue.

4) As Ed traveled around the country, he was directed to an alternate highway.

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Ana-Grammar

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Each of the following sentences contains clues to a set of three words that are anagrams of each other (each sentence describes a different set).

1) The entire squad dined on domesticated animal flesh.

2) The influential person wore a purplish-red identification card on his tuxedo.

3) You do not deserve for me send payment for the broken stopwatch.

4) Do not scold the clerk if you do not get a discount on the purchase of the egg whisker.

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White to Play

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This is yet another opening trap, but it has a long solution. Here’s the game up to the diagram: Imbaud-Strumilo, Correspondence, 1932: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nc3 Nb6 7.Bb3 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5. You can’t take credit for solving it unless you find not only move 9, but move 12 as well. This correspondence player worked it ...

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Anagram Riddle

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Anagram words, three to please.
A belt, a tower, and used with cheese.

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Ana-Grammar

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Each of the following sentences contains clues to a set of three words that are anagrams of each other (each sentence describes a different set).

1) The jail keeper counseled the prisoners not to stray beyond the barricade.

2) Due to the warning, Mary had to change her plans to arrive at a future time.

3) The crippled man had eggs and toast for his breakfast.

4) Paul was not excited about making large bundles of black rope.

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White to Play

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This is an opening trap in the Philidor Defense everyone should know. The game opens like this: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Bc4 0–0 7.0–0 Re8 8.Re1 Nfd7 Black's idea is to either play Bf6 to counter along the diagonal or play Ne5 to chase the white bishop. Unfortunately, there's a problem with the idea. [See Diagram]

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Country Club

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Which country in Group B can be added to Group A? Why? It has nothing to do with their spelling or pronunciation.

Group A: Australia, Denmark, Egypt, Venezuela
Group B: Bulgaria, Japan, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Zaire

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Anagram Riddle

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An anagram riddle to tease you;
Three five-letter words, each gets one clue.
A guillotine's use,
An act to get deuce,
And what you are reading now in view.

What are the words?

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Words with GH

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Five words that contain GH as a letter-pair have had all of their other letters removed and placed into a pool. Put those letters back in their proper places. What are the words?

GH---, -GH---, ---GH-, ----GH, ---GH--

Pool: A, A, E, I, M, O, O, O, R, R, S, S, S, T, T, T, T, U, U, W

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