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White to Play

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A fun Friday frolic. A mate in two. Remember: The Black pawns are moving down the board!

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Animal Life

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

Group A:
garter snake
giraffe
goat
guppy

Group B:
gar
gecko
golden eagle
gorilla

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Anagram Riddle

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I am a set of three words, all with the same four letters.
First I am a type of carriage.
Then switch my middle letters, and I am a cover often useful on a diamond.
Now switch my end letters ...
When you see me, you also see hair.

What are the words?

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Black to Play

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You’re getting a whole game today, and it’s incredible to play out. The diagrammed position is the start of an amazing attack by Black. Kudos to anyone who can see it to the end. It’s just so much fun to see it was worth putting in today’s column. The game went this way: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Ke2 Nd4+ 7....

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Greek Mythology

Games / Brain Teasers /

Complete the series by making a selection from the pool.

Series: Hermes, Aphrodite, Gaea, Ares, Zeus, Cronus, Uranus, Poseidon, ?

Pool: Athena, Dionysus, Eros, Hades, Hephaestus, Hera

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Words with AB

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Five words that contain AB 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?

-AB--, ---AB, AB----, AB-----, -AB----

Pool: C, E, E, I, I, I, L, L, N, P, Q, R, S, S, T, T, T, U, U, Y

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This ending is worth playing over because it teaches you had to deal with avoiding stalemating your opponent when you have a winning endgame position.

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Persons of Interest

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What is the meaning of this rebus?

marcus Brutus
john wilkes Booth
Billy the kid
Bonnie parker
clyde Barrow

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Motherly Love

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Black as night I can be,
Until my Mother sits on me;
Then clear as ice I become
In the rough, thank you Mum.

What am I?

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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) Billy discovered a cylindrical chest buried beneath the knoll.

2) The only evidence found by the detective was some adhesive in the chimney passage.

3) The bashful bovine rested on the small bed.

4) The latest fad was for people to desire the ingestion of a tall wading bird.

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White to Play

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The great problem composer Sam Loyd once reached this position as White. Being a problemist, he recognized the interference theme in this position. How did he mate Black?

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One Letter of Separation

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1a) to wriggle 1b) a member of the British gentry 1c) a small forcible stream of liquid

2a) this color is a blend of red and yellow darkened by black
2b) the top of the head
2c) to cover with water

3a) more recent
3b) rubbish
3c) a written communication

4a) free from color
4b) a high-pitched plaintive cry
4c) although

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Working 9 to 5

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Jennifer reported to work, and has been at her task for almost eight hours. She has been looking forward to the big softball game tonight, and is worried about how well she will play after a grueling day on the job. Change WORK to PLAY by changing one letter at a time. The change must go through TASK and GAME. Each step must produce a valid word in the English language. No word can be used more than once. (It will take more than one step to get to the next word!)

WORK ---- TASK ---- GAME ---- PLAY

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Black to Play

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This is a position Alekhine as Black reached against Fink. How did he continue the game?

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Trios

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The following 15 words can be divided into 5 groups of 3 words. The words in each trio will share a similar characteristic. What are the groupings? Why?

astern, bony, con, deal, land, lien, nit, pending, pinion, range, slander, steroid, tile, vary, venue

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World Series

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In Major League Baseball, the World Series is a best of seven series. The first team to win four games is the champion. The Series is scheduled so that one team hosts the first two games and the last two games, while the other team hosts the middle three games. The World Series ends as soon as one team wins four games, so the Series could be completed in as few as four games.

In this fantasy Series, the New York Yankees played the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles hosted the first two games. The final scores of the games were:
Game 1: 4 to 3
Game 2: 6 to 5 (11 innings)
Game 3: 11 to 7
Game 4: 16 to 9
Game 5: 9 to 6 (10 innings)
Game 6: 2 to 1
Game...

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Black to Play

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The final mating position is a variation on a well-known theme.

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Boundary of a Sleep Image

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What does this rebus represent?

gloomy turquoise
temperamental cyan
sullen aquamarine
despondent azure
morose cerulean

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Celebrity Challenge

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What word/phrase is described by the following rebus?

Julio Iglesias
Lana Turner
Dinah Shore
John Wayne
Robert Redford
John Ireland
Elizabeth Taylor
John Travolta
Barbara Eden
Jack Nicholson

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Anagram Riddle

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Three 5-letter words,
Anagrams of each other.
One is a cloth,
The second a spot,
The third is at home with the Father.

What are the three words?

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