Name the famous movie star from the rebus below.
Hint: Not all movie stars are human!View full teaser and answer
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.View solution
What mathematical rule is represented by the rebus below?
.1km. = ~
.1cm. = ~
.1mm. = ____
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?View full teaser and answer
You may have heard about the advantage of having the two bishops. How about four?View solution
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?View full teaser and answer
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?View full teaser and answer
What animal comes next in this sequence:
Choose from: PORCUPINE BADGER COW GIRAFFE SQUIRREL RHINOCEROSView full teaser and answer
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 ...View solution
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
The words "Dumbstruck" and "Thumbscrew" have five consonants in a row. What other word also has this property?View full teaser and answer
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!View solution
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.View full teaser and answer
What popular Christmas carol nullifies itself by the singing of its first line?View full teaser and answer
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 ...View solution
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?
What two words, when said or written seem as though they are opposite, but really mean the same thing?View full teaser and answer
Solve this anagram for one of the most famous conquerors in history:
He hangs king.View full teaser and answer
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.View solution
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?View full teaser and answer