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White to Play

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This is going to be Fred Reinfeld week. One of the most prolific and popular writers from the 40s and 50s. He, before the internet, was the most frequent source of chess puzzles in his books. The three this week will be from the Complete Book of Chess Stratagems. White to Play and win lots of material.

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Heads or Tails?

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You are blindfolded before a table. On the table are a very large number of pennies. You are told 128 of the pennies are heads up and the rest are tails up. How can you create two subgroups of pennies, each with the same number of heads facing up, while remaining blindfolded?

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Staggered

Games / Brain Teasers /

What phrase is represented here?

NEBRATED

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Body Parts

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There are ten body parts whose names are three letters long (not including slang terms). What are they?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A good weekend time on your chessboard can be had if you set this position up to see if you can work out White’s winning attack with all its little variations. One of the best ways to get better at chess. Write down your analysis and don’t look at the answer below until you think you are done.

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Open = Closed

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Add the same word to each side of the equation to make the equation correct:

OPEN = CLOSED

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Where is LGR?

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Below is a list of five countries, all with the vowels removed. Can you name them?

1) LGR
2) CRT
3) THP
4) CDR
5) ND

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A study by Mattison. White to draw, despite Black about to queen a pawn. Hint: it ends in stalemate! And everybody on the board is there for a reason…

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Hidden Category

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Remove a letter from each of the words below and rearrange the remaining letters to form new words. The 10 words will all fall into a certain category. For example, given the words DEAR, ANGRY, and RENEGE, you could drop the "A" in DEAR to get RED, drop the "N" in ANGRY to get GRAY, and drop an "E" in RENEGE to get GREEN. These would all fall into the category of "Colors".

If you're stuck, the hint will name the category. The tough part is getting all 10 words.

AGENT
FABLE
PAWNS
TOUSLE
ANOTHER
CARDIAC
CONSULT
GAWKIER
GRUBBED
TEMERITY

Hint: The category is insects.

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The Spookyville Potion Hunt

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It is Halloween down in SpookyVille and the residents are getting ready to do their annual potion finding contest. In this contest, each of 5 people are assigned an ingredient of the special potion that they are to find. The first one back with their ingredient is the winner. With the clues listed can you figure out who, what kind of monster they are, which ingredient they were assigned, and how long it took them to find it?

Names: Mr. Jack, Mrs. Greenskin, Mr. Redeye, Ms. Trans, and Mr. Blood
Monsters: skeleton, witch/warlock, vampire, ghost, and zombie
Ingredients: werewolf hair, vampire tooth, zombie blood, mummy bandage, and potion vial
Time: 20 minutes, 15 minutes...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Bareev beat Karpov in 1996 with a nice move, even though he was in check.

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Common Words

Games / Brain Teasers /

What is common to the following words?

buy, catch, seek, teach, bring, fight, work, think.

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Chains Reaction

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The words in Group A share a common property that only one word in Group B satisfies. Which one is it?

Group A:
Chains
Countess
Stained
Schooled
Purring
Corny

Group B:
Reaction
Penned
Spoiled
Stints
Putting
Hurry

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Age Mix-Up

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Jordan, Justin and Jeff are brothers whose ages are 29, 30 and 31 (in any order). Your job is to determine the brothers' ages from the clues below. There's one catch though....only ONE clue is true. The rest are false. Good luck!

1. Justin is 30
2. Jordan is the youngest
3. Jordan is 31
4. Justin is one year older and one year younger than his brothers.
5. Justin is not the youngest.
6. Jordan is not two years older than Justin.
7. Justin is the oldest
8. Jeff is older than Jordan.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

White has a terrible position here, but he can save himself. How?

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Miracle Mountain

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A hiker climbs all day up a steep mountain path and arrives at the mountain top where he camps overnight. The next day he begins the descent down the same trail to the bottom of the mountain when suddenly he looks at his watch and exclaims, "That is amazing! I was at this very same spot at exactly the same time of day yesterday on my way up."

What is the probability that a hiker will be at exactly the same spot on the mountain at the same time of day on his return trip, as he was on the previous day's hike up the mountain? Is the probability closest to (A) 99% or (B) 50% or (C) 0.1% ?

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Black to Play

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So, you thought you had seen the last of knight endings? I was fortunate enough to spend 4+ hours with GM Lev Alburt, three time US champion, and he was kind enough to give me several of his books. His most recent book on the world championship is a gem, and we’ll get to that. I would first like to take a few of his positions from “Chess for...

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Naming Names

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In each equation below, part of a common name has been replaced with a definition for a word that is contained within that name. By answering the definition and completing the equation, you will find the name. (Ric + difficult = ric + hard = Richard)

Hint: Each is a girl's name.

1. Wrath + ne =
2. O + friend =
3. I + morose + ora =
4. B + building extension + e =
5. S + relate a story + a =

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Born Liars

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Edward, Howard, and John are three high school students each of whom is taking three of the four subjects, biology, chemistry, history, and mathematics. One day while talking about their programs they made the following statements.

Edward: There is just one subject we're all taking. I'm the only one of us who is taking mathematics. No two of us are taking the same three subjects. John is wrong when he says that Howard and I are both taking chemistry.

Howard: Ed is the only one of us who is taking history. John and I are taking the same subjects. We're all taking biology. Two of us are taking both chemistry and biology.

John: We're all taking mathematics. Howard is taking history. Ed is...

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Take the Blue Pill

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You've been placed on a course of expensive medication in which you are to take one tablet of Sildenafil and one tablet of Citrate daily. You must be careful that you take just one of each because taking more of either can have serious side effects.

Taking Sildenafil without taking Citrate, or vice versa, can also be very serious, because they must be taken together in order to be effective. In summary, you must take exactly one of the Sildenafil pills and one of the Citrate pills at one time. Therefore, you open up the Sildenafil bottle, and you tap one Sildenafil pill into your hand. You put that bottle aside and you open the Citrate bottle. You do the same, but by mistake, two ...

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