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Word Gender

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The following ten words can be divided into two groups of five words. The words within each group will share a common characteristic. What are the two groups? Which words belong in those groups?

dam late lice linger per son stern tent under use

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Coral Dragon

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

Group A: coral, dragon, holy, wed
Group B: basin, liter, music, paten, syrup, talon

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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) George threw his extra javelin through two fleshy fruits related to an apple.

2) Mary had to halt the food preparation because she found a stain on each of the cooking utensils.

3) Per the negotiation, Isaac agreed to guide the troops through the valley.

4) How would you respond if the container of supplies had disappeared without a vestige?

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White to Play

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This mating composition is an exercise in iron clad logic. Find the mating position. See how Black can stop it. Force Black to do something he doesn’t want to do. Go on with the plan.

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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 average oldness of a tablet (pill + age = pillage).

1) This is an automobile's domesticated animal.
2) This is a group of wolves, much like stone or bronze.
3) This is an alcoholic beverage that is made from a part of a fish.
4) This is a volume's military partner.

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Operation Sharp-ectomy

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Six words have had their sharp things removed. The sharp things have been placed into Group A. The remaining letters of each word have been placed into Group B. Your task is to reconstitute the words by merging each sharp thing with the proper set of letters. Other than merging the two groups together, there is no rearranging of the letters. Example: sand + pne = spanned (SpANneD).

Group A: brad, nail, pin, piton, spike, stake
Group B: eeve, insrai, raha, rnlr, ufesbe, waebst

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White to Play

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We haven’t had a composed problem in a while, so we’ll throw in a mate in two.

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More Twisted Personas

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The names of four famous people have been scrambled. They are: an athlete, an entertainer, a leader of a country, and a scientist (though not necessarily in that order). Who are they?

1) gong, hero gets a win
2) oh, a jet man
3) sly peer lives
4) ten elite brains

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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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White to Play

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The Peruvian master, Canal, was a fierce attacking player, even out of calm positions. Here he uses the drawish exchange line vs. the MacCutcheon variation in the French. In the diagram he unleashed a smashing kingside attack.

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Greek Mythology

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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

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A great attacking game against the French Defense with dxe4. The whole game is given so you can enjoy how it evolved.

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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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White to Play

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Either 1.f6 or 1.g6 win, but which one is better?

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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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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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