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Feathers

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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?

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City Spelling

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What is the only city with three dotted letters all in a row?

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White to Play

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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 is unusual. It’s a “Demotion Mate in Four Moves.” The composer, Maswell Bukopzer made it an easy one because the king can’t participate, so you have to start out with the queen. In a ...

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Saippuakivikauppias

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Saippuakivikauppias is the Finnish word for a soapstone seller. Aside from being a long tongue twister, what else is special about this word?

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Largest Pair

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What is the longest pair of English words that are pronounced exactly the same but share no letter in common?

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White to Play

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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 composer was named Witte, in fact, and I wonder how he pronounced his name. It’s an easy mate in two to start this time of fun problems!

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Ice Boat

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On a hot summer day by a lake you are determined to build a boat made of ice, using a refrigeration unit and a large mold in which you can pour water. Nearby you notice an Egyptian mummy resting on a pile of wood pulp. What is the best strategy for building an ice boat that will not melt before you sail it across the lake?

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Tricky Tunnel

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You are in a tunnel that branches in two directions, like a T. To your left is a door with the enigmatic words: "Wide ill you" and "Wild lie you." On the right are the words "Evil will you" and "Veil will you." Which door do you choose?

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Personal Pronouns

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"She" is a word that contains two personal pronouns: she and he. What five-letter word beginning with "U" contains four personal pronouns?

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White to Play

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The Teplitz-Schonau 1922 tournament book had this composed problem in it. It’s fun for me to pull the book off my shelf and find a practical looking composition. But be aware—there’s, as one might expect, a little twist in the solution!

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Blind Monkey Fingers

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You are imprisoned within a small jail cell. Your cell mate is a large monkey that is blind in one eye and does not have all its fingers on one hand. Your captors turn to you and say, "Do you feel more sorry because of the monkey's eye or hand? If you answer correctly, we will set you free."

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R.P.I.

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Can you decipher this phrase?

R.P.I.

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White to Play

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It initially looks like White will fight to draw this, but there’s a winning path here. A hint: If Black’s king were on b7, Black would win.

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The Breakfast Challenge

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You are enjoying your breakfast after having put some salt on your scrambled eggs when your nerdy brother presents you with an ice cube floating in a glass of water and a short length of string. He challenges you to remove the ice cube from the glass using the string without tying any knots. What strategy do you use to remove the ice cube from the water glass?

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Venus

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You awake inside a small transparent capsule sitting on the surface of Venus. From a small speaker you hear a voice that says, "We will leave you here either for a day or a year. If you choose to stay a day, we will give you $1 million. If you choose to stay a year, we will give you $2 million. Either way, you will have sufficient food and water. We will make sure the temperature is a constant 70 degrees Fahrenheit. We will also supply cable TV."

What is your choice? (Don't let money decide your answer).

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White to Play

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This composition by J. Brown requires you to think clearly. Yes, it seems like Black promoting that pawn to a queen will spell disaster, but perhaps White can salvage a draw…

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Noisy

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What is this rebus?

BOLT
TH

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Money in Water

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You drop two coins into a muddy river by mistake. You saw one falling in, a 1 euro coin. You know the other one had to be either a 1 euro coin, or a 2 euro coin.

After searching and pulling out one, and discovering its a 1 euro coin, what is the chance that the other is also a 1 euro coin?

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Man Against Midnight

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What does this represent?

mankind vs midnight

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White to Play

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White has the opposing king cornered, but how does he finish it?

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