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This is a win with one decisive move at the outset that is best.

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Find the Hidden Animals

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In each sentence, an animal is concealed. The first sentence has dog concealed. Can you find the others?

1. What shall I do, Gertrude?
2. Asking nutty questions can be most annoying.
3. A gold key is not a common key.
4. Horace tries in school to be a very good boy.
5. People who drive too fast are likely to be arrested.
6. Did I ever tell you, Bill, I once found a dollar?
7. John came late to his arithmetic class.
8. I enjoy listening to music at night.

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Bold Prussian

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What is special about this sentence?

Show this bold Prussian that praises slaughter, slaughter brings rout.

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Sport, Sword, Sage

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Which same three letters can be added to the beginning of each of the following words to make 5 new words?:

SPORT
SWORD
SAGE
SABLE
TIME

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Today is a special presentation in that there's no mate in 3 or 4 puzzle. This is a middle game puzzle that challenges you to find a plan. It comes from my book, Openings for Amateurs--Next Steps in the chapter on various Isolated Queen Pawn attacks. If you want to be better than average, it's a concept you have to learn. You're going to be ...

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Fourth Connection

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In this teaser there are three words in a sentence that are all connected in some way by a fourth word. The connected words are in capitals, so all you have to do is think of the fourth word that connects them all. For example:
The school MASTER realized that the young BOY had a great deal of hidden TALENT.

The answer would be SCOUT as in Scout Master, Boy Scout and Talent Scout.

Now try and guess the connecting word in the following sentences.

1) He used to have such lovely long GOLDEN hair, but now his parting had SPREAD drastically and he had developed a rather prominent BALD patch.

2) Ever since he was a CHILD, who never liked to get WASHED, the boy always loved trying to ...

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Doesn't Add Up?

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What is this well known phrase?

11x12=144

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Here is another classic position emphasizing the power of doubled rooks on the h-file. The first question probably is “That’s a great attacking position. How do I get there?” Here’s how Kurt Richter did it in 1930: Richter,Kurt Paul - Abramavicius,Leonhard [C13] Olympiad–1930 Hamburg

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6...

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Madadian Mail

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Madadia is split, like other countries, into cities, towns and villages. Some are large and some are small. Postman Patel delivers the mail in the village of "Lardville".

Now Lardville is so small there is only one street with only ten houses, numbered from 1 to 10.

In a certain week, Patel did not deliver any mail at two houses in the village; at the other houses he delivered mail three times each. Each working day he delivered mail at exactly four houses.

The sums of the house numbers where he delivered mail were:
on Monday: 18
on Tuesday: 12
on Wednesday: 23
on Thursday: 19
on Friday: 32
op Saturday: 25
on Sunday: His day off

Can you work ...

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Homonyms

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This teaser features HOMONYMS, or words that are spelt different, but sound alike. There are three blank spaces in each sentence below, and the answers are all homonyms.

See if you can solve the following homonym teasers.

The old ____ began to ____ us with tales of how he used to hunt wild ____.

The Church counsel tried to ban, or in a sense, ______ the use of the ______ as it kept setting off the smoke ______.

The germs probably ____ down the ____ and given me the ___.

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White to Play

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Since we started this column in 2006, there have been 2700 puzzles put up here. It was always my hope that they would be either instructional or entertaining or challenging or all three. However, the encompassing desire was that they would make the reader a better player who could take the lessons learned and their concepts into one’s own ...

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Number Riddle

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It's always 1 to 6,
it's always 15 to 20,
it's always 5,
but it's never 21,
unless it's flying.
What is this?

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Minus Letter Anagrams #1

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In this teaser the idea is to identify the blanked words. The secret is that each word is an anagram of the previous word, but minus one letter. For example

The ------- mopped up the spilt ------ and then made sure all the work surfaces were -----.

The answer for the first word would be "Cleaner", the remove the "N" and make into "Cereal", then remove an "E" to make "Clear".

Now try these.

The ------ that he has to ------ with his roommate is so noisy, the people next door can ---- it.

He did not ------ when the ----- landed on his ---- whilst he was sunbathing.

The can of pop had cured his's ------ but the chilli stain on his ----- caused quite a ---- with his wife.

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White to Play

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The material in “points” may be equal, but the position isn’t as White has the move.

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Homonyms

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This teaser features HOMONYMS, or words that are spelled differently, but sound alike. There are three blank spaces in each sentence below, and the answers are all homonyms.

See if you can solve the following homonym teasers.

I was only one ____ short to be able to buy the _____ I had been ____ to buy at the cosmetics store.

"Don't be disturbing the ____ that ___ the shade of the ____, down by the river" warned the farmer.

"I will show you the ___ to _____ the ____," said the shopkeeper to Miss Muffet.

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Singular Plural

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Which word in the English language, beginning with "P" is singular until an "S" is added to the end and it becomes a plural, but reverts back to a singlular word if another letter "S" is added to the end?

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Making Eleven

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How would you combine one-third of 12 and four-fifths of 7 to get 11?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

This is a great puzzle with the rook vs. bishop struggle. The key first move may surprise you.

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Breakfast in Bed

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One night Hugh was at work at the recycling plant when he received an unexpected telephone call from a neighbor, listened to what the neighbor said, slammed down the phone and left work and drove straight home. On entering his house Hugh crept upstairs and found his wife in bed with a stranger. He wasn't angry but he was surprised. In fact he crept back down stairs and made his wife some breakfast, which he took up for her to eat in bed.

Why was Hugh so calm about finding his wife in bed with someone he had never met before?

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Jerry Mayor of Smellville

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One day Jerry Mayor from Smelliville was visiting the neighbouring country of Madadia and was sitting in the Penistone mainline railway station. He was sitting very uncomfortably in the waiting room and was staring intently at two doors that were at the opposite end of the room. Jerry Mayor was not a happy man at that point. In fact he was in dire distress. He then noticed a young man enter one of the doors. Instantly Jerry, with a great smile, followed the young man through the door and after a few moments he returned with an even bigger smile on his face.

Why would Jerry Mayor be so happy after following a young man through the door?

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