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Kennel Confusion

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7 dogs were boarding at the local Pet Lodge: Beau, Duke, Fluffy, Lady, Princess, Rover, and Spike. Each dog was in a separate run, all in a single row. One of the employees left the cages unlocked and the dogs have all gotten out of their runs. She needs to put each of them back in the right cage, but this is all she remembers. Can you help her get them into the right cages?

1. Spike doesn't like other dogs much, so he was on one of the ends.
2. Princess was somewhere to the left of Beau.
3. Rover was in the third run from the right.
4. The only dog between Fluffy and Lady was Princess.
5. Duke was directly to the left of Lady.

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The King and the Poison

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In a far-off kingdom, it is well known that the only way to counteract being poisoned is to drink a stronger poison, in order to neutralize the weaker one. Long ago, the king who ruled this kingdom wanted to ensure that he possessed the strongest poison in the kingdom, to ensure that he could counteract any attempts on his life.

So the king called the royal treasurer and the kingdom's best pharmacist. He gave each the task of concocting the strongest poison possible within one week. At the end of this week, each of the two men would drink the other's poison, followed by his own -- whoever survived, succeeded.

The pharmacist went straight to work, but the treasurer knew he had no ...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

To be a true solver of this puzzle, I would ask you the same question I would ask one of my students: What’s your plan here all the way to the end?

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Colored Keys

Games / Brain Teasers /

After recent events, Question Mark is annoyed with his brother, Skid Mark. Skid thought it would be funny to hide Question's wallet. He told Question that he would get it back if he finds it. So, first off, Skid laid five colored keys in a row. One of them is a key to a room where Skid is hiding Question's wallet. Using the clues, can you determine the order of the keys and which is the right key?

Red: This key is somewhere to the left of the key to the door.
Blue: This key is not at one of the ends
Green: This key is three spaces away from the key to the door (2 between)
Yellow: This key is next to the key to the door.
Orange: This key is in the middle.

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Family Tree

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I was going through some old family photos in the attic when I stumbled upon our family tree. I studied it for a couple minutes then went back down stairs to tell my mom about the family tree. The problem is I didn't study it long enough to remember the whole thing. I only remembered a couple things about it, and recent memories. Can you help me figure out my family tree? There are two grandparents, who had two children, who both got married and had 2 more children each. Totaling 10 people in all (Alex, David, Jamie, Jessica, John, Justin, Lincoln, Martha, Mary and Tina).

1. One of Jamie's ancestors was David.
2. John's sister gave birth to Tina.
3. Mary went bowling with her...

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

From recent puzzles, you know what move you shouldn’t play here, but it does take a little finesse to win this.

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Water Jug

Games / Brain Teasers /

You have a four-liter jug and a nine-liter jug. You also have a pool of water.

What is the fewest number of steps it takes to come up with exactly 6 liters of water?

(A step is defined as pouring water into a jug. For instance, filling the four-liter jug and emptying it into the nine-liter jug would be two steps.)

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Lost and Found

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Doria, Libby, Robb, TJ, and Vinny searched the lost and found table. By the time they finished, two gloves (one red, one blue), a blue hat, a striped sweater, and one pair of black sneakers had all made it back to their original owners. Each of the students found one of these missing items.

1. Libby and TJ both found something with red in it.
2. TJ and Doria each found a glove.
3. Vinny was the only one to walk off with something in each hand.

What items did each person find at the lost and found table?

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What Am I?

Games / Brain Teasers /

Decapitate me and all becomes equal. Then truncate me and I become second. Cut me front and back and I become two less than I started.

What am I?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Now that you can mate with a bishop and knight, this ending should be easy!

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Naming Rights

Games / Brain Teasers /

Which two people in Group A should be in Group B?

Group A:
Julius Caesar
Phil Jackson
Ambrose Burnside
Jane Austen
Orville Redenbacher

Group B:
Reverend William Spooner
Francois Mansard
Pierre Magnol
Georg Ohm

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English Lesson

Games / Brain Teasers /

Which word in group B belongs in group A?

A) 1. automatic 2. biology 3. thermal.

B) 4. international 5. transport 6. antiwar.

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

I can’t make you start from the beginning in this gold level ending; however, I can tell you that the secret to mating with just a bishop and knight and king is to drive the Black king to the OPPOSITE corner of the square color of your bishop and then walk him along the eighth rank until you get a position in the diagram. Note the king is ...

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Bytes and Dollars

Games / Brain Teasers /

Explain how the following equation is true.

byte = dollar

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Missing Word

Games / Brain Teasers /

One word is missing from the list below. Can you figure out the pattern that will tell you what the missing word is?

begin inch chapel elastic ==?== cellar arisen end

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Black to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Black to play, though it doesn’t really make a difference in the result. Is this a draw or a win for Black? Why?

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What's Next?

Games / Brain Teasers /

What letters replace the question marks in this series?

ABC
?DF
D?L
HP?

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Which Planets?

Games / Brain Teasers /

Below, we've listed the planets in the Solar System in a different order. According to this order, in which order should the two final planets appear?

Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Earth, Mars, Pluto, ?, ?.

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Which Number?

Games / Brain Teasers /

Which of these numbers does not belong with the others?

31,556,926
234,567.876
525,948.766
8,765.81277
365.242199
52.177457
12

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

You were warned the Gold Level of this old Swedish merit system would be challenging. White wins. Hint: what’s the only way you can get that Black knight off its square?

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