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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

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Continuing our second week of our theme that shall not be named

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Number Riddle

Games / Brain Teasers /

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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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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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Continuing our theme week, we have David Bronstein upending Viktor Korchnoi way back in 1962.

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Singular Plural

Games / Brain Teasers /

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 /

I feel obliged to cite D.J. Morgan in British Chess Magazine from 1968 in having picked these puzzles we’ll be looking at. He did a “Quotes and Queries” section that would many times offer examples of themes. You will probably figure out the theme after today, or at least by tomorrow. This position is from Bronstein-Goldenov, Kiev, 1944.

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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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Black to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

Black is lost, being the exchange down, but in Maric-Glilgoric, Belgrade, 1962, Gligoric came up with a game winning move. What was it?

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A Great King

Games / Brain Teasers /

Five hundred begins it, five hundred ends it,
Five in the middle is seen;
First of all letters, the first of all figures,
Take up their stations between.
Join all together, and then you will bring
Before you the name of an eminent king.

Hint: Bible Verses readers will love this riddle.

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Argument

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Can you decipher this phrase:

friends
standing
miss
friends

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Dogs

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There are two dogs, a black one and a white one. One is male. What is the probability they are both male?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

A delightful mate in 4 to end the week. There are lots of mates in 5, but only one mate in 4!

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Acquainted

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You and your spouse invite four other couples to a party. During the course of the conversation, it is discovered that, prior to the party, each person except you was acquainted with a different number of the people present. Assuming the acquaintance relationship is symmetric (i.e., if you are acquainted with someone, that person is also acquainted with you), then how many people did your spouse know prior to the party? How many people did you know?

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Three Creatures

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There were three creatures outside a building. One of the creatures did not move itself but entered the building and knew that it was in the building. The second creature moved itself, entered the building, and knew that it was in the building. The last creature did not move itself but entered the building, and the creature did not know that it was in the building. What are the three creatures?

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White to Play

Games / Chess Puzzles /

White has sacrificed two pieces to get the Black king into the open. What is the most efficient way to finish him off?

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World Series Gamble

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The winner of the World Series is the first team to win four games, so the maximum number of games that could be played is 7. You want to place a $100 bet (even money) on your team to win the whole series. A bookie says he will not take bets on the whole series, but would be willing to let you bet on each individual game. Is there a betting strategy you could put in place to replicate your $100 bet?

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