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Daily Puzzle - July 1

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 3 hours 28 min ago
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

During a recent BrainBashers thinking contest, the total number of points scored by the first six players was 103 and every score was above zero.

The first player scored half the points of the second player, who in turn scored 6 points fewer than the third player.

The third player in turn scored two thirds the points of the fourth player.

The fifth player managed to score the same number of points as the difference between the first and fourth player's points.

Finally, the sixth player scored 14 fewer than the fifth player.

Can you determine how many points the sixth player managed to score?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 1 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 3 hours 28 min ago
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - July 1

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 3 hours 28 min ago
BrainBashers Daily Game

Wake The Royalty
   Everyone is sleeping in the kingdom. Wake up all the royal family!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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precarious

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - 17 hours 30 min ago

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 01, 2015 is:

precarious • \prih-KAIR-ee-us\  • adjective
1 : dependent on uncertain premises : dubious 2 a : dependent on chance circumstances, unknown conditions, or uncertain developments b : dangerously lacking in security or steadiness

Examples:
The books were stacked high in a precarious tower that was liable to topple at any moment.

"[Margaret] Atwood, whose futuristic fictions include 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'Oryx and Crake' and 'MaddAddam,' knows that the entire premise of trees growing to be harvested for paper for print books many decades hence is a bit precarious. 'I am sending a manuscript into time,' she wrote in a prepared statement. 'Will any human beings be waiting there to receive it?'" — Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2015

Did you know?
"This little happiness is so very precarious, that it wholly depends on the will of others." Joseph Addison, in a 1711 issue of Spectator magazine, couldn't have described the oldest sense of precarious more precisely—the original meaning of the word was "depending on the will or pleasure of another." Prayers and entreaties directed at that "other" might or might not help, but what precariousness really hangs on, in the end, is prex, the Latin word for prayer. From prex came the Latin word precarius, meaning "obtained by entreaty," from whence came our own adjective precarious. Anglo-French priere, also from precarius, gave us prayer.

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July 01, 1997: Hong Kong returned to China

This Day in History - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:00pm

At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise celebratory and peaceful.

In 1839, Britain invaded China to crush opposition to its interference in the country’s economic, social, and political affairs. One of Britain’s first acts of the war was to occupy Hong Kong, a sparsely inhabited island off the coast of southeast China. In 1841, China ceded the island to the British with the signing of the Convention of Chuenpi, and in 1842 the Treaty of Nanking was signed, formally ending the First Opium War.

Britain’s new colony flourished as an East-West trading center and as the commercial gateway and distribution center for southern China. In 1898, Britain was granted an additional 99 years of rule over Hong Kong under the Second Convention of Peking. In September 1984, after years of negotiations, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving the 1997 turnover of the island in exchange for a Chinese pledge to preserve Hong Kong’s capitalist system. On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was peaceably handed over to China in a ceremony attended by numerous Chinese, British, and international dignitaries. The chief executive under the new Hong Kong government, Tung Chee Hwa, formulated a policy based on the concept of “one country, two systems,” thus preserving Hong Kong’s role as a principal capitalist center in Asia.

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Daily Puzzle - June 30

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:52pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Which fruit comes next in this sequence:

banana pear kiwi tomato

Choose from: peach lemon plum guava.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - June 30 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:52pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - June 30

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:52pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Moon Cave
   Guide your little ship around the caves collecting fuel along the way.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Sally Kempton

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00pm
"I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist."
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Louis L'Amour

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00pm
"Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content."
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Fletcher Knebel

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00pm
"Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."
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Dorothy Parker

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 7:00pm
"Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,/ A medley of extemporanea; /And love is a thing that can never go wrong; /And I am Marie of Romania."
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disinformation

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 30, 2015 is:

disinformation • \dis-in-fer-MAY-shun\  • noun
: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth

Examples:
The writer's latest book examines the effects of propaganda and disinformation during the Cold War.

"But more than anything else, we believe the level of fury and disinformation in this debate does a disservice to every student, teacher and taxpayer." — editorial, Newsday (New York), April 19, 2015

Did you know?
In 1939, a writer describing Nazi intelligence activities noted, "The mood of national suspicion prevalent during the last decade ... is well illustrated by General Krivitsky's account of the German 'Disinformation Service,' engaged in manufacturing fake military plans for the express purpose of having them stolen by foreign governments." Although the Nazis were accused of using disinformation back in the 1930s, the noun and the practice are most often associated with the Soviet KGB. Many people think disinformation is a literal translation of the Russian dezinformatsiya, which means "misinformation," a term the KGB allegedly used in the 1950s to name a department created to dispense propaganda.

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June 30, 1936: Gone with the Wind published

This Day in History - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:00pm

Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.

In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O’Hara.

In tracing Pansy’s tumultuous life from the antebellum South through the Civil War and into the Reconstruction era, Mitchell drew on the tales she had heard from her parents and other relatives, as well as from Confederate war veterans she had met as a young girl. While she was extremely secretive about her work, Mitchell eventually gave the manuscript to Harold Latham, an editor from New York’s MacMillan Publishing. Latham encouraged Mitchell to complete the novel, with one important change: the heroine’s name. Mitchell agreed to change it to Scarlett, now one of the most memorable names in the history of literature.

Published in 1936, Gone with the Wind caused a sensation in Atlanta and went on to sell millions of copies in the United States and throughout the world. While the book drew some criticism for its romanticized view of the Old South and its slaveholding elite, its epic tale of war, passion and loss captivated readers far and wide. By the time Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937, a movie project was already in the works. The film was produced by Hollywood giant David O. Selznick, who paid Mitchell a record-high $50,000 for the film rights to her book.

After testing hundreds of unknowns and big-name stars to play Scarlett, Selznick hired British actress Vivien Leigh days after filming began. Clark Gable was also on board as Rhett Butler, Scarlett’s dashing love interest. Plagued with problems on set, Gone with the Wind nonetheless became one of the highest-grossing and most acclaimed movies of all time, breaking box office records and winning nine Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.

Though she didn’t take part in the film adaptation of her book, Mitchell did attend its star-studded premiere in December 1939 in Atlanta. Tragically, she died just 10 years later, after she was struck by a speeding car while crossing Atlanta’s Peachtree Street. Scarlett, a relatively unmemorable sequel to Gone with the Wind written by Alexandra Ripley, was published in 1992.

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Daily Puzzle - June 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:38pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

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[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - June 29 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:38pm
BrainBashers Daily Sudoku



Complete the grid such that every row, every column, and the nine 3x3 blocks contain the digits from 1 to 9.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Game - June 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:38pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Tunnel Racer
   Race through the tunnel, dodging all of the barricades, by jumping and circling through them.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Thomas Jefferson

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:00pm
"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it."
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:00pm
"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius."
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