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Daily Puzzle - September 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What word completes this square:

ferret   rabbit
otter    ==?==

Choose from: giraffe, mink, cow, bison.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 27 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:23pm
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 - September 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:23pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Reaktor
   Enter the 8-sector reaktor zone where you match coloured zones.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Jack Handey

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"I hope that when I die, people say about me, 'Boy, that guy sure owed me a lot of money.'"
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Hector Berlioz

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down."
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Charles M. Schulz

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love."
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Evelyn Waugh

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 7:00pm
"It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."
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fainéant

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 09/27/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 27, 2014 is:

fainéant • \fay-nay-AHN\  • adjective
: idle and ineffectual : indolent

Examples:
Deanna's parents warned her not to become fainéant during the summer; even if she didn't want to work, she should travel or volunteer somewhere.

"We go on, Beckett-like, enacting the rituals that define existence, trapped in an existential spiral, too fainéant to change, ... doomed to repeat the same mistakes and fall into the same situations." — David Krasner, A History of Modern Drama, 2011

Did you know?
You've probably guessed that fainéant was borrowed from French; it derives from fait-nient, which literally means "does nothing," and ultimately traces back to the verb faindre, or feindre, meaning "to feign." (The English word feign is also descended from this verb, as are faint and feint.) Fainéant first appeared in print in the early 17th century as a noun meaning "an irresponsible idler," and by 1854 it was also being used as an adjective. As its foreignness suggests, fainéant tends to be used when the context calls for a fancier or more elegant word than inactive or sluggish.

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September 27, 1779: John Adams appointed to negotiate peace terms with British

This Day in History - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

Adams had traveled to Paris in 1778 to negotiate an alliance with France, but had been unceremoniously dismissed when Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as sole commissioner. Soon after returning to Massachusetts in mid-1779, Adams was elected as a delegate to the state convention to draw up a new constitution; he was involved in these duties when he learned of his new diplomatic commission. Accompanied by his young sons John Quincy and Charles, Adams sailed for Europe that November aboard the French ship Sensible, which sprang a leak early in the voyage and missed its original destination (Brest), instead landing at El Ferrol, in northwestern Spain. After an arduous journey by mule train across the Pyrenees and into France, Adams and his group reached Paris in early February 1780.

While in Paris, Adams wrote to Congress almost daily (sometimes several letters a day) sharing news about British politics, British and French naval activities and his general perspective on European affairs. Conditions were unfavorable for peace at the time, as the war was going badly for the Continental Army, and the blunt and sometimes confrontational Adams clashed with the French government, especially the powerful Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. In mid-June, Adams began a correspondence with Vergennes in which he pushed for French naval assistance, antagonizing both Vergennes and Franklin, who brought the matter to the attention of Congress.

By that time, Adams had departed France for Holland, where he was attempting to negotiate a loan from the Dutch. Before the end of the year, he was named American minister to the Netherlands, replacing Henry Laurens, who was captured at sea by the British. In June 1781, capitulating to pressure from Vergennes and other French diplomats, Congress acted to revoke Adams' sole powers as peacemaker with Britain, appointing Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Laurens to negotiate alongside him.

The tide of the war was turning in America's favor, and Adams returned to Paris in October 1782 to take up his part in the peace negotiations. As Jefferson didn't travel to Europe and Laurens was in failing health after his release from the Tower of London, it was left to Adams, Jay and Franklin to represent American interests. Adams and Jay both distrusted the French government (in contrast with Franklin), but their differences of opinion and diplomatic styles allowed the team to negotiate favorable terms in the Peace of Paris (1783). The following year, Jefferson arrived to take Adams' place as American minister to France, forming a lifelong bond with Adams and his family before the latter left to take up his new post as American ambassador to London and continue his distinguished record of foreign service on behalf of the new nation.

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Daily Puzzle - September 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:09pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is represented by this BrainBat?

TUNE TUNE TUNE TUNE

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 26 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:09pm
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 - September 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:09pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Lucky Balls
   Circular version of the game where you clear the screen of bubbles by forming groups of 3 of the same colour.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Marie Curie

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down errors instead of establishing the truth."
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Saki

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death."
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Groucho Marx

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."
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Muhammad Ali

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 7:00pm
"My toughest fight was with my first wife."
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Götterdämmerung

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 26, 2014 is:

Götterdämmerung • \gher-ter-DEM-uh-roong\  •
: a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder; broadly : downfall

Examples:
There were those who worried that the latest civil war and attempted regime change would end in Götterdämmerung for the small country.

"One wishes, of course, for some sort of Götterdämmerung … in which the former victims rise up to give the monsters a taste of their terrible medicine. That's what the movies are for." — James Taub, Stars and Stripes, August 23, 2014

Did you know?
Norse mythology specified that the destruction of the world would be preceded by a cataclysmic final battle between the good and evil gods, resulting in the heroic deaths of all the "good guys." The German word for this earth-shattering last battle was Götterdämmerung. Literally, Götterdämmerung means "twilight of the gods." (Götter is the plural of Gott, meaning "god," and Dämmerung means "twilight.") Figuratively, the term is extended to situations of world-altering destruction marked by extreme chaos and violence. In the 19th century, the German composer Richard Wagner brought attention to the word Götterdämmerung when he chose it as the title of the last opera of his cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, and by the early 20th century, the word had entered English.

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September 26, 1960: First Kennedy-Nixon debate

This Day in History - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:00pm

For the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party presidential candidates is shown on television. The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator of Massachusetts, and Richard M. Nixon, the vice president of the United States, met in a Chicago studio to discuss U.S. domestic matters.

Kennedy emerged the apparent winner from this first of four televised debates, partly owing to his greater ease before the camera than Nixon, who, unlike Kennedy, seemed nervous and declined to wear makeup. Nixon fared better in the second and third debates, and on October 21 the candidates met to discuss foreign affairs in their fourth and final debate. Less than three weeks later, on November 8, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by his Republican opponent.

One year after leaving the vice presidency, Nixon returned to politics, winning the Republican nomination for governor of California. Although he lost the election, Nixon returned to the national stage in 1968 in a successful bid for the presidency. Like Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Nixon declined to debate his opponent in the 1968 presidential campaign. Televised presidential debates returned in 1976, and have been held in every presidential campaign since.

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Franz Kafka

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:00pm
"There art two cardinal sins from which all others spring: Impatience and Laziness."
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Kin Hubbard

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:00pm
"There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?"
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