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Daily Puzzle - September 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:28pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Below are seven countries, whose letters have been scrambled.

Once you have unscrambled the letters, the first letters of each of the countries can then be scrambled to make another country.

Can you find this country?

AADNORR
AEHIIOPT
CEEEGR
AAAACDGMRS
ANORWY
AAIMNOR
EEMNY

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 23 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:28pm
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 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:28pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Maxim's Seaside Adventure
   Help Maxim gather his bones at the seaside.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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syllepsis

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 23, 2014 is:

syllepsis • \suh-LEP-sis\  • noun
1 : the use of a word to modify or govern syntactically two or more words with only one of which it formally agrees in gender, number, or case 2 : the use of a word in the same grammatical relation to two adjacent words in the context with one literal and the other metaphorical in sense

Examples:
Jeannie held the door open for her unwelcome guest and, in a clever use of syllepsis, said, "Take a hint and a hike!"

"… it works as two words in one: She shot the rapids and her boyfriend. Syllepsis produces a surprise, almost requiring the reader to go back and reparse the sentence to savor the double meaning of the word." — Jeanne Fahnestock, Rhetorical Figures in Science, 2002

Did you know?
Charles Dickens made good use of syllepsis in The Pickwick Papers when he wrote that his character Miss Bolo "went straight home, in a flood of tears and a sedan chair." Such uses, defined at sense 2 above, are humorously incongruous, but they’re not grammatically incorrect. Syllepsis as defined at sense 1, however, is something to be generally avoided. For example, take this sentence, "She exercises to keep healthy and I to lose weight." The syllepsis occurs with the verb exercises. The problem is that only one subject, "she" (not "I"), agrees with the verb. The word syllepsis derives from the Greek syllēpsis, and ultimately from syllambanein, meaning "to gather together." It has been used in English since at least 1550.

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September 23, 1875: Billy the Kid arrested for first time

This Day in History - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1875, Billy the Kid is arrested for the first time after stealing a basket of laundry. He later broke out of jail and roamed the American West, eventually earning a reputation as an outlaw and murderer and a rap sheet that allegedly included 21 murders.

The exact details of Billy the Kid's birth are unknown, other than his name, William Henry McCarty. He was probably born sometime between 1859 and 1861, in Indiana or New York. As a child, he had no relationship with his father and moved around with his family, living in Indiana, Kansas, Colorado and Silver City, New Mexico. His mother died in 1874 and Billy the Kid—who went by a variety of names throughout his life, including Kid Antrim and William Bonney—turned to crime soon afterward.

McCarty did a stint as a horse thief in Arizona before returning to New Mexico, where he hooked up with a gang of gunslingers and cattle rustlers involved in the notorious Lincoln County War between rival rancher and merchant factions in Lincoln County in 1878. Afterward, Billy the Kid, who had a slender build, prominent crooked front teeth and a love of singing, went on the lam and continued his outlaw's life, stealing cattle and horses, gambling and killing people. His crimes earned him a bounty on his head and he was eventually captured and indicted for killing a sheriff during the Lincoln County War. Billy the Kid was sentenced to hang for his crime; however, a short time later, he managed another jail break, murdering two deputies in the process. Billy the Kid's freedom was brief, as Sheriff Pat Garrett caught up with the desperado at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, on July 14, 1881, and fatally shot him.

Although his life was short, Billy the Kid's legend grew following his death. Today he is a famous symbol of the Old West, along with such men as Kit Carson, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, and his story has been mythologized and romanticized in numerous films, books, TV shows and songs. Each year, tourists visit the town of Fort Sumner, located about 160 miles southeast of Albuquerque, to see the Billy the Kid Museum and gravesite.

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Charlotte Whitton

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult."
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Albert Einstein

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
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Stephen Leacock

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"Newspapermen learn to call a murderer 'an alleged murderer' and the King of England 'the alleged King of England' to avoid libel suits."
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W. C. Fields

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."
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Daily Puzzle - September 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:14pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Given five zeroes, using any mathematical operations, can you make a total of 120?

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Daily Sudoku - September 22 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:14pm
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 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:14pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Retroception
   How quickly and accurately can you find the targets that no longer exist?
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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esurient

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 22, 2014 is:

esurient • \ih-SUR-ee-unt\  • adjective
: hungry, greedy

Examples:
No one was surprised that the esurient media mogul planned to expand his empire into the social-media marketplace.

"She sat opposite him …, as plump and indifferent to his presence as an old tabby cat whose esurient eye was wholly focused on a particularly toothsome mouse." — Pamela Aidan, An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman, 2006

Did you know?
If you’re hungry for a new way to express your hunger, you might find that esurient suits your palate. Be forewarned, however, that when used literally esurient has a humorous flavor. This somewhat obscure word first appeared in English in the second half of the 17th century, deriving from the present participle of the Latin verb esurire, meaning "to be hungry." It is also related to edere, the Latin verb for "eat," which has given us such scrumptious fare as edible and its synonyms esculent and comestible. Esurient can be used somewhat playfully to suggest an actual hunger for food, but it is more often applied to such things as wealth or power. In the latter contexts, it takes on the connotation of greedy.

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September 22, 1862: Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation

This Day in History - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, shortly after Lincoln's inauguration as America's 16th president, he maintained that the war was about restoring the Union and not about slavery. He avoided issuing an anti-slavery proclamation immediately, despite the urgings of abolitionists and radical Republicans, as well as his personal belief that slavery was morally repugnant. Instead, Lincoln chose to move cautiously until he could gain wide support from the public for such a measure.

In July 1862, Lincoln informed his cabinet that he would issue an emancipation proclamation but that it would exempt the so-called border states, which had slaveholders but remained loyal to the Union. His cabinet persuaded him not to make the announcement until after a Union victory. Lincoln's opportunity came following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. On September 22, the president announced that slaves in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free.

On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebel states "are, and henceforward shall be free." The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.

After the Emancipation Proclamation, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery. It became impossible for anti-slavery nations such as Great Britain and France, who had been friendly to the Confederacy, to get involved on behalf of the South. The proclamation also unified and strengthened Lincoln's party, the Republicans, helping them stay in power for the next two decades.

The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).

Lincoln's handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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Paul Valery

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"A poem is never finished, only abandoned."
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Isaac Asimov

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right."
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Will Durst

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"I hate the outdoors. To me the outdoors is where the car is."
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George Bernard Shaw

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:00pm
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it."
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Daily Puzzle - September 21

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:00pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Below you can find 10 words which have had their beginnings and endings removed. In each case, the same two letters can be found at the beginning and the end. For example REspiRE.

..QUI..
..YLI..
..GIB..
..SUL..
..LIV..
..IFI..
..RMI..
..ALG..
..GRA..
..STO..

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 21 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 6:00pm
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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