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Daily Puzzle - April 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:19pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Practical Peter was asked to cut a 99 foot rope into three smaller, equal length ropes.

However, as usual, Pete couldn't find his measuring tape so he guessed!

When he finally did find his tape (it was under his hat), he discovered that:

A) the second piece of rope was twice as long as the first piece, minus 35 feet (i.e. 2 x first, - 35).
B) the third piece of rope was half the length of the first, plus 15 feet (i.e. 0.5 x first, + 15)

How long were each of the pieces of rope?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 17 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:19pm
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 - April 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:19pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Martian Madfish
   Help a lone fish from Mars make a giant jump towards planet Earth.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Jeph Jacques

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"That's what college is for - getting as many bad decisions as possible out of the way before you're forced into the real world. I keep a checklist of 'em on the wall in my room."
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Evan Esar

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"A husband is like a fire, he goes out when unattended."
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Demetri Martin

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert."
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H. L. Mencken

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:00pm
"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy."
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oneiric

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 17, 2014 is:

oneiric • \oh-NYE-rik\  • adjective
: of or relating to dreams : dreamy

Examples:
The paintings, filled with fantastical imagery conjured by the artist's imagination, have a compellingly oneiric quality.

"Most of the actors here are double and triple cast, and if they barely differentiate among their roles, that just adds to the oneiric effect." — From a theater review by Jeffrey Gantz in The Boston Globe, March 12, 2012

Did you know?
The notion of using the Greek noun "oneiros" (meaning "dream") to form the English adjective "oneiric" wasn't dreamed up until the mid-19th century. But back in the early 1600s, linguistic dreamers came up with a few "oneiros" spin-offs, giving English "oneirocriticism," "oneirocritical," and "oneirocritic" (each referring to dream interpreters or interpretation). The surge in "oneiros" derivatives at that time may have been fueled by the interest then among English-speaking scholars in Oneirocritica, a book about dream interpretation by 2nd-century Greek soothsayer Artemidorus Daldianus.

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April 17, 1970: Apollo 13 returns to Earth

This Day in History - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:00pm

With the world anxiously watching, Apollo 13, a U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered a severe malfunction on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth.

On April 11, the third manned lunar landing mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. The mission was headed for a landing on the Fra Mauro highlands of the moon. However, two days into the mission, disaster struck 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blew up in the spacecraft. Swigert reported to mission control on Earth, "Houston, we've had a problem here," and it was discovered that the normal supply of oxygen, electricity, light, and water had been disrupted. The landing mission was aborted, and the astronauts and controllers on Earth scrambled to come up with emergency procedures. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long, cold journey back to Earth.

The astronauts and mission control were faced with enormous logistical problems in stabilizing the spacecraft and its air supply, as well as providing enough energy to the damaged fuel cells to allow successful reentry into Earth's atmosphere. Navigation was another problem, and Apollo 13's course was repeatedly corrected with dramatic and untested maneuvers. On April 17, tragedy turned to triumph as the Apollo 13 astronauts touched down safely in the Pacific Ocean.

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Daily Puzzle - April 16

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:05pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A cricketer's average in his first 18 innings was 16.5 runs.

After a further 8 innings, his average had increased to 32.5 runs.

What was his average for the last 8 innings?

Note: you don't need any cricket skills to solve this puzzle, nor do you need to know what an innings consists of.

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Daily Sudoku - April 16 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:05pm
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 - April 16

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 9:05pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Diamond Well
   Use your pipe machine to grab the treasures hidden deep in the caves of the Diamond Mountains.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Mark Twain

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough."
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Carl Jung

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."
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Robert Benchley

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony."
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Jef Raskin

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 7:00pm
"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."
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utopia

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 16, 2014 is:

utopia • \yoo-TOH-pee-uh\  • noun
: an impractical scheme for social improvement

Examples:
To some people, gated communities are visions of Utopia—safe, quiet, and out of the way.

"Peninsula Players has entertained generations of audiences since it was founded in 1935 by a brother-and-sister team, Caroline and Richard Fisher, who dreamed of an artistic utopia where actors, designers and technicians could focus on their craft while being surrounded by nature in a contemplative setting." — From an article in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, March 12, 2014

Did you know?
In 1516, English humanist Sir Thomas More published a book titled Utopia. It compared social and economic conditions in Europe with those of an ideal society on an imaginary island located off the coast of the Americas. More wanted to imply that the perfect conditions on his fictional island could never really exist, so he called it "Utopia," a name he created by combining the Greek words "ou" (meaning "no, not") and "topos" (meaning "place," a root used in our word "topography"). The earliest generic use of "utopia" was for an imaginary and indefinitely remote place. The current use of "utopia," referring to an ideal place or society, was inspired by More's description of Utopia's perfection.

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April 16, 1943: Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered

This Day in History - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00pm

In Basel, Switzerland, Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist working at the Sandoz pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumes LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938 as part of his research into the medicinal value of lysergic acid compounds. After taking the drug, formally known as lysergic acid diethylamide, Dr. Hoffman was disturbed by unusual sensations and hallucinations. In his notes, he related the experience:

"Last Friday, April 16, 1943, I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant, intoxicated-like condition characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away."

After intentionally taking the drug again to confirm that it had caused this strange physical and mental state, Dr. Hoffman published a report announcing his discovery, and so LSD made its entry into the world as a hallucinogenic drug. Widespread use of the so-called "mind-expanding" drug did not begin until the 1960s, when counterculture figures such as Albert M. Hubbard, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey publicly expounded on the benefits of using LSD as a recreational drug. The manufacture, sale, possession, and use of LSD, known to cause negative reactions in some of those who take it, were made illegal in the United States in 1965.

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Daily Puzzle - April 15

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:51pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What are the next two letters in this sequence:

O T T F F S S E ==?== ==?==

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Daily Sudoku - April 15 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 8:51pm
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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