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Daily Puzzle - January 30

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BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A doctor gives you three pills and tells you to swallow one pill every hour.

How long would it take for you to complete the course?

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Daily Sudoku - January 30 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 2 hours 38 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 - January 30

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BrainBashers Daily Game

Trick Hoops Challenge
   Challenge the toughest basketball players and defeat them on the street, at their own game.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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urticaria

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - 6 hours 14 min ago

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

urticaria • \er-tuh-KAIR-ee-uh\  • noun
: hives

Examples:
The first sign of the patient's allergic reaction to the medication was an outbreak of urticaria.

"Chronic urticaria is common and can appear on any part of the body. Sunlight and heat can be triggers for some people, whereas cold is a trigger for others." — Keith Roach, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), October 14, 2014

Did you know?
Hives can be caused by a number of things. It can be a reaction to a piece of food you ate, a new medication you took, or irritants in the air you're breathing—or to wandering into a patch of nettles. Urticaria, the medical term for hives, points the finger at nettles, at least etymologically: it comes from the Latin word urtica, meaning "nettle." Urtica itself is related to the Latin verb urere, meaning "to burn," a nod to the stinging hairs many species of nettle possess.

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January 30, 1948: Gandhi assassinated

This Day in History - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 11:00pm

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.

Born the son of an Indian official in 1869, Gandhi's Vaishnava mother was deeply religious and early on exposed her son to Jainism, a morally rigorous Indian religion that advocated nonviolence. Gandhi was an unremarkable student but in 1888 was given an opportunity to study law in England. In 1891, he returned to India, but failing to find regular legal work he accepted in 1893 a one-year contract in South Africa.

Settling in Natal, he was subjected to racism and South African laws that restricted the rights of Indian laborers. Gandhi later recalled one such incident, in which he was removed from a first-class railway compartment and thrown off a train, as his moment of truth. From thereon, he decided to fight injustice and defend his rights as an Indian and a man. When his contract expired, he spontaneously decided to remain in South Africa and launched a campaign against legislation that would deprive Indians of the right to vote. He formed the Natal Indian Congress and drew international attention to the plight of Indians in South Africa. In 1906, the Transvaal government sought to further restrict the rights of Indians, and Gandhi organized his first campaign of satyagraha, or mass civil disobedience. After seven years of protest, he negotiated a compromise agreement with the South African government.

In 1914, Gandhi returned to India and lived a life of abstinence and spirituality on the periphery of Indian politics. He supported Britain in the First World War but in 1919 launched a new satyagraha in protest of Britain's mandatory military draft of Indians. Hundreds of thousands answered his call to protest, and by 1920 he was leader of the Indian movement for independence. He reorganized the Indian National Congress as a political force and launched a massive boycott of British goods, services, and institutions in India. Then, in 1922, he abruptly called off the satyagraha when violence erupted. One month later, he was arrested by the British authorities for sedition, found guilty, and imprisoned.

After his release in 1924, he led an extended fast in protest of Hindu-Muslim violence. In 1928, he returned to national politics when he demanded dominion status for India and in 1930 launched a mass protest against the British salt tax, which hurt India's poor. In his most famous campaign of civil disobedience, Gandhi and his followers marched to the Arabian Sea, where they made their own salt by evaporating sea water. The march, which resulted in the arrest of Gandhi and 60,000 others, earned new international respect and support for the leader and his movement.

In 1931, Gandhi was released to attend the Round Table Conference on India in London as the sole representative of the Indian National Congress. The meeting was a great disappointment, and after his return to India he was again imprisoned. While in jail, he led another fast in protest of the British government's treatment of the "untouchables"--the impoverished and degraded Indians who occupied the lowest tiers of the caste system. In 1934, he left the Indian Congress Party to work for the economic development of India's many poor. His protege, Jawaharlal Nehru, was named leader of the party in his place.

With the outbreak of World War II, Gandhi returned to politics and called for Indian cooperation with the British war effort in exchange for independence. Britain refused and sought to divide India by supporting conservative Hindu and Muslim groups. In response, Gandhi launched the "Quit India" movement it 1942, which called for a total British withdrawal. Gandhi and other nationalist leaders were imprisoned until 1944.

In 1945, a new government came to power in Britain, and negotiations for India's independence began. Gandhi sought a unified India, but the Muslim League, which had grown in influence during the war, disagreed. After protracted talks, Britain agreed to create the two new independent states of India and Pakistan on August 15, 1947. Gandhi was greatly distressed by the partition, and bloody violence soon broke out between Hindus and Muslims in India.

In an effort to end India's religious strife, he resorted to fasts and visits to the troubled areas. He was on one such vigil in New Delhi when Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who objected to Gandhi's tolerance for the Muslims, fatally shot him. Known as Mahatma, or "the great soul," during his lifetime, Gandhi's persuasive methods of civil disobedience influenced leaders of civil rights movements around the world, especially Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States.

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Daily Puzzle - January 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:34pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

The question is somewhere in the grid.

W B H F S K F V J P Z
H S S H T J P P N W L
A F P W P N T D S W S
T R H S P L M V R G B
I D P B D W S N R T C
S R S F T D B K K F B
O M F R L Z F R K Y P
N J Z J S Z N M B J Q
E R Z F Q Z V G Y F V
P P F G F W Z W N R P
L B J V R J H F K T Z
U H F K Y F W J F S R
S S W C Q R Q Y H R S
O M W F P R Q J K H R
N M B W S K B J Y D Q
E T J Y P F D L R P F

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - January 29 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:34pm
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 - January 29

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:34pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Construction Academy
   Build your own construction by placing blocks one by one.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Jack Handey

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:00pm
"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it."
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Aesop

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:00pm
"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
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Paul Fix

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:00pm
"The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory."
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J. D. Salinger

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:00pm
"I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy."
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disingenuous

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 29, 2015 is:

disingenuous • \dis-in-JEN-yuh-wuss\  • adjective
: lacking in candor; also : giving a false appearance of simple frankness : calculating

Examples:
Be aware that their expressions of concern may in truth be disingenuous and self-serving.

"He said the group's claims were wildly disingenuous and its objections politically and financially motivated." — James L. Rosica, The Tampa Tribune, December 18, 2014

Did you know?
Today's word has its roots in the slave-holding society of ancient Rome. Its ancestor ingenuus is a Latin adjective meaning "native" or "freeborn" (itself from gignere, meaning "to beget"). Ingenuus begot the English adjective ingenuous. That adjective originally meant "freeborn" (as in "ingenuous Roman subjects") or "noble and honorable," but it eventually came to mean "showing childlike innocence" or "lacking guile." In the mid-17th century, English speakers combined the negative prefix dis- with ingenuous to create disingenuous, meaning "guileful" or "deceitful."

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January 29, 1936: U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects first members

This Day in History - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:00pm

On January 29, 1936, the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame elects its first members in Cooperstown, New York: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson.

The Hall of Fame actually had its beginnings in 1935, when plans were made to build a museum devoted to baseball and its 100-year history. A private organization based in Cooperstown called the Clark Foundation thought that establishing the Baseball Hall of Fame in their city would help to reinvigorate the area's Depression-ravaged economy by attracting tourists. To help sell the idea, the foundation advanced the idea that U.S. Civil War hero Abner Doubleday invented baseball in Cooperstown. The story proved to be phony, but baseball officials, eager to capitalize on the marketing and publicity potential of a museum to honor the game's greats, gave their support to the project anyway.

In preparation for the dedication of the Hall of Fame in 1939--thought by many to be the centennial of baseball--the Baseball Writers' Association of America chose the five greatest superstars of the game as the first class to be inducted: Ty Cobb was the most productive hitter in history; Babe Ruth was both an ace pitcher and the greatest home-run hitter to play the game; Honus Wagner was a versatile star shortstop and batting champion; Christy Matthewson had more wins than any pitcher in National League history; and Walter Johnson was considered one of the most powerful pitchers to ever have taken the mound.

Today, with approximately 350,000 visitors per year, the Hall of Fame continues to be the hub of all things baseball. It has elected 278 individuals, in all, including 225 players, 17 managers, 8 umpires and 28 executives and pioneers.

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Daily Puzzle - January 28

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

A 'complete' word is a word in which every letter, in turn, can be replaced by another to form a new word.

For example, SEND is a complete word because:

   Starting with SEND we can replace the S with an L to make LEND
   Starting with SEND we can replace the E with an A to make SAND
   Starting with SEND we can replace the N with an E to make SEED
   Starting with SEND we can replace the D with a T to make SENT.

Which 2 of the following words are not complete words? Proper nouns (i.e. people's names) are not allowed.

HARD
PORT
DUCK
HANG
BAIL
MAST
THIN
LEAN
FIRE
READ

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - January 28 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:20pm
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 - January 28

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 9:20pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Dig It Puzzle
   Use your mouse to drag, flip, spin and drop the tiles to reveal a hidden treasure box.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Pat Conroy

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:00pm
"I've always found paranoia to be a perfectly defensible position."
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John J. Plomp

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 6:00pm
"You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers."
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