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Daily Puzzle - July 28

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BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

You are in a room with 2 doors leading out.

Behind 1 door is a coffer overflowing with jewels and gold, along with an exit. Behind the other door is an enormous, hungry lion that will pounce on anyone opening the door.

You do not know which door leads to the treasure and exit, and which door leads to the lion.

In the room you are in are 2 individuals. The first is a knight, who always tells the truth, and a knave, who always lies.

Both of these individuals know what is behind each door. You do not know which individual is the knight, or which one is the knave.

You may ask one of the individuals exactly 1 question.

What should you ask in order to be certain that you will open the door with the coffer behind it, instead of the hungry lion?

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Daily Sudoku - July 28 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 3 hours 30 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 28

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BrainBashers Daily Game

Pel
   Let the Pels bounce to safety by catching them with your paddle.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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pachyderm

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - 11 hours 41 min ago

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 28, 2015 is:

pachyderm • \PAK-ih-derm\  • noun
: any of various nonruminant mammals (such as an elephant, a rhinoceros, or a hippopotamus) of a former group (Pachydermata) that have hooves or nails resembling hooves and usually thick skin; especially : elephant

Examples:
"The archetypal Seuss hero … was Horton, a conscientious pachyderm who was duped by a lazy bird into sitting on her egg." — Eric Pace, New York Times, September 26, 1991

"Each month, as Nandi bounds closer to her first birthday on Aug. 20, we will keep you in the know on what’s new with this precious pachyderm’s progress." — Johanna Willett, Arizona Daily Star, June 18, 2015

Did you know?
Pachydermos in Greek means literally "having thick skin" (figuratively, it means "dull" or "stupid"). It's from pachys, meaning "thick," and derma, meaning "skin." In the late 1700s the French naturalist Georges Cuvier adapted the Greek term as pachyderme and used it for any one of a whole assemblage of hoofed animals having thickish skin: elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, tapirs, horses, pigs, and more. English speakers learned the word from French in the early 1800s. The adjective pachydermatous means "of or relating to the pachyderms" or "thickened" (referring to skin). Not too surprisingly, it also means "callous" or "insensitive" (somewhat unfairly to elephants, which are actually known to be rather sensitive).

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July 28, 1868: 14th Amendment adopted

This Day in History - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:00pm

Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American citizenship by stating that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside.” The amendment then reaffirmed the privileges and rights of all citizens, and granted all these citizens the “equal protection of the laws.”

In the decades after its adoption, the equal protection clause was cited by a number of African American activists who argued that racial segregation denied them the equal protection of law. However, in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that states could constitutionally provide segregated facilities for African Americans, so long as they were equal to those afforded white persons. The Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which announced federal toleration of the so-called “separate but equal” doctrine, was eventually used to justify segregating all public facilities, including railroad cars, restaurants, hospitals, and schools. However, “colored” facilities were never equal to their white counterparts, and African Americans suffered through decades of debilitating discrimination in the South and elsewhere. In 1954, Plessy v. Ferguson was finally struck down by the Supreme Court in its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

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Daily Puzzle - July 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:04pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Can you find the hidden country in the following sentence:

If a Dalmatian can catch four balls in four minutes, can a Dalmatian catch two balls in two minutes?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 27 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:04pm
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 27

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 9:04pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Arcade Lines
   Line up balls 5 in a row, made a little easier with power-ups.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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David Frost

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:00pm
"He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he's miserable and depressed."
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Robertson Davies

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:00pm
"Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness."
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Laurence J. Peter

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:00pm
"If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?"
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Andy Rooney

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 7:00pm
"Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done."
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yaw

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 27, 2015 is:

yaw • \YAW\  • verb
1 a : (of a ship) to deviate erratically from a course (as when struck by a heavy sea); especially : to move from side to side b : (of an airplane, spacecraft, or projectile) to turn by angular motion about the vertical axis 2 : alternate

Examples:
The ship yawed hard to starboard when the rogue wave hit it broadside.

"In 2002, contractors … explored the wreck using a remotely-operated submarine. They found ropes and lights from previous visits, and worked out how the big plane skipped and yawed across the water before sinking to the bottom." — Steve Weintz, Medium.com, February 1, 2015

Did you know?
In the heyday of large sailing ships, numerous nautical words appeared on the horizon, many of which have origins that have never been traced. Yaw is one such word. It began showing up in print in the 16th century, first as a noun (meaning "movement off course" or "side to side movement") and then as a verb. For more than 350 years it remained a sailing word, with occasional side trips to the figurative sense "to alternate." Then dawned the era of airplane flight in the early 20th century, and "yawing" was no longer confined to the sea. Nowadays, people who love boats still use yaw much as the sailors of old did, but pilots and astronauts also refer to the "yawing" of their crafts.

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July 27, 1974: House begins impeachment of Nixon

This Day in History - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1974, the House Judiciary Committee recommends that America’s 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, be impeached and removed from office. The impeachment proceedings resulted from a series of political scandals involving the Nixon administration that came to be collectively known as Watergate.

The Watergate scandal first came to light following a break-in on June 17, 1972, at the Democratic Party’s national headquarters in the Watergate apartment-hotel complex in Washington, D.C. A group of men linked to the White House were later arrested and charged with the crime. Nixon denied any involvement with the break-in, but several of his staff members were eventually implicated in an illegal cover-up and forced to resign. Subsequent government investigations revealed “dirty tricks” political campaigning by the Committee to Re-Elect the President, along with a White House “enemies list.” In July 1973, one of Nixon’s former staff members revealed the existence of secretly taped conversations between the president and his aides. Nixon initially refused to release the tapes, on grounds of executive privilege and national security, but a judge later ordered the president to turn them over. The White House provided some but not all of the tapes, including one from which a portion of the conversation appeared to have been erased.

In May 1974, the House Judiciary Committee began formal impeachment hearings against Nixon. On July 27 of that year, the first article of impeachment against the president was passed. Two more articles, for abuse of power and contempt of Congress, wereapproved on July 29 and 30.On August 5,Nixon complied witha U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring thathe provide transcripts of the missing tapes, and the new evidence clearly implicated him in a cover up of the Watergate break-in. On August 8, Nixon announced his resignation, becoming the first president in U.S. history to voluntarily leave office. After departing the White House on August 9,Nixon was succeeded by Vice President Gerald Ford, who, in a controversial move, pardoned Nixon on September 8, 1974, making it impossible for the former president to be prosecuted for any crimes he might have committed while in office. Only two other presidents in U.S. historyhave beenimpeached: Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998.

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Daily Puzzle - July 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:51pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

How many words can you find that contain two consecutive U's?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - July 26 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 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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Daily Game - July 26

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 8:51pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Turkey To Go
   Guide your turkey around collecting feathers, but watch out for that fork!
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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William Shakespeare

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"What's done cannot be undone."
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Seneca

Quotes of the Day - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 7:00pm
"I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good."
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