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Daily Puzzle - September 4

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BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

How many common five letter words can you make from the following letters, using all the letters in each word?

AELST

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 4 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - 1 hour 47 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 - September 4

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BrainBashers Daily Game

Seascape
   A scuba diving game with beautiful 3D graphics.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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affront

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - 19 hours 8 min ago

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 04, 2015 is:

affront • \uh-FRUNT\  • verb
1 a : to insult especially to the face by behavior or language b : to cause offense to 2 : to face in defiance : confront 3 : to appear directly before

Examples:
The challenge going ahead is to initiate the necessary changes to the organization without making those who established it feel affronted.

"Would architectural and design leaders here or nationally be affronted if the Michael Graves-designed building were to be demolished or repurposed or sold—and if so, should that matter?" — The Oregonian, editorial, 26 July 2015

Did you know?
The Middle English afronten, the ancestor of the Modern English verb affront, was borrowed from the Anglo-French afrunter, a verb which means "to defy" but which also has the specific meaning "to strike on the forehead" or "to slap on the face." These more literal senses reveal the word's Latin origins, a combination of the Latin prefix ad-, meaning "to" or "towards," and front-, frons, which means "forehead" (and which is also the source of the English word front). While the striking or slapping sense of afrunter was not adopted by English, it is alluded to in the oldest use of the Modern English word: "to insult especially to the face."

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September 04, 1886: Geronimo surrenders

This Day in History - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1886, Apache chief Geronimo surrenders to U.S. government troops. For 30 years, the mighty Native American warrior had battled to protect his tribe’s homeland; however, by 1886 the Apaches were exhausted and hopelessly outnumbered. General Nelson Miles accepted Geronimo’s surrender, making him the last Indian warrior to formally give in to U.S. forces and signaling the end of the Indian Wars in the Southwest.

Geronimo was born in 1829 and grew up in what is present-day Arizona and Mexico. His tribe, the Chiricahua Apaches, clashed with non-Indian settlers trying to take their land. In 1858, Geronimo’s family was murdered by Mexicans. Seeking revenge, he later led raids against Mexican and American settlers. In 1874, the U.S. government moved Geronimo and his people from their land to a reservation in east-central Arizona. Conditions on the reservation were restrictive and harsh and Geronimo and some of his followers escaped. Over the next decade, they battled federal troops and launched raids on white settlements. During this time, Geronimo and his supporters were forced back onto the reservation several times. In May 1885, Geronimo and approximately 150 followers fled one last time. They were pursued into Mexico by 5,000 U.S. troops. In March 1886, General George Crook (1829–90) forced Geronimo to surrender; however, Geronimo quickly escaped and continued his raids. General Nelson Miles (1839–1925) then took over the pursuit of Geronimo, eventually forcing him to surrender that September near Fort Bowie along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Geronimo and a band of Apaches were sent to Florida and then Alabama, eventually ending up at the Comanche and Kiowa reservation near Fort Sill, Oklahoma Territory. There, Geronimo became a successful farmer and converted to Christianity. He participated in President Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade in 1905. The Apache chief dictated his autobiography, published in 1906 as Geronimo’s Story of His Life. He died at Fort Sill on February 17, 1909.

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Demetri Martin

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 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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Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:00pm
"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular."
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Oscar Wilde

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:00pm
"Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event."
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Niels Bohr

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 7:00pm
"Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true."
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Daily Puzzle - September 3

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 6:07pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is so unusual about this paragraph?

If you look hard at its words you will find that this is not just any ordinary paragraph.

An odd group of words it is. How quickly can you find what it is so odd?

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Daily Sudoku - September 3 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 6:07pm
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 3

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 6:07pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Extreme Trucks
   The monster trucks have returned. Drive them through water, snow, dirt in the most extreme European environments.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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bluestocking

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 09/03/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 03, 2015 is:

bluestocking • \BLOO-stah-king\  • noun
: a woman having intellectual or literary interests

Examples:
"The author is a bluestocking, with a weakness for etymology and archaic religious texts…." —Kathryn Harrison, The New York Times Book Review, 21 Dec. 2008

"Most New Yorkers, of course, will want to spend more than five minutes talking to a bluestocking—after all, this is nothing if not a town that attracts literary, witty types." —Christie Wright, The New York Observer, 7 Oct. 2014

Did you know?
In mid-18th century England, a group of women decided to replace evenings of card playing and idle chatter with "conversation parties," inviting illustrious men of letters to discuss literary and intellectual topics with them. One regular guest was scholar-botanist Benjamin Stillingfleet. His hostesses willingly overlooked his cheap blue worsted stockings (a type disdained by the elite) in order to have the benefit of his lively conversation. Those who considered it inappropriate for women to aspire to learning derisively called the group the "Blue Stocking Society." The women who were the original bluestockings rose above the attempted put-down and adopted the epithet as a name for members of their society.

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September 03, 1783: Treaty of Paris signed

This Day in History - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 11:00pm

The American Revolution officially comes to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France sign the Treaty of Paris on this day in 1783. The signing signified America’s status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognized the independence of its 13 former American colonies, and the boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida north to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast west to the Mississippi River.

The events leading up to the treaty stretched back to April 1775, on a common green in Lexington, Massachusetts, when American colonists answered King George III’s refusal to grant them political and economic reform with armed revolution. On July 4, 1776, more than a year after the first volleys of the war were fired, the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence. Five difficult years later, in October 1781, British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to American and French forces at Yorktown, Virginia, bringing to an end the last major battle of the Revolution.

In September 1782, Benjamin Franklin, along with John Adams and John Jay, began official peace negotiations with the British. The Continental Congress had originally named a five-person committee–including Franklin, Adams and Jay, along with Thomas Jefferson and Henry Laurens–to handle the talks. However, both Jefferson and Laurens missed the sessions–Jefferson had travel delays and Laurens had been captured by the British and was being held in the Tower of London. The U.S. delegation, which was distrustful of the French, opted to negotiate separately with the British.

During the talks Franklin demanded that Britain hand over Canada to the United States. This did not come to pass, but America did gain enough new territory south of the Canadian border to double its size. The United States also successfully negotiated for important fishing rights in Canadian waters and agreed, among other things, not to prevent British creditors from attempting to recover debts owed to them. Two months later, the key details had been hammered out and on November 30, 1882, the United States and Britain signed the preliminary articles of the treaty. France signed its own preliminary peace agreement with Britain on January 20, 1783, and then in September of that year, the final treaty was signed by all three nations and Spain. The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the Continental Congress on January 14, 1884.

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Peter Ustinov

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:00pm
"Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious."
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Jane Austen

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:00pm
"Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way."
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Kin Hubbard

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 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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John Stuart Mill

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:00pm
"Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so."
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Daily Puzzle - September 2

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:53pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

I have a drawer full of socks.

There are 5 socks of each colour, red and green, evenly mixed.

In the morning, when it is very dark, I need to pull out a pair of socks of the same colour.

How many must I pull out of the drawer to ensure that I have at least one pair of matching socks?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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