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Daily Puzzle - April 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:15pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Two friends were driving from their home to Manchester, Kevin drove the first 90 miles, and Daniel took over the remainder of the journey.

On the way back, Kevin drove to begin with, and Daniel took over for the last 100 miles.

Who drove the most?

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 18 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:15pm
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 18

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 10:15pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

People Bucket
   Unusual physics-based game where you throw little men into buckets.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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John Wilmot

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories."
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Janet Long

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy."
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Walter Goodman

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling."
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Robert Benchley

Quotes of the Day - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 7:00pm
"Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing."
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wimple

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 18, 2015 is:

wimple • \WIM-pul\  • verb
1 : to cover with or as if with a wimple : veil 2 : to ripple 3 : (chiefly Scottish) to follow a winding course : meander

Examples:
A thick fog wimpled the shoreline so that the only thing that could be seen from the distance was the light winking from the top of the lighthouse.

"In retrospect, [The Sound of Music] may have been the first movie to introduce the concept of 'saboteur nun,' and made people think differently about the wimpled sorority." — James Lileks, National Review Online, December 9, 2013

Did you know?
Wimple is the name of the covering worn over the head and around the neck and chin by women in the late medieval period, as well as by some modern nuns. Its name is akin to Old Saxon wimpal and Middle Dutch wimpel, both of which mean "veil" or "banner." Like the word veil, wimple is also used as a verb meaning "cover" and was adopted by literary writers as a substitute for ripple and meander, especially when writing about streams. "Over the little brook which wimpled along below towered an arch," James Russell Lowell once observed.

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April 18, 1906: The Great San Francisco Earthquake

This Day in History - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:00pm

At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock waves could be felt from southern Oregon down to Los Angeles.

San Francisco’s brick buildings and wooden Victorian structures were especially devastated. Fires immediately broke out and–because broken water mains prevented firefighters from stopping them–firestorms soon developed citywide. At 7 a.m., U.S. Army troops from Fort Mason reported to the Hall of Justice, and San Francisco Mayor E.E. Schmitz called for the enforcement of a dusk-to-dawn curfew and authorized soldiers to shoot-to-kill anyone found looting. Meanwhile, in the face of significant aftershocks, firefighters and U.S. troops fought desperately to control the ongoing fire, often dynamiting whole city blocks to create firewalls. On April 20, 20,000 refugees trapped by the massive fire were evacuated from the foot of Van Ness Avenue onto the USS Chicago.

By April 23, most fires were extinguished, and authorities commenced the task of rebuilding the devastated metropolis. It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires it inflicted upon the city. Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all the central business district.

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Daily Puzzle - April 17

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What three-letter word best completes the below words?

C...ON
HE...
E...H
M...YR
QU...ER
ST...

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 17 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:01pm
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 - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:01pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Enigmatica
   Tricky puzzle where you have to line up tiles in rows and columns.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Fran Lebowitz

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm
"Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you."
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From "Taxi"

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm
"The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel."
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Bette Midler

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm
"I never know how much of what I say is true."
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David Letterman

Quotes of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:00pm
"New York now leads the world's great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn't make a sudden move."
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rebarbative

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 17, 2015 is:

rebarbative • \rih-BAR-buh-tiv\  • adjective
: repellent, irritating

Examples:
The cantankerous professor found the music, clothing, and slang favored by her students to be rebarbative.

"For all the complaints about his abrasiveness, the shadow chancellor is simply doing his job.… He once gave me a heartfelt radio interview in which he suggested, like the character in the Roger Rabbit movie, that he was not so much bad but 'just drawn that way,' and that maturity had taken the edge off his rebarbative manner." — Anne McElvoy, The Guardian, February 22, 2015

Did you know?
You may be surprised to learn that today's word traces back to the Latin word for beardbarba—making it a very distant relative of the English word beard. But there is some sense to the connection. After all, beards may not be repellent, but they can be prickly and scratchy. Another descendant of Latin barba is the English word barb, which can refer to a sharp projection (as found on barbed wire) or a biting critical remark, both of which can discourage others from getting too close. An interesting side note: barber too traces back to barba—but by way of an Anglo-French word for beard.

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April 17, 1970: Apollo 13 returns to Earth

This Day in History - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 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 - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:47pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

The beginning of a well known book has been encrypted below. Each letter of the alphabet has been replaced by another using a simple substitution technique. For example, A may always be represented by G, etc. Can you name the book?

Wbeue omce jrhek, rm d teqfetweuek aduw on wbe cofmwz on Kehomtbrue, ome Lu Soknuez Mrcxjeiz: d pouwbz semwjeldm, pbo, wdxrms rw rmwo brt bedk udwbeu jdwe rm jrne wbdw be lftw sew lduurek, dmk mow ierms zofms emofsb ou urcb emofsb wo dtarue wo wbe bdmk on d jdkz on nouwfme, bdk pekkek dm ojk njdle ofw on leue dwwdcblemw, pbo rm beu wfum bdk wdxem brl nou wbe tdle uedtom. Wbft wpo aeoaje pbo cdmmow dnnouk wo ajdz cdukt nou lomez, tolewrlet trw kopm wo d qfrew sdle nou johe.

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - April 16 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:47pm
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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