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Daily Puzzle - September 24

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:42pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

What is the next number in this sequence:

14 91 62 53 64 96

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 24 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:42pm
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 24

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:42pm
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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teleological

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 24, 2014 is:

teleological • \tel-ee-uh-LAH-jih-kul\  • adjective
: exhibiting or relating to design or purpose especially in nature

Examples:
At dinner, Sandra and Miguel debated whether or not the complex structure of the human eye implied a teleological origin.

"There is also something of a teleological aspect to all this urbanization hoopla, one that suggests that man was put on this planet to shop at Whole Foods." — Lionel Beehner, USA Today, February 25, 2014

Did you know?
Teleological (which comes to us by way of New Latin from the Greek root tele-, telos, meaning "end or purpose") and its close relative teleology both entered English in the 18th century, followed by teleologist in the 19th century. Teleology has the basic meaning of "the study of ends or purposes." A teleologist attempts to understand the purpose of something by looking at its results. A teleological philosopher might argue that we should judge whether an act is good or bad by seeing if it produces a good or bad result, and a teleological explanation of evolutionary changes claims that all such changes occur for a definite purpose.

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September 24, 1789: The First Supreme Court

This Day in History - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 11:00pm

The Judiciary Act of 1789 is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement. That day, President Washington nominated John Jay to preside as chief justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison, and James Wilson to be associate justices. On September 26, all six appointments were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Supreme Court was established by Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution granted the Supreme Court ultimate jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which their constitutionality was at issue. The high court was also designated to oversee cases concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice, and maritime jurisdiction. On February 1, 1790, the first session of the U.S. Supreme Court was held in New York City's Royal Exchange Building.

The U.S. Supreme Court grew into the most important judicial body in the world in terms of its central place in the American political order. According to the Constitution, the size of the court is set by Congress, and the number of justices varied during the 19th century before stabilizing in 1869 at nine. In times of constitutional crisis, the nation's highest court has always played a definitive role in resolving, for better or worse, the great issues of the time.

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Leo Rosten

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:00pm
"Money can't buy happiness, but neither can poverty."
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Hermann Hesse

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:00pm
"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."
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Edwin P. Whipple

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:00pm
"An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly."
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John Kenneth Galbraith

Quotes of the Day - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 7:00pm
"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite."
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Daily Puzzle - September 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:28pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Below are seven countries, whose letters have been scrambled.

Once you have unscrambled the letters, the first letters of each of the countries can then be scrambled to make another country.

Can you find this country?

AADNORR
AEHIIOPT
CEEEGR
AAAACDGMRS
ANORWY
AAIMNOR
EEMNY

[Copyright: Kevin Stone]

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Daily Sudoku - September 23 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:28pm
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 23

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:28pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Maxim's Seaside Adventure
   Help Maxim gather his bones at the seaside.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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syllepsis

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 23, 2014 is:

syllepsis • \suh-LEP-sis\  • noun
1 : the use of a word to modify or govern syntactically two or more words with only one of which it formally agrees in gender, number, or case 2 : the use of a word in the same grammatical relation to two adjacent words in the context with one literal and the other metaphorical in sense

Examples:
Jeannie held the door open for her unwelcome guest and, in a clever use of syllepsis, said, "Take a hint and a hike!"

"… it works as two words in one: She shot the rapids and her boyfriend. Syllepsis produces a surprise, almost requiring the reader to go back and reparse the sentence to savor the double meaning of the word." — Jeanne Fahnestock, Rhetorical Figures in Science, 2002

Did you know?
Charles Dickens made good use of syllepsis in The Pickwick Papers when he wrote that his character Miss Bolo "went straight home, in a flood of tears and a sedan chair." Such uses, defined at sense 2 above, are humorously incongruous, but they’re not grammatically incorrect. Syllepsis as defined at sense 1, however, is something to be generally avoided. For example, take this sentence, "She exercises to keep healthy and I to lose weight." The syllepsis occurs with the verb exercises. The problem is that only one subject, "she" (not "I"), agrees with the verb. The word syllepsis derives from the Greek syllēpsis, and ultimately from syllambanein, meaning "to gather together." It has been used in English since at least 1550.

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September 23, 1875: Billy the Kid arrested for first time

This Day in History - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:00pm

On this day in 1875, Billy the Kid is arrested for the first time after stealing a basket of laundry. He later broke out of jail and roamed the American West, eventually earning a reputation as an outlaw and murderer and a rap sheet that allegedly included 21 murders.

The exact details of Billy the Kid's birth are unknown, other than his name, William Henry McCarty. He was probably born sometime between 1859 and 1861, in Indiana or New York. As a child, he had no relationship with his father and moved around with his family, living in Indiana, Kansas, Colorado and Silver City, New Mexico. His mother died in 1874 and Billy the Kid—who went by a variety of names throughout his life, including Kid Antrim and William Bonney—turned to crime soon afterward.

McCarty did a stint as a horse thief in Arizona before returning to New Mexico, where he hooked up with a gang of gunslingers and cattle rustlers involved in the notorious Lincoln County War between rival rancher and merchant factions in Lincoln County in 1878. Afterward, Billy the Kid, who had a slender build, prominent crooked front teeth and a love of singing, went on the lam and continued his outlaw's life, stealing cattle and horses, gambling and killing people. His crimes earned him a bounty on his head and he was eventually captured and indicted for killing a sheriff during the Lincoln County War. Billy the Kid was sentenced to hang for his crime; however, a short time later, he managed another jail break, murdering two deputies in the process. Billy the Kid's freedom was brief, as Sheriff Pat Garrett caught up with the desperado at Fort Sumner, New Mexico, on July 14, 1881, and fatally shot him.

Although his life was short, Billy the Kid's legend grew following his death. Today he is a famous symbol of the Old West, along with such men as Kit Carson, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, and his story has been mythologized and romanticized in numerous films, books, TV shows and songs. Each year, tourists visit the town of Fort Sumner, located about 160 miles southeast of Albuquerque, to see the Billy the Kid Museum and gravesite.

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Charlotte Whitton

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult."
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Albert Einstein

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
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Stephen Leacock

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"Newspapermen learn to call a murderer 'an alleged murderer' and the King of England 'the alleged King of England' to avoid libel suits."
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W. C. Fields

Quotes of the Day - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 7:00pm
"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."
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Daily Puzzle - September 22

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:14pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Given five zeroes, using any mathematical operations, can you make a total of 120?

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Daily Sudoku - September 22 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 6:14pm
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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