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Daily Sudoku - May 14 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:14pm
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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Daily Game - May 14

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 10:14pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Fall On Me
   Explore the unseen divide.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Rodney Dangerfield

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"A girl phoned me the other day and said "Come on over, there's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home."
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George Jean Nathan

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles."
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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all."
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Bobby Knight

Quotes of the Day - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 7:00pm
"All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things."
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jinni

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Thu, 05/14/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 14, 2015 is:

jinni • \JEE-nee\  • noun
1 : one of a class of spirits that according to Muslim demonology inhabit the earth, assume various forms, and exercise supernatural power 2 : a magic spirit believed to take human form and serve the person who calls it : genie

Examples:
"Onstage, she was electric. She was like some sort of jinni, a supernatural force of some sort." — Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle, September 18, 2014

"A knockoff 'Bewitched' in which Hagman played Maj. Anthony Nelson, a bachelor astronaut more or less cohabiting with curvaceous female jinni Barbara Eden, who called him 'Master,' the series, which was risqué in a way about to become outdated, ran from 1965 to 1970…." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2012

Did you know?
Is that jinni or jinn? Djinni or djinn? Adopted from an Arabic word for demon (usually represented in our alphabet as jinnī), this word is spelled a variety of ways in English—including genie, a spelling that comes from the same Arabic word but by way of French. All of those variant spellings are used to describe a supernatural spirit from Arabic mythology that is made of fire or air and can assume human or animal form. Mythology holds that jinn (that's the plural of jinni) love to punish humans for any harm done to them and that they are the cause of many accidents and diseases.

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May 14, 1804: Lewis and Clark depart

This Day in History - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:00pm

One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

Even before the U.S. government concluded purchase negotiations with France, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned his private secretary Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, an army captain, to lead an expedition into what is now the U.S. Northwest. On May 14, the “Corps of Discovery”–featuring approximately 45 men (although only an approximate 33 men would make the full journey)–left St. Louis for the American interior.

The expedition traveled up the Missouri River in a 55-foot long keelboat and two smaller boats. In November, Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trader accompanied by his young Native American wife Sacagawea, joined the expedition as an interpreter. The group wintered in present-day North Dakota before crossing into present-day Montana, where they first saw the Rocky Mountains. On the other side of the Continental Divide, they were met by Sacagawea’s tribe, the Shoshone Indians, who sold them horses for their journey down through the Bitterroot Mountains. After passing through the dangerous rapids of the Clearwater and Snake rivers in canoes, the explorers reached the calm of the Columbia River, which led them to the sea. On November 8, 1805, the expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean, the first European explorers to do so by an overland route from the east. After pausing there for the winter, the explorers began their long journey back to St. Louis.

On September 23, 1806, after almost two and a half years, the expedition returned to the city, bringing back a wealth of information about the largely unexplored region, as well as valuable U.S. claims to Oregon Territory.

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Daily Puzzle - May 13

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

Punctuate this sentence:

Kevin while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher.

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Daily Sudoku - May 13 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm
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 - May 13

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

Brain Buggle
   Find the most words within the given time.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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Craig Newmark

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:00pm
"I look at what the phone company does and do the opposite."
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George C. Marshall

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:00pm
"If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known."
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Harry Shearer

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:00pm
"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?"
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quotes of the Day - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:00pm
"The case has, in some respects, been not entirely devoid of interest."
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askance

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day - Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:00am

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 13, 2015 is:

askance • \uh-SKANSS\  • adverb
1 : with a side-glance : obliquely 2 : with disapproval or distrust : scornfully

Examples:
Rebecca's children looked askance at her when she suggested they turn off their electronic devices and go play outside in the nice weather.

"Well, mandolin players tend to look askance at ukuleles, because we're often asked if that little guitar-looking thing is a ukulele. 'No, it’s a mandolin!'" — Geoff Howes, BG News (Bowling Green State University), April 5, 2015

Did you know?
Etymologists have been scratching their heads over the origin of askance for centuries. Sources from Italian and Old Norse, among other languages, have been suggested, but, today, dictionary editors look askance at all of these explanations and simply label the word "origin unknown." What we do know is that the word was first used in English in the mid-16th century with the meaning "sideways" or "with a sideways glance," and that writers over the years have used the suggestion of someone looking askance at something to express a number of feelings from disapproval and distrust to jealousy.

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May 13, 1846: President Polk declares war on Mexico

This Day in History - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:00pm

On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly votes in favor of President James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico ina dispute over Texas.

Under the threat of war, theUnited Stateshad refrained from annexing Texas afterthe latterwon independence from Mexico in 1836. But in 1844, President John Tyler restarted negotiations with the Republic of Texas, culminating with a Treaty of Annexation. The treaty was defeated by a wide margin in the Senate because it would upset the slave state/free state balance between North and South and risked war with Mexico, which had broken off relations with the United States. But shortly before leaving office and with the support of President-elect Polk, Tyler managed to get the joint resolution passed on March 1, 1845.Texas was admitted to the union on December 29.While Mexico didn’t follow through with its threat to declare war, relations between the two nations remained tense over border disputes, and in July 1845, President Polk ordered troops into disputed lands that lay between the Neuces and Rio Grande rivers. In November, Polk sent the diplomat John Slidell to Mexico to seek boundary adjustments in return for the U.S. government’s settlement of the claims of U.S. citizens againstMexico and also to make an offer to purchase California and New Mexico. After the mission failed, the U.S. army under Gen. Zachary Taylor advanced to the mouth of the Rio Grande, the river that the state of Texas claimed as its southern boundary.

Mexico, claiming that the boundary was theNueces Riverto the northeast of the Rio Grande, considered the advance of Taylor’s army an act of aggression and in April 1846 sent troops across the Rio Grande. Polk, in turn, declared the Mexican advance to be an invasion of U.S. soil, and on May 11, 1846, asked Congress to declare war onMexico, which it did two days later.

After nearly two years of fighting, peace was established by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1848. The Rio Grande was made the southern boundary ofTexas, andCalifornia andNew Mexicowere ceded to the United States. In return, the United States paidMexico the sum of $15 million and agreed to settle all claims of U.S. citizens against Mexico.

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Daily Puzzle - May 12

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:46pm
BrainBashers Daily Puzzle

There are 3 labelled boxes, but each of the labels is on the wrong box.

One box contains just apples, one box contains just bananas and the other contains both apples and bananas.

By just selecting one piece of fruit from one box can you determine the correct labels?

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Daily Sudoku - May 12 - Easy

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:46pm
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 - May 12

BrainBashers - Easy Sudoku - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 9:46pm
BrainBashers Daily Game

The Final Frontier
   Retrieve enough cargo for Iron Maiden to perform the loudest gig in the Universe.
[Played on the BrainBashers Games website]

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