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  1. Hint? It's actually easier than the 1st version.
  2. You've got the right idea. But he makes a bigger cut -- about 20%. How?
  3. Quite right. But this is an old result, first popularized by K Barth.
  4. The answer could be foul play, if there were deserts or mountains in Iowa: Acclaimed Journalist Found Dead, Mars Iowa Straw Poll Monday, August 13, 2007 AMES, Iowa (GPI) -- Sure to throw a pall over Mitt Romney's win of the Iowa Republican straw poll, critically acclaimed investigative reporter, Ken Wolfson was found dead here early Sunday. Area police suspect foul play.
  5. ... the price of lead would go up. That's a good observation. But the primary effect would be to make the King's hoard of lead more valuable. We have to somehow see how Sir Alex got rich. Here's a clue Sir Alex made his fortune the old fashioned way -- in gold. But he wasn't King Midas -- he couldn't make gold from anything other than lead.
  6. So far we have ... [1] what is the longest English word that contains a single, unrepeated vowel? Strengths [2] give 2 9-letter words that have 1 syllable. Strengths and [clue: S t r e _ _ _ _ _ ] [3] give a word that has 5 consecutive vowels. [clue: Q _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] [4] give 2 words that have 5 consecutive consonants. Strengths, Angsts, and yet a third: [clue: W _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] might find it in MA [5] give a word that has 6 consecutive consonants. [clue: L _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] they went out of use 100 yrs ago [6] give 2 words that have the 6 vowels a e i o u y in alphabetical order Facetiously and A b s t e m i o u s l y freebie - that was tough [7] give a word that has 6 occurrences of the same vowel. [clue: I n d i _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ] [8] give a word that has three consecutive repeated letters. bookkeeper 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 remain.
  7. bonanova


    You'd have a long existence without any good music.
  8. What would you call an accountant on a submarine? Nah!
  9. Rover died because ... [0] ... lacking fingers, he could not open his canteen. [1] He was an old dog; and crossing a desert is a new trick. [2] He ran across a baseball fan who ate him as a hot dog. [but only partially - he was a big dog and there was no ketchup] [3] He was not dogged enough to complete his journey. [4] He fell victim to a cat mirage. [5] ...
  10. Three boxes are all labeled incorrectly, but you must determine their contents, nevertheless. The labels on the boxes read as follows: [box 1] gold coins [box 2] silver coins [box 3] gold coins or silver coins To gain the information you need to determine the contents of each box, you may remove a single item from one of the boxes. You may not look into the boxes, nor pick them up and shake them, etc. Can this be done? If so, how? If not, why not? Wait. That was the old puzzle. The rules have been changed. You can't open any of the boxes. You can't remove any item from any of the boxes. You can't even touch any of the boxes. Wait. You're also told that the boxes all contain coins of a single type: gold, silver or bronze. Edit: No two of the boxes have the same contents.
  11. Nope, that's not it. Remember, the King, whose mama has raised no fools, has confiscated all the lead in the kingdom. Alex has only a daily allowance of lead, and his head comes off next morning if he fails to bring it back as gold.
  12. Writersblock is exactly right. Here's why: It ... is ... a ... really ... bad ... poem!
  13. the girl loves to tease ...!
  14. He'd spent a lifetime searching, and Alex the Alchemist one night finally found the secret of turning lead into gold. When he reported his newfound prowess to his King, the sovereign was skeptical. Nevertheless he ordered all the lead in the kingdom confiscated and then gave a pound of the dull stuff to Alex, demanding it be transformed into something suitable to enrich the royal coffers the next day. A handsome reward was promised for success, along with generous compensation for making this a daily task; but death on the gallows awaited if Alex were found to be untruthful. Delighted with this opportunity, and seizing a chance to curry the King's favor even more, Alex declined all compensation, opining that it was reward enough, simply to be of service to his Liege. True to his word, lowly Alex returned to the castle at sunrise, a pound of glistening gold lying heavy in his rucksack. He laid it at the Monarch's feet, where a surprise awaited. The King convened his court, and stood, to praise Alex -- both for his alchemistic prowess and for his remarkable willingness to forgo monetary reward -- and knighted him on the spot! Smiling, Sir Alex rose and left the castle, satisfied that he had both gained the King's favor, and become not only a knight but a rich man, as well. What was shrewd Alex's secret? Edited for clarification.
  15. can you feel the hook getting set?
  16. Yup. Basically .... like this. ............o............ ......................... o.......o....o........o .......................... ......o..........o....... ............o............. ...o................o....
  17. Any frustrated poets out there?
  18. For the record, onelook.com says... Sorry, no dictionaries indexed in the selected category contain the word subbookkeeper.
  19. yes. know any others? these were new to me.
  20. I'm trying to get interested in this ... really ...
  21. Hint no two of the rows were parallel
  22. If you look closely at the Touch2Solution you will see that the "RED" and the "LIGHT BLUE" match are "NOT TOUCHING"! The Thickness or mass of the "DARK BLUE" match is seperating them from touching. It may Appear that they are in contact from an ariel view, however it is obvious that anything with mass is going to seperate 2 objects if it is between them. Tell me what you think about my findings. I'm open for debate! Debate, as requested: In touch2, Red lies horizontally across Purple, Blue and Light Blue, touching each of them. The top surfaces of Purple, Light Blue and Blue are all at the same height, allowing Red to touch them all. Red's end then touches Yellow. Similar statements can be made for Yellow and Green.
  23. The four crossing in the center are apparently stacked. How can each touch the other three?
  24. The "e" is repeated. Try your answer to [2] - both have 9 letters. Yup, a really weird word. That's one, and you gave the other in [2]. That's one; another, anyone? Everyone's fav. Good work. [3], [5] and [7] remain.
  25. OK, so you counted correctly; but let's ask the companion question: given everything that's been said, and simplifying things by assuming now that all 50 minutes of music are on side 1 of the record, and further simplifying by assuming equal spacing of the grooves, approximating pi by 3.14 or 22/7, whichever is easier to use, and rounding your answer to the nearest inch ... what is the total distance traveled by the needle, in 50 minutes, from the first note of the music to the last? [edited, to point out the question ...]
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