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A deck of cards is shuffled and dealt face up in a single row. A second deck is shuffled and dealt face up in a single row beneath the first row, making 52 coloumns each containing two cards. On average, how many pairs of cards will match?


Attorney General Barr was seen in Washington yesterday wearing a custom made cap with the initials M.A.G.A. For his cap they meant Make Allegations Go Away.


With a tip of the hat to @BMAD for his interesting puzzle.
For your amusement, here's an interesting spin on this genre:
One night you encounter a twohour traffic delay due to an accident (the tow truck had difficulty clearing the road.) So, for a time interval 13 of two hours you were constrained to travel at 0 mph. You called home and said, sorry dear, but I'll be two hours late getting home.
The next night, for some unimaginable reason, you were also constrained to travel part of the way at 0 mph, this time for a distance of one inch. What do you say now when you call home?
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On 4/2/2019 at 12:50 AM, Thalia said:I'll answer both in the clear.
No. (although the words I have in mind, one plural, one singular, are closely related)
No. It's the literal removal of an "s".
On 4/2/2019 at 7:02 AM, rocdocmac said:Kudos. But not the words I had in mind. They are common words, and they are closely related.

@Jaspreet Singh greetings and welcome to the Den.
2007 really? Twelve years ago? This puzzle is a time capsule.

Appears to be ...
SpoilerSimplify to dividing 5 sausages for 3 people
Denote a third of a sausage (whether cut or uncut) by [3].
Denote an uncut sausage by [3][3][3] and an intact 2/3 of a sausage by [3][3].Three persons would be optimally served as follows:
 [3][3][3] [3][3]
 [3][3][3] [3] [3]
 [3][3][3] [3][3]
The black sausages were not cut.
Two sausages, the red one and the green one, were each cut once, creating four pieces.Do this 6 times.
12 cuts will have created 24 pieces.

The solutions are
Spoiler1 and 2.
Because
Spoilerx ^{1/x} = (x^{2})^{1/x^2} = x^{ 2/x^2 }
By inspection 1 and 2 are solutions, and a plot of the difference of x ^{1/x }and x^{ 2/x^x }shows sign changes (only) at 1 and 2.
Also, for any value of x not equal to 0 (illegal division) or 1 (all powers of 1 are equal) dividing by x yields simply
1/x = 2/x^{2 }or more simply
x^{2} = 2x.
Cute.

Not in every case.
You could be kept alive from nourishment by other means. An intravenous tube, for example.
So there is hope, and you can smile once again.

That's the one I had in mind.

Many singular English nouns are made plural by adding a trailing "s".
Name a singular noun with a trailing "s" that becomes plural by removing it.
Name a singular noun that is made plural by adding a "c".

A physicist, a biologist, and a mathematician are sitting on a bench across from a house.
They watch as two people go into the house, and then a little later, three people walk out.The physicist says, "The initial measurement was incorrect."
The biologist says, "They must have reproduced."
And the mathematician says, "If exactly one person enters that house, it will be empty."


Spoiler1. Five.
2. If he were the fastest and slowest, there would be 1 runner. Add 49 in front and behind and you have 99 runners.
3. Clues 1 and 2 eliminate 0, and Clue 4 eliminates 8. So Clue 1 establishes 2.
Clue 3 says 2 and 6 are correct but wrongly placed. So we have 62.
Clue 2 says ( 1 or 3 ) is correct ( so it's 612 or 632 ) but wrongly placed, so it's 632.4. 3 sons, 4 daughters.
5. Ninth.
6. Nine. Or Ten.
7. Bruce and Frank are dead. Jack is alive.
8. 2 men ($6), 5 women ($7.50), 13 children ($6.50)
9. Six. If they were all women.
10. Push the cork into the bottle. Shake the coin out.
11. (T)(e)(n)(H)(o)(r)(s)(e)(s)
12. Ten minutes
13. $20

I'll give these a shot.
Spoiler x=10a; 2a=8; x=40
 Beggar is a girl.
 50.

Fifth man was driving a car.
He originally outpaced the others until they ran and caught up at their destination.  80 = 60+20.

He took a marble with his closed fist while pointing to the jar for his pick.
He then exposed a black marble in his hand, meaning his pick was a blue marble.  You will hang me.
 Move the cat and come back. Move the mouse and retrieve the cat. Move the dog and come back. Move the cat.
 Suffocation. Two goldfish.
 No smoke from an electric train.
 For sleeping on the job.
 No. Fuel weighing more than the bird had been consumed before it landed on the truck.

Hi Tomson, and welcome to the Den.
SpoilerNot much at all.
An oldie but goodie.

Poe, E. Near a Raven
Midnights so dreary, tired and weary.
Silently pondering volumes extolling all bynow obsolete lore.
During my rather long nap  the weirdest tap!
An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor.
'This,' I whispered quietly, 'I ignore.' Mike Keith, 1995

I watch word riddles in awe from the sidelines cuz my brain is wired deductively rather than inductively.
On this one, tho, as a musician of sorts, I have to say, bravo!
Great riddle and great solve! 
OK thx.
SpoilerThen I'm guessing it's a lateral puzzle. Thinking ...

15 hours ago, Wilson said:That's the answer I'm looking for. If you put your two posts together, you've got it.
SpoilerFF?

What does FF? mean?
It clearly means "FF" is the question.

Seriously. What does "FF" mean?
It's a hexadecimal number.
Hex numbers have digits { 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F } with values 015 and
binary representations { 0000 0001 0010 0011 0100 0101 0110 0111 1000 1001 1010 1011 1100 1101 1110 1111 }.
That said, FF can be expressed as 1111 1111.

I'm waiting for something useful
OK. Now we have to do some reverse engineering.
Recall that 2 (hex) is 0010 and B (hex) is 1011?

*Tapping fingers*
Almost done.
In binary logic, "not" changes 1 (true) to 0 (false) and vice versa.
And "A or B" is true if either of A or B is true.

Seriously dude. This was a word riddle?
OK I could have posted it in the logic puzzle thread.
But you solved it, didn't you?

If you say so, but I don't see
2B = 0010 1011.
Not 2B = 1101 0100.
(2B) or (not 2B) = 1111 1111 = FF.
That, as we have just shown, is the question.
And Willie S. just might be a writer.
Very nice solve.

What does FF? mean?

4 hours ago, Thalia said:I think the inclusion of the word "who" indicates it applies to the American. Can't be sure without clarification though.
Agree.
If "Heidi" is the intended subject of "found," a 2nd "who" would serve no purpose except to confuse. It would not be used. Instead,
Heidi is { immediately right of (Person A) } and found { more caches than (Person B) }.
But since there are two "who"s, it's proper to bind them to the same (and closest) antecedent:
..... (Person A) { who has flown ... } and { who found more ... }
7) Heidi is immediately right of the person who has flown over from the States, and who found more caches than the UK cacher. 40 Traditional cache where found by a European cacher, their favourite type.
19 hours ago, rocdocmac said:Agree. They could not be Pitches 3 and 5, for example.
I also fixed a typo in my interpretation post.

Clarification:
SpoilerDo you agree the pieces at { e1 c3 g3 e5 } form a square?

SpoilerDoes this have anything to do with Ramsey theory?
International Football Team
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The Selection pool comprises 20 players: { SS III FFFF BBBBB GGGGGG }
Removing the captain and goalkeeper the pool shrinks to 18: { SS II FFF BBBBB GGGGGG }
Without the threeGerman restriction, we have 18 choose 9 = 48620 different teams.
We must include {3 4 5 6} Germans, then choose {6 5 4 3} from the 12 nonGermans.
(6 choose 3 = 20) x (12 choose 6 = 924) = 18380
(6 choose 4 = 12) x (12 choose 5 = 792) = 9504
(6 choose 5 = 6) x (12 choose 4 = 495) = 2790
(6 choose 6 = 1) x (12 choose 3 = 220) = 220

TOTAL 30994 different teams