Old 13th January 2015, 03:35   #1
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I received a pad of one-per-day "brain exercises" for Christmas, which now sits on my desk at work and which I refer to each morning. So far they have been very simple, however I expect they will become more and more difficult as the days go by.

I think I'll post some of them here, to see if anyone else wants to do a little bit of brain exercise. Feel free to share your answers, if you're into that sort of thing.

Here's the one for today, Tuesday 13 January.

EMBROIDERY (Hard)
Find a nine-letter word in the grid. It can be spelled by
combining adjoining letters sideways, backwards, up, and
down. Theme: earth
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Old 13th January 2015, 12:19   #2
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Spoiler: milestone?

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Spoiler: Nope.

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Old 13th January 2015, 23:40   #4
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Wednesday 14 January

FIFTY-FIFTY (Medium)
Find the missing words for each of the following sayings.

One cannot get _____________
Money doesn't ______________
Out of sight, ________________
Knowledge in youth __________

I don't actually know two of these...

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Old 14th January 2015, 02:36   #5
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I'm curious as to what the correct answer is as my word is 9 letters and in there.

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Old 14th January 2015, 03:07   #6
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Spoiler: limestone

From now on, I'll post the answers with the questions. Here's the answer for FIFTY-FIFTY:
Spoiler:
One cannot get blood out of a stone.
Money doesn't grow on trees.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Knowledge in youth is wisdom in age.


I picked the middle two, I'm familiar with the first one but didn't pick it, and I'm not familiar with the last one.

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I'm with you (I think). I knew the middle two on your second puzzle.

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Old 14th January 2015, 21:46   #8
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Thursday 15 January

STORY FULL OF BLANKS (Easy)
Fill in the blanks with the words provided. Each word can only be used
once.

Everybody knows about the genius of ________ director Alfred
Hitchcock, but his disdain for ________ actresses and ________ for
actors in ________ is most often forgotten. He ________ an exhausting
working ________ on his actors, and was ________ to the point that
________ Tippi Hedren refused to talk to him ________. In 1941, in
the middle of a ________, Carole Lombard introduced him to three
________ bearing the names of ________, as he was incessantly
________ them cattle. Grace Kelly only ________ to charm him to the
point that she ________ nicknamed him "Hitch".

┌────────────────┬────────────┬────────────┬──────────────┬────────────┐
│ contempt * * * │ shooting * │ comedians *│ blonde * * * │ managed * *│
├────────────────┼────────────┼────────────┼──────────────┼────────────┤
│ calling * * * *│ directly * │ cows * * * │ general * * *│ actress * *│
├────────────────┼────────────┼────────────┼──────────────┼────────────┤
│ affectionately │ regimen * *│ movie * * *│ unsufferable │ inflicted *│
└────────────────┴────────────┴────────────┴──────────────┴────────────┘


Spoiler:
Everybody knows about the genius of movie director Alfred
Hitchcock, but his disdain for blonde actresses and contempt for
actors in general is most often forgotten. He inflicted an exhausting
working regimen on his actors, and was unsufferable to the point that
actress Tippi Hedren refused to talk to him directly. In 1941, in
the middle of a shooting, Carole Lombard introduced him to three
cows bearing the names of comedians, as he was incessantly
calling them cattle. Grace Kelly only managed to charm him to the
point that she affectionately nicknamed him "Hitch".

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This one made a lot more sense once I realized that it said "Alfred Hitchcock" and not "Albert Einstein".

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Heh, yes, I can see how that realisation would have helped.

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Old 15th January 2015, 22:14   #11
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Friday 16 January

ODD ONE OUT (Medium)
Find the odd one out in a series of words.

knee, thigh, elbow, shoulder, hip

tent, hut, cave, teepee, igloo


Spoiler:
thigh: the only body part that is not a joint
cave: the only natural shelter among human-made shelters


Not the reasoning I had for the second one, but I still had the right answer.

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unsufferable
* insufferable

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Good point.

Mental note: Don't cross-post this in International Connection.

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Old 18th January 2015, 22:37   #15
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Saturday/Sunday 17/18 January

ROOT IT OUT (Medium)
Find eight or more words of four letters, starting with CH.

Spoiler:
CHAD, CHAT, CHEF, CHEW, CHIA, CHIC, CHIN, CHIP, CHOP, CHOW, CHUB, CHUG, CHUM


One they didn't list but which I got – Spoiler: CHAR

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Don't forget Spoiler: Chit, Chet, Chap, and Chex.

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Don't forget Spoiler: Chit, Chet, Chap, and Chex.
My bad; Spoiler: CHAP was there, I just accidentally omitted it from my list. Would have been easier to transcribe had they put the list in alphabetical order; I had to do that myself, which led to the omission.

Two of others you list (2 and 4) are proper nouns*, and I thought the other (1) was a slang term... Huh! The More You Know™

* edit: Turns out that (2) isn't just a proper noun: Spoiler: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chet_(month)

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Old 19th January 2015, 22:22   #18
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SECRET FILES (Medium)
Sort the following words into four different categories and name
the categories.

drawers, poker, blouse, shawl, acceptance, pleased, oval,
happiness, puzzle, Legos (sic), sweater, passion, rhombus,
nonagon, cards, heptagon

Spoiler:
Feelings and Emotions: acceptance, happiness, passion, pleased
Geometrical Figures: heptagon, nonagon, oval, rhombus
Toys and Games: cards, Legos (sic), poker, puzzle
Clothes: blouse, drawers, shawl, sweater

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SPLIT WORDS (Medium)
Combine the split words in the grid into twenty whole words of
two fragments. The theme is medicine.

┌───────┬───────┬───────┬───────┬───────┬───────┬───────┬───────┐
│ symp *│ ing * │ oint *│ ness *│ ic * *│ sy * *│ ringe │ ma * *│
├───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┤
│ clin *│ giene │ bod * │ ing * │ ex * *│ rus * │ nurs *│ trau *│
├───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┤
│ ill * │ fe * *│ ment *│ tab * │ doc * │ ail * │ ment *│ treat │
├───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┤
│ geon *│ let * │ ture *│ am * *│ y * * │ ment *│ sur * │ hy * *│
├───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┼───────┤
│ vac * │ tom * │ heal *│ frac *│ ver * │ cine *│ tor * │ vi * *│
└───────┴───────┴───────┴───────┴───────┴───────┴───────┴───────┘


Spoiler: ailment, body, clinic, doctor, exam, fever, fracture, healing, hygeine, illness, nursing, ointment, surgeon, symptom, syringe, tablet, trauma, treatment, vaccine, virus

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THE RIGHT COUNT (Easy)
In the following grid, sort the even numbers in ascending order
as quickly as possible.

┌────┬────┬────┐
│ 76 │ 22 │ 33 │
├────┼────┼────┤
│ˉ 2 │ 56 │ 31 │
├────┼────┼────┤
│ 32 │ˉ 9 │ 21 │
└────┴────┴────┘


Spoiler: 2, 22, 32, 56, 76

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ELEPHANT MEMORY (Medium)
Memorise the twelve words in the first list below. Hide the list and find
the memorised words in the second list.

I'm using spoiler tags to hide each list. Select the first section, memorise the words, deselect the first section, select the second section and find the words.

Spoiler:
┌───────────┬────────────┬───────────────┐
│ church * *│ deposit * *│ currency * * *│
├───────────┼────────────┼───────────────┤
│ dahlia * *│ exchange * │ bonito * * * *│
├───────────┼────────────┼───────────────┤
│ deductive │ cod * * * *│ culture * * * │
├───────────┼────────────┼───────────────┤
│ lifestyle │ collection │ forget-me-not │
└───────────┴────────────┴───────────────┘

Spoiler:
┌──────────────┬───────────────┬────────────┐
│ motivation * │*forget-me-not │*program * *│
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ spirituality │ church * * * *│ hornet * * │
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ overdue * * *│ lifestyle * * │*carrier * *│
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ culture * * *│ deposit * * * │*motorboat *│
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ trout * * * *│ ratings * * * │*cod * * * *│
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ projection * │ dahlia * * * *│ maggot * * │
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ tulip * * * *│ phonetics * * │*currency * │
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ bonito * * * │ market * * * *│ verse * * *│
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ family * * * │ learning * * *│ collection │
├──────────────┼───────────────┼────────────┤
│ exchange * * │ biplane * * * │*deductive *│
└──────────────┴───────────────┴────────────┘

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THE RIGHT WORD (Easy)
Find the word that matches the definition amount the three
choices provided.

Line or frontier between two political or geographical regions
or countries.

┌─────────┬────────┬───────────┐
│ customs │ border │ continent │
└─────────┴────────┴───────────┘


To cry out or demand, especially of the public.

┌───────────┬─────────┬─────────┐
│ arbitrate │ clamour │ request │
└───────────┴─────────┴─────────┘


Spoiler: border, clamour

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STORY FULL OF BLANKS (Medium)
Fill in the blanks with the words provided. Each word can only be used
once.

She was extended full ________ at her end of the ________, completely
________, and with her chin raised a little, as if she were balancing
________ on it, which was quite ________ to fall. If she saw me out
of the ________ of her eyes she ________ made hint of it—________, I was
almost surprised into ________ an apology for having ________ her
by coming in. The ________ girl, Daisy, made an ________ to rise—she
leaned ________ forward with a ________ expression—then she
laughed, an absurd, charming little laugh, and I laughed too and came
forward into the ________.

┌───────────────┬───────────┬─────────┬──────────┬────────────┐
│ divan * * * * │ disturbed │ likely *│ length * │ something *│
├───────────────┼───────────┼─────────┼──────────┼────────────┤
│ indeed * * * *│ room * * *│ gave * *│ slightly │ motionless │
├───────────────┼───────────┼─────────┼──────────┼────────────┤
│ conscientious │ murmuring │ attempt │ corner * │ other * * *│
└───────────────┴───────────┴─────────┴──────────┴────────────┘


Spoiler: She was extended full length at her end of the divan, completely
motionless, and with her chin raised a little, as if she were balancing
something on it, which was quite likely to fall. If she saw me out
of the corner of her eyes she gave no hint of it—indeed, I was
almost surprised into murmuring an apology for having disturbed her
by coming in. The other girl, Daisy, made an attempt to rise—she
leaned slightly forward with a conscientious expression—then she
laughed, an absurd, charming little laugh, and I laughed too and came
forward into the room.


Bonus trivia point: From which book is this passage taken? Spoiler: The Great Gatsby

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ODD ONE OUT (Hard)
Find the odd one out in a series of words.

odyssey, vessel, crusade, cruise, quest

mile, inch, foot, acre, yard


Spoiler:
vessel: the only means of transportation as opposed to the trip itself
acre: the only unit of measure that does not measure length

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ROOT IT OUT (Hard)
Find ten or more words of four letters, starting with CL.

Spoiler: CLAM, CLAN, CLAP, CLAW, CLAY, CLEF, CLIP, CLOD, CLOG, CLOP, CLOT, CLUB, CLUE

The answer list didn't include these: Spoiler: CLAD, CLOY

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WORDS, WHERE ARE YOU? (Easy)
Memorise the six words and their locations in the grid. Then hide the
grid and try to place the words back in the correct locations.





Words list: topic, letter, content, language, emphasis, diachronic,
reference, poetry, frequency
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SECRET FILES (Hard)
Sort the following words into six different categories and name
the categories.

sash, a-frame, airman, sergeant, blouse, petticoat, gunner, villa,
chrysanthemum, doll, poker, narcissus, Victorian, marbles, tuba,
clarinet, xylophone, admiral, orchid, rattle, blocks, costume,
barraca, violet

Spoiler:
Musical instruments: rattle, clarinet, tuba, xylophone
Flowers: chrysanthemum, narcissus, orchid, violet
Military ranks: admiral, airman, gunner, sergeant
Toys and Games: doll, blocks, marbles, poker
Types of Houses: a-frame, barraca, Victorian, villa
Clothes: blouse, costume, petticoat, sash


I got a few of these mixed up: Spoiler: blocks as a type of building, rattle as a toy, and barraca as an instrument. I've never heard of a barraca.

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THE RIGHT WORD (Hard)
Find the word that matches the definition and starts with the
given letter.

A non-professional; someone who pursues a hobby not very
seriously.

a__________ Spoiler: amateur

A public official who investigates causes of death related to
criminal activity.

c__________ Spoiler: coroner

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THE RIGHT COUNT (Medium)
In the following grid, sort the odd numbers in ascending order
as quickly as possible.

┌────┬────┬────┬────┐
│ˉ 9 │ 19 │ˉ 8 │ 43 │
├────┼────┼────┼────┤
│ 86 │ 33 │ 21 │ 88 │
├────┼────┼────┼────┤
│ 24 │ 81 │ 65 │ 54 │
├────┼────┼────┼────┤
│ 70 │ 82 │ 94 │ 87 │
└────┴────┴────┴────┘


Spoiler: 9, 19, 21, 33, 43, 65, 81, 87

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COUNTDOWN (Easy)
Use this set of numbers to achieve the target number. You can
use these four numbers and four arithmetic functions: addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division. Each number and result
can only be used once.

Numbers: 4 10 25 75

Result: 246

Spoiler: 25 × 10 = 250. 250 - 4 = 246.

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ELEPHANT MEMORY (Easy)
Memorise the six words in the first list below. Hide the list and
find the memorised words in the second list.

I'm using spoiler tags to hide each list. Select the first section, memorise the words, deselect the first section, select the second section and find the words.

Spoiler:
┌──────────┬──────────┐
│ eve * * *│ honey * *│
├──────────┼──────────┤
│ aging * *│ coffee * │
├──────────┼──────────┤
│ eternity │ crackers │
└──────────┴──────────┘

Spoiler:
┌──────────┬──────────┬──────────┐
│ schedule │ eve * * *│ outdoor *│
├──────────┼──────────┼──────────┤
│ aging * *│ crackers │ salami * │
├──────────┼──────────┼──────────┤
│ honey * *│ milk * * │ eternity │
├──────────┼──────────┼──────────┤
│ coffee * │ minnow * │ tomorrow │
└──────────┴──────────┴──────────┘

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EMBROIDERY (Easy)
Find a seven-letter word in the grid starting with the red
letters. It can be spelled by combining adjoining letters
sideways, backwards, up, and down. Theme: language

┌─┬─┬─┬─┐
│G│N│I│C│
├─┼─┼─┼─┤
│R│A│N│T│
├─┼─┼─┼─┤
│Y│EM│E│
├─┼─┼─┼─┤
│O│Z│I│Y│
└─┴─┴─┴─┘


Spoiler: MEANING

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FIFTY-FIFTY (Easy)
Find the missing words for each of the following sayings.

Actions speak ______________
Silence ____________________
Short reckonings ____________
Two is ____________________

Spoiler:
Actions speak louder than words.
Silence is golden.
Short reckonings make long friends.
Two is company, three is a crowd.


I only got the first one. Spoiler: I had "Silence is deafening", "Two is better than one", and I had no idea about the "Short reckonings..." one. "Two is..." should've been abbreviated to "Two's..." since that is how it's usually said.

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Old 5th February 2015, 23:58   #36
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ODD ONE OUT (Easy)
Find the odd one out in a series of words.

trousers, t-shirt, sweater, jacket, tank top

dog, wolf, bear, lynx, fox


Spoiler:
trousers: the only clothing item for the lower body, among four for the
upper body
dog: the only domesticated animal among four wild ones.

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ROOT IT OUT (Easy)
Find five or more words of four letters starting with CO.

Spoiler:
COAL, COAT, COAX, COBB, COCA, COCK, COCO, CODE,
COED, COIL, COIN, COKE, COLA, COLD, COLE, COLT,
COMA, COMB, CONE, COOK, COOL, COON, COOP, COOT,
COPE, COPY, CORD, CORE, CORK, CORN, COST, COSY,
COUP, COVE, COWL, COZY


My answer: Spoiler: COAL, COAT, COAX, COCK, CODA. Spoiler: CODA isn't in the list above, but it is a proper word.

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SECRET FILES (Easy)
Sort the following words into three different categories and
name the categories.

dinar, tap, yen, spoon, potato ricer, ballet, flamenco, garlic
press, nutcracker, swing, rupee, sheqel

Spoiler:
Currencies: dinar, rupee, sheqel, yen
Cooking Utensils: garlic press, nutcracker, potato ricer, spoon
Types of Dance: ballet, flamenco, swing, tap


I'm not sure how Spoiler: a spoon is a utensil as opposed to a piece of cutlery but never mind.

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SPLIT WORDS (Medium)
Combine the split words in the grid into twenty whole words of
two fragments. The theme is family.

Note: Each fragment is to be used only once. This isn't stated,
but the list can be completed without reusing any fragments,
so I think it should be done that way.


┌───────┬───────┬─────┬───────┬───────┬────────┬──────┬────────┐
│ or * *│ wed * │ son │ aunt *│ wid * │ daugh *│ god *│ friend │
├───────┼───────┼─────┼───────┼───────┼────────┼──────┼────────┤
│ ie * *│ groom │ ow *│ bride │ god * │ in * * │ dler │ ter * *│
├───────┼───────┼─────┼───────┼───────┼────────┼──────┼────────┤
│ vorce │ phan *│ in *│ fant *│ tod * │ moth * │ ding │ er * * │
├───────┼───────┼─────┼───────┼───────┼────────┼──────┼────────┤
│ cous *│ band *│ cle │ child │ ew * *│ ent * *│ son *│ hus * *│
├───────┼───────┼─────┼───────┼───────┼────────┼──────┼────────┤
│ neph *│ par * │ un *│ boy * │ grand │ friend │ di * │ girl * │
└───────┴───────┴─────┴───────┴───────┴────────┴──────┴────────┘


Spoiler:
auntie, boyfriend, bridegroom, cousin, daughter, divorce, girlfriend,
godchild, godson, grandson, husband, infant, mother, nephew, orphan,
parent, toddler, uncle, wedding, widow

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COUNTDOWN (Hard)
Use this set of numbers to achieve the target number. You can
use these six numbers and four arithmetic functions: addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division.

Numbers: 1 2 3 20 25 100

Result: 195

Spoiler:
2 × 100 + 20 - 25 = 195

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