Archived Newsletter Puzzle Solutions
Volume II, Issue XXVI – February 21, 2018
Riddle: 7 at $1, 3 at $3, and 2 at $4
Chess: 1. … Qxg2+ 2. Kxg2 Bf3+ 3. Kf1 Nh2#
Volume II, Issue XXV – February 14, 2018
Trivia: Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Chess: 1. Qxh5 gxh5 2. g6+ fxg6 3. fxg6#
Volume II, Issue XXIV – February 7, 2018
Riddle: Star Wars
Trivia: St. Louis
Chess: 1. … Qd2+ 2. Kb1 Qd1+ 3. Rxd1 Rxd1#
Volume II, Issue XXIII – January 31, 2018
Chess: 1. Qxd7+ Rxd7 2. Rc8+ Rd8 3. Bb5#
Volume II, Issue XXII – January 24, 2018
Riddle: WHOLLY and HOLY
Trivia: The measles
Chess: 1. Ng6+ Kg8 2. Nxf6+ Qxf6 3. Qf8#
Volume II, Issue XXI – January 17, 2018
Riddle: A population.
Chess: 1. d4 Bxa5 2. Nc6+ Ka6 3. Rxa5#
Volume II, Issue XX – January 10, 2018
Riddle: None. If “I’ve got at least one daughter” is true, then one of the others must also be true. “I’ve got fewer than ten daughters” can be true by itself only if I have no daughters.
Trivia: Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norfolk Island, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway
Chess: 1. Qxg7+ Qxg7 2. Rxf8+ Bg8 3. Rxg8#
Volume II, Issue XIX – January 3, 2018
Trivia: Uranus and Neptune
Chess: 1. Rf8+ Qxf8 2. Rxf8+ Rxf8 3. Qxg6#
Volume II, Issue XIII – December 27, 2017
Riddle: As the watch is gaining a total of 10 seconds in a day, May 31st seems the logical answer, but, after the watch first gains 30 seconds and then loses 20 overnight, it will be 5 minutes fast for the first time on the evening of the 28th, even though it will only be 4 minutes 40 seconds fast the following morning.
Trivia: Oklahoma City
Chess: 1. Qxh6+ gxh6 2. Rxh6+ Rh7 3. Bxf6#
Volume II, Issue XII – December 20, 2017
Trivia: White Christmas
Volume II, Issue XI – December 13, 2017
Trivia: A glove
Chess: 1. … Qf2+ 2. Kxf2 Rd1+ 3. Be3 Bxe3#
Volume II, Issue X – December 6, 2017
Trivia: Meat tenderizer
Chess: 1. … Ng1+ 2. Kxh4 Kh7+ 3. Qh6 Rxh6#
Volume II, Issue IX – November 29, 2017
Chess: 1. Qg6 Qg8 2. Qh7+ Qxh7 3. Nf7#
Volume II, Issue VIII – November 22, 2017
Chess: 1. … Rg1+ 2. Nxg1 Qg2#
Volume II, Issue VII – November 15, 2017
Riddle: A river
Chess: 1. … Bh3+ 2. Nxh3 Qf3+ 3. Kg1 Qh1#
Volume II, Issue VI – November 8, 2017
Chess: 1. Qh6+ Kg8 2. Qh8+ Kf7 3. Qg7#
Volume II, Issue V – November 1, 2017
Riddle: The letter E
Trivia: 1954 by Roger Bannister in 3:59.4
Chess: 1. Bf5+ Kc6 2. Nd8+ Kd6 3. Bf4#
Volume II, Issue IV – October 25, 2017
Trivia: Tied House
Chess: 1. Rb8+ Ke7 2. Bc5+ Kf7 3. Rf8#
Volume II, Issue III – October 18, 2017
Riddle: Since the three prime numbers add up to 100, one of them must be even. The only even prime number is 2. Therefore, the other two prime numbers must add up to 98. By trial and error, these other two are determined to be 31 and 67. (Source: L.H. Longley-Cook, Work this One Out, 1960, Fawcett Publications, p.34)
Trivia: Gluteus maximus
Chess: 1. Re7+ Kf8 2. Re8+ Kxe8 3. Qe7#
Volume II, Issue II – October 11, 2017
Riddle: The victim was in a convertible.
Trivia: Abraham Lincoln
Chess: 1. Ne5+ Nxf7 2. Be2+ Bg4 3. Bxg4#
Volume II, Issue I – October 4, 2017
Riddle: Place 3 balls on each side of the balance scale. If the 2 sides balance out, you have found the lightest ball (the one not on the scale). If the two sides do not balance out, the lightest ball is clearly one of the 3 balls on the less weighted side. To find which, place 1 each of your remaining 3 balls on either side of the scale. If the two sides balance out, the lightest ball is the one not on the scale. If not, the lightest ball is the one on the less weighted side.
Chess: 1. Ng6+ Kxh7 2. Nxf8+ Kg8 3. Qh7#
Volume I, Issue XXVI – September 27, 2017
Riddle: He was cleaning the windows on the inside
Chess: 1. … Ra8+ 2. Kb7 Ba6+ 3. Kxc7 Nd5#
Volume I, Issue XXV – September 20, 2017
Riddle: Beauty, because ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder (bee-holder)’
Chess: 1. Nc6+ bxc6 2. Qb3+ Bb4 3. Qxb4#
Volume I, Issue XXIV – September 13, 2017
Riddle: A deck of playing cards.
Trivia: Bobby Fischer.
Chess: 1. Nxa7+ Bxa7 2. Qxc6+ bxc6 3. Ba6#
Volume I, Issue XXIII – September 6, 2017
Riddle: She shot her husband with her camera then developed the picture.
Trivia: The Challenger Disaster
Chess: 1. Qxb7+ Kxb7 2. Ra7+ Kc8 3. Rc7#
Volume I, Issue XXII – August 30, 2017
Riddle: A clock
Chess: 1. … Qf1+ 2. Bg1 Qf3+ 3. Bxf3 Bxf3#
Volume I, Issue XXI – August 23, 2017
Riddle: Your mother
Volume I, Issue XX – August 16, 2017
Trivia: New Amsterdam
Volume I, Issue XIX – August 9, 2017
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Ne6+ Bxe6 2. Bh6#
Volume I, Issue XVIII – August 2, 2017
Trivia: Dayton, Ohio. The last time the path of a total solar eclipse crossed over the spot where Dayton is located was on January 21, 1395. The next one will not occur until after the year 3000, and eclipse drought of more than 1600 years.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qe4+ Kxe4 2. Nc3#
Volume I, Issue XVII – July 26, 2017
Riddle: A bookkeeper
Trivia: Blood type O. It has neither A nor B antigen on the red blood cell
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qf5+ Nxf5 2. e6#
Volume I, Issue XVI – July 19, 2017
Riddle: All of the men were married
Trivia: When aspirin ages, it gradually reacts with absorbed moisture from the air and partially reverts back to salicylic acid and acetic acid. In general, it’s the above reaction run backward. It is the acetic acid that smells like vinegar.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Ne6+ Bxe6 2. Bh6#
Volume I, Issue XV – July 12, 2017
Riddle: Monte Hall Simulation
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Be6+ Kxe6 2. Qf7#
Volume I, Issue XIV – July 5, 2017
Riddle: 13112221. Each number describes the previous number. Starting with 1, the second line describes it 11 (one 1). Then the third line describes 11 as 21 (two 1’s). Then the fourth line describes 21 as 1211 (one 2, one 1). This is the pattern.
Trivia: Three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4th. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the country’s birth. James Monroe, the fifth president, dies five years later in 1831.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qe8+ Rxe8 2. Nf7#
Volume I, Issue XIII – June 28, 2017
Riddle: 78, all of the numbers when read upside down are the numbers 86-91.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Bxf7+ Qxf7 2. Qd8#
Volume I, Issue XII – June 21, 2017
Riddle: The third door. The lions have died from starvation.
Trivia: Wind chill
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Ng6+ hxg6 2. Qxh8#
Volume I, Issue XI – June 14, 2017
Trivia: The fear of nudity
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qf6+ Nxf6 2. Be7#
Volume I, Issue X – June 7, 2017
Riddle: You don’t knock on the door of your own hotel room.
Trivia: Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qxh8+ Nxh8 2. Rf8#
Volume I, Issue IX – May 31, 2017
Riddle: A stapler.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qxh6+ gxh6 2. Be5#
Volume I, Issue VIII – May 24, 2017
Riddle: A candle
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qb3+ Kd4 2. Qd3#
Volume I, Issue VII – May 17, 2017
Riddle: Starting – starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, I.
Trivia: The Manhattan Project
Three Move Checkmate: 1. … Qf2+ 2. Kxf2 Rd1+ 3. Be3 Bxe3#
Volume I, Issue VI – May 10, 2017
Riddle: The man had the hiccups, the water was to help him stop them, but the gun scared him and helped him stop the hiccups as well.
Trivia: Light from the Sun take 8 minutes to reach Earth.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Nxf7+ Bxf7 2. Bxe7#
Volume I, Issue V – May 3, 2017
Riddle: Chelsea picks up a piece of wood and lights it from the fire on the west end of the island. She then quickly carries it near the east end of the island and starts a new fire. The wind will cause that fire to burn out the eastern end and she can then shelter in the burnt area. (Chelsea can survive the fire, but will die of starvation with all of the food in the forest burnt up.)
Trivia: 12, Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), and American Pharoah (2015).
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qxf7+ Rxf7 2. Re8#
Volume I, Issue IV – April 26, 2017
Riddle: The babies are two of a set of triplets.
Trivia: Alaska (United States) and Russia
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Nh5+ Ke8 2. Nf6#
Volume I, Issue III – April 19, 2017
Riddle: A secret.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qxf6+ gxf6 2. Bxf6#
Volume I, Issue II – April 12, 2017
Riddle: The statement “P and/or Q” is only false if both P and Q are false. So if Brian was a fibber, his statement wouldn’t make sense because it would be honest, making Brian an Abe. If Brian is an Abe, then the only way his statement holds a true value is if Jessica is an Abe as well.
Trivia: Virginia, The First Battle of Bull Run
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Nxf6+ Qxf6 2. Qf8#
Volume I, Issue I – April 5, 2017
Riddle: It is impossible for any alien to say “I am a liar”. An Abe would be lying and a Fibber would be telling the truth. Therefore, B must have been lying when he answered the Queens’ question, making him a Fibber. This means C was telling the truth, hence, an Abe.
Two Move Checkmate: 1. Qg8+ Rxg8 2. Nf7#