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November, 2003 Puzzle Contests

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11/26-12/1/03 Puzzle Contest:

I'm something placed on the backs of certain animals. A guy who shares a name with a fella from the A-Team (but who wasn't necessarily crazy) likely rode on one of these. ...you do? What am I? (6 letters)

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11/25-11/26/03 Puzzle Contest:

Change 2 of my letters, and you have a type of imaginary circle. Should you capital-ize and remove the last letter, you would cease. I was once part of an empire that could be described in the same way as many soups and vegetables you will find in grocery stores. What am I? (7 letters)

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11/24-11/25/03 Puzzle Contest:

I'm related to water in the ground or an explosion caused by steam that comes from this water. I'm not a space above the ceiling in your home that you receive without charge. What am I? (8 letters)

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11/21-11/24/03 Puzzle Contest:

I'm light above and dark below. Remove my first 5 letters, and you have the author of this puzzle. Remove my last 4 letters, and you have something that a deranged colonel dreamed of a snail crawling along, and surviving. What am I?

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11/20-11/21/03 Puzzle Contest:

Below is the 11/18-19 contest puzzle, which is unsolved. It is now worth 2 puzzle pieces, which can get you some very nice prizes. Here are some hints: thinks numbers, think numbers not built in a day, think .com, .org, .net, .edu, .???, think numbers. Oh, and do much of this thinking while standing on your head. Here you go:

If you start out with oILE, take alway ELEVENS, and add BUSINESS, you end up with hoLE. Express this as an equation, and please explain your answer.

This problem was STILL not solved, and remained posted on the site as an "unsolved puzzle" worth 2 puzzle pieces. People were allowed to enter once every 24 hours, although only a couple of people ever did. This was a tough one! Finally, someone solved it on 12/5/03 (see below).

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11/19-11/20/03 Puzzle Contest:

You must find all 5 of the following related words to be entered to win:

1. Someone in charge of a parish (6 letters)
2. Mr. Gadget (9 letters)
3. Person in charge of getting your tax dollars (9 letters)
4. Has magnitude and direction (6 letters)
5. Guy killed by guy with a famous (or perhaps infamous) heel (6 letters)

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11/18-11/19/03 Puzzle Contest:

No one solved this puzzle, which was extremely freakin' easy! Ok, no it wasn't, it was insanely impossible. Anywho, it will be reissued for tomorrow with a hint, and be worth 2 (count 'em!) puzzle pieces. I need to say it one more time to get it out of my system: freakin'. Thanks!


11/17-11/18/03 Contest:

A chemist has a picture in his mind of a certain living thing. Below he has written a hint about what it is, but in a code. What is the living thing?

905371918587513

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11/14-11/17/03 Contest:

Given the logic in the first equation, replace the ? in the second one:

8690 - 8966 = 261

6900 - 8096 = ?

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11/13-11/14/03 Puzzle Contest:

Remove 1 of my letters and then rearrange them, and you have a conundrum. I have 4 sides, but I'm not tetrahedral. Do you by chance know what I am? (7 letters)

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11/12-11/13/03 Puzzle Contest:

I am located within that which is at the end of my last 3 letters when they are written backward. Wish upon me first, before you have left to hunt. What am I? (5 letters)

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11/11-11/12/03 Puzzle Contest:

Here is one more series puzzler. I think this will do it for this genre for a little while. This series does not use or play off of letters or codes in any way, but the numbers do all share a very unusual mathematical property. Determine what number should replace the ? in the sequence below:

6 15 35 77 143 221 ?

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11/10-11/11/03 Puzzle Contest:

While we've been all booked up with series puzzlers of late, here is one with a New angle. Determine what letter should replace the ? at the end:

M M L J A R C C G E P C ?

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11/7-11/10/03 Puzzle Contest:
.. ... -.- --- -  .-.- ... .--
What comes next in the series above?

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11/6-11/7/03 Puzzle Contest:

.   .   .    .  .   .
.   ..      .   .   .   ?
    .           .   .
What comes next in the series above?

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11/5-11/6/03 Puzzle Contest:

water, fish, male sheep, male bovine, born at same time, ?

Decide which of the following would most logically complete the series above:

handsel, distraction, hybrid of horse & donkey, changeling, crustacean, isomer

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11/4-11/5/03 Puzzle Contest:

I'm a dog. I'm not squeezing you, but I am if you remove a letter in the second part of my name. What am I?

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11/3-11/4/03 Puzzle Contest:

My first 4 letters are something people often do before going on a trip. I am used in conjunction with a board that is said to spell out supernatural messages. I contain 10 letters. What am I?

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