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September, 2003 Puzzle Contests

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9/30-10/1/03 Puzzle Contest:

You must get all 3 of the following right to be entered to win:

1. I am important to a religion, not elevated wet dirt (6 letters)

2. I mean sneaky, not a demarcation that you must pay to cross (6 letters)

3. I mean having little energy, not being without a frozen flower (13 letters)

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9/29-9/30/03 Puzzle Contest:

You must get both of the following right to be entered to win:

1. Replace the ? with the word that you think should come next in this series: febrile, Martian, apricot, Mayan, juniper, Julian, ?

2. I mean foolish, not the past tense of devouring something that produces a nice smell when burned! What am I? (9 letters)

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9/26-9/29/03 Puzzle Contest:

Find a word that could go with the following set:

first defense coughing nopal hijinks

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9/25-9/26/03 Puzzle Contest:

Replace the ? with the correct number in the following series:

1100 1120 1200 100 220 400 ?

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9/24-9/25/03 Puzzle Contest:

You must get both of the following right to be entered to win:

1. Determine what number should most logically replace the ?:

11 = 11
13 = 31
17 = 71
19 = 97
23 = ?

2. I can be used to describe someone who is rude & full of himself or herself, not something or someone that is extremely funny. What am I? (12 letters)

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9/23-9/24/03 Puzzle Contest:

The following 3 clues indicate 5 different words. You must find all 5 of the words to be entered to win.

1. I indicate a lack of control, not that something is within a large mass of land (11 letters)

2. I'm someone who is vain, not the time before Ms. Ciccone (a 2 word set: 5 & 5 letters)

3. I'm a large sea bird, but if you change one of my letters, I become a mineral that is used as gemstones (2 words: 6 letters each)

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9/22-9/23/03 Contest:

The following 4 clues indicate 4 different words, all of which contain a certain 4 letter word. You must find all 4 of the words to be entered to win.

1. Around the heart (11 letters)
2. Throw away (7 letters)
3. A large plant (7 letters)
4. A poster (7 letters)

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9/19-9/22/03 Contest:

The numbers below indicate 2 words. The words are identical, except that 1 contains a letter that the other does not. What are the 2 words?

It appears that I have led you (6). I don't smoke, and therefore don't own an (7).

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9/18-9/19/03 Contest:

A candle is lit, and after 10 minutes, it is also lit at the other end. 20 minutes later, the candle is completely melted. If the candle were lit at both ends to begin with, and then one end were extinguished when only half of the candle remained, how long in total would it take for the candle to completely melt?

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9/17-9/18/03 Contest:

I'm a little person. Remove my last 3 letters, and you are eating. Remove my first 5 letters, and we're related, but nowhere near Kansas. What am I?

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9/16-9/17/03 Contest:

I am a snack of foods like nuts & raisins. Read backward, I basically mean 'to beg.' Remove one of my letters, and you have something related to Republicans. What am I?

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9/15-9/16/03 Contest:

I could be a police officer, marine, or a soldier. My last 3 letters are an insect, and when you remove them, I become a fabric. What am I?

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9/12-9/15/03 Contest:

I am a word used to indicate something that produces a type of scab. Remove my first 2 letters and my last 4 letters, and you have something that could cause such a scab. Remove my first 2 letters and my 6th letter, and you have a word indicating that something is confused or disordered. I contain 10 letters. What am I?

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9/11-9/12/03 Contest:

In the land of Truelies, each person either always tells the truth or always lies. Determine which of the following 6 people are liars, and which tell the truth:

1. 5 is a liar.
2. 1 is a liar.
3. 2 is a liar.
4. 3 erddc ewr efbew. Ctdlrf'c sekhtq vbharf tc 47.
5. 6 is a liar.
6. 4 tells the truth.

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9/10-9/11/03 Contest:

I am a musical instrument that was popular centuries ago, or I am a knapsack. Remove my last 3 letters, and I'm something that inspires. What am I?

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9/9-9/10/03 Contest:

If you can reuse them for each date, what is the total number of letters and numbers needed to form each date in the year 2004? Dates are given as such: August 11. August 11 and August 12 only need 9 total letters & numbers to be formed, for example.

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9/8-9/9/03 Contest:

Take a look at the puzzle from 9/4-9/5/03. Try the problem again, but with the difference that the objects can weigh from 1 to 25 pounds, and in 1 pound increments. How many weights would you need to bring each of them into balance? Which weights would you need?

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9/5-9/8/03 Contest:

The word ABSCOND contains the letters ABCD, and in that order. Can you find words that have the same property for BCDE, CDEF, and DEFG? You must find a word for each to be entered to win.

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9/4-9/5/03 Contest:

Using a balancing weight scale with 2 pans similar to the type at http://www.lovson.com/weighing-scales.html what is the minimum number of weights (each being in 1 pound increments, so you could have 2 one pound weights, 1 three pound weight, etc.) you would need to bring into balance individual objects (not more than 1 of these objects is in your possession at any given time) that weigh anywhere from 1 to 12 pounds, in 1 pound increments? Which weights would you need (i.e. how many 1 pound weights, 2 pound weights, etc.)?

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9/3-9/4/03 Contest:

While in a boat sailing NE over LaKe HUron, a jazzy singer and actress tooted her own. Who is she?

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9/2-9/3/03 Contest:

Each of the following puzzlers hints at 2 words. The second word is the same as the first word, but with one letter removed. Example:

A type of thief : Talk too much (6 & 5 letters)

The answers are PIRATE and PRATE. You must get the following 3 teasers right to be entered to win:

1. Sharp : Range of knowledge (4 & 3 letters)

2. To cause to spread or flow : To read in a leisurely manner (7 & 6 letters)

3. To plait or crimp with a hot iron : An employee who runs errands (6 & 5 letters)

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