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Difficulty: Hard4 Star RatingPuzzle 1

PlaneMatthew Shelborn frequently has to travel for his company, which gives him a chance to meet many people from all parts of the USA. In April, Matthew flew to five different US cities on business and he flew a different airline each time. During each trip he chatted with the person next to him, and no two people he talked to were in the same profession.

From the information, can you determine the date Matthew made each flight (each was on a Monday exactly one week apart starting on April 2nd), the airline he flew, his destination, and the profession of the person who sat next to him on each flight?

1. Three consecutive flights were, in order from first to last, the flight Matthew took with WTA Airways, the flight where he sat next to the teacher, and the flight he took to Atlanta.

2. Matthew sat beside the sports coach on a flight some time earlier in the month than the one he took to Seattle.

3. The week he flew Air Express was some time earlier in the month than the trip to Boston, which was some time earlier in the month than the trip where he sat next to the ballet dancer.

4. It wasn't on the trip to San Diego where Matthew sat next to the doctor.

5. Matthew didn't fly Skyways on his trip to Seattle, and he didn't fly WTA Airways on the trip where he sat next to the sports coach.

6. Atlanta was not Matthew's destination on the trip where he made the acquaintance of the ballet dancer.

7. The Fly America flight was exactly two weeks before the flight where Matthew passed the time chatting with the attorney.

Dates: April 2nd, April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th
Airline: Air Express, Fly America, MidUSA Air, Skyways, WTA Airways
Destination: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle
Seat Mate: Attorney, Ballet Dancer, Doctor, Sports Coach, Teacher

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[Ref: ZETP] © Rodins Ltd. 

Difficulty: V.Hard4 Star RatingPuzzle 2

Cipher MachineDuring the recent BrainBashers cipher convention, a binary code contest took place.

The contest consisted of a binary code transmission where the spaces between the letters were missing and there was no punctuation.

Each letter of the alphabet was translated into its binary equivalent based on its position in the alphabet:

a=1, b=10, c=11, d=100, e=101, f=110, g=111, h=1000, i=1001, j=1010, k=1011, l=1100, m=1101, n=1110, o=1111, p=10000, q=10001, r=10010, s=10011, t=10100, u=10101, v=10110, w=10111, x=11000, y=11001, z=11010.

What is the answer to the question being asked?


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[Ref: ZYMX] © Kevin Stone 

Difficulty: Hard4 Star RatingPuzzle 3

Book ImageBelow you will find well-known eight letter words, with only their endings remaining. Can you determine the words?


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[Ref: ZINF] © Kevin Stone 

Difficulty: Hard4 Star RatingPuzzle 4

Can you complete the grid such that every row and column contains the digits 1 to 6.

All squares that are connected contain the same digit.


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[Ref: ZBQB] © Johan de Ruiter
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Difficulty: V.Hard4 Star RatingPuzzle 5

These words can all have a letter added and then be rearranged to make a new 5-letter word, e.g. noun union NOUN + I = UNION.

The 7 added letters are an anagram of a 7-letter word. What is the 7-letter word, and what are the new words?


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[Ref: ZQUH] © Kevin Stone 

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