How many squares, of any size, can you find on this chess board that do not contain a Rook?
[Ref: ZYLQ] © Kevin Stone
Hint: How many 1x1 squares are there?
There are 116 squares without a rook.
1x1: 61 squares.
2x2: 37 squares.
3x3: 15 squares.
4x4: 3 squares.
At the recent BrainBashers code breakers convention, Batty Bertie won the speed contest.
He managed to decipher the following sentence in a record time of 2 minutes.
What was the well known saying and how has it been encrypted?
MOOT CYNA SKOO IOPS EHTL TORB YCBH
[Ref: ZBEI] © Kevin Stone
Hint: The first word is TOO.
Answer: Too many cooks spoil the broth.
The sentence has been broken down into blocks of 4, the last block has been filled with dummy letters. Each block has then been reversed.
SAFE + STAY + SOON + SKIP = STOP
PINK + PORE + PUSH + PLOT = ==?==
[Ref: ZFHQ] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Where do the letters of STOP occur in SAFE, STAY, SOON, SKIP?
Using the first letter of the first word, second letter of the second word, etc.
Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central
Y and no letter can be used twice. The letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?
Excellent: 24 words. Good: 19 words. Average: 14 words.
[Ref: ZLZB] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Every word must contain the central letter.
ahoy, airy, bay, BIOGRAPHY, boy, bray, by, gory, gray, gyro, hairy, harpy, hay, pay, pray, pry, ray, ropy, yap, yip, yoga, yogi.
aby, ahoy, airy, ay, bay, BIOGRAPHY, bogy, boy, boyar, bray, by, gaby, gapy, goby, gory, grapy, gray, gripy, gyri, gyro, hairy, harpy, hay, hoagy, hoary, hoy, hoya, hyp, hypo, orby, oy, pay, payor, pogy, porgy, pray, pry, pya, ray, ropy, rya, ya, yagi, yah, yap, yar, yip, yo, yob, yoga, yogh, yogi.