How many squares, of any size, do not contain a Rook?
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Hint: How many 2x2 squares are there?
There are 62 squares of size 1x1.
There are 41 squares of size 2x2.
There are 18 squares of size 3x3.
There are 6 squares of size 4x4.
There is 1 square of size 5x5.
A total of 62 + 41 + 18 + 6 + 1 = 128.
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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Hint: Start with the three connected squares that contain the third column on the bottom row.
Take a word from the first column, and a word from the second column, to create 5 lots of eight letters.
Each of these eight letters is an anagram of an animal - what are the 5 animals?
SOOT - TENT
MOST - THEN
MUCH - TIRE
AREA - MARE
LEAP - PINK
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Hint: Try SOOT + TIRE, MOST + MARE, MUCH + PINK, AREA + TENT, LEAP + THEN.
SOOT + TIRE = TORTOISE
MOST + MARE = MARMOSET
MUCH + PINK = CHIPMUNK
AREA + TENT = ANTEATER
LEAP + THEN = ELEPHANT
What is represented by this BrainBat?
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Answer: Split second timing.
Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central
S and no letter can be used twice, however, the letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?
Excellent: 66 words. Good: 50 words. Average: 38 words.
[Ref: ZLWK] © Kevin Stone
Hint: Every word must contain the central letter.
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