Puzzle 196

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?

Answer: There are 116 squares without a rook.

1x1: 61 squares.
2x2: 37 squares.
3x3: 15 squares.
4x4: 3 squares.

Puzzle 197

A local fisherman caught a large trawler load of haddock.
He decided to donate some of his fish to the local community, 1,672 people in all.
To each person over 50 he gave 16 fish and to each person under 50 he gave 96 fish.
Only 3/4 of the over 50s collected their haddock and only 1/8 of the under 50s collected their fish.
How many fish did the fisherman distribute it total?

[Ref: ZIAG] © Kevin Stone

Hint: Try a random number of over 50s to see what happens.

Answer: 20,064 fish.
As only 3/4 of the over 50s claimed 16 fish, this averages out to 12 fish each.
Similarly only 1/8 of the under 50s claimed 96 fish, this again averages out to be 12 fish each.
Therefore the total number of fish was 1,672 x 12 = 20,064.
It doesn't matter how many over/under 50s there are.

Puzzle 198

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.

Puzzle 199

If:

SAFE + STAY + SOON + SKIP = STOP

then:

PINK + PORE + PUSH + PLOT = ==?==

[Ref: ZFHQ] © Kevin Stone

Hint: Where do the letters of STOP occur in SAFE, STAY, SOON, SKIP?

Answer: POST.
Using the first letter of the first word, second letter of the second word, etc.

Puzzle 200

Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central B 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: 24 words. Good: 17 words. Average: 12 words.

[Ref: ZSON] © Kevin Stone

Hint: Every word must contain the central letter.

Answer: Hairbrush.
Common words:
airbrush, bar, bars, bash, bias, brash, briar, briars, brush, burr, burrs, bursar, bus, bush, HAIRBRUSH , hub, hubs, rib, ribs, rub, rubs, shrub.
All words:
ab, abri, abris, abs, airbrush, airbus, arb, arbs, ba, bah, bar, bars, bas, bash, bi, bias, birr, birrs, bis, brash, briar, briars, bris, brr, brush, buhr, buhrs, bur, bura, buras, burr, burrs, burs, bursa, bursar, bus, bush, habu, habus, HAIRBRUSH , hub, hubris, hubs, isba, rib, ribs, rub, rubs, sab, sabir, sahib, shibah, shrub, sib, sub, suba, subah, urb, urbia, urbias, urbs.