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 Puzzle 209 Hidden in the grid below are eight, 7 letter words. Each word begins with the central P and you can move one letter in any direction to the next letter. All of the letters are used exactly once each. What are the words? [Ref: ZJGT] © Kevin Stone  Hint: Each of the letters surrounding the central P becomes the second letter of a word. Answer: Pancake, physics, pinball, plaster, popular, premium, psychic, pyramid. Puzzle 210 Within the BrainBashers school, the science department has three disciplines. In total, 280 students study chemistry, 254 students study physics and 280 students study biology. 97 students study both chemistry and physics, 138 students study both physics and biology, 152 students study both chemistry and biology. 73 students study all three disciplines. Can you determine how many students there are in the science department? The answer is well below 814. [Ref: ZZYU] © Kevin Stone  Hint: How many students study chemistry and physics, but not biology? Answer: 500 students. The answer is most easily seen if three intersecting circles are drawn, and the numbers inside each section worked out. Puzzle 211 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 212 Hidden in each of the sentences are the numbers 1 to 10 in words. A number might appear in more than one sentence, but there is only one way to find all ten numbers. For example 'My parents told me to never cross the road without looking.' contains the number 1: 'My parents told me to never cross the road without looking.' The robins love hiding amongst the smooth reeds. It's always worth looking after your friends, even if they've upset you. Even heavyweight boxers like using soft tissues when they have a cold. To avoid the calf, I veered sharply to the left. The eggs were boxed thirteen instead of a dozen in each baker's delivery box. Having salmon every day for lunch gets a little boring after a while. The attendance at the local football match exceeded last weeks by many thousands. We need to waterproof our boots to make sure we don't get wet. Meeting friends after work allows executives to network effectively. The orchestra sounded magnificent with the three virtuosi xylophonists. [Ref: ZWJD] © Kevin Stone  Hint: Eight is at the end of another word. Answer: 3  - The robins love hiding amongst the smooth reeds. 7  - It's always worth looking after your friends, even if they've upset you. 8  - Even heavyweight boxers like using soft tissues when they have a cold. 5  - To avoid the calf, I veered sharply to the left. 9  - The eggs were boxed thirteen instead of a dozen in each baker's delivery box. 1  - Having salmon every day for lunch gets a little boring after a while. 10 - The attendance at the local football match exceeded last weeks by many thousands. 4  - We need to waterproof our boots to make sure we don't get wet. 2  - Meeting friends after work allows executives to network effectively. 6  - The orchestra sounded magnificent with the three virtuosi xylophonists.

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