Solve it Sunday: The Eight Queens

Dear readers, I hope you like chess, or at least have a basic understanding of the concepts because you’ll need to know how one of the pieces work.

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Max Bezzel, a German chess master, was the first to pose this question, in 1848. It has provided plenty of material for discussion since then.

A chess queen attacks in eight directions — vertical, horizontal, and diagonal straight lines. His question was whether it was possible to place eight queens on a regular 8×8 chess board so that none of them could attack any other.

Are you able to find a way to do it?

How Well Do I Know My Books with Kat @ Kbookreviews

Hello dear readers, I hope you are doing well.

This week I had the opportunity to collaborate with Kat @ Kbookreviews. She agreed to collab with me this week, and I cam up with a bit of a fun challenge for her.

I looked through all of Kat’s book reviews that she posted on her site, and came up with 10 questions for her to solve.

Each question had a one sentence (very broad) description of one of her books, and Kat had to guess what they were.

Before we get to the answers down below, make sure to check out Kat’s guesses.

Let’s see how she did, shall we?

Clue #1: A criminal lies their way into killing an old man.

Kat’s Guess: Mistborn: The Final Empire
Answer: Mistborn: The final Empire!

I thought I might stump Kat with this one, but she caught on to the “old man” trick that I tried to trick her with. She’s too smart for me. 1 / 1

Clue #2: Doomed for death, a man uses love to change his destiny.

Kat’s Guess: The Rage of Dragons/ Starless Sea
Answer: The Rage of Dragons

Though she gave two guesses for this one, her first guess was correct, so I’ll give it to her. I really didn’t think my clues were this easy. Good job Kat. 2 / 2


Clue #3: When danger is your middle name, crime is definitely your game.

Kat’s Guess: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Answer: The Lies of Locke Lamora

This was a hard one for me to make, so I wasn’t surprised Kat knew this one. She probably got it right off the hop. 3 / 3 so far!

Clue #4:Does feeding the hungry make up for marking them for death? 

Kat’s Guess: Couldn’t think of one specific answer.
Answer: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

I’d never heard of this book before, but it sounds really good. I was hoping this one would stump her! 3 / 4

Clue #5: An innocent boy might not be as innocent as he seems. 

Kat’s Guess: The Devil’s Apprentice
Answer: The Devil’s Apprentice

Clearly I underestimated Kat too much. She knows her books way better than I would. 4 / 5


Clue #6: A man visits his family home, and quickly wants to restore his hometown back to its glory. 

Kat’s Guess: Salem’s Lot
Answer: Salem’s Lot

I definitely thought Kat would get this one wrong! I thought I would trick her with the returning to his childhood home. Would have thought it would make Kat think of more of a happy book or even a romance.
5 / 6

Clue #7: A gun for hire has one eye on the next job, and the other on the attractive partner in crime. 

Kat’s Guess: The Unspoken Name
Answer: House of Ash and Brimstone

OOOH Sorry Kat! Gotcha. I thought this might be a tricky one, because it looked like this might apply to a couple books. I stumped you again! 5 / 7

Clue #8: Finally back from traveling, a new home and a pregnant sister might bring a woman to her limits. 

Kat’s Guess: The Lost Ones
Answer: The Lost Ones

I knew the pregnant sister would give it away. I was hoping there would be another pregnant sister book to stump her. Oh well. Good job Kat! 6 / 8


Clue #9: A family’s name means they inherit the danger that comes with it. 

Kat’s Guess: A Throne of Swans
Answer: The Sisters Grimm

I think you had this one in mind Kat, but I got you! This was a bit of a tricky one though, so that’s okay. You’re still winning.
7 / 9

Clue #10: Traveling overseas, a woman needs to embrace her true self to survive and make it home.

Kat’s Guess: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro
Answer: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro

I knew you’d get this one, and I will admit this is one of the few books in this collaboration that I have added to my TBR pile! 7 / 10

That’s it, that’s all! Congratulations Kat, you knew seven out of the 10 books, which is really good! I didn’t make this easy for you, but you did great.

Thank you again for the collaboration, this was a LOT of fun, and I hope next time I can trick you enough to make you get less than five!

If you’ve made it this far and haven’t checked out Kat’s page yet, please do! She has been a great inspiration for me and my blog, and if you don’t check her out I will be disappointed with you!

Solve it Sunday: In A Spin

Hello everyone! I’m back with another post for Solve it Sunday after missing last week.

I hope you enjoy this one. It was a lot of fun talking through it with some friends, seeing if we could find an answer.

Thanks to the work of Copernicus, Galileo, and may others, we know that the day happens because the world rotates on its axis, while the sun remains (apparently) still. But it is not always wise to blindly believe what you are told.

It would be reasonably straightforward to conduct an experiment that would prove that the Earth is revolving on its axis. You wouldn’t even need to leave the Earth’s surface.

Can you think of one?

Solve it Sunday: Gold Standard

This question may seem laughable at first glance. I assure you, however, that I have no intention of making sport with you. Simplicity does not always indicate triviality.

Which is heavier – a 1-ton block of wood, or a 1-ton block of gold?

You may assume that both blocks are being weighed on the same weighing apparatus in the same terrestrial location, and that the machine is giving an identical value in both cases.

Good luck with this one! It’s not as simple as you might think it is.
As always, answers in the comments.