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4 years ago

Daily Puzzle
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I'm in a lot of pain today, but feeling optimistic about the new year. I've just been distracting myself with this puzzle and thought I'd share it.
 Click on the puzzle image below to play. You can choose different levels of difficulty. Enjoy!

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A gold musical note on a blue tree with bananas
I prefer the 100 piece classic cut and try to beat the average time given. :p

4 years ago

JIGSAW: Happy New Year
For those who like jigsaws... Click on the puzzle image below to play. You can choose different levels of difficulty. Enjoy
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Quiz: What Part of Spring Are You?
You Are Chirping Birds


You are a very caring person. You especially feel for innocent beings, like animals and children. You are keyed in to the world and very peaceful. You believe that everyone is connected. You remain focused and in the moment. You are not easily distracted. You have a good memory, especially for things that you hear. You listen carefully.
What Part of Spring Are You?

4 years ago

You Are Chirping Birds You are a very caring person. You especially feel for innocent beings, like animals and children.
You are keyed in to the world and very peaceful. You believe that everyone is connected.

You remain focused and in the moment. You are not easily distracted.
You have a good memory, especially for things that you hear. You listen carefully.

Thank you, Jenny 

4 years ago
I love puzzles and quizzes, Jenny!  What a good idea for a thread!   thank you!

You Are Blooming Flowers


You are an optimistic person by nature. In even the darkest times, you are hopeful about the future.

You feel truly blessed in life and can sometimes be overwhelmed with emotions.

You have an artist's eye. You are always looking for beauty in the mundane.

You have a good sense of aesthetics, especially when it comes to shapes and color.



This post was modified from its original form on 01 Jan, 19:49
4 years ago

Glad you're enjoying the thread! thanks for the encouragement.
Here's another...

Jigsaw: Breaking wave
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For those who like jigsaws... Click on the puzzle image below to play. You can choose different levels of difficulty. Enjoy

4 years ago

6:59 my time in this last puzzle.

4 years ago

Good going Fullmoon!   I did it but it said 16:36 and I can't believe it was that long.   I didn't see the level of hardness though so maybe I picked a hard one.   lol  It just didnt' seem like it took me 16 minutes.  (sigh)

CARRBRIDGE IN WINTER
4 years ago

CARRBRIDGE IN WINTER
For those who like jigsaws, click on the puzzle image below to play.
You can choose different levels of difficulty. Enjoy!
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4 years ago

Well the New Year's puzzle took me 11:41 minutes.  It was fun but I ain't very good.  lol

jigsaw: ABORIGINAL ART
4 years ago

 jigsaw: ABORIGINAL ART
Click the image below, choose the cut and number of pieces, then begin playing. I prefer 100 piece classic.Click to Mix and Solve

4 years ago

I love trivia, thanks Vicky... I scored 8/10 on that one. 

4 years ago

I enjoyed the daisies jigsaw, thanks Vicky

meditation music - affirmations
4 years ago

meditation music - affirmations

link to youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIOFmhMJEy0

another quiz - just a bit of fun
3 years ago

What's Your Power Colour?
Your Power Colour Is Magenta
At Your Highest: You energize yourself and push others to succeed.
At Your Lowest: You feel frustrated and totally overwhelmed.
In Love: You are surprised by who you attract. You're a love magnet.
How You're Attractive: Open and free spirited, people want to explore the world with you.
Your Eternal Question: "What is my next source of inspiration?"
What's Your Power Colour?

3 years ago
My color is magenta too Jenny....that's why I didn't post mine.
3 years ago

I opened a thread a long time ago on Meditation music and loved it, Jenny.   Why don't you open a new one and we all can post music there.  

3 years ago

Your Power Color Is Red-Orange At Your Highest:

You are warm, sensitive, and focused on your personal growth.

At Your Lowest:

You become defensive and critical if you feel attacked.

In Love:

You are loyal - but you demand the respect you deserve.

How You're Attractive:

You are very affectionate and inspire trust.

Your Eternal Question:

"Am I Respected?"

3 years ago

 Temporarily Off Balance
art - pondering figure
Exerpts from DailyOm.com - Going Through A Phase

 We are all almost always in the process of learning something new, developing an underused ability or talent, or toning down an overused one. Some of us are involved in learning how to speak up for ourselves, while others are learning how to be more considerate. In the process of becoming, we are always developing and fine tuning one or the other of our many qualities, and it is a natural part of this process that things tend to get out of balance. This may be upsetting to us, or the people around us, but we can trust that it’s a normal part of the work of self-development.
In this process, we are overcompensating for a quality that was suppressed in our life, and the swinging of the pendulum from under-use to overuse serves to bring that quality into balance. Understanding what is happening is a useful tool that helps us to be patient with the process. In the end, the pendulum settles comfortably in the centre, restoring balance inside and out.
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http://www.dailyom.com/

3 years ago

 WATER LILY 
Click the image below, choose the cut and number of pieces, then begin playing. I prefer 100 piece classic. I did this jigsaw in 11.46 minutes (average is 12.53). My right hand is still sore from the effort (arthritis) but later I might go back and try to beat that time.

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3 years ago

I did it in 11 minutes 39 seconds

3 years ago

I do not believe it but I did it in 11:00 minutes!   Wow, this is a first for me (to be able to beat anyone).  lol

3 years ago

 P o e t r y  i n  M o t i o n
Exerpt from DailyOm
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Our bodies love movement. When we stretch or dance, our bodies adjust, realign and start to become fluid with the rhythm of life. Our mood lifts and we feel more connected with the world around us. If you are feeling stuck, ready to release old energy, or eager to feel more alive, try moving your body. By giving your muscles a chance to do what they were created for, you may find that all areas of your body and your life benefit as well. 
Many times we can be so busy that we forget moving our body is even an option. Some of us remain seated at our computer for hours every day or rush from task to task with robotic precision. When we are caught up in crossing items off our to-do lists, we tend to neglect all the opportunities there are to enjoy our bodies in the process of living. If this is true for you, begin looking for opportunities to move. You might try dancing or moving about freely as you clean your home, tend your garden or care for your children. If you are able to devote a set amount of time to self-care, practices such as yoga, dance, tai chi and walking are all great ways to keep your body in motion. 
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http://www.dailyom.com/

3 years ago

buddha3.jpg
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- Buddha

3 years ago

water lily :   5:08

Thank you Jenny for all the post ! 

3 years ago

 A butterfly for your garden... 
Click the image below, choose the cut and number of pieces,
then begin playing. I prefer 100 piece classic. I did this
jigsaw in 9.40 minutes on the second try.

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First time I've had enough energy to do a puzzle for days, but I'm paying for it with a sore hand now. Ouch!

hippies
3 years ago

the hippies quiz 
There's a quiz you may be interested in:
'The Hippies' -- Category: History.
You can play it by going here:
http://www.funtrivia.com/quizdetails.cfm?quiz=315258&ref=Dools
Btw, my score was a miserable 3/10!

3 years ago

Congrats Fullmoon on completing the lily puzzle in such short time...you wiped the floor with us.  lol

The butterfly/moth stumped me good.   Maybe it's cause I'm so tired tonight.   I'll try again some other time.

3 years ago

Well I took the hippy quiz but didn't know I had to be signed in so I don't remember what my score was.   For an old hippy I sure missed quite a few.  lol

Here's an untimed game from that site.

http://www.funtrivia.com/minigame/braintwist.cfm

3 years ago
Hey ! I did the water lily with 48 pieces, not 100 !!

This post was modified from its original form on 09 Feb, 16:12
3 years ago
Question I've been wanting to ask; WHERE do I go to change the piece numbers?   I see other things to do like 'time', etc. but nothing that says puzzle piece amounts.  Thanks!
3 years ago

CHANGE CUT (on the left side )

3 years ago

Vicki, regarding remembering hippy days, I'm the same 

3 years ago

I'm glad you're getting stuck into these puzzles... thanks for the encouragement FullMoon.
Vicki, we'll have to brush up on our hippy memories,

3 years ago

PRETTY SHELL CURTAIN
Click the image below, choose the cut and number of pieces,
then begin playing. I prefer 100 piece classic. I did this
jigsaw in 11.51 minutes.

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Anyone reading something interesting?
3 years ago

I just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro's An Artist of the Floating World.
I enjoyed reading it - gentle, whimsical. 
It won Whitbread Book of the Year, 1986.
Ishiguro also wrote The Remains of the Day -Booker Prize, 1989.
Here's an exerpt -the opening paragraph- for you:
October, 1948
If on a sunny day you climb the steep path leading up from the little wooden bridge still referred to around here as 'the Bridge of Hesitation', you will not have to walk far before the roof of my house becomes visible between the tops of two gingko trees. Even if it did not occupy such a commanding position on the hill, the house would still stand out from all others nearby, so that as you come up the path, you may find yourself wondering what sort of wealthy man owns it.
But then I am not, nor have I ever been, a wealthy man.

FEBRUARY FLIGHT
3 years ago

 FEBRUARY FLIGHT
Let's take an early morning hot air balloon ride over Africa's Rift Valley
Click the image below, choose the cut and number of pieces, then begin playing. I prefer 100 piece classic.
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3 years ago

Yep Jenny I must definitely brush up on my 'hippy' skills.  lol   I just tried doing the shell puzzle but after 7:26 min I gave up (for now).  I gotta do some errands.

Fullmoon, thanks on letting me know about how to change the cut (pieces).   I don't care for the 100 though...I'm bad enough with the 48!   hahaha!

3 years ago

Oh Jenny, I enjoyed the excerpt you posted.  I need to get off the computer and start reading again.  I used to go through so many books a week and now unfortunately I have very little interest to read. 

3 years ago

 FIRE EATING . . .
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A fire eater street artist. The performer places flaming objects into their mouth and extinguishes them by cutting off oxygen.

Tabby Cat Ginger White
3 years ago

 Tabby Cat Ginger White
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3 years ago

 An Australian Shepherd 
The Aussie is a medium size dog, black with brown and white trim, red and white, black and white and red or blue merle.
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then begin playing. I prefer 100 piece classic.
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More about the Australian Sheepdog, or Australian Shepherd
The Australian shepherd is a breed of herding dog that was developed on ranches in the Western United States. Despite its name, the breed, commonly known as an Aussie, did not originate in Australia. They acquired their name because some of the Australian sheepdogs arrived in the United States with boatloads of Australian sheep. The breed rose gradually in popularity with the boom of western riding after World War I. They became known to the general public through rodeos, horse shows, and through Disney movies made for television.
For many years, Aussies have been valued by stockmen for their inherent versatility and trainability. While they continue to work as stockdogs and compete in herding trials, the breed has earned recognition in other roles due to their trainability and eagerness to please, and are highly regarded for their skills in obedience. Like all working breeds, the Aussie has considerable energy and drive, and usually needs a job to do. It often excels at dog sports such as dog agility, flyball, and frisbee. They are also highly successful search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide, service, and therapy dogs. And, above all, they can be beloved family companions.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_shepherd 

3 years ago

 TIGER BEHIND BARS 
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Click the image, choose the cut and number of pieces, then begin playing.
I prefer 100 piece classic, and I try to beat my own time.

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The word "tiger" is taken from the Greek word "tigris", which is possibly derived from a Persian source meaning "arrow", a reference to the animal's speed and also the origin for the name of the Tigris river.
from Wikepedia:
The tiger (Panthera tigris), a member of the Felidae family, is the largest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera.
The tiger is native to much of eastern and southern Asia, and is an apex predator and an obligate carnivore.
The larger tiger subspecies are comparable in size to the biggest extinct felids, reaching up to 3.3 metres (11 ft) in total length, weighing up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds), and having canines up to 4 inches long.
Aside from their great bulk and power, their most recognisable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes that overlays near-white to reddish-orange fur, with lighter underparts.
The most numerous tiger subspecies is the Bengal tiger, while the largest is the Siberian tiger. Tigers have a lifespan of 10–15 years in the wild, but can live longer than 20 years in captivity.
They are highly adaptable and range from the Siberian taiga to open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps. They are territorial and generally solitary animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey demands. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans.
Three of the nine subspecies of modern tiger have gone extinct, and the remaining six are classified as endangered, some critically so. The primary direct causes are habitat destruction, fragmentation, and hunting.

3 years ago

 BHUTAN PINE CONES
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then begin playing. I prefer 100 piece classic.
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Cones of a Bhutan Pine tree: young cones are green, that then turn purple and finally brown as they age.
Pinus wallichiana is a pine native to the Himalaya, Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains, from eastern Afghanistan east across northern Pakistan and India to Yunnan in southwest China. It grows at high altitudes in mountain valleys at altitudes of 1800–4300m, and is a tree from 30–50m in height. It grows in a temperate climate with dry winters and wet summers.
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for more info', http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinus_wallichiana

3 years ago

TESTAMENT TO INHUMANITY
Can you think of any works of art that raise awareness about social injustice, slavery, oppression etc?
Here's an example... an installation by an Indonesian artist:
They Give Evidence, Dadang Christanto
They Give Evidence, Dadang Christanto
These confronting and moving, larger-than-life sculptures of human suffering are by Dadang Christanto. Christanto's works speak eloquently for the victims of oppression and social injustice. The 16 male and female figures in this installation represent displaced victims, mutely carrying the bodies of innocent men, women and children who have been killed - testament to the inhumanity of man, a silent monument to communal grief.
Born in Indonesia and based in Australia since 1999, Christanto has a significant reputation internationally. His artistic oeuvre includes painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and installations.
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http://archive.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/archived/2010/dadang_christanto_2010

3 years ago

QUIZ: 10 'Multiple Choice' Questions
i got these from http://www.funtrivia.com/

Choose one answer from the selection
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  1. "A stitch in time saves...." what exactly?
    Rhymes; Lime; Nine; Your trousers from falling down
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  2. What is the name of a sacred place [usually in a church] where fugitives are immune from arrest, and also the name of a 2009 science fiction series starring Amanda Tapping?
    Chancel; Rectory; Harbour; Sanctuary
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  3. Why should you never feed your horse small, round chunks of carrots or apples?
    horses do not like round food; they can get stuck in the horse's throat; the horse might bite your fingers; in case the horse has allergies
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  4. If I've just had 'bangers and mash', what have I done?
    drunk a fancy, expensive cocktail; suffered severe flatulence and diarrhoea; hit my thumb with a hammer; eaten sausages and mashed potato
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  5. What animal do these names have in common: Cornelius, Cogburn, Foghorn, and Chanticleer?
    Rooster; Cobra; Chimpanzee; Pelican
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  6. Which metal connects a song title by Spandau Ballet with Freda Payne's 'band' and Shirley Bassey's 'finger'?
    Silver; Iron; Tin; Gold
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  7. Olive Marie made her debut on October 13, 1959 in Ogden, Utah. She had a big hit in 1976 with "Paper Roses". She starred in a variety show with one of her brothers. Her name is?
    Brenda Lee; Olivia Newton-John; Marie Osmond; Patti Page
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  8. Which of the following regions leads the United States in wine production?
    Great Plains; New England; West Coast; Alaska
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  9. What first name is shared by a Saturday morning sea monster and the psychologist responsible for the well-known terms of id, ego and superego?
    Martin; Benjamin; Carl; Sigmund
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  10. Which 13th century ruler is generally accepted as the most fecund (i.e. having the most descendants) man in history?
    Niall of the Nine Hostages; Genghis Khan; Somerled of Argyll; Honorius III
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3 years ago

QUIZ ANSWERS to 10 Multiple Choice Questions


Answers are white on white - simply highlight to make them visible.

  1. ... nine...................................................
  2. ... Sanctuary...........................................
  3. ... they can get stuck in the horse's throat
  4. ... eaten sausages and mashed potato.....
  5. ... rooster...............................................
  6. ... gold....................................................
  7. ... Marie Osmond.....................................
  8. ... West Coast.........................................
  9. ... Sigmund.............................................
  10. ... Genghis Khan......................................

So how did you go?

3 years ago

 A BULLOCK IN THE GARDEN?
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When a cow gets into a garden, months of hard work can be trampled and eaten within minutes. Heartbreaking, especially if the garden was to supply your food for the next few months.
This bullock has been safely tied to a tree so that it won't wander into any gardens. I like to think that it was soon led to a lush field where it was free to graze and roam at will.
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Click on the image to try the jigsaw. It took me 12.5minutes to do the 100 piece classic version

3 years ago

QUIZ: TEN MULTIPLE CHOICE
i got these from http://www.funtrivia.com/

  1. Who is credited with being the creator of 'Star Trek'?
    Gene Wilder, Gene Roddenberry, Gene Simmons 
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  2. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps won an amazing eight gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008. His eight gold medals broke whose record of seven?
    Mark Spitz, Michael Spinks, Eric Heiden 
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  3. The election of Margaret Thatcher as the first female British prime minister, the removal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin from office, and the retirement of Muhammad Ali from boxing were events in what year?
    1969, 1979, 1999 
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  4. What bodily function can result in an emission that may travel at 85% the speed of sound?
    urination, a cough, a sneeze 
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  5. Chuck Wepner, an underdog boxer who lasted the full fifteen rounds against Muhammad Ali in a 1975 bout, is said to have been the inspiration for which fictional character portrayed by Sylvester Stallone?
    J
    ohn Rambo, Rocky Balboa, Judge Dredd 
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  6. Sheet Bend, Spanish Bowline and Monkey's Fist are all types of what?
    waxing procedures, candy bars, knots 
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  7. This cultural anthropologist is famous for her groundbreaking work on sex roles. Her most well known book is "Coming of Age in Samoa". Who is this person?
    Margaret Mead, Germaine Greer, Marilyn Monroe 
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  8. I am a bird native to Australia and New Guinea, famous for my loud laughing call. I am a member of the kingfisher family, what am I?
    kestrel, kingfisher, kookaburra 
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  9. What movie star, of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon", did Peter impersonate on the series "The Brady Bunch"?
    Martin Sheen, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne 
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  10. I am a member of the Australian Defence Force. If someone came up to me and called me a 'RAAFie', which branch of the services am I in?
    Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Royal Australian Army 
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3 years ago

ANSWERS FOR QUIZ: 10 MULTIPLE CHOICE Q'S
Answers are white on white. Highlight to make them visible.

  1. answer 1: Gene Roddenberry
  2. answer 2: Mark Spitz
  3. answer 3: 1979
  4. answer 4: a sneeze
  5. answer 5: Rocky Balboa
  6. answer 6: knots
  7. answer 7: Margaret Mead
  8. answer 8: Kookaburra
  9. answer 9: Humphrey Bogart
  10. answer 10: Royal Australian Air Force

So how did you go?

3 years ago

The Green Thorntail (Discosura conversii)
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The Green Thorntail is a small hummingbird that is a resident breeder from Costa Rica to western Ecuador. It has mainly green upperparts, a white rump band and a blackish lower rump and tail. It weighs just 3g. The 10cm long male has the long wire-like tail that gives this species its name and green underparts. The 7.5cm long female lacks the long tail and has blackish underparts with a green breast band. She has conspicuous white moustaches.
The Green Thorntail is usually silent, but may give a quiet 'chip'. These birds visit small flowers including those of epiphytes and shrubs, and also take tiny flies and wasps. Breeding males perch on open branches and may give a dive display.
All hummingbirds lay two white eggs incubated by the female alone.
Hummings birds can hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–90 times per second. They can also fly backwards, and are the only group of birds able to do so.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Thorntail
http://www.jigzone.com/puzzles/2011-04-20

3 years ago

Which H word...
... is the term used to describe an otter's den?
Also an occasional name for a fox den.

For the answer, highlight the green bar below:
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An otter's den is a holt.

3 years ago

DO YOU KNOW THIS PHOBIA?
Ailurophobia is the fear of a certain animal - in all colours, not just black! Which animal?
(This Q was adapted from funtrivia )
The answer can be read by highlighting the green bar below:
Ailurophobia is the fear of cats.
Want more information?
Check out the dark red bar below:
'Aílouros' is Greek for cat. This fear usually refers to domestic cats, rather than lions, panthers, etc. A fear of big cats (or of both big, wild cats and small domestic cats) might sometimes be called felinophobia. Some prominent sufferers of ailurophobia were Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XVI of France.

3 years ago

 Do You Know Which Composer?  
Which composer studied law initially but then became one of Finland's most productive musicians. He said of his music, that he liked to create internal harmony and was the composer of Finlandia.
The ANSWER can be found when you highlight the green bar below:
Jean Sibelius



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3 years ago

 WEB-FOOTED FROG
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Click on the image above to begin. I managed this puzzle in 11.52 minutes at 100 piece classics.
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FROG TRIVIA
The web-footed frog is also known as Valiant's frog and Rainforest frog, is a species of frog in the Ranidae family. It is found in Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.

3 years ago

DO YOU KNOW...
... to what Nyasaland was renamed in 1964?
This landlocked country is in southeast Africa, was founded in 1907, and is nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa"
The answer is below in the green strip:
Nyasaland was renamed to Malawi in 1964

3 years ago

DO YOU KNOW... WHICH ACTOR appeared in both the feature film and the tv series "MASH"?
Highlight the green strip for the answer:
Gary Burghoff played Walter "Radar" O'Reilly in both.
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http://www.funtrivia.com/

3 years ago

DID YOU KNOW...
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...that there are only 70 individual plants of Molokai twinsorus fern remaining in the wild and they are all on Maui?
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...that the Mauro Solar Riser was the first manned aircraft to fly on solar power?
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...that the rare European fungus Episphaeria fraxinicola produces minute cup-like fruit bodies on the bark of ash trees?
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(from Wikipedia)

3 years ago

Wow!   So many cool facts, trivias and puzzles, Jenny!    This will keep us busy for hours!      As for the puzzles, I know you told me before but I have forgotten...how do I change the board to 100 piece puzzle or whatever else I wish?   Thanks!

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