Much Ado About Mensa


Puzzlement #60

Sunday 18th August 2019

There were 4 responses to Puzzlement #59, no one had the total correct answer, but the closest, matching 4 of 6, was submitted by Frank Pabian. The correct answer:

1) Lucia - The others are states.
2) Blunder - The others are fish.
3) Circle - The others can be followed by ‘root.’
4) Winchester - The others are Oxford colleges.
5) Chichester - The others are cheeses.
6) Wool - The others can make new words by adding ’S’ in front.

On to the puzzle:

Yeggs unite!  Let’s crack another safe.  Four 1-9 digits are needed.
1)  The fourth digit is largest.
2)  The third digit is larger than the second.
3)  The sum of the first, third and fourth digits is 15.
4) The second and fourth digits differ by three.
5)  The sum of the first and fourth digits is a prime number.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #59

Sunday 11th August 2019

There were 5 responses to Puzzlement #58, 3 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was: Pray why would Puss swallow her ring? Hans Battenfeld was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

In each group there’s an odd one out.  Which and why?

1)  Carolina, Georgia, Lucia, Virginia.
2)  Blunder, Carp, Flounder, Skate.
3)  Arrow, Circle, Square, Tap.
4)  Exeter, Lincoln, Pembroke, Winchester.
5)  Cheshire, Chichester, Gloucester, Lancashire.
6)  Ales, Care, Hall, Wool.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement # 58

Sunday 4th August 2019

There were 7 responses to Puzzlement #57, 5 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Frank Pabian was: One. Steven Sutlief was second and Peter Bergonzi was third.

On to the puzzle:

Three sisters were feeding a cat.  The first gave her sardines which the cat ate up.  The second gave the cat salmon which the cat grudgingly consumed.  The third gave her herring which the cat snubbed with haughty contempt.  Why?  (Hint:  Think particulately.)

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org 

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August Mensaversaries

Thursday 1st August 2019
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August Birthdays

Thursday 1st August 2019
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Puzzlement #57

Sunday 28th July 2019

There were 3 responses to Puzzlement #56, only 1 had a correct answer. It was submitted by Ann DeVlaeminck and was: 0, 1680, and 57120. Note that If one assumed that the answer must be greater than 48, then 0 would be replaced by 1940448.

On to the puzzle:

Richie Rich wants to give a small dinner party, all stag.  He plans to ask his father’s brother-in-law, his brother’s father in law, his father-in-law’s brother and his brother-in-law’s father.  What is the MINIMUM number of guests at the dinner party?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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RVC 9 Post-AG Column

Friday 26th July 2019

From Alton Hitchcock Jr., Region 9 Vice Chairman

You might have heard the tale of the Tower of Babel. It’s a mythological story about how the many languages of the world came to be. Sometime after the great flood the Babylonians decided to make a name for themselves by building a great tower to the heavens. God wasn’t having it and he struck their project down by confusing their languages so that the work could no longer continue. This might have been the first Annual Gathering.

This was my second Annual Gathering and I enjoyed this one more than the last. I think I found my groove and my place more quickly this time. The first time around there was so much going on I didn’t know where to direct myself. This time was different. I knew where to play games. I knew where to get free beer and I had activities to keep me busy in between. Score!

I met Mensans from all over the country and even a few international folks. I admit there was something there with almost everyone. A trace, a hint or a breath of something similar and yet I found us all to be so varied I wondered what united us. I had heated debates standing around a keg and moments later slapped people on the back in hearty agreement. There were speakers I couldn’t wait to hear and topics I don’t remember because they stirred nothing in me. I walked long lines of board games shaking my head wondering who would play this and spent several hours moving colored pegs around a board collecting resources. It was fantastic.

I can’t put my finger on what it is that unites us. It’s not just the ability to score well on a test. It’s as if God himself in a moment decided to confuse us. Perhaps to protect the rest of the planet. Maybe like salt we were better distributed than condensed in one spot. I think it’s a good idea that we keep getting together to try and discover what it is. I’m up for it if you are.

[You can reach Alton with comments or questions HERE.]

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Puzzlement #56

Sunday 21st July 2019

There were 4 responses to Puzzlement #55, all 4 had a correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Hans Battenfeld was: (77-7)/.7 = 100. Andrew Poulos was second with: 7/.7 x 7/.7, as was Joseph D’Aguanno who submitted that same response in third place. Peter Bergonzi  had another variation, 77/.77. Another creative answer would be (7+(7x7)-7) = 100 in base 7.

On to the puzzle:

48 is an oddity in that if you add one, the product is a square, and if you add one to its half that too is a square.  Now find the three smallest numbers that have the same characteristic.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #55

Sunday 14th July 2019

There were only 2 responses to Puzzlement #54, both had a correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Steven Sutlief was: 

Peter Bergonzi was second. The Grumpy Puzzle Maven is still scratching his head.

On to the puzzle:

Use four 5s to represent 100.  Easy.  (5+5)(5+5) = 100.  Right?  Now use four 7s to also equal 100.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #54

Sunday 7th July 2019

There were 15 responses to Puzzlement #53, 6 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 4 7 6 8. He and one other also noted that 3 0 5 8 was another valid answer since zero is also a square. Mark Mach was second and David Eagle was third.

On to the puzzle:

Advances in telescopy have enabled SETI to justify its existence by photographing four aliens on Planet Tralfaz.  Their bodies and heads are round, square, triangular or hexagonal.  No alien’s head is the same shape as it’s body. Their body patterns are vertical stripes, solid gray, solid white and horizontal stripes.  In the photograph they are standing in a row.  The following facts are true about the correct order:

1)  The white body is not second.

2)  The square body is two places to the left of the hex head.

3)  Either the triangular or the hex head is fourth.

4)  Of the triangular or hex bodies, one is white or horizontally striped and the other is neither of those.  The body that does have one of those two patterns is just after either a triangular or hex head.

What is the correct body shape, texture and head shape for each position in the row?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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AZ Members at 2019 AG

Sunday 7th July 2019

Many more were there, they all didn’t get the message about the impromptu photo-op.

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July Birthdays

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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July Mensaversaries

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Puzzlement #53

Sunday 30th June 2019

There were 10 responses to Puzzlement #52, 9 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: True, True, False, True. Peter Bergonzi was second and Michael Keleher was third.

On to the puzzle:

Four different digits are required to open a safe.
1)  Only one is a square.
2)  First and second differ by 3.
3)  The sum of the digits is a square.
4)  Third digit = first + 2.
5)  Last digit is largest.

What’s the safe’s combination?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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GPM RG Breaking News!

Friday 28th June 2019

Phoenix Phiesta XXXVII: “The After AG / RG” will again take place on Thanksgiving weekend, November 28 thru 30. It will be prefaced by the Patricia Hull Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner, our traditional, free pot luck turkey dinner open to all GPM members and their guests.

Registration forms will be mailed with the GPM Quarterly and will be online at the 2019 RG site may be found HERE.

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Intertel AGA Starts Wednesday June 26

Wednesday 26th June 2019

From David Sebesta:

Intertel AGA is today through Saturday at the Hampton Inn - Phoenix Airport (601 N 44th St, Phoenix).

Contact John Maxwell (losmaxwells@gmail.com) or Linda Woodhead (office@intertel-iq.org) for registration info.

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Puzzlement #52

Sunday 16th June 2019

There were 15 responses to Puzzlement #51, 13 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Noah Dyer was: 9675. Jon Horton was second and Larry Bond was third.

On to the puzzle:

(Read very carefully)
Exactly two sentences below this one are true.  
The top and bottom sentences are true.
Exactly one sentence next to this one is false.
The sentence next to this one is false.

Which (if any) of the four sentences are true?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #51

Sunday 9th June 2019

There were 15 responses to Puzzlement #50, all but one had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Paul Cottey was: False, True, True. Frank Pabian was second and Jon Horton was third.

On to the puzzle:

Four different 1-9 digits are required to open a safe.
1)  First > second.
2)  Second + third = 13.
3)  First and second differ by three.
4)  Third and fourth differ by 2.

What is the safe’s combination?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Saturday 8th June 2019

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Much Ado About Mensa turned 4 today!

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June Mensaversaries

Wednesday 5th June 2019
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June Birthdays

Wednesday 5th June 2019
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Special Farewell Eastside DOSIG

Friday 31st May 2019

Saturday, June 22nd
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM - ME/P - EASTSIDE DINING OUT SIG (DOSIG)
will be at 19221 E. Walnut Road, my home at Queen Creek Road and Sossaman from about 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. This one of those “drop in for a swim and a bite to eat” and leave whenever you wish. This will be my final EDOSIG, so I am hoping someone in the group will take it over. I have so enjoyed the folks who attend, especially those who attend frequently—John and Judy Herrmann, Tina Baker (John’s sister), Yvonne, Terri, Chuck, and all the others I have met over the last few years. We are celebrating both my 74th birthday and my return to the Seattle area after the AG. My housemate, Robert, has mixed up two batches of his special BBQ sauce, and I will be providing both pork ribs and chicken wings, which Robert will BBQ. I would ask that guests bring something to share for potluck, whatever you wish to drink, plus a swimsuit and a towel. We do have two basset hounds who live with us—D.O.G. (pronounced dee-O′-gee) and Cooper. Well-behaved children are welcome. We have an area that we can enclose using lawn chairs for little ones to splash in., and it is a saltwater pool. BUT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for watching your children while you are here! YOU MUST RSVP via email or text Mary Prior at mgprior66@gmail.com or 206-551-5907 and let me know what you will be bringing and how many people BECAUSE (1) I will have to give you the gate code to get into the gated housing area, and (2) I cannot know how much food to have available. I cannot take calls from 11 am-11 pm during the week because I am either on the road or at work. The Deadline to RSVP is midnight, WED., June 19th PLEASE! Walk-ins without an RSVP and those who do not watch over their children may be asked to leave unless there is a really, really good reason

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Puzzlement #50

Sunday 26th May 2019

There were 20 responses to Puzzlement #49, all but one had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Larry Bond was: Age 18. Frank Pabian was second and Stephen Stuart was third.

On to the puzzle:

Question: What is the True/False state of the following three sentences?

Exactly one sentence below this one is true.

The sentence below this one is true.

The top sentence is false.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Road Trip Photos

Saturday 25th May 2019

From GPM Editor, Dave Pivin:

Visited Bryce Canyon National Park, Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes (Alberta) this past week.

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Puzzlement #49

Sunday 19th May 2019

There were 3 responses to Puzzlement #48, only 1 had the correct answer. It was submitted by Diana McClure was: Sal chose the couples whose names can be made from a single row of letters from a qwerty keyboard. The two others, who shall remain nameless, confessed they used Google to find that out.

On to the puzzle:

When Sam and Sue married he was three times her age.  Eighteen years later he was twice her age.  How old was Sue when they married?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #48

Sunday 12th May 2019

There were 11 responses to Puzzlement #47 and all but one had the correct answer. The first one, submitted by Steven Sutlief was: carapace, keyhole, cupboard, interview, season, plaintiff, partridge, blackmail, coverage. Noah Dyer was second and Brad Tebow was third.

On to the puzzle:

Two to Tango - Sal, a government word processing maven, was designated organizer for a beginning tango competition.  She paired up the dancers thus:  Prue and Peter, Terri and Roy, and Ada and Alf.

What could inspire Sal to make these pairings?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #47

Sunday 5th May 2019

There was only one response to Puzzlement #46, Stephen Stuart had the correct answer: The Wind Cries Mary.

On to the puzzle:

‘On Hooking Up.’  The eighteen words below can be joined to another word on the list to make nine new words.  There is only one solution in which each word is only partnered once.

Apace    Black    Board
Car         Cove    Cup
Hole       Inter      Key
Mail        Part      Plain
Rage      Ridge    Sea
Son        Tiff        View

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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May Mensaversaries

Thursday 2nd May 2019
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May Birthdays

Thursday 2nd May 2019
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Puzzlement #46

Sunday 28th April 2019

Puzzlement #N

There were only 2 responses to Puzzlement #45, neither one had the correct answer that was: 

Cart (on) Ward
Err (and) Iron
Green (house) Keeper
Grub (by) Gone
Hat (red) Den
Hither (to) Night
Life (boat) Swain
Pad (foot) Print
Under (go) Sling

For those who attempted: note that the insertion had to be a WORD.

On to the puzzle:

Solve this cypher of a song lyric of a certain vintage.

Hints:  Clearly not a simple number substitution code. X and Y answer to the same number.  

52/34/55// 31/44/43/45// 35/32/44/55/42// 33/15/32/41.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Time for April Showers of Yellow Snow

Sunday 28th April 2019
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Puzzlement #45

Sunday 21st April 2019

There were three responses to Puzzlement #44, only 1 had the correct answer. It was submitted by GPM Newbie David Lyon was: 

2 7 3
5 4 6
8 1 9

3 2 7
6 5 4
9 8 1

2 1 9
4 3 8
6 5 7

The other two submissions responded with only 2 of the 3 combinations.

On to the puzzle:

Place a word between one word from each column so that the new word ends the word in the left column and starts the word from the right column.  You’re done when you’ve bridged all the words.

Cart        Gone
Err          Keeper
Green    Night
Grub      Print
Hat        Den
Hither    Sling
Life        Iron
Pad       Swain
Under   Ward

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #44

Sunday 14th April 2019

There were only 2 responses to the Puzzlement #43 cypher, both had the correct answer, the first one, submitted by Peter Bergonzi was: ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ Brooke Holmes was second.

On to the puzzle:

Consider a number square using the digits 1 - 9, thus:
1 9 2
3 8 4
5 7 6
Note that the second line is twice the first and the third is three times the first.  There are three other ways to arrange the digits to produce the same result.  What are they?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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April Mensaversaries

Monday 8th April 2019
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April Birthdays

Monday 8th April 2019
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Puzzlement #43

Sunday 7th April 2019

There were 5 responses to Puzzlement #42, 4 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by David Eagle was: 

Jenny - guitar - Schubert - fourth.
Malcolm - flute - Beethoven - first.
Neville - oboe - Gershwin - fifth.
Phyllis - piano - Handel - second.
Sheila - clarinet - Kern - third.

Clifton Burt was second and Laurie Lalko was third.

On to the puzzle:

Puzzlement:  Solve this cypher of a well known phrase.

Hints:  Since the numbers exceed 26 it’s not a straightforward number substitution code.  X and Y answer to the same number.  Punctuation is in the proper place.

32/24/21/15,// 32/24/12/15/43/45/54,// 11/34/14//45/23/13// 41/51/43/44/51/24/45// 35/21// 23/11/41/41/24/34/15/44/44.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #41

Sunday 31st March 2019

There were 29 responses to Puzzlement #40, 17 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Evan Bauer was: None.  (There were four and twenty blackbirds.) Diana McClure was second and Frank Pabian was third.

On to the puzzle:

Puzzlement:  Jenny, Malcolm, Neville, Phyllis and Sheila played in a music competition.  

Not in these orders:

They placed 1st thru 5th in the contest.  They played clarinet, flute, guitar, oboe, and piano.  They played music by Beethoven, Gershwin, Handel, Kern and Schubert.

What else we know:

Phyllis didn’t play the clarinet, nor did she place third.  A male musician placed fifth.  He was not Malcolm, who played Beethoven.  Jenny played Schubert on her guitar.  The flautist placed directly ahead of the woman playing Handel who placed just before Sheila who played Kern.  The oboist played Gershwin.

Who placed where in the contest by playing what instrument on music by what composer?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #40

Sunday 24th March 2019

There were NO responses to Puzzlement #39. The correct answer was: 

TILES
TILLS
TELLS
SELLS
SEALS
SEARS
STARS
STARE
STATE
STATE

The Grumpy Puzzle Maven was again disappointed, but unapologetic for giving us these very challenging “Morphs.” As a result, the creator of this type of puzzlement concept has been sacked!

On to the puzzle:

In the nursery rhyme ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’ how many bluebirds are baked in the pie?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #39

Sunday 10th March 2019

Puzzlement #38 proved to be a stumper Not a single response. The Grumpy Puzzle Maven is finally smiling. The cypher that created the coded message was a five by five matrix with ranks and files numbered 1-5 from top to bottom and left to right, A in the 55 position, E in the 51 position and Z in the 11 position. The solution was “Slowly I turned, step by step.”

On to the puzzle:

Morph 5 - Morph the first word to the last word by changing one letter at a time.

Training wheels example:

Morph FLAT to PREY in four steps.

FLAT
FRAT
FRAY
PRAY
PREY

Puzzlement:  Morph TILES to SLATE in nine steps. (not less)

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Puzzlement #38

Sunday 3rd March 2019

There were only 3 responses to Puzzlement #37, only 1 had the correct answer (done in SIX steps), submitted by Steven Sutlief:

JOE
DOE
DIE
DID
AID
AND
ANN

On to the puzzle:

Puzzlement:  Solve this cypher of a well known pop culture cliche.

Hint:  Obviously not a straightforward number substitution code.  X and Y answer to the same number.

22/34/31/13/34/12// 42// 21/15/23/32/51/52,// 22/21/51/25// 54/12// 22/21/51/25.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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GPM “MAD” Date Change

Sunday 3rd March 2019

This year’s Spring Member Appreciation Day will be held April 7 (changed from April 13) at Glendale’s Heroes Park, 83rd Ave and Bethany Home Road, noon to 5pm. (MAP) If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Lynn Floyd by March 31 by email at southken2@cox.net with your name and total number attending.

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March Birthdays

Friday 1st March 2019
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March Mensaversaries

Friday 1st March 2019
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Puzzlement #37

Sunday 24th February 2019

There were 10 responses to Puzzlement #36, 8 had the correct answer, but the first one, submitted by Stephen Stuart was: 26 minutes. Brad Tebow was second and Ed Goheen was third.

On to the puzzle:

Morph 4 - Morph the first word to the last word by changing one letter at a time.

Training wheels example:

Morph FLAT to PREY in four steps.

FLAT
FRAT
FRAY
PRAY
PREY

Puzzlement:  Morph JOE to ANN in six steps.

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Lynn & Dale Floyd Photos from Paris

Tuesday 19th February 2019

GPMers Lynn and Dale are visiting Paris and have sent this photo of one of the highlights: the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on Montmartre. More to come…

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Puzzlement #36

Sunday 17th February 2019

There were only 2 responses to Puzzlement #35, neither had the correct 8-step answer of: 

MOVED
MOVES
DOVES
DOTES
DATES
DARES
DARNS
DAWNS
PAWNS

On to the puzzle:

An easy one.  How many minutes is it until six o’clock if fifty minutes ago it was four times as many minutes past three o’clock?

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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Eastside DOSIG News

Saturday 16th February 2019

From Mary Prior -

Eastside DOSIG (Dining Out Special Interest Group) met for lunch at noon on January 26th at Waldo’s BBQ on Main Street in Mesa.  There were six of us there:  John and Judy Hermann, Terri Pokash and Chuck, and Brenda Jensen, a Mensan new to the area.  I had the pulled pork sandwich with beans

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If you wanna get even, get MAD!

Friday 15th February 2019
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Yes, get MAD!  Member Appreciation Day, that is.  This year’s Spring MAD will be held April 7 (changed from April 13) at Glendale’s Heroes Park, 83rd Ave and Bethany Home Road, noon to 5pm. (MAP) As with previous events it will feature excellent groceries, ample refreshment, and the opportunity to hang out with a bunch of really smart, really friendly people.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Lynn Floyd by March 31 by email at southken2@cox.net with your name and total number attending.

All this as a way of expressing how glad we are that you’re all members.

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Call for ExCom Candidates

Friday 15th February 2019

Any GPM member in good standing is qualified to run for any seat on GPM’s ExCom.

The seats include Local Secretary, Assistant Local Secretary, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and three Members at Large.  If you wish to run for any of these offices please submit your name and member number to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Dale Floyd, at sdf65@nau.edu or in writing to GPM attn: NomCom at PO Box 60456, Phoenix AZ 85082 by May 1st.  After May 1 and by May 5, nominating petitions can place a member’s name on the ballot by submitting a hard copy petition signed by no fewer than ten members to the same address.

If there is more than one candidate for any office an election will be held in May and the results will be reported in June. Officers serve from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

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Puzzlement #35

Sunday 10th February 2019

There were only 2 responses to Puzzlement #34 and only one had the correct answer, submitted by Peter Bergonzi was: Noah’s Ark. 

On to the puzzle:

Morph 3 - Morph the first word to the last word by changing one letter at a time.

Training wheels example:

Morph FLAT to PREY in four steps.

FLAT
FRAT
FRAY
PRAY
PREY

Puzzlement:  Morph MOVED to PAWNS in eight steps.

Ed Note: You can check your word’s validity with the free Scrabble dictionary lookup at https://scrabblewordfinder.org/check

To submit an answer, click HERE or send it to editor@phoenixmensa.org

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