Two puzzles our math team gave us

Dec 2013
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Colombia
Note that Feb 29, 1900 is not a valid date.
 
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Feb 2015
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Ottawa Ontario
Are you allowed to get help? Usually, these MUST be solved by yourselves.
 
Jun 2008
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I'm terrible at puzzles, but I just get jibberish out of the first one. If I put the steps in time sequence I get an answer of LOWUOEL, whch is a place I've never heard of, and NOWUOEL if I skip the bogus Feb 29, 1900 step. Which makes me think something has been left out. Note for example the reference to "TJ," the poor grammar of "Below is written the following," and the fact that the attachment has been manipulated (the two columns don't line up correctly). Makes me think that the is more to this than the OP has let on....

Edit: one other thig: the phrase "Caesar shift forwards by 9" is ambiguous. I assume it means to shift right by 9 positions, so that an "M" becomes a "V." But just in case I also tried shifting left by 9 and still got nothing useful (final answer = TOWUWET).
 
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Soroban

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Hello, mchltang!

http://puu.sh/gtKr8/a3787c0768.png

This is a Keyword puzzle, meaning the answer is a word/phrase.

A Keyword puzzle requires us to insert a letter in the space
so that a set of consecutive letters form a common word.

For example, the first row: A R I N _ I L O N

We can insert a G or K and form RING or RINK,
or insert an A and form NAIL,
or insert an S and form SILO.

But row 22: S U P R _ J N O I
and row 23: T R A B _ J A N W
seem to have no solution.
 
Jun 2008
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Soroban said:
But row 22: S U P R _ J N O I
and row 23: T R A B _ J A N W
seem to have no solution.
How about PRO, PRY, or SUPRA for row 22, and BE, BY, or RABE for row 23?
 

Soroban

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Hello, ebaines!

You are correct, of course.

I was laboring under more familiar rules.
In most publications (Dell puzzles, GAMES magazine)
there is a minimum length for an acceptable word.
The rule is usually five letters.

Using two-letter words is rather shabby.

Why not allow one-letter words
and fill each black with "A" or "I"?

And they usually "play fair" (common words).
They avoid words like BOLE, TULLE and RABE.

 
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