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NotesThe answer STALEMATE is rarely seen, appearing only about once every 1500 puzzles.
Draw on a board
It's no loss
Reason for marital breakup?
DefinitionSTALEMATE as a noun:
1. (deadlock, dead end, impasse, stalemate, standstill) = a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible; "reached an impasse on the negotiations"
2. drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check
STALEMATE as a verb:
1. subject to a stalemate