There seem to be two approaches to this game. One is to take the random words and imagine that they represent an actual metapuzzle, created by someone using a daffy logic — but logic nonetheless. These people seek out a degree of elegance in the output of my random number generator. What’s crazy is: They find it. Todd Etter‘s extremely simple approach to yesterday’s words was by far the most liked — he simply divided each word in half, took the first letter of the second half, and anagrammed. Incredibly, his answer is a geographical location for the third day in a row. I don’t know how long we’re going to be playing this game, but we’re damn sure going to see how long Todd can keep this streak going. No pressure, Todd.
The other super-cool elegant solution, to my mind, came from Ucaiomhu. It was a latecomer to the thread, so you might not have seen it. Go give it a read — it’s great.
So that’s one camp. These are the folks who believe the world makes sense, or can make sense with a little applied thought. Then you have the other camp: They turn the five random words into a Rube Goldberg contraption of startling complexity. Follow along, if you will, as Neville Fogerty reaches the two-word answer “OR” in a dozen simple steps. (Warning: You will need a double major in chemistry and math.) I might argue that even Neville’s path is outdone, in terms of number of hoops jumped through, by David Ellis Dickerson.
The complicated solutions make me laugh. The elegant solutions blow my mind. I approve of both approaches.
Onwards to today’s words! Please brace yourselves. The random number generator apparently read yesterday’s answers and decided it has been too easy on you.
Good luck! As before, even if you can’t figure out what to do with these words — and God knows I sure can’t — please do check the comments and “Like” the best responses.