Some people have a gift for Spaghetti. They’re like the characters in The Matrix, who can see a whole world in a computer monitor dripping green letters. These folks make amazing connections between randomly chosen words, connections that elude us mortals. For a while when we first started playing this, Todd Etter found the game too easy (?!) and applied another layer of difficulty: All of his answers were different geographical locations. And yet his solution paths were always fairly sensible. Kevin Wald, too, can lead you to believe that maybe the words weren’t randomly chosen after all — that this was an actual metapuzzle, and he’s figured out the solution. The last time we played, he took matters a step further: We played five rounds of Spaghetti over the course of a week, and at the end of that time, he took his five answers and turned them into one more puzzle — a meta-meta.
But if there is a Grandmaster of Spaghetti, then to my mind it’s Jeffrey Harris. His solutions are frequently so elegant, they’ll make you say two things at the same time: “How did he see that?!” and “How did I not see that?!” He consistently gets the most votes in the comments, and yesterday was no exception.
The words yesterday were:
Jeffrey’s answer: “All the answers start with a car minus a letter:
All except DWARF, that is. The added letters can be rearranged to spell DOCK, but “dwarf” tells us that the actual answer is its homonym, DOC.”
See? Was that so hard? Of course the answer is DOC. I knew it from the start.
Onwards to Round 2! See what you guys can do with these words: