As has been previously noted, there are two ways you can go when solving a round of Spaghetti: Surprisingly simple, or gloriously wacky. Yesterday we saw plenty of both.
James McTeague received the most votes by making us wonder if this wasn’t an actual metapuzzle instead of a bunch of random words: He observed that each word contained two Is and/or Os, and these could be arranged to spell out a word in binary. Honestly, I’ve seen real puzzles that were less elegant.
Codeman also played with the Is and Os, arranging the words into two strings so that all the Is were in one half and all the Os in the other. Amazingly, this technique reveals an eight-letter answer, CALIPERS, sitting right there, plain as day. Hard to believe.
Ange took third place, though in my opinion her answer best captured the absurdity of the whole exercise: It wasn’t enough that she was able to create an actor’s name out of each random word (by, of course, spelling each word backwards and adding a letter to a substring). She went the extra mile to determine that each actor had been in a movie with a punctuation mark in the title. Because obviously. The letters she added spelled out KEITEL, giving us another actor famous for punctuation-laden movies, or anyway, he had one in his resume, thank goodness.
Congrats to our three winners. You are all crazy brilliant. And also, just plain crazy.
Shall we do one more round?
I think perhaps the random number generator read yesterday’s results and concluded that it was too easy on all of you. Let’s see what you make of these five words:
As before, you can add a sixth word of your choosing, if you wish. Whether you come up with an answer or not, please do check back and read what other people submit, and choose one or more as your favorites. Good luck!