Jan 162013
 

A couple of people contacted me yesterday to ask if I was playing a trick: Were those really random words? Or did I throw an actual metapuzzle at you to see if anyone would notice?

It is certainly tempting to try to sneak a real puzzle past you folks, but I haven’t attempted it yet. For a start, I’m not convinced it’s possible — I have a feeling you guys would see through that in a heartbeat. Also, I’m enjoying the random game far too much to waste a day on a silly prank.

So yesterday’s words were totally random, though I understand why people might have thought otherwise. The winning solution, by Greg deBeer, was so straightforward, it seemed like it must have been there by design.

The words were:

HAGIOGRAPHY
INTENSITY
PAY UP
DEJECTED
GRUDGE

Greg’s answer:

“You may notice that the first letter in each word is duplicated in that word exactly once. If you look at the letter before the duplicate, you will see:

gruDge
payUp
hagiograPhy
dejectEd
intenSity

Given that we were looking for DUPES in the first place, this is a rather elegant meta.”

I’ll say.

Let’s do one more round, and since it’s the final game before the Mystery Hunt begins, let’s crank up the difficulty by throwing in an extra word:

ANCHORWOMAN
MUSTARD
CHAUFFEUR
LUMINOUS
SKIMOBILE
VIBRANT

Good luck!

  9 Responses to “Spaghetti #3: Luminous and Vibrant Edition”

  1. Immediate reaction: “The Killing”, which is on AMC, rated LSV, and probably features all of those things (at least in the Swedish version there must be a skimobile.)

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  2. Every word’s first syllable, roughly, has a homophone:

    ANCH = ANKH
    MUST = MUSSED
    CHAU = SHOW
    LUM = LOOM
    SKIM = SCHEME
    VI = VIE

    Respectively, these homophones have 1, 3, 3, 2, 4, and 1 letter(s) that aren’t copied in the original syllable. We use these as indexes from the ends of the original words, as we haven’t used those yet. This yields the letters NAEUBT, so the answer is BUTANE.

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  3. Now for my real answer.

    Why six? There must be something important about six today. And sure enough, there is.

    Note that each word ends with something that indicates a continent

    CHAUFFEUR clearly indicates EUR+OPE
    VIBRANT clearly indicates ANT+ARCTICA

    ANCHORWOMAN yields a country (OMAN) which is in ASIA
    LUMINOUS yields a country (US) which is in North America

    SKIMOBILE yields ILE, which must be AUSTRALIA

    The one that almost tripped me up was MUSTARD. But it turns out that ARDA is an extinct language of South America.

    There had to be six so that we would be able to eliminate all continents but one. The missing continent, and today’s answer, is AFRICA.

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  4. Okay, you all have inspired me. Take the words alphabetically and look at the third letter:

    anChorman
    chAuffeur
    luMineer
    muStard
    skImobile
    viBrant

    Reading up, this reads BISMAC. This nearly reads BIG MAC–but the S in mustard is wrong. As Big Macs do not, in fact, come with mustard, the mustard entry is naturally the one that must be changed. The answer is G, the new letter.

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  5. Each of the words, save one, has an odd number of letters. Taking the “odd” letter at the end of each gives us N-D-R-E-T. This anagrams to TREND. Pairing this with the remaining word LUMINOUS, we arrive at LUMINOUS TREND.
    Luminous suggests a beacon, a light that shines out for us all. A trend is something popular, something stylish. These together bring us to one of the most popular and oft discussed beacons, the Empire State Building.
    Trends are popular in Social media. Which is the final Meta answer to today’s puzzle. It is a reminder that, through social media and populist group-think, the Empire State Building is having a vote for the colors it will be lit in by the new LED system that has recently been installed. Very clever!

    https://www.facebook.com/empirestatebuilding/app_166013376782265

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  6. The word lengths are 7, 7, 9, 9, 8 and 11. The 7’s and 9’s go together, leaving the 8 and 11 to go together.

    VIBRANT MUSTARD is Grey Poupon
    SKIMOBILE CHAUFFEUR is a Ski Patrol
    LUMINOUS ANCHORWOMAN here is Ann Curry

    So now we have 6 new words.

    Ann
    Curry
    Grey
    Patrol
    Poupon
    Ski

    Since this is Spaghetti #3, look at the third letters, which anagram to today’s answer – UNITER.

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  7. Coming in way too late but:

    In five entries, move a letter to the front to make a word at the beginning.
    * NACHO-RWOMAN
    * ACH-UFFEUR
    * SLUM-INOU
    * SMUT-ARD
    * ESKIMO-BIL
    * TV-IBRAN

    The moved letters are NASSET. Move the N back this time to get ASSENT.

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  8. These words end in letter sequences, all of different length, spelling out things corresponding to six of the seven characters in Clue; in order of increasing length:

    CHAUFFEUR; R is (as an abbeviation) red (Miss Scarlet).
    LUMINUS; the US is (electorally) purple (Professor Plum).
    ANCHORWOMAN; a MAN is a body (Mr. Body).
    SKIMOBILE; BILE is green (Mr. Green).
    VIBRANT; a BRANT is (partly) white (Mrs. White).
    MUSTARD; MUSTARD is, or course, yellow (Colonel Mustard).

    One length (6) and one character (Mrs. Peacock, light blue) are missing; the light blue item par excellence is the sky, or, to use the six-letter term, WELKIN.

    As for the metametapuzzle, just take the three meta answers in order of increasing length (TRICK, WELKIN, OUTDOORS), and their initials spell out an appropriate metameta answer for this second Spaghetti suite: TWO.

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  9. (As customary, I’ve read none of the above entries before composing my own … but read them before actually posting my results. No edits necessary today.)

    Each word, by sound, is composed of two smaller words:

    anchor woman
    must heard
    show fur
    lumen us
    ski mobile
    vibe rant

    Take the set of first words, and rearrange so their final letters spell out a new word. Do likewise for the set of second words.

    sho(W) sk(I) lume(N) mus(T) vib(E) ancho(R) => WINTER
    ren(T) fu(R) mobil(E) woma(N) hear(D) u(S) => TRENDS

    The final answer is MITTENS, a trendy winter “mitt” for “tens” of fingers. And a good omen for the impending challenges at MIT!

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