EdCollins
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April 2nd, 2020 at 9:53:52 PM permalink
Many members here are obviously math-oriented, but here's something of a Word Challenge for those that enjoy word puzzles.

Find three different 11-letter words that when each are placed in a row, eleven different 3-letter words are formed in each of the eleven columns.

All 14 words must be official "Scrabble" words.

(For example, the 3-letter words PAD, ODE, and TON when each are placed in a row

ODE
TON

form the words POT, ADO, and DEN in the three corresponding columns. Your task is to find three different 11-letter words that form eleven different 3-letter words in the columns.)

You can verify if a word is valid in Scrabble here: https://scrabble.hasbro.com/en-us/tools#dictionary
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April 3rd, 2020 at 4:48:42 AM permalink
I appreciate the challenge, but word puzzles have never been my strong suit. Hopefully others will rise to the occasion.
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I am word oriented, and you could have stopped the puzzle at “Find three different eleven letter words.” I don’t count the letters in words.
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April 3rd, 2020 at 7:40:44 AM permalink
Same here.

I Googled 11 letter words and got 77k+ results, conveniently alphabetized.

I'm guessing we're not looking for a unique solution. At least I hope not.
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April 3rd, 2020 at 7:59:53 AM permalink
Haha, I did the same!

Necessarily is an eleven letter word; could it be one of the three? If so, then the second word needs vowels below all the consonants.

Abecedarian, there’s another. Same rule though.
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April 3rd, 2020 at 8:09:38 AM permalink
Here is a puzzle.

8, 18, 11, 15, 5, 4, 14, 9, 19, 1, 7, 17, 6, 16, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

What are the last five numbers, in order.
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April 3rd, 2020 at 8:15:52 AM permalink
Trick question since question marks are not numbers :)
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April 3rd, 2020 at 9:58:19 AM permalink
Quote: Mosca

Here is a puzzle.

8, 18, 11, 15, 5, 4, 14, 9, 19, 1, 7, 17, 6, 16, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

What are the last five numbers, in order.

15 14 9 7 6 - however I don't think that is what you were asking!.
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April 3rd, 2020 at 11:53:43 AM permalink
Quote: Johnzimbo

Trick question since question marks are not numbers :)

What are the values of the question marks, in order.
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Mosca
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April 3rd, 2020 at 1:12:22 PM permalink
Quote: charliepatrick

15 14 9 7 6 - however I don't think that is what you were asking!.

That is wrong.

Hint. This is posted under word problems, not math problems.
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April 3rd, 2020 at 1:32:19 PM permalink
Answer: 10, 13, 3, 12, 2
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April 3rd, 2020 at 1:54:41 PM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

Answer: 10, 13, 3, 12, 2

Correct.
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EdCollins
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April 4th, 2020 at 6:21:26 PM permalink
After Mosca provided the hint (This is posted under Word Problems, not Math Problems) the answer then became obvious.

The list contains the numbers from 1 through 19, spelled out in alphabetical order.

8, 18, 11, 15, 5, 4, 14, 9, 19, 1, 7, 17, 6, 16, 10, 13, 3, 12, 2

(eight, eighteen, eleven, fifteen, five, four, fourteen, nine, nineteen, one, seven, seventeen, six, sixteen, ten, thirteen, three, twelve, two)

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April 4th, 2020 at 8:44:25 PM permalink
It’s a vast category. You can have problems based on spelling, meaning, pronunciation, ordinance, spoonerisms, and many more. You can have Cockney slang, even.

Word problems are neither better nor worse than math problems, just different. I think of word problems like “Magic Eye” puzzles for that indistinct part of your brain. You read it, think about it for a while, and then relax and sort of let your mind make connections. Sometimes it will, sometimes it won’t.
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Vegas Buzz!

The shaded M and the letters surrounding it spell GAMBLER, which matches one of the clues below. Find 7-letter words in the hive for the remaining clues. Shade (or write down) the center letter for each word.

1) Player Gambler - M
2) PGP Game ____________
3) Green Chip ____________
4) Bone Propeller ____________
5) Blackjackish ____________
6) George Carlin's last show place ____________
7) Numbers Game ____________

Now unscramble all of the 7 center letters to spell the Vegas Buzzword.

Buzz) Vegas Location ____________

[If you find this to be easy and want a real challenge, try designing one.]
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EdCollins
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April 6th, 2020 at 2:31:52 AM permalink

I can't quite figure out "bone propeller."

1) Player - gaMbler
2) PGP Game - foRtune
3) Green Chip - quArter
4) Bone Propeller - either hooTers or shooTer or sooTher or sherooT
5) Blackjackish - Pontoon
6) George Carlin's last show place - orleAns
7) Numbers Game - lotteRy

Buzz) Vegas Location - RAMPART

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April 6th, 2020 at 2:31:56 AM permalink
Quote: Gialmere

...Buzz) Vegas Location...

Thanks - it was fun, although I didn't know 6. I got 507-5900 (that way if you get the same answer you can under stand the code). btw I also found another word.
8) Type of currents that might keep you warm.
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April 6th, 2020 at 3:59:19 AM permalink
Good puzzle, thanks. Ed Collins is right, and bone propeller is the guy with the dice.
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April 6th, 2020 at 4:17:12 AM permalink
Quote: charliepatrick

btw I also found another word.
8) Type of currents that might keep you warm.

Yea, I found this too. Thermal.
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April 6th, 2020 at 4:40:57 AM permalink
Quote: Mosca

Here is a puzzle.

8, 18, 11, 15, 5, 4, 14, 9, 19, 1, 7, 17, 6, 16, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

What are the last five numbers, in order.

2, 3, 10, 12, 13
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April 12th, 2020 at 4:37:43 AM permalink
Vegas Vaccine!

While the world's scientists race to find a Covid-19 cure, you, in the Las Vegas Tourism Bureau lab, have been assigned to find a Vegas vaccine to bring the city back to life once it's given the green light to reopen. Unfortunately, with the early chaos and confusion, all the test tubes you'll need in your lab got mixed up. Can you find the right mixture in time?

Below are four categories from which you must extract the vaccine. Each category has five test tubes containing word parts. One of the tubes contains all the first parts of the category words. Another contains all the second parts and so on. Assemble the words from the tubes and place them alphabetically in the category's boxes on the left (each tube part of the word in a box).

A "word" may actually consist of more than one word. If so, there are no spaces between them. Always use the first word of a multi-word (including names) when placing them alphabetically.

Once you have extracted all the words from the test tubes and correctly placed them in their boxes you are ready to make the final vaccine mixture. Take all the letters in the shaded boxes and unscramble them to make a four-word phrase that will save Sin City.

Vegas Vaccine = ________ ________ ________ ________

The fate of Las Vegas is in your hands. Good luck!
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April 14th, 2020 at 7:19:42 PM permalink
Checking some forgotten files you discover that the test tubes in category #3 are for: Vegas Developers

Hmm... When you design one of these puzzles and it gets solved quickly you wish you had made it harder. If nobody solves it you wish you made it easier (or less tedious).
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April 15th, 2020 at 3:27:34 PM permalink
Well, I got category 2 words

DANNY GANS
LIBERACE
SNOOP DOGG
TELLER
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April 15th, 2020 at 5:56:52 PM permalink
And now that I see that they are all about Vegas, the other three are:

Aliante
Harrahs
Sahara
Tuscany
Westgate

Del Webb
Jay Sarno
Sam Boyd
Steve Wynn

Craps
Let It Ride
Omaha
Pai Gow
Roulette

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April 16th, 2020 at 9:45:37 AM permalink
Any stabs at the final mixture?
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April 16th, 2020 at 10:17:41 AM permalink
Quote: Gialmere

Any stabs at the final mixture?

First of all, let me make sure I have the letters right:

N H A Y A L IA TE HA R RA S S AH R A T U SC AN ES TG AT E

A E S L DA NN YG NS L IB ER AC NO OP DO GG T E LE R

W S O E D EL EB B JA Y AR NO SA MB Y D ST EV WY NN

S T H I C R A P LE TI RI DE O M A A P A GO W RO LE T TE

The letters are A A E E I O U H H L N S S S T W W Y

Assuming they are...

You Wash The Sawlines?

You Insaws The Whales?

I'll keep working on it...

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April 16th, 2020 at 11:38:30 AM permalink
The letters are correct. So far, however, the final mix results are negative.
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April 17th, 2020 at 7:20:03 AM permalink
Can I ask for a hint - does the phrase apply to Vegas itself, or the people going there?

UH, WIN THE LOSSES AWAY - no, that's five words

It can't include "club" or "pool" as C and P aren't in the letters. The one T and no Rs make it hard as well.

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April 17th, 2020 at 7:24:53 AM permalink
A common gambling expression.
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April 17th, 2020 at 7:47:59 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

And now that I see that they are all about Vegas, the other three are:

Aliante
Harrahs
Sahara
Tuscany
Westgate

Del Webb
Jay Sarno
Sam Boyd
Steve Wynn

Craps
Let It Ride
Omaha
Pai Gow
Roulette

Did you use a computer program to print out all the combinations? Or just figure it out in your head?
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Gialmere
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April 17th, 2020 at 8:28:11 AM permalink
I have you do them manually since I want the puzzles to be Vegascentric.
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Quote: ThatDonGuy

Can I ask for a hint - does the phrase apply to Vegas itself, or the people going there?

UH, WIN THE LOSSES AWAY - no, that's five words

It can't include "club" or "pool" as C and P aren't in the letters. The one T and no Rs make it hard as well.

I got it springboarding off of your letters above:

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April 17th, 2020 at 12:25:08 PM permalink
Quote: gordonm888

Did you use a computer program to print out all the combinations? Or just figure it out in your head?

To solve the three groups of words? All in my head. Once I realized they all involved Vegas, I started looking for specific things, and when I found one, I assumed that this was the category and went from there.
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April 17th, 2020 at 5:00:35 PM permalink
Whoot!!!

Winner! Winner!! Winner!!!

Working collectively, three scientists developed a Vegas vaccine to bring the ailing tourist town back to life. Doctors gordonm888 (who made the initial breakthrough), ThatDonGuy (whose workhorse ethic produced the vaccine components) and unJon (who discovered the final mixture) saved Sin City. They were immediately taken to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign and presented with the key to the city.

For their work the group won Nobel Prizes in both the casino chemistry and medicine categories.

Congratulations Laureates!!!

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July 20th, 2020 at 6:49:12 PM permalink
How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing was wrong with it at all and, in fact, nothing is. But it is unusual. Why? If you study it and think about it you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do it without coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for long, it will dawn on you. Who knows? Go to work and try your skill. Par is about half an hour.
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The paragraph doesn't contain a single letter E.
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July 20th, 2020 at 10:45:25 PM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

The paragraph doesn't contain a single letter E.

Ding! Ding!

Winner!!
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August 20th, 2020 at 9:31:18 AM permalink

There are two words in the English language that contain all 6 vowels (a, e, i, o, u and y) in alphabetical order.

Name one of them.
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facetiously
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August 20th, 2020 at 10:11:05 AM permalink
Quote: Joeman

facetiously

Ding! Ding!

Correct!

Very good!

The words are facetiously and abstemiously.
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August 26th, 2020 at 12:16:24 PM permalink
I came across this word puzzle while looking at math puzzles. I might try to make a Vegas version.

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August 26th, 2020 at 7:05:51 PM permalink
Quote: Gialmere

I came across this word puzzle while looking at math puzzles. I might try to make a Vegas version.

Sphere
Prism
Pyramid
Trapezoid
Pentagon
Triangle
Circle
Cylinder
Rectangle
Cone
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August 26th, 2020 at 8:41:46 PM permalink
Quote: CrystalMath

Sphere
Prism
Pyramid
Trapezoid
Pentagon
Triangle
Circle
Cylinder
Rectangle
Cone

Ding! Ding!

Winner! Winner!!
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December 26th, 2023 at 6:28:56 AM permalink

Kennections (or Connections) is a combo trivia/word puzzle created by Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame. Each puzzle has two parts.

For the first part, you answer five trivia questions. For the second part, you take the five answers and figure out how they are connected.

Both the questions and the connections can be difficult so, to test the waters, here are a few easy ones...
---------------------------------

Connections 1
1) What springtime festival shares a name with an internationally recognized distress call?

2) What nursery rhyme creatures all went after the farmer's wife?

3) What two rhyming words might a writer use to represent a giggle?

4) What two words might you use to describe a simple task that typically involves cleaning or repairing?

5) What do you call the parts of a vise that grip the workpiece?

Connection = ?
----------------------------

Connections 2
1) What is someone who makes barrels called?

2) What was the profession of Joseph in the New Testament?

3) What was the first name of the band leader who died in an airplane accident over the English Channel in World War II?

4) What's the last name of the character played by William Petersen on the TV show CSI?

5) What's the last name of the American actor, writer, and director whose first name is Dax?

Connection = ?
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1. Cooper
2. Carpenter
3. Glenn
4. Grissom (okay, I had to look this one up - I have never seen any episode of any CSI series)
5. Shepard

Connection: Mercury 7 astronauts

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December 26th, 2023 at 9:01:14 PM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

1. Cooper
2. Carpenter
3. Glenn
4. Grissom (okay, I had to look this one up - I have never seen any episode of any CSI series)
5. Shepard

Connection: Mercury 7 astronauts

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Ding! Ding!

Winner!! Winner!!

Consider ThatDonGuy's response to be the official solve.

I'll let puzzle #1 ride for now.
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1) May Day
2) ???
3) Tee Hee
4) Odd Job
5) Jaws

Connection = Bond villains' top henchmen

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Gialmere
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December 26th, 2023 at 9:37:39 PM permalink
Quote: Joeman

1) May Day
2) ???
3) Tee Hee
4) Odd Job
5) Jaws

Connection = Bond villains' top henchmen

link to original post

Ding! Ding!

Winner!! Winner!!

2) = Three Blind Mice (Dr. No)
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December 27th, 2023 at 6:29:50 AM permalink

1) What's the first name of the actress who played Carla in Cheers?

2) What ancient flute consisted of several closed tubes joined together?

3) What style of music developed in Trinidad is exemplified by "The Banana Boat Song"?

4) What's the first name of the character on Friends played by Lisa Kudrow?

5) What sort of creature in Greek mythology is an NFL team named after?

Connection = ?
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