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Postby Bill » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:32 pm

The more you solve, the easier it gets.

1. [ A ] sells products such as [ A ][ B ] and [ A ][ E ].

2. [ B ][ J ] was a famous poet.

3. [ K ][ D ] served as [ C ].

4. [ R ] is one of the [ E ], represented as [ C ].

5. [ P ][ D ] and [ K ][ G ] performed in [ N ] during the [ F ].

6. [ M ] is one of the [ E ], represented as [ H ].

7. [ K ][ I ] and [ K ][ G ] starred in [ L ] during the [ F ].

8. [ L ] and [ N ] were both written by [ Q ].

9. [ O ][ S ] famously interpreted a work by [ H ][ T ].

10. [ S ] is a homophone for [ T ] in exactly the same way that [ I ] is a homophone for [ J ].

11. [ O ][ S ] and [ K ][ I ] founded a venture which carried the name [ M ].

12. [ M ] is [ R ] in color.
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:12 am

Another great puzzle, Bill, of exactly the kind you excel at.

For anyone struggling, my foothold was clue #
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9 (combined with 10).


If I have everything right, I'm not sure clue #
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1

works perfectly, but it's a pretty great use of the duality.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:24 am

That's great, Marpocky. Thanks!

Your foothold clue was what I suspected it would be.

Note to solvers: Marpocky's right about Clue 1. I just Googled the components and it's not as perfect as I would have liked. So use a little leeway when interpreting that clue.
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:48 am

Great puzzle! Marpocky's hint helped me get started.

I think I've mostly figured it out, but I had to make educated guesses in a few places.

I think the time frame for clue #3 is
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the current millennium


which means that my guess for the first name in clue #5 is
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a five-letter woman's name that starts with P.


I have an educated guess for [G]. I think it starts with the letter
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G


I don't know [N] and [L], but I have an educated guess for [Q]
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(somebody very famous from several centuries ago).
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Re: Variables

Postby A Wray » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:07 pm

I'm stuck on the same things that skullturfq is, particularly #7, since it seems to me that [K] [I] didn't "star" in anything. Unless directing a play counts as starring in it, in which case [N] and [L] could each be multiple things.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:16 pm

All of Skullturf's guesses are correct.

A Wray correctly points out a particularly embarrassing error that I made.
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:37 pm

Bill wrote:All of Skullturf's guesses are correct.

A Wray correctly points out a particularly embarrassing error that I made.


That error had me hung up for a while, but eventually I pushed through it. Identifying [P][D] was a huge step.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:05 am

My intended answers:

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[ A ]: Adobe
[ B ]: AE
[ C ]: AG
[ D ]: Ashcroft
[ E ]: Elements
[ F ]: Fifties
[ G ]: Gielgud
[ H ]: HG
[ I ]: Houseman
[ J ]: Housman
[ K ]: John
[ L ]: Julius Caesar
[ M ]: Mercury
[ N ]: Much Ado about Nothing
[ O ]: Orson
[ P ]: Peggy
[ Q ]: Shakespeare
[ R ]: Silver
[ S ]: Welles
[ T ]: Wells
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:52 am

In that case, there's a typo in clue #1.

Bill wrote:1. [ A ] sells products such as [ A ][ B ] and [ A ][ E ].


That made me think [A] was
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Honda! (The Honda Element)
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:09 pm

skullturfq wrote:In that case, there's a typo in clue #1.

Bill wrote:1. [ A ] sells products such as [ A ][ B ] and [ A ][ E ].


That made me think [A] was
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Honda! (The Honda Element)


I'm not sure what you're calling a "typo" but it does work slightly better if [A] is
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Adobe Photoshop.
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:27 am

Whoops, I goofed.

I saw the similarity between [B] and [C] in the final answer and assumed, incorrectly, that there must be "parallelism" between those two -- i.e. I assumed that [A][B] and [A][C] must both be things.

You can ignore my "typo" remark.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Sat Sep 07, 2013 3:36 pm

Let's try it again. Reset all variables for a new challenge.

Remember, the more you solve, the easier it gets.


1. [ A ] [ G ] is a famous journalist.

2. [ L ] [ A ] played [ M ] [ L ] [ Y ] on [ Q ].

3. [ O ] [ D ] was in the [ B ] series as well as the [ L ] [ S ] series.

4. [ K ] [ R ] was in the [ B ] series as well as the [ L ] [ U ] series.

5. [ E ] [ G ] played [ F ] [ L ] [ C ] in [ T ].

6. [ L ] [ P ] is well remembered for playing [ F ] [ U ].

7. A [ F ] outranks a [ X ].

8. [ K ] [ G ] won an Academy Award for [ X ] [ Z ].

9. [ J ] won an Academy Award for directing a different film starring [ K ] [ G ].

10. [ T ] was inspired by [ H ] [ P ], as well as several other real-life people.

11. [ I ] [ Z ] and [ I ] [ X ] famously played the same role.

12. Mr. [ U ] is the villain in a famous movie directed by [ J ].

13. In [ W ], [ M ] [ V ] plays a character who kidnaps Mrs. [ Y ].

14. [ O ] [ A ] directed [ O ] [ Z ] in [ N ].

15. [ Q ] was created by a man whose first name is [ V ].
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Re: Variables

Postby Neel Mehta » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:16 pm

Solved it. (Thank you, Wayne Campbell.) I didn't stand a chance with your first Variables puzzle, but the Hollywood stuff made this one easier for me.
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:54 am

Neel Mehta wrote:Solved it. (Thank you, Wayne Campbell.) I didn't stand a chance with your first Variables puzzle, but the Hollywood stuff made this one easier for me.


You started with #11 and #8, too?

So far, I think I have 20 of the 26 variables.

Good puzzle, Bill.

EDIT: In the end, I had to "cheat" and look up some pieces of information.

Here are some hints, just in case anybody is stuck on some of the same things as me.

For #3, [L][S] is the name of the
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protagonist from some Len Deighton novels that were made into movies.


For #5 and #10, [T] is a
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movie that came out in 2000 and was set in the 1770s.


For #14, [N] is a
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dystopian science fiction movie that came out in 1976.
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:17 am

These puzzles are a lot of fun. I tried to compose one of my own. It's hard to know whether it's easier than, harder than, or about the same as Bill's.

#1. [B] [D]'s predecessor and successor as [Q] both had the first name [H].
#2. [B] [O] and [J] [C] starred in the 1981 comedy [S].
#3. Both [A] [M] and [J] [G] [L] had a [T] [Q] with the last name [K].
#4. [F] [K] starred in [N] [T].
#5. [F] [R] coached the [N] [E].
#6. [H] [L] and [G] [O] [A] won Oscars in the 1960s and 1980s respectively.
#7. [I] is a country that has both a [P] and a [Q].
#8. The flag of [I] consists of three [S].
#9. The great-grandparents of [J] [G] [L] came from [I].
#10. Two famous Americans have been named [H] [D]; one was [T] [Q] and one was the leader of [P].
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Re: Variables

Postby Paucle » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:02 pm

That was fun-- I was actually able to put it together, unlike Bill's! (Bill's were fun too, just a tad more frustrating.)

I jumped on 3 with a correct guess and things fell into place from there. I like how very often...

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the [letter] is actually the word's initial.
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:29 pm

skullturfq wrote:These puzzles are a lot of fun. I tried to compose one of my own. It's hard to know whether it's easier than, harder than, or about the same as Bill's.


I thought it was easier because it was shorter for one thing, but also that it required what is probably more common knowledge.

Near miss on yours with [C][S]. Maybe as a backformation?
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:07 pm

skullturfq wrote:These puzzles are a lot of fun. I tried to compose one of my own. It's hard to know whether it's easier than, harder than, or about the same as Bill's.


I liked yours a lot. It was really tight in reusing terms, and you had some really fun discoveries with how you reused them.

Here are the answers to mine:

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A Anderson
B Batman
C Burwell
D Caine
E Chris
F Colonel
G Cooper
H Daniel
I Dick
J Frank Capra
K Gary
L Harry
M Judge
N Logan’s Run
O Michael
P Morgan
Q Night Court
R Oldman
S Palmer
T The Patriot
U Potter
V Reinhold
W Ruthless People
X Sergeant
Y Stone
Z York
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:14 am

Bill, I loved your 2nd one too. It took a little longer to crack into, but it seemed to fill out faster than the first one, and overall felt more satisfying to make each discovery.

This is a great style of puzzle.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:00 pm

Variables Trivia Quiz!

1. What band from [ B ] recorded the album [ C ] [ J ] [ D ]?

2. While [ G ] [ F ] had a compilation album called [ I ] [ I ] [ I ], [ G ] [ U ] was in a movie called [ I ] [ I ] [ I ]. What #2 song was featured in this movie?

3. What band, featuring [ W ] [ N ], recorded the album [ I ] [ I ] [ I ]?

4. What was the [ M ] [ R ] of the co-star to [ W ] [ N ] [ K ] in [ P ] [ J ] [ D ]?

5. An actor named [ X ] played a character with the same [ H ] [ R ] in [ Z ] [ V ] [ E ], as well as what show also starring the subject of the film [ O ] [ T ] [ V ] [ Q ]?

6. What is the [ H ] [ R ] of the lead vocalist on the album [ Z ] [ S ], also featuring [ L ] [ Q ]?

7. [ X ] [ A ], a politician from [ B ], attended what prestigious English university?

8. You can use [ H ], [ C ], [ S ], and [ M ] buttons on a website to do what?

9. Whose 1996 obituary ([ M ] [ R ]) featured a credit for writing [ Z ] [ T ] [ H ] as performed by [ A ] and [ F ]?

BONUS: Take the first letter of each answer above to form the answer to this question:

What was the [ M ] [ R ] of the [ H ] [ O ] [ T ] [ V ] [ Q ]?

P.S. Here’s a gratuitous reference to [ L ] [ Y ].
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:06 pm

Other musical possibilities:

[V][O][J][D]
[W] ([Z][S]'s predecessor)
[X][X][X] (well, sorta), whose music could perhaps be described as [Y]...and there's also an interesting extra coincidental connection to the previous line
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:19 pm

marpocky wrote:Other musical possibilities:

[V][O][J][D]
[W] ([Z][N]'s predecessor)
[X][X][X] (well, sorta), whose music could perhaps be described as [Y]...and there's also an interesting extra coincidental connection to the previous line


I had considered [V][O][J][D], but couldn't connect it to anything.

I can't believe I missed [W] (actually predecessor to [ Z ][ S ]). Nice catch!
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:25 pm

Bill wrote:(actually predecessor to [ Z ][ S ])


Oops, fixed that. I read my list too fast.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Thu Sep 19, 2013 10:30 am

Answers below:

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A Abbott
B Australia
C Back
D Black
E Boss
F Costello
G Elvis
H First
I Girls!
J In
K Jones
L Keith
M Last
N Lee
O Man
P Men
Q Moon
R Name
S Next
T On
U Presley
V The
W Tommy
X Tony
Y Urban
Z Who’s

1. AC/DC
2. Return to Sender
3. Mötley Crüe
4. Smith
5. Taxi
6. Roger
7. Oxford
8. Navigate
9. Gordon

BONUS: ARMSTRONG
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:59 pm

Very good. I liked that puzzle. I forgot to post anything, but I got most of it.

One thing I didn't know was
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the relationship between "Who's on First?" and Irving Gordon. In fact, I didn't know who Irving Gordon was.
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