Ken Jennings wrote:Good catch. I tried to avoid ambiguities (I was going to do "Paul Newman movies" with VICARSHIP, SHUDDER, and SHARPER until I realized SHARPER would mean I couldn't do "musical instruments" too) but it looks like I missed two extra birds.
But yes, there's only one set of solutions that allows you to make ten categories.
I think it was a good puzzle that, despite your best efforts, had a lot of ambiguity (I too assumed that juggling the ambiguities was half the puzzle)
I sadly gave up and came here looking for where I went astray... I don't know how many iterations I went through, but the closest I came/last match-up that made me give up was:
VERB / PRONOUN / ARTICLE
CHINA / CUBA / GABON
LUTE / CELLO / HARP
AUSTIN / CONCORD / DOVER
BERRY / DATE / LIME
ROSE / IRIS / GRAIN
(should have realized this wasn't a valid triplet)
RAYS / REDS / ASTROS
IRON / TIN / ARGON
MARTIN / RAVEN / TERN
Disappear / Whelped / Overheard