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Reverse Empathy, III
  • Art Duval ★ at 2013-11-17

    This is a continuation of the very long Reverse Empathy thread. Someone more clever than I am may want to post to this forum to make links to the previous two threads.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2013-11-17

    New puzzle!

    1. Afghanistan
    2. Boston
    3. Yorkshire

  • kingofthebesI at 2013-11-18

    Terrier?

  • Art Duval ★ at 2013-11-18

    4. Malta
    5. Newfoundland

  • romei at 2013-11-19

    Afghan Hound
    Boston Terrier
    Yorkshire Terrier
    Maltese
    Newfoundland

    Those are all dog breeds.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2013-11-19

    Correct!

    But kingogthebesl deserves some credit, too.

  • romei at 2013-11-19

    New puzzle! My first one.

    1. Cat
    2. Chimney
    3. Aircraft

  • romei at 2013-11-20

    4. Rose
    5. Horse

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-20

    I’ll ask then if Lollipop and Cow are on the list?

  • kingofthebesI at 2013-11-20

    Thanks Art Duval, the lesson is start out general and provide more info if guess is not specific enough.

  • FatPhil at 2013-11-20

    Going straight in with ... black

  • romei at 2013-11-21

    6. Lollipop
    7. Cow

    You’re right, kfas2! Feel free to post the answer and start the next puzzle.

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-21

    Ok. So these are probably names of Othello openings. And if so I’ll be ready with a puzzle on Saturday

  • romei at 2013-11-22

    Correct! These are all names of Othello (reversi) openings.

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-23

    1. key
    2. imp
    3. use

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-23

    4. bit
    5. can

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-24

    6. her
    7. ear
    8. fly

  • Art Duval ★ at 2013-11-24

    I don’t really believe this is the answer, but just to get it out of the way:

    Three-letter words?

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-24

    Well these are only three letter words, but with an extra feature :-)

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-25

    9. ion
    10. set
    11. row

  • Carroll at 2013-11-25

    Three letter parts you can find both at the beginning and at the end of some words?

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-25

    getting closer.
    12. pie
    pay is not on the list
    13. lie
    most probably not lay
    14. ill

    I’m also quite convinced that
    the does not belong to my list.

    The hint is that I can be sure if something is on the list, but I’m only almost certain saying that some word is not on the list.

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-27

    15. pet
    16. ray
    17. ant
    18. val

  • FatPhil at 2013-11-28

    1. Mon
    2. Shr
    3. Gro
    4. Rab
    5. Tou
    6. Gop
    ...
    If so – good one!

  • kfas2 at 2013-11-29

    Yes. For 3. I thought you can use Mo
    The beginning does not have to be three letter. You can coin the phrase and start next puzzle.

    Congratulations FatPhil.

  • FatPhil at 2013-11-29

    Here we go. There really is no more appropriate place to start than with a fight:

    1. Fight
    2. Soldier
    3. Army
    4. Marines

  • FatPhil at 2013-11-30

    5. Dixie
    6. Mexico
    7. Vatican

  • William Fraser at 2013-11-30

    Songs by Tom Lehrer?

  • FatPhil at 2013-12-01

    Words from titles of ..., yes!

    I guess I’m glad to see that Lehrer isn’t so obscure.

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-02

    1. Yen
    2. Elm
    3. Him

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-05

    4. Rum
    5. Bro

  • Martyn Hamer at 2013-12-06

    3 letter words? One of these days I’m sure it will be something really simple like this (although probably not today...)

  • romei at 2013-12-06

    Names of bands?

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-06

    6. Car (but not Bus)
    7. Ion (but not Jet)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_(band)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-08

    8. Oye (but not Aye)
    9. For (but not Aft)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-09

    10. Eon (but not Rob)
    11. Sum (but not Add)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-10

    12. Man (but not Boy)
    13. Mum (but not Dad)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-14

    14. Son (but not Sis)
    15. Pop (but not Gun)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-16

    16. Fur (but not Far)
    17. One (but not Two)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-25

    18. Ago (but not Ale)
    19. Pot (but not Lid)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-26

    20. Aim (but not Way)
    21. Sad (but not Sac)

    (Hint: There is a list to which my words can be correlated.)

  • William Fraser at 2013-12-27

    22. Tit (but not Gob)
    23. Van (but not Sub)

  • Doctor_Strange at 2013-12-27

    Not (but not But)?

  • dougforte at 2014-01-05

    3-letter words composed of ordered (but not necessarily consecutive) letters in the corresponding element of the periodic table.

  • The_Shark_c at 2014-01-05

    Good job, dougforte.

  • dougforte at 2014-01-05

    Thanks, it was a good category. This will be my first puzzle, starting with:

    0. nada
    1. one
    2. dos

  • dougforte at 2014-01-06

    3. wait
    4. go

  • Carroll at 2014-01-06

    From Black Eyed Peas, Light Up the Night Lyrics?

  • dougforte at 2014-01-06

    I hadn’t heard of that song, but it sounds like a happy song that probably doesn’t have
    5. pain (but not hurt)
    6. scar (but not scab)
    On the other hand,
    7. pal (but not friend)

  • dougforte at 2014-01-07

    8. man (but not woman)
    9. men (but not women)

    However,
    10. gal (but not guy)
    11. we (but not you)

  • dougforte at 2014-01-07

    12. via (but not by)
    13. many (but not much)
    14. way (but not will)

  • dougforte at 2014-01-08

    15. ore
    16. pan
    17. had
    18. tar

  • dougforte at 2014-01-09

    19. land
    20. name

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-01-09

    5. PA (Pennsylvania) IN (Indiana)
    6. SC (South Carolina) AR (Arkansas)
    13. MA (Massachusetts) NY (New York)
    19. LA (Louisiana) ND (North Dakota)
    20. NA (??) ME (Maine)

    The only missing 4-letter words are nada (uses “na” again) and wait (“WA” = Washington)
    I suspect the other words are also mashups of abbreviations, but I’m not sure what, and if other abbreviations come in besides geographical ones. (Note “NE”-Nebraska, “AL”-Alabama, “OR”=Oregon show up in some 3-letter words, as do some of the states I’ve listed above).

  • dougforte at 2014-01-10

    That’s an interesting idea, it would make a good topic. I think my favorites are Nebraska-Arkansas, Pennsylvania-Connecticut, Washington-North Dakota, Colorado-Indiana, Wisconsin-Delaware, and Louisiana-Maine, but none of those are on this list (though some might be close).
    21. rain (but not pour)
    22. so (but not sew)
    23. ran (but not went)

  • dougforte at 2014-01-11

    24. den
    25. mark

  • dougforte at 2014-01-13

    Without trying to make any political statement, I will note that ‘bet’ and ‘wan’ may or may not be included depending upon affiliation (a list that I have been using to help check validity would include wan but not bet). Perhaps this will assist with a solution
    26. anon

  • Carroll at 2014-01-13

    Letters that are part of the name of a country?

  • Carroll at 2014-01-13

    Or better said, connexe part of the name of a country.

  • dougforte at 2014-01-13

    You’re on the right track.

  • Carroll at 2014-01-13

    Last letters of the name of a country?

  • dougforte at 2014-01-13

    Still closer.
    27. us (but not guay)
    28. an (but not ize)

  • Carroll at 2014-01-13

    Words you can find at the end of the names of countries, at last I hope!

  • Carroll at 2014-01-13

    29. rance?

  • dougforte at 2014-01-13

    Yes, that is exactly it, well done. rance sounds good for 29, I was not aware of that one, otherwise I would probably have used it.

  • Carroll at 2014-01-13

    Very good puzzle!
    Thanks to all for whom it must have bee obvious to let me get it in the end!

    1.Togo
    2.Belarus
    3.Oracle

  • Carroll at 2014-01-14

    4. Noria
    5. Toy

  • Carroll at 2014-01-15

    6. Belove
    7. Thanatos

  • Carroll at 2014-01-16

    8. Isolated
    9. Theology

  • Carroll at 2014-01-16

    10. Queen
    11. Wheel

  • Carroll at 2014-01-17

    12. Tissue
    13. Nonbeliever

  • Carroll at 2014-01-17

    14. Incrimination
    15. Theater

  • dougforte at 2014-01-18

    Can I ask if Spain and Raft would be on the list?

  • Carroll at 2014-01-18

    Neither

    16. Minister
    17. Toast

  • Carroll at 2014-01-19

    18. Sure
    19. Them

  • Carroll at 2014-01-20

    20. Slicing
    21. Anonymise

  • Carroll at 2014-01-23

    22. Arrester
    23. Offcast

  • Carroll at 2014-01-23

    @dougforte, to be more precise these words are not on the list because I will stop at 40 words, otherwise they could be on it.

  • dougforte at 2014-01-23

    Good to know, even if the idea that I had was already ruled out by the newer words. Thanks for the clarification.

  • Carroll at 2014-01-24

    24. Outserve
    25. Forted

  • Carroll at 2014-01-26

    26. Ordinary
    27. Tooth

  • Carroll at 2014-01-30

    28. Takeover
    29. Armada

  • Carroll at 2014-01-31

    30. Agaric
    31. A

  • Carroll at 2014-02-04

    32. Sealing
    33. Offensive

  • Carroll at 2014-02-04

    34. Troubadour

  • Carroll at 2014-02-05

    35. Andante
    36. Byte

  • Carroll at 2014-02-06

    37. Opposing

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-06

    Endive
    Thematic

  • Carroll at 2014-02-06

    Nope.

    38. End

  • Carroll at 2014-02-10

    Ah sorry FatPhil, I read it as Endive thematic... you got it!

    38. Endive
    39. Thematic
    40. To
    41. Die
    42. To
    43. Sleep

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-11

    1. Evil is cut
    2. A shoe
    3. Threes

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-11

    4. 2 Chic loners
    5. Seen a ship

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-11

    6. Violent era
    7. Metal nations

    \m/,

  • Nathan F Miller ★ at 2014-02-11

    So what was going on in Carroll’s list? It ends with Shakespearean words,
    but I don’t get the rest.

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-12

    look at the start of each of Carroll’s words

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-12

    8. Denial
    9. Ransom

  • Carroll at 2014-02-12

    Anagrams of books of the Bible?

  • Carroll at 2014-02-12

    10. Annalists Shoe ?

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-12

    Well spotted, Carroll!

  • Carroll at 2014-02-12

    Although I could not make sense of some of them, care to give complete solution FatPhil? The easiest one was Leviticus which set me on track.

    This time, I will do an easier than last one :

    1. Russian
    2. Dieu
    3. Three

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-12

    From “memory”, those are: Leviticus, Hosea, Esther, 2 Chronicles, Ephesians, Revelation, Lamentations, Daniel, Romans. I had none prepared, I was just making them up as I went along. Some books clearly don’t anagram sensibly at all, I’d have left those till last.

  • Carroll at 2014-02-13

    Thanks!

    4. Ephraim
    5. Démon

  • Carroll at 2014-02-17

    6. Darkness
    7. Bells

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-17

    I can map all of those onto beers.

    Russian River brewery
    Dieu du Ciel brewery
    Three Floyds
    Hill Farmstead Ephraim
    Biere du Demon
    Surly Darkness
    Bells Hopslam

  • Carroll at 2014-02-17

    You are too strong! Well done!

  • Carroll at 2014-02-17

    Beer names universe is not so vast, hard not to ring bells... Cheers!

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-17

    It was a category with my name written all over it, though.

    1. Lee
    2. Simon
    3. Hazel

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-17

    Not so vast? http://www.ratebeer.com/forums/this-went-without-notice-the-250000th-beer_253892.htm
    8000 down, 242000 to go...

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-17

    4. Ian
    5. James

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-17

    6. Stewart
    7. Paul

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-18

    8. Gilbert
    9. George

  • romei at 2014-02-18

    Surnames that could also be first names?

    Bruce Lee, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart.

    James, Paul and George are all surnames of basketball players currently active in the NBA.

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-19

    You’re most of the way there. These are all from a single quite narrow field.

    10. Guy
    11. Nelson

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-19

    12. Vincent
    13. Marvin

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-19

    First names of actors?

    Lee Marvin
    Simon Pegg
    Hazel Crowney
    Ian Hunter
    James Stewart
    Stewart Granger
    Paul Walker
    Gilbert Roland
    George Hamilton
    Guy Madison
    Nelson Eddy
    Vincent Vaughn
    Marvin Miller

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-20

    Getting colder

    14. Holly
    15. Eddy

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-20

    16. May
    17. Buck

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-20

    rock ‘n’ roll?...

    Brenda Lee/Albert Lee/Jerry Lee Lewis
    Paul Simon
    Eddie Hazel
    Ian McLagan/Scott Ian
    Etta James/*James* Hetfield
    Rod Stewart/Jay Stewart
    Paul McCartney/Les Paul
    Paul Gilbert
    George Harrison
    Buddy Guy
    Ricky Nelson/Freddie Nelson/Willie Nelson
    Gene Vincent
    Marvin Gaye/Hank Marvin
    Buddy Holly
    Duane Eddy

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-20

    Sorry, I forgot to refresh the page before post it...

  • Ray Garrison ★ at 2014-02-20

    TV shows

  • FatPhil at 2014-02-21

    Close enough, gamesorry.

    It’s surnames of guitarists that just happen to look like first names.

    And I was running out. And everyone should now go listen to Maggot Brain.

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-21

    Oh, I once came across the word guitarist when I was browsing the page of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where I found most of the names ;)

    my first puzzle:

    1. arcane
    2. fertile
    3. hilarious

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-21

    4. new
    5. gallant

  • Ray Garrison ★ at 2014-02-21

    I thought TV was correct, as these shows indicate
    1. Lee TV is TV coverage of Lee County Florida
    2. Simon (TV Series 1995–1996) - IMDb
    3. Hazel (TV Series 1961–1966) - IMDb
    4. Being Ian (TV Series 2004–2008) - IMDb
    5. Home James! (TV Series 1987–1990) - IMDb
    6. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (TV Series 1996– ) - IMDb
    7. Poor Paul (TV Series 2008– ) - IMDb
    8. Ask Rhod Gilbert (TV Series 2010– ) - IMDb
    9. Curious George (TV Series 2006– ) - IMDb
    10. Family Guy (TV Series 1999– ) - IMDb
    11. Half Nelson (TV Series 1985– ) - IMDb
    12. Vincent (TV Series 2005– ) - IMDb
    13. Marvin Marvin (TV Series 2012– ) - IMDb
    14. Holly (TV Series 1972– ) - IMDb
    15. Ed, Edd, ‘n’ Eddy (TV Series 1999–2009) - IMDb
    16. The Darling Buds of May (TV Series 1991–1993) - IMDb
    17. Uncle Buck (TV Series 1990–1991) - IMDb

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-24

    Yeah there could be multiple answers when the words are popular ;)

    6. leisured
    7. gauche

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-25

    8. desirable
    9. lagered

  • gamesorry at 2014-02-27

    10. abecedarian
    11. ramose

  • gamesorry at 2014-03-01

    12. eucharistic
    13. noetic

  • gamesorry at 2014-03-08

    14. klephtic
    15. brave

  • Ray Garrison ★ at 2014-03-21

    This puzzle is way too slow....does anyone else have one?

  • gamesorry at 2014-03-22

    Sorry, I forgot to update it... I kind of ran out of words, in order to limit the words to a controllable number... Let me give you some hints first: only some of the letters are meaningful, and they are part of some other words.

  • gamesorry at 2014-03-26

    Hint 2: People

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-03-26

    First 3 letters match last names of famous mathematicians
    1. arcane Archimedes
    2. fertile Fermat
    3. hilarious Hilbert
    4. new Newton
    5. gallant Galois
    6. leisured Leibniz
    7. gauche Gauss
    8. desirable Descartes
    9. lagered Lagrange
    10. abecedarian Abel
    11. ramose Ramanujan
    12. eucharistic Euclid
    13. noetic Noether
    14. klepthtic Klein??
    15. brave [not sure of the mathematician]

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-03-26

    sorry, just found it:
    15. brave Brahmagupta

  • gamesorry at 2014-03-27

    Without a doubt you are a math professor!

    I was trying to limit the range to those who have a picture in the wiki page of mathematician: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematician. I guess the only word left is poisonous (which I didn’t really want to use because it is a negative one)

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-03-27

    [To paraphrase a t-shirt :] Um, why yes, I am a math professor

    Give me until later in the weekend for a new puzzle.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-03-30

    1. power
    2. up

  • Carroll at 2014-03-31

    Mathematical operations providing huge numbers?

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-03-31

    3. good
    4. on

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-01

    5. over
    6. head
    7. along

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-02

    8. round
    9. out

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-03

    10. business
    11. wire

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-05

    12. safe
    13. acid

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-05

    14. weekend
    15. return

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-05

    Hint: Some go before, some go after

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-06

    16. ski
    17. beach

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-04-06

    vacation?

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-06

    @ypercube: I don’t think vacation goes with several of the words. (acid? up? wire? along? round?)

    18. tucker

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-06

    (I should add that I thought 18. was an obscure clue, but I’m running low on non-obscure clues. So if 18. doesn’t help you, feel free to ignore it.)

  • Ray Garrison ★ at 2014-04-06

    play?

  • dougforte at 2014-04-07

    triangular prism?

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-04-07

    board?

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-07

    19. plane
    20. train
    21. automobile

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-08

    trip?

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-08

    “trip” is correct!

    I was inspired by an airplane magazine crossword that had a couple of the words on my list as the themed clues.

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-08

    Okay, sorry about the delay in a new puzzle, but I work nights and I usually log on from work.

    1. Cream
    2. Barenaked Ladies
    3. Queen

    Cheers!

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-09

    4. Heart

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-11

    5. The Beatles

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-12

    6. ABBA

  • romei at 2014-04-13

    Broken up bands?

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-13

    Nope, sorry.

    7. Arcade Fire

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-14

    8. Fleetwood Mac

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-16

    9. The Traveling Wilburys
    10. Pink Floyd

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-16

    11. Alice in Chains

    but not AC/DC

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-17

    Bands that changed their names.

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-17

    Sorry, no.

    12. The Bangles
    13. The Beach Boys
    14. The Bee Gees
    15. The Black Eyed Peas

    but not Blondie

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-19

    16. The Cars
    17. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

    but not The Cranberries

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-21

    18. Devo

    but not Def Leppard

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-21

    19. The Eagles

    but not Extreme

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-23

    20. Grateful Dead
    21 Goo Goo Dolls

    but not Green Day

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-24

    22. KISS
    23. The Monkees

    but not Led Zeppelin

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-24

    24. The Oak Ridge Boys
    25. The Proclaimers
    26. The Prodigy

    but not The Police

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-26

    27. Red Hot Chili Peppers
    28. The Rolling Stones

    but not Rush

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-28

    29. Simon & Garfunkel

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-04-28

    I still have no good ideas for this one, but let me tie this puzzle to a recent one about mathematicians: Art Garfunkel earned a master’s degree in mathematics.

  • Chris Smith at 2014-04-30

    30. Velvet Revolver
    31. ZZ Top

    but not U2

    Well, that about taps me out. There are other bands that follow the rule, but they’re pretty obscure (at least to me). It’s possible I may have made a mistake with the “but not X” ones, but I don’t think so. Still if you have a rule that works except for one of the “nots” give it a try. Tomorrow I’ll start giving hints.

  • Chris Smith at 2014-05-01

    Hint # 1: The rule has nothing to do with the names of the bands.

  • Chris Smith at 2014-05-01

    Hint #2: The instruments being played are not important.

  • Chris Smith at 2014-05-03

    Hint #3: The band members are important.

  • kingofthebesI at 2014-05-03

    Band members with number one hit as solo artists?

  • Chris Smith at 2014-05-05

    Good guess, but no.

    Hint #5: No solo artist could possibly make this list.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-05-30

    @Chris Smith: Please continue the game, I’m so curious what the answer is.

  • Chris Smith at 2014-05-30

    Sorry Art, I wasn’t sure if people were still interested in this. Hint #6: It’s an activity the band members are doing while performing (in a studio, on stage, or anywhere else)

  • Chris Smith at 2014-06-03

    Hint #7: It can sometimes lead to break-ups – egos can become more important than the music.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-06-03

    More than one singer in the band?

    More than one lead vocalist in the band?

  • Chris Smith at 2014-06-04

    Congrats to Art Duval! Bands with more than one lead singer as members at the same time.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-06-08

    Wow, cool idea. 


    I’ve been busy with a real-world project this week, not doing any LG, and then remembered last night that I should check Reverse Empathy. I’ll come up with a new puzzle soon. 

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-25

    Looks like someone needs to resurrect this:
    1.  Dog2.  TV3.  Horse

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-26

    1.  Dog
    2.  TV
    3.  Horse
    4.  River
    5.  Chamber
    (Let’s see if that formatting is better)

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-27

    1.  Dog
    2.  TV
    3.  Horse
    4.  Rivier
    5.  Chamber
    6.  Music
    7.  Swing

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-27

    Darn. Can’t edit.  #4 should be “River” as it was the first time it appeared.

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-28

    1.  Dog
    2.  TV

    3.  Horse

    4.  Rivier

    5.  Chamber

    6.  Music

    7.  Swing
    8.  California
    9.  Rubber

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-28

    Note to self.  Fix the version that I copied from....  Again, #4 should be “River” not “Rivier”.
    Thank you for your patience.

  • wanderer_bot at 2014-09-29

    Kinds of baby buggy bumpers?  (Just to let you know that I’m at least thinking about it!)

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-29

    @wanderer_c:  No.  Just to let you know that I read people’s responses.

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-29

    1.  Dog

    2.  TV

    3.  Horse

    4.  River

    5.  Chamber

    6.  Music

    7.  Swing

    8.  California

    9.  Rubber
    10.  Capulet
    11.  Pascal

  • wanderer_bot at 2014-09-29

    Hmm. Up until now I was thinking this puzzle was based on the meanings of the words -- “semantic” if you will. After these last two words I’m not so sure any more and wonder if it’s based on the particular letters that appear in the word -- “syntactic”. Any theories from others or hints from WF?

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-30

    I’ll give a hint with my next clue...

  • William Fraser at 2014-09-30

    1.  Dog
    2.  TV
    3.  Horse
    4.  River
    5.  Chamber
    6.  Music
    7.  Swing
    8.  California
    9.  Rubber
    10.  Capulet
    11.  Pascal
    12.  Bean
    13.  Open
    Hint:  I am exactly half way done with this list.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-09-30

    words that go with (at least one version) of the phonetic alphabet:ALPHA centauri is the DOG starBRAVO is a TV channelyou get a CHARLIE [or CHARLEY] HORSERIVER has a DELTAECHO CHAMBERFOXTROT is a kind of MUSICin GOLF, you SWINGThe Eagles sang about HOTEL CALIFORNIAetc.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-09-30

    Sorry, I ran into the same formatting problems that William did. 

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-01

    Art Duval is correct.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-01

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list. 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-01

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list. 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-01

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list. 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-01

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list. 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-01

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list. 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-02

    Sorry about the repeated posts. LG was being unresponsive so I tried submitting the reply a couple of times. 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-02

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list.
    4. Disdain
    5. Game

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-04

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list.
    4. Disdain
    5. Game
    6. Schadenfreude
    7. Examples instead of category

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-04

    By the way, I keep trying to make it an ordered list, using the tools in the message composing window, and it never works.  :-(

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-04

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list.
    4. Disdain
    5. Game
    6. Schadenfreude
    7. Examples instead of category
    8. ?of think will others will What

  • Nathan F Miller ★ at 2014-10-04

    Does the last item actually have ‘will’ twice?

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-05

    1. Spain, bed,...
    2. "What about me?"
    3. This list.
    4. Disdain
    5. Game
    6. Schadenfreude
    7. Examples instead of category
    8. ?of think others will What
    9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7)
    [Nathan is correct.  Thanks to an editing error, I had an extra “will” in 8., but I have fixed it in the most recent list.]

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-05

    And now I remember that you can’t see the numbers in the numbered list, which makes my reference to “8.” not so helpful.  Let me put in numbers manually:

    1. 1. Spain, bed,...
    2. 2. "What about me?"
    3. 3. This list.
    4. 4. Disdain
    5. 5. Game
    6. 6. Schadenfreude
    7. 7. Examples instead of category
    8. 8. ?of think others will What
    9. 9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7)

  • gamesorry at 2014-10-06

    There must be some reason why 8 looks like 8. ?of think others will What instead of 8. What will others think of ? ...

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-06

    1. 1. Spain, bed,...
    2. 2. "What about me?"
    3. 3. This list.
    4. 4. Disdain
    5. 5. Game
    6. 6. Schadenfreude
    7. 7. Examples instead of category
    8. 8. ?of think others will What
    9. 9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7)
    10. 10. Deanna Troi looking in a mirror.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-06

    gamesorry is correct that there is a reason clue 8. is written as it is.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-07

    1. 1. Spain, bed,...
    2. 2. "What about me?"
    3. 3. This list.
    4. 4. Disdain
    5. 5. Game
    6. 6. Schadenfreude
    7. 7. Examples instead of category
    8. 8. ?of think others will What
    9. 9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7)
    10. 10. Deanna Troi looking in a mirror.
    11. 11. (things that are) too short, things you roll,...

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-08

    1. 1. Spain, bed,...
    2. 2. "What about me?"
    3. 3. This list.
    4. 4. Disdain
    5. 5. Game
    6. 6. Schadenfreude
    7. 7. Examples instead of category
    8. 8. ?of think others will What
    9. 9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7)
    10. 10. Deanna Troi looking in a mirror.
    11. 11. (things that are) too short, things you roll,...
    12. 12. Guess what I’m thinking!

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-08

    I recognize some of these from previous posts on the Reverse Empathy threads.  Not sure whether that helps any, though, as I didn’t find all of them......

  • Carroll at 2014-10-09

    Some are autoreferencial.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-09

    @Carroll: That is a correct observation.  (But it is not the answer.)
    @Carroll and William Fraser: You’ve made some connections on some clues, not on others, right?  What guesses would you make based on the ones you have ideas about?  What would you do with the other clues?
    @everyone: As usual, it can help to think “out loud” (i.e., by posting your ideas, even if incomplete).

    1. 1. Spain, bed,...
    2. 2. "What about me?"
    3. 3. This list.
    4. 4. Disdain
    5. 5. Game
    6. 6. Schadenfreude
    7. 7. Examples instead of category
    8. 8. ?of think others will What
    9. 9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7)
    10. 10. Deanna Troi looking in a mirror.
    11. 11. (things that are) too short, things you roll,...
    12. 12. Guess what I’m thinking!
    13. 13. The solution is hamster pee?  Very wrong! (7,7)

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-10

    @Carroll: Well, you can ask anything you like, though I may not answer. 
    If you’re trying to suggest that the answer to this puzzle is a question, or that somehow your guesses influence the answer, no, it’s nothing as strange as that. The answer is, as usual, a particular word or phrase. 
    Another clue tonight, when I’m at a real keyboard (so I can format the list correctly). 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-10

    1. 1. Spain, bed,...
    2. 2. "What about me?"
    3. 3. This list.
    4. 4. Disdain
    5. 5. Game
    6. 6. Schadenfreude
    7. 7. Examples instead of category
    8. 8. ?of think others will What
    9. 9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7)
    10. 10. Deanna Troi looking in a mirror.
    11. 11. (things that are) too short, things you roll,...
    12. 12. Guess what I’m thinking!
    13. 13. The solution is hamster pee?  Very wrong! (7,7)
    14. 14. dewolla regnol on "xes"

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-10-11

    Do all these clues describe “Reverse Empathy”. I’m not smart enough to get all of them to work, but quite a few seem to fit.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-11

    Martyn Hamer is correct!  The answer is: “Reverse Empathy”.  Here is the explanation of all the clues:

    1. 1. Spain, bed,...: When this puzzle started, these were the two most recent Game of Empathy words, in reverse order.
    2. 2. “What about me?”: This sentiment is somewhat the reverse of empathy.
    3. 3. This list.: This list of clues is part of the game of Reverse Empathy
    4. 4. Disdain: This is an antonym (reverse) of empathy
    5. 5. Game: Reverse empathy is a game.
    6. 6. Schadenfreude: This word (roughly: enjoying others' pain) is another opposite (reverse) of empathy
    7. 7. Examples instead of category: This is a feature of Reverse Empathy, showing how it is a sort of reverse of Game of Empathy.
    8. 8. ?of think others will What: This describes a feature of the Game of Empathy, but described in reverse.
    9. 9. The answer is not going forward on the “M” trail.  Why? (7,7): A cryptic crossword type clue; fully explained below.
    10. 10. Deanna Troi looking in a mirror.: Deanna Troi was a character on Star Trek: Next Generation, noted for being an empath.
    11. 11. (things that are) too short, things you roll,...: The answers (categories) for the first two Reverse Empathy games.
    12. 12. Guess what I’m thinking!: This describes a feature of Reverse Empathy.
    13. 13. The solution is hamster pee?  Very wrong! (7,7): Another cryptic crossword clue, fully explained below.
    14. 14. dewolla regnol on “xes”: A rule for the Game of Empathy, but written in reverse.

    More full explanations of the cryptic crossword clues:9. “not going forward” = “reverse”; “M”=“em”, “trail”=“path”, “Why”=“Y” (em+path+Y)13. “wrong” indicates anagram, and “hamster pee very” is an anagram of "reverse empathy"

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-10-11

    Very nice Art, thanks for explaining. Hopefully the formatting will be okay as I begin another round.
    1.Statutory belief2.Starchiest ballads3.Honest gene

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-12

    I guess someone should explain that, if you want your clues to go on separate lines, you need to put two carriage returns between each...
    Otherwise, each person will need to figure it out for themselves.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-10-12

    Thanks William, let’s add another clue and see if this is any better

    1.Statutory belief

    2.Starchiest ballads

    3.Honest gene


    4.Treadmill time

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-12

    Okay, just to get the ball rolling:  Two word noun phrases where the first word is alphabetically before the second.

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-12

    Edit.  alphabetically AFTER the second.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-10-12

    That’s not it William

    1.Statutory belief


    2.Starchiest ballads


    3.Honest gene


    4.Treadmill time


    5.Bind forty dice

  • wanderer_bot at 2014-10-12

    Looks like monuments of some kind but Little Mermaid has me confused.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-10-12

    Close enough Wanderer, well done, they’re all anagrams of world landmarks. The Little Mermaid is a famous statue in Copenhagen, the others are the Statue of Liberty, St Basil’s Cathedral, Stonehenge and the Forbidden City. The word “the” doesn’t form part of the anagram (for 1 and 5), I was hoping that might add a bit of confusion.

    Others I had lined up include “Emus hurt moron”, “Eel writeoff”, “Ebbing”, “Sailor cop”, “Rainfall gas”, “Frail vocalist”, “Canny dragon”, “Innovate fruit”, “Dodge gerbil agent”, “Seedy porous hyena”, “Loose scum” and “Elm rink”, I’ll leave these as a little puzzle for anyone who wants to unscramble them/

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-14

    I’ll try not to be so forgetful/lazy and will login to my regular account for these posts.
    1. jolly


    2. fusion
    3. fuji

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-15

    I recall somebody else trying this, but let me try the “ordered list” from the toolbar.

    1. jolly
    2. fusion
    3. fuji
    4. perk

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-16

    1. jolly
    2. fusion
    3. fuji
    4. perk
    5. murks

  • wanderer_bot at 2014-10-16

    1. jolly
    2. fusion

    3. fuji

    4. perk

    5. murks
    6. golem

  • Ryan at 2014-10-16

    little things? little golem? little island? little reaction? perk is maybe a little incentive 

  • Ryan at 2014-10-16

    Well, fuji is not Fiji. Haha, my mistake on that part.

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-17

    Creative, Ryan! But you need to look elsewhere.

    1. jolly
    2. fusion
    3. fuji
    4. perk
    5. murks
    6. golem
    7. shun
    8. layout

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-18

    1. jolly
    2. fusion
    3. fuji
    4. perk
    5. murks
    6. golem
    7. shun
    8. layout

    9. cheer
    10. aped
    11. cold
    12. frog

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-20

    Hint: Syntactic.

    1. jolly
    2. fusion
    3. fuji
    4. perk
    5. murks
    6. golem
    7. shun
    8. layout
    9. cheer
    10. aped
    11. cold
    12. frog
    13. opal
    14. step

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-21

    As another hint I’ve rearranged the order of the clues.

    1. cheer
    2jolly
    3. fusion
    4. layout
    5aped
    6fuji
    7. perk
    8. shun
    9. golem
    10murks
    11. cold
    12. frog
    13. opal
    14. step
    15. dolt
    16. grow

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-21

    Ah, now that you’ve reordered them, I see that each pair of words consists of a word and a Caesar cipher of that word.

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-22

    Correct! (Though you just taught me the term “Caesar cipher”.) It seems there are not so many pairs that are made from common words as I thought there would be. With the word list I am using there are just a bit over 300 pairs, and only one triple: aped, fuji, pets. And even this word list pushes the limits of what a common word is. For example, what do you think of some of these pairs: (ywca, cage), (xvii, tree), (swop, wast) ?

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-10-22

    I guess you considered only words with 4+ letters? because I can find easily many more with 3.

    Simple example:    add,  bee, ill, loo

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-10-22

    Good point. I forgot what I had done! Words with fewer than 4 letters didn’t seem very interesting to me.
    I could count up the 3-letter (and 2-letter?) ones this evening if there’s any interest.

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-22


    twine
    twirl
    twist

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-10-23

    Okay, I’ll be the first one to fall into the trap. 5 letter words beginning with “twi”...

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-23

    Would you believe me if I said “yes”?
    twine
    twirl
    twist
    tongue
    ear

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-24

    twine
    twirl
    twist
    tongue
    ear
    butterfly
    stripe

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-25

    twine
    twirl
    twist
    tongue
    ear
    butterfly
    stripe
    thread
    tape

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-26

    Is “ears” on the list?

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-26

    No.  Ears is not on the list.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-10-26

    (Thinking out loud:) This suggests that the rule is not “semantic”: Doesn’t depend on the meaning of the word.  Though maybe there is some object that might have one “ear”, but not two “ears”.  
    Definitely means that the rule does not depend on containing certain letter combinations.

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-27

    twine


    twirl


    twist


    tongue


    ear


    butterfly


    stripe


    thread


    tape


    spindle


    quill


    @Art Duval.  As a hint, I will say that it is semantic, more or less (and I suppose that someone could even argue that ears belongs on this list if they wanted to....).

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-28

    twine

    twirl

    twist

    tongue

    ear

    butterfly

    stripe

    thread

    tape

    spindle

    quill

    hollow

    shell


    I hope that doesn’t break the formatting.

  • Ryan at 2014-10-28

    seems like a lot of pasta words

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-28

    Ryan is correct...

  • William Fraser at 2014-10-28

    http://www.disgracesonthemenu.com/2011/06/pasta-names-explained.html

  • Ryan at 2014-10-28

    Excellent. I wasn’t sure.


    Try these...:


    Vermin


    Destiny


    Mojo


  • Ryan at 2014-10-29



    Vermin

    Destiny

    Mojo

    Abomination

    Gambit

    Butterfly

  • Ryan at 2014-10-30

    Vermin

    Destiny

    Mojo

    Abomination

    Gambit

    Butterfly

    Tattoo

    Storm

    Thing

  • Ryan at 2014-10-31

    Vermin
    Destiny

    Mojo

    Abomination

    Gambit

    Butterfly

    Tattoo

    Storm

    Thing

    Apocalypse

    Hulk
    Beast

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-01

    Are they all Marvel characters? Hulk seems like a nice clue but some of the others seem familiar now

  • Ryan at 2014-11-01

    Correct.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-01

    Nice one, here’s another one.

    1.Eight

    2.Mint

    3.Dress

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-02

    1.Eight


    2.Mint


    3.Dress

    4. Shoot

    5. Tramp

  • William Fraser at 2014-11-02

    My turn to fall for the trap: One-syllable ords which begin with t

  • William Fraser at 2014-11-02

    Very strange.  That isn’t what I thought I had sent.  Let’s try again:

    One-syllable words which begin with “n” consonants or “n” vowels, where “n” is word-length minus 3.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-02

    Just a coincidence I’m afraid.

    1.Eight


    2.Mint


    3.Dress 


    4. Shoot


    5. Tramp


    6. Rhythm

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-03

    1.Eight


    2.Mint


    3.Dress 


    4. Shoot


    5. Tramp


    6. Rhythm

    7. Let

    8. Basket

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-04

    1.Eight


    2.Mint


    3.Dress 


    4. Shoot


    5. Tramp


    6. Rhythm 


    7. Let


    8. Basket

    9. Wrest

    10.Bask

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-04

    Don’t know if it means anything, but....basketwrestlelettertrampledresser
    So for a lot of these words, we can add two (or three) letters to the end to get a new word, not directly related to the original word (well, dress and dresser is close).  But I don’t see how to do it for all the words.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-04

    Is this typesetting any better?:

    • basket
    • wrestle
    • letter
    • trample
    • dresser

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-05

    You’re not a million miles away Art, but that’s not what I had in mind. Quite a lot of words would fit that criteria but hopefully #11 is an example of one that doesn’t

    1.Eight


    2.Mint


    3.Dress 


    4. Shoot


    5. Tramp


    6. Rhythm 


    7. Let


    8. Basket 

    9. Wrest

    10.Bask

    11.Lifting

    12.Water

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-07

    1.Eight

    2.Mint

    3.Dress 

    4. Shoot

    5. Tramp

    6. Rhythm 

    7. Let

    8. Basket 

    9. Wrest

    10.Bask 

    11.Lifting

    12.Water

    13.Ten

    14.Cling

    15.Bad

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-07

    For many of these words, you can change one letter, often the first letter, often changing it by just one letter in the alphabet, and get a new word.  (But “rhythm” messes up every clever solution I’ve tried.)  For instance:Eight->Fight
    Mint->Lint
    Dress->Cress
    Shoot->Short

    Tramp->Cramp

    Rhythm ???

     Let->Met

    Basket ->Casket

    Wrest->Wrist

    Bask->Cask 

    Lifting->Sifting

    Water>Waver

    Ten>Tin

    Cling->Bling

    Bad->Cad

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-07

    Is “Lift” on the list, or only “Lifting”?

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-08

    Lift is on the list as well, but I have something more specific in mind than changing the first letter

    1.Eight

    2.Mint

    3.Dress 

    4. Shoot

    5. Tramp

    6. Rhythm 

    7. Let

    8. Basket 

    9. Wrest

    10.Bask 

    11.Lifting

    12.Water 

    13.Ten

    14.Cling

    15.Bad

    16.Lift

    17.Beach

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-08

    1.Eight

    2.Mint

    3.Dress 

    4. Shoot

    5. Tramp

    6. Rhythm 

    7. Let

    8. Basket 

    9. Wrest

    10.Bask 

    11.Lifting

    12.Water 

    13.Ten

    14.Cling

    15.Bad 

    16.Lift

    17.Beach

    18.Weight

    19.Modern

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-09

    1.Eight

    2.Mint

    3.Dress 

    4. Shoot

    5. Tramp

    6. Rhythm 

    7. Let

    8. Basket 

    9. Wrest

    10.Bask 

    11.Lifting

    12.Water 

    13.Ten

    14.Cling

    15.Bad 

    16.Lift

    17.Beach 

    18.Weight

    19.Modern

    20.Sail

    21.Hand

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-09

    Words that are also parts of names of (olympic?) sports?  Basketball, wrestling, tennis, rhythmic gymnastics, modern pentathlon, handball, bad-minton, beach volleyball, bicycling.  A few I can’t quite place.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-10

    Congratulations, you’ve got it Art, Olympic sports is exactly what I had in mind. The ones you haven’t mentioned are Dressage, Trampolining, Athletics, Weightlifting (covers several of these), Water Polo, Sailing and Handball.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-10

    OK, new puzzle.

    1. 1. Frankly
    2. 2. refuse
    3. 3. contender

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-11

    1. 1. Frankly
    2. 2. refuse
    3. 3. contender
    4. 4. Kansas
    5. 5. kid
    6. 6. day

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-12

    There’s probably something specific I’ve missed but I can see some words that are part of famous movie quotes. Frankly my dear, I couldn’t give a damn. I made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. I could have been a contender. Here’s looking at you, kid. After all, tomorrow is another day. I can’t recall the exact quote for Kansas but it’s from the Wizard of Oz

  • Richard Lorentz at 2014-11-12

    Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-12

    Well done, Richard!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI%27s_100_Years...100_Movie_Quotes

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-12

    Sorry, I looked too quickly; of course, it is Martyn who deserves the congratulations!

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-14

    Thanks Art, here’s another one.

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-14

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala

  • William Fraser at 2014-11-14

    Citiy names without consecutive vowels.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-14

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala

    6.Freetown

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-14

    Sorry, ignore the last post, Freetown does not belong on the list. It turns out that most of the entries don’t have consecutive vowels, I was in too much of a rush to find one that does!

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 


    6.Nicosia

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-15

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-16

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-17

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-17

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-11-17

    Except for Belmopan, each is both the capital of its country and its largest (most populous) city.  Belmopan is the capital of Belize, whose largest city is Belize City.

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-18

    All the answers on the list are capital cities, but there’s more to it than that. Freetown is the largest city in Sierra Leone but I (accidently) gave away that it isn’t on the list. Other examples are Reykjavik and Tokyo, also not on the list.

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa


    14.Panama City (but not Quito)

    15.Islamabad (but not New Dehli)

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-19

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa

    14.Panama City (but not Quito)

    15.Islamabad (but not New Dehli)

    16.Jerusalem (but not Jakarta)

    17.Stockholm (but not Copenhagen)

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-20

    Time for a clue, the link isn’t necessarily to do with the cities themselves...

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa

    14.Panama City (but not Quito)

    15.Islamabad (but not New Dehli) 

    16.Jerusalem (but not Jakarta)

    17.Stockholm (but not Copenhagen)


    18.Brasilia (but not Berlin)

    19.Warsaw (but not Tallinn)

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-21

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa

    14.Panama City (but not Quito)

    15.Islamabad (but not New Dehli) 

    16.Jerusalem (but not Jakarta)

    17.Stockholm (but not Copenhagen)

    18.Brasilia (but not Berlin)

    19.Warsaw (but not Tallinn)

    20.Lima (but not Madrid)

    21.Ottawa (but not Canberra)

  • William Fraser at 2014-11-21

    Cities which are national capital cities and contains the country’s busiest airport?

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-22

    It’s not that, I’ve not gone into that much trouble to research the list. Canada’s busiest airport is apparently in Toronto rather than Ottawa for example

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa

    14.Panama City (but not Quito)

    15.Islamabad (but not New Dehli) 

    16.Jerusalem (but not Jakarta)

    17.Stockholm (but not Copenhagen)

    18.Brasilia (but not Berlin)

    19.Warsaw (but not Tallinn) 

    20.Lima (but not Madrid)

    21.Ottawa (but not Canberra)


    22.Bangkok (but not Beijing)

    23.Havana (but not Hanoi)

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-22

    Anything to do with the sea or a nearby harbour?

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-22

    It’s nothing to do with that Ypercube. No specialist knowledge required, you just need to know which countries the cities are in, the locations aren’t important.
    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa

    14.Panama City (but not Quito)

    15.Islamabad (but not New Dehli) 

    16.Jerusalem (but not Jakarta)

    17.Stockholm (but not Copenhagen)

    18.Brasilia (but not Berlin)

    19.Warsaw (but not Tallinn) 

    20.Lima (but not Madrid)

    21.Ottawa (but not Canberra)

    22.Bangkok (but not Beijing)

    23.Havana (but not Hanoi)


    24.Dhaka (but not Dakar)

    25.Sofia (but not Doha)

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-23

    1.Baku

    2.Harare

    3.Lisbon 

    4.Mexico City

    5.Kampala 

    6.Nicosia 

    7.Tehran

    8.Kuwait City 

    9.Riga

    10.Belmopan 

    11.Athens

    12.Oslo

    13.Addis Ababa

    14.Panama City (but not Quito)

    15.Islamabad (but not New Dehli) 

    16.Jerusalem (but not Jakarta)

    17.Stockholm (but not Copenhagen)

    18.Brasilia (but not Berlin)

    19.Warsaw (but not Tallinn) 

    20.Lima (but not Madrid)

    21.Ottawa (but not Canberra)

    22.Bangkok (but not Beijing)

    23.Havana (but not Hanoi)

    24.Dhaka (but not Dakar)

    25.Sofia (but not Doha)

    26.Paris (but not Rome)

    27.Ljubljana (but not Tirana)

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-23

    Capitals of countries with even number of letters in thier (country) name?

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-23

    Sorry, Lima doesn’t fit in the above.

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-23

    Oh yes, it does fit. I confused Chile with Peru!

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-11-23

    Well done Ypercube, that’s it. I deliberately stuck with one word countries as well to avoid any ambiguity, but realised I’d need to give examples of cities not on the list as well.

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-24

    Next game:

    snow
    tree
    fire

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-25

    snow
    tree
    fire
    football

  • William Fraser at 2014-11-25

    Christmas?

  • Carroll at 2014-11-25

    Ball ?

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-25

    No, nothing to do with Christmas or balls.

    snow
    tree
    fire
    football
    music

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-11-28

    It seems it isn’t as easy as I thought.

    snow
    tree
    fire
    football
    music
    beer
    sea

  • romei at 2014-12-09

    The 2014 opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi?

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-12-10

    No, nothing to do with Olympics. Or Russia.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-16

    Although I can’t verify it completely right now, I think these were the first Game of Empathy topics.  (It used to be possible to see all Empathy games, ever, I think.)  But I was somehow remembering “snow” was the first topic, and then I was able to check, through searching the forum, that “snow”, “tree”, and “fire” were the very first three topics, in order.

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-12-16

    @Art Duval, congrats! This is the correct answer.

  • ypercube ★ at 2014-12-16

    The first 10 topics, in order:

    snow
    tree
    fire
    football
    music
    beer
    sea
    mathematics
    sky
    computer

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-16

    New puzzle in another day or two, once I’m done grading final exams. 

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-18

    1. 1. Elizabeth
    2. 2. New York
    3. 3. diamonds

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-19

    1. 1. Elizabeth
    2. 2. New York
    3. 3. diamonds
    4. 4. JFK
    5. 5. Aretha Franklin

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-19

    Sorry for the double numbering, still getting a hang for how to do numbered lists, it looks like.

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-21

    1. Elizabeth
    2. New York
    3. diamonds
    4. JFK
    5. Aretha Franklin
    6. pawn
    7. number theory

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-22

    1. Elizabeth
    2. New York
    3. diamonds
    4. JFK
    5. Aretha Franklin
    6. pawn
    7. number theory
    8. Isabella
    9. Bunkers

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-22

    1. Elizabeth
    2. New York
    3. diamonds
    4. JFK
    5. Aretha Franklin
    6. pawn
    7. number theory
    8. Isabella
    9. Bunkers

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-22

    1. Elizabeth
    2. New York
    3. diamonds
    4. JFK
    5. Aretha Franklin
    6. pawn
    7. number theory
    8. Isabella
    9. Bunkers

  • Ryan at 2014-12-22

    Queens? Can’t see a link with them all. Pawns promote. Queen of diamonds in cards. Queen of Soul. Queens, the city. Queen Isabella

  • Art Duval ★ at 2014-12-23

    Yes!
    Queens is a borough of New York, where JFK airport is located.  Also, the television show All in the Family, about Archie Bunker and his family, was set there. Finally, Gauss said that number theory is the queen of mathematics (and that mathematics is the queen of the sciences).

  • Ryan at 2014-12-23

    Excellent. Let’s try this one:

    1. Mobile

    2. Cell
    3. Test


  • William Fraser at 2014-12-23

    'T'

  • Ryan at 2014-12-23

    That’s right! I wondered if it was going to be too easy. But that was faster than I expected for sure. Good job.

  • William Fraser at 2014-12-24

    1.  Acquiesce


    2. Cockamamy


    3. Ecossaise



  • William Fraser at 2014-12-26

    1. Acquiesce
    2. Cockamamy
    3.  Ecossaise
    4.  Muckamuck
    5.  Kaikomako

  • William Fraser at 2014-12-29

    1.  Acquiesce
    2.  Cockamamy
    3.  Ecossaise
    4.  Muckamuck
    5.  Kaikomako
    6.  Coseismic
    7.  Mosaicism

  • Carroll at 2014-12-30

  • Carroll at 2014-12-30

    Names on/of Christmas music disks?

  • William Fraser at 2014-12-30

    Nope.  Interesting guess, though....

  • William Fraser at 2014-12-30

    1.  Acquiesce
    2.  Cockamamy
    3.  Ecossaise
    4.  Muckamuck
    5.  Kaikomako
    6.  Coseismic
    7.  Mosaicism
    8.  Caciquism

  • Martyn Hamer at 2014-12-31

    9 letter words? One of these days it will be something simple like this...

  • Ryan at 2014-12-31

    9 letter words with repeated vowels and consonants? (slightly less simple)

  • William Fraser at 2015-01-04

    Sorry, I forgot to update it:
    1.  Acquiesce
    2.  Cockamamy
    3.  Ecossaise
    4.  Muckamuck
    5.  Kaikomako
    6.  Coseismic
    7.  Mosaicism
    8.  Caciquism
    9.  Misogamic (but not Witticism nor Trinitrin)
    As an extra hint, I’ve only got one 9-letter word left, although if I run out, I may start allowing longer ones.....

  • Carroll at 2015-01-05

    Words composed only of odd-ranked letters.

  • Carroll at 2015-01-05

    Hum why not Acosmisms or Causeways, I must miss something.

  • William Fraser at 2015-01-05

    Carroll is correct, (and I forgot that I eliminated words ending with an ‘S’).

  • Carroll at 2015-01-05

    Nice!
    1. French
    2. Long
    3. Red

  • Carroll at 2015-01-06

    1. French


    2. Long


    3. Red


    4. Smelly


    5. Hairy

  • Ryan at 2015-01-06

    Beans?

  • Carroll at 2015-01-06

    Nope ;)  they are English...
    1. French

    2. Long

    3. Red

    4. Smelly

    5. Hairy

    6. Meaningless

  • Carroll at 2015-01-07

    1. French

    2. Long

    3. Red

    4. Smelly

    5. Hairy

    6. Meaningless

    7. Infinite

  • William Fraser at 2015-01-07

    Okay, let get things started.  Adjectives?

  • Carroll at 2015-01-07

    Yes, but somewhat special ones. 

  • Carroll at 2015-01-08

    1. French

    2. Long

    3. Red

    4. Smelly

    5. Hairy

    6. Meaningless

    7. Infinite

    8. Counterfeit

  • Carroll at 2015-01-08

    1. French

    2. Long

    3. Red

    4. Smelly

    5. Hairy

    6. Meaningless

    7. Infinite

    8. Counterfeit

    9. Extraterrestrial

  • Carroll at 2015-01-09

    1. French

    2. Long

    3. Red

    4. Smelly

    5. Hairy

    6. Meaningless

    7. Infinite

    8. Counterfeit

    9. Extraterrestrial
    10. Adjective

  • Carroll at 2015-01-10

    1. French

    2. Long

    3. Red

    4. Smelly

    5. Hairy

    6. Meaningless

    7. Infinite

    8. Counterfeit

    9. Extraterrestrial
    10. Adjective
    11. Quadrisyllabic

  • romei at 2015-01-11

    Words that do not describe itself e.g. “long” is a short word, “meaningless” has a meaning, “quadrisyllabic” has more than four syllables, etc.

  • Carroll at 2015-01-11

    Congrats, heterological words, would heterological be on the list?

  • romei at 2015-01-12

    Ha! My brain explodes when I try to figure that out :-)

    Here’s the new one:
    1. Harare
    2. Washington D.C.
    3. Paramaribo

  • Carroll at 2015-01-12

    Capitals?

  • romei at 2015-01-13

    Yes, but there’s more to it.

    1. Harare
    2. Washington D.C.
    3. Paramaribo
    4. Bucharest
    5. Berlin
    6. Paris
    7. Amsterdam

  • romei at 2015-01-14

    1. Harare
    2. Washington D.C.
    3. Paramaribo
    4. Bucharest
    5. Berlin
    6. Paris
    7. Amsterdam
    8. Islamabad
    9. Beirut
    10. Tbilisi
    11. Manama

  • romei at 2015-01-27

    1. Harare
    2. Washington D.C.
    3. Paramaribo
    4. Bucharest
    5. Berlin
    6. Paris
    7. Amsterdam
    8. Islamabad
    9. Beirut
    10. Tbilisi
    11. Manama
    12. Belgrade
    13. Beijing
    14. Canberra

  • William Fraser at 2016-04-25

    I don’t know if romei wants to continue the one from last January.  I think we reached the point where he needed to give us a few non-examples.

    In the mean time, I’ve got a quickie.  There are only four members of this “category” so I’ll give them one at a time:

    1.  Flexibly resilient

  • William Fraser at 2016-04-25

    I just realized that two items are needed in order to really create a category.....  Next one is in roughly 24 hours.

    1.  Flexibly resilient

    2.  Executive brief

  • William Fraser at 2016-04-27

    1.  Flexibly resilient

    2.  Executive brief

    3.  Absurd Endeavor

  • William Fraser at 2016-04-28

    1.  Flexibly resilient

    2.  Executive brief

    3.  Absurd Endeavor

    4.  Icily Cold

  • William Fraser at 2016-05-01

    I think it’s time for this thread to go dormant again.

    If someone asks for a hint, I’ll give one.  Otherwise, I’ll just leave this as a puzzle for people to stumble across in the future....

  • wanderer_bot at 2016-05-01

    For whatever reason threads like this (also word association game, word pairs, etc.) all seemed to go dormant when the new site format was introduced.

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