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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:21 pm

The more you solve, the easier it gets.

1. The [ O ] was a character from the [ A ] ‘N [ B ] Show, on the air in the 1950’s. The [ B ] [ I ] Show was on the air in the 1960’s. The [ Y ] and [ M ] Show was on the air in the 1970’s.

2. [ U ] [ N ] is one of many actors to play [ C ] on film, the first being [ P ] [ Z ]. And the [ R ] tradition continues. In an upcoming film, [ C ] will meet [ W ].

3. [ F ] [ D ] played [ W ] on [ Q ] and [ E ].

4. [ P ] and [ E ] explored the territory known as [ S ].

5. [ F ] [ T ] and [ M ] [ P ] spent many years together as a comedy team.

6. If [ G ] [ X ] were still on the air today, the character played by [ U ] J. [ H ] would probably be a fan of [ H ] [ V ]. (Do you remember the very special episodes when [ Y ] [ K ] would visit the [ N ] house?)

7. [ Q ] is the mom from [ G ] [ J ], a show originally created for [ H ].

8. [ U ] J. [ H ] and [ Y ] [ Z ] starred together in a film featuring music by [ L ] [ P ] and the [ V ].

9. [ Y ] [ K ] did most of the scenes with a [ Z ] in one film, played a real-life [ Z ] in another film, and is married to a [ Z ] in real life.

10. [ S ] politician [ L ] [ R ] was also known as The [ O ].
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Re: Variables

Postby Dobie » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:18 pm

I got this one almost as fast as I could jot the answers down.
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The 'n in the first clue pretty much gives it away.
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:46 am

[U] [D]e was also in the [C] series, as mentioned in a previous puzzle.

TV's [C] is now a recurring character on [G][J].

After starring on the creator's previous show, [U] J. [H] made a guest appearance on a TV show whose theme song is called "[W]." The main character on this show had a middle name of [U] and his best friend had a middle name of [#].

[Y] [K] had a film co-star by the name of [U] [E]e [#].

[J] [H] (sorta) made the [V] [R] ago.
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Re: Variables

Postby Neel Mehta » Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:22 am

Bill wrote:9. [ Y ] [ K ] did most of the scenes with a [ Z ] in one film, played a real-life [ Z ] in another film, and is married to a [ Z ] in real life.


That's just a neat bit of information within an already impressive puzzle. And I had no idea that [ P ] [ Z ] existed.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:29 am

Thanks, guys.

Some outtakes that didn't make the final cut:

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When I composed the puzzle, I thought the mom from [ G ] [ J ] was [ Q ] [ I ]. I caught the error just prior to posting.

[ X ] are always a safe gift when you're trying to shop for a [ J ].

[Robert] J. [ D ] wrote a biography of [ M ] [Lee] [ P ].

[Steve][ T ] and [Goldie][Hawn] played a movie couple named [ E ]. (This would have allowed a [Goldie][ Z ] reference in Clue 8.)

[ F ][ N ] and [ U ][McManus] were two of The Usual Suspects.

In an upcoming film, [ C ] will meet [ W ], just like they do in the [Comic Book].

[Comic Book][ J ] thinks this is the Worst. Puzzle. Ever.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:49 am

Answers below:

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A Amos
B Andy
C Batman
D Cain
E Clark
F Dean
G Family
H Fox
I Griffith
J Guy
K Hanks
L Huey
M Jerry
N Keaton
O Kingfish
P Lewis
Q Lois
R Long
S Louisiana
T Martin
U Michael
V News
W Superman
X Ties
Y Tom
Z Wilson
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:55 pm

Here's another variables puzzle. Enjoy!

As a side note, I think it's okay to look stuff up on these. It hadn't occurred to me that people considered this cheating until some of the comments. I think the point is more to unravel the logic than use trivia knowledge.

Of course, some of you have amazing trivia knowledge, and may not need to look any of this up.

Either way...

The more you solve, the easier it gets.

1. While it’s very [ F ] that [ Z ] a [ I ] [ K ], [ D ] is based on the work of [ C ] [ R ] and [ A ] is based on the work of [ X ], I think [ H ] better than both of them.

2. [ V ] [ F ] [ A ] was on the B-Side of [ D ].

3. If you’re a [ J ], you might play at the [ T ] [ B ].

4. [ C ] by [ C ] [ G ] is a line of [ Q ].

5. [ N ] [ J ] [ E ] was a [ L ] [ N ] [ S ], but in the earliest known version (as recorded by [ Y ] [ J ]), it was actually [ I ] [ J ] [ E ] who called for his [ H ] [ V ].

6. [ W ] [ O ] is a compilation album by [ M ] [ J ] [ E ].

7. [ E ] [ P ] wrote [ Z ] the [ W ].

8. [ S ] legend [ O ] [ T ] sang [ I ] [ N ] [ Q ] in a 1997 film.

9. [ G ] [ P ] co-wrote [ S ] [ K ].

10. In a famous poem, [ X ] makes a reference to [ J ] [ Y ] [ U ].
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:51 am

11. [ g ] [ a ] played a fictionalized version of [ i ] [ G ].

12. [ h ] [ a ] was one of the wives of [ i ] [ J ].

13. [ b ] [ P ] played the title role in [ e ] [ o ].

14. [ c ] [ m ] played [ k ] on two [ f ] TV shows.

15. A [ D ] [ d ] is the one that started them all.

16. In The [ d ] [ m ], [ M ] [ J ] [ E ] wishes you a [ L ] [ d ].

17. [ i ], [ e ], and [ l ] were the [ V ] [ n ].

18. [ h ] [ p ] directed the stage production of the [ f ] classic The [ j ] [ J ].

19. [ M ] [ J ] [ E ] and [ h ] [ k ] appeared together in a 1959 film.

20. [ J ] [ Y ] [ U ] is in [ k ].
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:58 am

21. [ q ] [ y ] [ J ] was instrumental in getting [ w ] [ J ] [ r ] established as a national holiday.

22. [ E ] [ P ] wrote [ x ] and [ r ].

23. An unfinished novel by [ G ] [ s ] [ z ], featuring a [ J ] on the cover, was published posthumously, after the author’s 2008 suicide.

24. The expression [ K ] [ t ] comes from a 1719 novel.

25. [ u ] [ t ] never actually said his most famous catchphrase.

26. [ y ] [ P ] played [ g ] [ U ] on [ t ] [ x ] [ v ].

27. The [ t ] the [ # ] movies center on a character named [ g ].

28. [ D ] has a famous dog who nicknamed himself [ u ] [ F ].

29. [ w ] wrote a widely popular German [ d ] hymn in 1524.

30. Scottish novelists [ y ] and [ P ] both wrote of [ Y ] [ z ], a historical figure from the [ # ] century.
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:40 pm

I liked your latest puzzle, Bill. I worked on it off and on for a while, and I think I got most or all of it eventually.

This is kind of experimental, and I'm not sure whether this will work.

I'm going to try a "variables" puzzle with only two facts.

#1. The 1970 film [C][B][H], starring [E][G] and [F][A], was a [D].

#2. If you have a [C] in the game of [A][E], it's [B] to know you should [D].
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:02 pm

I think your experiment worked, because it's both solvable and satisfying.

I admire your discipline, though. I also was thinking about creating an extremely short variables puzzle, and came up with this:

1. [ D ] [ E ] played [ I ] in [ I ] & [ D ].

But then that only made me want to do this:

2. [ A ] [ H ] and [ F ] [ J ] both served as [ K ], but [ A ] [ F ] never did.

3. Both actors who played [ A ] [ F ] [ J ] went on to play a fictional [ K ] in the movies.

4. The [ G ] [ C ] ruled [ B ] for over 400 years.

5. [ H ] [ E ] is most famous for playing [ G ] [ L ], as well as a character inspired by the 1943 film [ B ].

6. [ K ] [ E ] did a cameo on [ C ].

7. [ I ] [ L ] wrote [ L ]: A Memoir of [ I ].
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:31 pm

Now that I think about it, both actors who played [ A ] [ F ] [ J ] not only went on to play a fictional [ K ] in the movies, but they also both played fictional characters on television who wanted to be [ K ].
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Sun Oct 06, 2013 8:03 pm

If anyone is still interested in doing my three-part puzzle above, but you're having trouble getting started, here are a few suggested entry points. Then, the more you solve... well, you know.

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In Clue 16, you might consider the limited number of things someone would be likely to wish you.

Looking at Clues 21 and 29 together might raise the question of how many of our national holidays begin with the name of a German speaker who was alive in 1524, or, for that matter, needed someone to be instrumental in having it established.

Clue 23 references an author's 2008 suicide. You might know who that was, or could find out.

Clues 27 and 30, taken together, might narrow down the possibilities for [ # ], which in turn might give you a number of other variables in those clues.
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:24 pm

Bill wrote:If anyone is still interested in doing my three-part puzzle above, but you're having trouble getting started, here are a few suggested entry points. Then, the more you solve... well, you know.

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In Clue 16, you might consider the limited number of things someone would be likely to wish you.

Looking at Clues 21 and 29 together might raise the question of how many of our national holidays begin with the name of a German speaker who was alive in 1524, or, for that matter, needed someone to be instrumental in having it established.

Clue 23 references an author's 2008 suicide. You might know who that was, or could find out.

Clues 27 and 30, taken together, might narrow down the possibilities for [ # ], which in turn might give you a number of other variables in those clues.


Without saying any more, Clue #5 was my entry point to that one. The rest followed fairly quickly from there.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:39 am

Here is the solution for my three-part puzzle above:

PART ONE

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A Cats
B Center
C Charles
D Charlie Brown
E Cole
F Cool
G David
H Fiddlers
I Good
J King
K Man
L Merry
M Nat
N Old
O Pops
P Porter
Q Shoe
R Schulz
S Soul
T Staples
U Street
V Three
W Top
X T.S. Eliot
Y William
Z You’re


PART TWO

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a Alexander
b Alisan
c Brenda
d Christmas
e Curly
f Disney
g Jason
h Julie
i Larry
j Lion
k London
l Moe
m Song
n Stooges
o Sue
p Taymor


PART THREE

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q Coretta
r Day
s Foster
t Friday
u Joe
v Lights
w Martin Luther
x Night
y Scott
z Wallace
# 13th


And here is the solution for my most recent puzzle, in response to Skullturf's:

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A Benjamin
B China
C Dynasty
D Faith
E Ford
F Franklin
G Han
H Harrison
I Hope
J Pierce
K President
L Solo
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:08 pm

skullturfq wrote:I'm going to try a "variables" puzzle with only two facts.

#1. The 1970 film [C][B][H], starring [E][G] and [F][A], was a [D].

#2. If you have a [C] in the game of [A][E], it's [B] to know you should [D].


Here's the solution to mine:

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A. Black
B. Easy
C. Five
D. Hit
E. Jack
F. Karen
G. Nicholson
H. Pieces
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:40 pm

Wow, it's been quiet around here lately.

Someone do a Variables puzzle or something.

Here, I'll even give you the answers...

[ A ] Ann
[ B ] Barton
[ C ] Big
[ D ] Cale
[ E ] Doors
[ F ] Easy
[ G ] Eric Clapton
[ H ] Fog
[ I ] Garrison
[ J ] Island
[ K ] Jim
[ L ] JJ
[ M ] John
[ N ] London
[ O ] Long
[ P ] Lou
[ Q ] Mel Tormé
[ R ] Morrison
[ S ] Reed
[ T ] Silver
[ U ] Sterling
[ V ] The
[ W ] Treasure
[ X ] Tube
[ Y ] Underground
[ Z ] Velvet

I did my part. Now, you write the clues.

Feel free to throw in some lower case variables of your own if you think it will make the soup taste better.
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Re: Variables

Postby skullturfq » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:14 pm

I was almost going to do one for today, based on the following facts:

It's a day when lots of candy is eaten, including chocolate.
It's John Candy's birthday.
The 1994 Ween Album "Chocolate and Cheese" is dedicated to John Candy. (Admittedly this is an obscure fact.)
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Sat Nov 02, 2013 10:19 am

No interest in a reverse Variables puzzle? Okay.

For the record, here are the connections I started with:


1. Founding members of [ V ] [ Z ] [ Y ] include [ U ] [ R ], [ M ] [ D ], and, of course, [ P ] [ S ], who died last week on [ O ] [ J ].

2. In [ W ] [ J ], narrator [ K ] introduces us to [ O ] [ M ] [ T ].

3. [ Q ] was also known as [ V ] [ Z ] [ H ].

4. [ K ] [ R ] and [ V ] [ E ] got their start at The [ N ] [ H ].

5. [ V ] [ N ] [ Y ] may be [ C ], but it’s [ F ] to find your way around before too [ O ]. You can even ride “[ V ] [ X ]” for as little as two pounds [ U ].

6. [ K ] [ I ] played himself in [ V ] [ C ] [ F ].

7. [ S ] & [ B ] are makers of fine [ U ] [ T ] products.

8. In [ N ], director [ M ] [ B ] is considered a national [ W ].

9. [ L ] [ D ] wrote [ P ]-[ F ]-[ A ], and even performed a version with [ G ].

10. [ G ] chose [ P ] [ A ] [ B ] to perform at his most recent festival.
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Mon May 26, 2014 11:16 am

A new variables puzzle:

Find the movie (and a few TV) titles from the list below. Each variable represents one word. Punctuation has been removed.

Good luck!

1. [ S ] [ M ] [ Z ] [ S ] [ H ] [ C ] (1955)

2. [ P ] (1960)

3. [ O ] [ W ] [ A ] [ T ] [ L ] [ S ] [ Y ] (1968)

4. [ S ] [ M ] [ Z ] [ S ] [ H ] [ J ] (1974)

5. [ S ] [ R ] [ N ] [ F ] [ M ] (TV Series 1974 – 1978)

6. [ V ] [ Q ] (1984)

7. [ G ] [ N ] [ X ] [ U ] [ E ] (1986)

8. [ V ] [ J ] (1986)

9. [ E ] [ K ] (1988)

10. [ K ] [ G ] (1996)

11. [ B ] [ P ] (2000)

12. [ N ] [ F ] [ D ] (2004)

13. [ B ] [ J ] (2005)

14. [ I ] [ D ] [ I ] (2007)

15. [ O ] [ W ] [ A ] [ T ] (TV Series 2011-)

16. [ L ] [ Q ] (2013)

17. [ N ] [ F ] [ C ] (2014)

18. [ A ] [ N ] [ X ] [ U ] [ E ] [ L ] [ S ] [ Y ] (2014)
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Re: Variables

Postby Neel Mehta » Mon May 26, 2014 9:23 pm

Solved. Took a little time.

Unlike previous variable puzzles, I never found a really good entry point based on knowledge. What helped was the alphabetic nature of the variables, and how they sometimes were
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initials.
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Re: Variables

Postby rockgolf » Tue May 27, 2014 7:23 am

I was going to say nobody does it better, but that wasn't accurate.
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Re: Variables

Postby marpocky » Tue May 27, 2014 7:50 pm

I'm also aware of [ O ] (2006) and [ L ] [ T ] (2011)

And there was the 2012 film ([ G ]+[ R ])/(homophone of [ U ]) [ P ](synonym of [ X ])
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Fri May 30, 2014 7:32 am

Thanks to all who played.

The new puzzle was inspired by the two newest movies on the list, currently in release, having the word [N] in them. I noticed the similarity between 17 and 12, as well as the similarity between 18 and 7. 17 lead me to 1, which suggested 4, and I was off.

Answers below:

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[A] A
[B] American
[C] Arm
[D] Baby
[E] Die
[F] Dollar
[G] Eight
[H] Golden
[I] Gone
[J] Gun
[K] Hard
[L] In
[M] Man
[N] Million
[O] Once
[P] Psycho
[Q] Secret
[R] Six
[S] The
[T] Time
[U] To
[V] Top
[W] Upon
[X] Ways
[Y] West
[Z] With
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Re: Variables

Postby Bill » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:40 am

This space intentionally left blank.
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