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#76 2010-03-25 13:53:34

phrontister
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Re: Metamorphosis

A couple of obscure words in your answer, Bobby...brest & clach. You must have a good dictionary.

brest (n: damage, injury, harm, wrong; failure, want) is in the O.E.D, and clach (same as clachan - a Scottish word for a small village) appears in the Chambers and Webster's Third New International Dictionary.

My solution is a couple shorter than yours and is quite different:

I've only just picked up my computer from the computer hospital (cpu was overheating very badly), so I haven't had time to look at your puzzle yet. Looks interesting...will tonight.

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#77 2010-03-25 14:00:41

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Re: Metamorphosis

Hi;

I had your answer but didn't want to use blocs as it is just a plural of bloc. But if it is OK with you then I will add it to my dictionary.

Sorry to hear about your computer.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#78 2010-03-25 14:40:21

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Re: Metamorphosis

Computer's all fixed smile ...but my pocket is lighter sad. Computer can now render a video at a good rate and at the same time give me MIF time too.

I think that pluralizing simply by adding an 's' may be one of the banned suffixes ganesh had in mind. I'm not sure about tense and other simple suffixes (eg, aided, aider).

Not sure...give them the chop (but exactly which...could be messy), or maybe just allow everything (less mess)? A drawback in allowing these simple suffixes is that they reduce the challenge. But is that important?

Maybe just banning simple 1-letter suffixes like would be good...but what about 'n' (shown, flown). There are probably others, but I have to go and can't think of examples right now.


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#79 2010-03-25 14:51:19

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Re: Metamorphosis

Hi;

That's good. This is the challenge.

killer -> murder -> motive


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#80 2010-03-26 08:55:44

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FIRST -> THIRD -> TENTH

Sorry, but I haven't had time to check my new puzz...gotta rush.


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#81 2010-03-26 15:16:37

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Re: Metamorphosis

Hi phrontister;

Couldn't get from first to third. Only could find liest and fiest from first and they are both dead ends.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#82 2010-03-27 03:14:05

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Hi Bobby,

The O.E.D. has virst as a southern Middle English variant of first. From there we can get verst, verse, terse, tense, tease etc; and so fourth, and so fifth (not to mention other intermediate routes)...until we can probably get to third after going around the world twice. I'm not even sure if such a tenuous variant existence is valid.

Your liest could continue diest, doest, goest, gorst, gorse...or diest, doest, dowst, dowse...

Maybe I'll pursue one of those lines later. Sorry...I shouldn't have posted my puzzle before checking it out virst (sic), but I didn't anticipate this snag. sad

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#83 2010-03-27 13:30:07

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Re: Metamorphosis

Hi phrontister;

Didn't know that word virst and wasn't in my word collections. I will add it. No, don't be sorry, you gave some words I didn't know.

I guess I must pick:

seller -> curber -> robber


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#84 2010-03-28 02:27:18

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Hi Bobby,

I guess I must pick

But you haven't solved FIRST -> THIRD -> TENTH yet. I've found a solution...it was tough!


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#85 2010-03-28 11:05:05

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Hi;

Okay you want me to do it. I had to resort to a lot of starnge words to get it done:

If that is okay then here is a new one.

seller -> curber -> robber


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#86 2010-03-30 12:51:53

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Hi Bobby,

I had to resort to a lot of starnge words to get it done

I have two versions: one using plurals and one not. The

is much more impressive because it's the longer of the two and (to me - probably not you) reads like it was compiled by a coiner of new words. Clearly my ignorance is the stumbling block here...they're probably all as common as dirt and are used everywhere.

FROM -> LOVE -> HATE


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#87 2010-04-01 22:10:04

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milk -> soda -> beer


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#88 2010-04-02 10:13:33

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Re: Metamorphosis

SCORE THREE GOALS


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#89 2010-04-02 10:34:42

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Re: Metamorphosis

Hi;

Here is an easy one:

coal -> gold -> ruby


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#90 2010-04-05 15:26:22

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Re: Metamorphosis

My answer to FROM -> LOVE -> HATE was

, and to MILK -> SODA -> BEER is
.

MATHS -> FORUM -> GAMES

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#91 2010-04-05 18:45:05

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Hi phrontister;

wolf -> bull -> lamb


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#92 2010-04-05 23:02:35

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Re: Metamorphosis

Hi Bobby,

to MATHS -> FORUM -> GAMES were nearly the same.

WHICH -> WITCH

My answer to this is very long...but maybe I missed a good move.

Last edited by phrontister (2010-04-06 09:56:36)


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#93 2010-04-06 15:10:39

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Re: Metamorphosis

Here is a short one that uses only one weird word, baith. It's in the dict. but I never heard of it before.

boy -> eat -> pie


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#94 2010-05-09 21:19:20

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Re: Metamorphosis

Shorter Solution to Challenge 6

SHUT
SHOT
SHOD
SHED
SEED
SPED
APED
OPED
OPEN

"And winking marybuds begin
To ope their golden eyes" - Shakespeare

Last edited by gurthbruins (2010-05-09 21:53:12)


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#95 2010-05-09 21:31:58

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Re: Metamorphosis

gurthbruins wrote:

Shorter Solution to Challenge 6

SHUT
SHOT
SHED
SEED
SPED
APED
OPED
OPEN

"And winking marybuds begin
To ope their golden eyes" - Shakespear

wave


u'r missing a word between SHOT and SHED
i'm not very good at this game  dunno


If two or more thoughts intersect with each other, then there has to be a point.

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#96 2010-05-09 21:57:41

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Thanks, ZHero, I fixed it now. The Shakespeare too - I didn't mean to use that heterodox spelling.


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#97 2010-05-09 22:06:39

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Hey gurthbruins! I don't want to sound an exponent here but you can go to the "profile" at the top of this page and edit your "signature" in the "personality" option.
That way it'd be displayed below all your texts!

And that's too much of thanks already... buddy!  dizzy


Welcome to "Maths Is Fun(ny?)"  up

and please make it "To open their..." etc  tongue

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#98 2010-05-13 09:43:01

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Re: Metamorphosis

No Zhero, ope is correct, not open. (If ope was incorrect, so would oped be).

I always welcome advice, especially when I drive a car. That way I might go through fewer red lights. Even when it is not necessary.
Fun(nily) enough, I just added a signature before I did this post, so presumably it will appear now. I will get around to the avatar soon, I promise.

The Shakespeare quote wasn't meant to be a signature, it was meant to defend my use of the word OPED !!!

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#99 2010-05-14 09:03:51

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Re: Metamorphosis

BOY
BAY
BAT
EAT
PAT
PIT
PIE


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A: Click here for answer.

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#100 2010-05-14 09:06:21

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Re: Metamorphosis

Did you leave one?


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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