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#1 2010-05-19 07:27:18

gurthbruins
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Word Game #57

Word Game #57

In this game, there is a hidden rule which defines valid and invalid words.
It's an extremely simple rule, but with a simple twist, so no examples are given.

Questions may be asked, but may or may not be answered, probably won't.

Post a list of ten words before Noon GMT Friday 21 May. After that, no more than one list per player per day.

There is no scoring of points. Every list will be checked by me and I will state, by referring to the post #, how many valid words it contains, but not which. E.g. "#2: 3; #3: 1; #4: 0." Is that clear enough?

The winner will be the first player to post a list of 10 valid words.

I forecast that the number of valid words posted will be quite high.
A tip: in view of the "twist", make no assumptions!

It's the activity of the intelligence above all that gives charm to existence.

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#2 2010-05-19 23:16:06

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Re: Word Game #57

Curious!

Don't know how to start this off...the beginning of the intro will do.

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#3 2010-05-20 04:39:59

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Re: Word Game #57

I reckon the best policy here is to take a wild stab at the rule and make a list accordingly.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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#4 2010-05-21 00:12:38

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Re: Word Game #57

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3
valid:   0    1

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#5 2010-05-21 06:57:59

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"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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#6 2010-05-22 00:29:32

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Re: Word Game #57

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #5
valid:   0    1    2

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#7 2010-05-23 21:46:48

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Hmmm...fingers crossed!

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#8 2010-05-23 23:03:31

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Re: Word Game #57

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #5  #7
valid:   0    1    2    1

Come to think of it, you don't really need any opponents in this game, it's just as much fun without...  something like 20 Questions.

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#9 2010-05-24 03:06:35

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Yes, solo's fine. Reminds me of Mastermind, too.

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#10 2010-05-24 03:16:58

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Hey Ya!!!
I'll come to #57 after am done with #66!

Tell you what, i'm gonna post the same lists here too....

If two or more thoughts intersect, there has to be a point!

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#11 2010-05-24 03:22:30

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Ha! ha! - the game's over.... well done, p!!!

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#12 2010-05-24 04:58:42

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Ah, nice work phrontister.

I didn't participate in this one too much, but I do enjoy these, gurth. Keep 'em coming if you can!

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It wanted to be normal.

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#13 2010-05-24 07:44:57

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Ok, mathsyperson, next game coming right up! But this game is over. Your list in post #12 would have scored 0 points, because your name doesn't start with p.

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#14 2010-05-24 08:31:41

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Ah, sneaky. I got all twisted up.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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#15 2010-05-24 11:42:35

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You'll have to rub out mathsy's point from #3, gurth.

I agree with mathsyperson...keep 'em comin'.

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#16 2010-05-24 12:23:55

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Nuh uh! I got that point fair and square.

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It wanted to be normal.

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#17 2010-05-24 19:25:50

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Yup, p, mathsy earned his point...

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#18 2013-05-22 11:01:43

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Re: Word Game #57

I think I got this one.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
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#19 2013-05-23 04:11:19

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Hi stefy,

I don't know if gurth is still monitoring these as his last post on MIF was over a year ago...so I'll mark yours and say "You got it!"

EDIT: Oops...WRONG! (see post #21)

(apologies if I jumped in prematurely, gurth)

Last edited by phrontister (2013-05-24 04:37:41)

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#20 2013-05-24 03:32:42

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Seems to me my post #13 effectively ended this game, so that further tries are out. I don't see an 'a' in all stefy's words... so they fail.

At the moment I don't seem inspired to continue these particular games, I am rather discovering and playing other games, such as the 'mastermind' phrontister referred to. Now I'm tired of mastermind because there is too much luck in it. Castello is my current favourite.
I've also been posting a lot of 'cryptic crossword' clues on Facebook's Cryptic Crossword Society, but I'm giving that a break now as interest in my particular sort of clue (highly unorthodox) has waned.

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#21 2013-05-24 04:23:51

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Re: Word Game #57

Hi gurth,

Ah yes...of course! Forgot about that!

Hi stefy,

gurthbruins wrote:

Seems to me my post #13 effectively ended this game, so that further tries are out...At the moment I don't seem inspired to continue these particular games

Sorry, stefy, but your score is 6. Try not to look at the two posts I mentioned if you can, because they give the game away. I'll continue to mark your lists for you if you like.

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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#22 2013-05-24 05:51:13

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Re: Word Game #57

gurthbruins wrote:

UPDATED RESULTS

post:   #2  #3  #5
valid:   0    1    2

Huh? Which words got counted in #5?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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#23 2013-05-24 06:01:25

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Do you reeeeally want to know? If I tell you it will spoil the game because it's too big a hint, and I think you'd rather solve this puzzle by yourself.

gurth scored my list correctly...and he never gave such hints in any of his games. I don't think I should either.

You'll like the clever twist when you find it!

Bed time!

Last edited by phrontister (2013-05-24 06:06:17)

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#24 2013-05-24 06:20:33

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The only thing I can think of is what I already tried. I do not see any other pattern in any of your correct words.

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
The knowledge of some things as a function of age is a delta function.

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#25 2013-05-24 11:16:08

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Re: Word Game #57

gurthbruins wrote:

It's an extremely simple rule, but with a simple twist, so no examples are given.

I forecast that the number of valid words posted will be quite high.

A tip: in view of the "twist", make no assumptions!

You can assume that, though simple, it's sneaky (as mathsy said), and is such that it won't readily come to mind. >evil grin<

Try posting some lists (10 long) of words for me to mark, and the light may come on...eventually!

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