Saturday, July 28, 2012

GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: Contiguous Consonants

breastroke, matchstick, corkscrew, postscriptGeekDad Puzzle of the Week: Contiguous Consonants:
Q: [GeekDad had] a lot of time to work out several phrases that incorporated words with multiple adjacent non-vowels or "contiguous consonants." For purposes of this puzzle, please consider the letter "y" strictly as a consonant. In parentheses, after each phrase is the number of words, and each word's count of contiguous consonants.
  • Ice-free, super tall buildings in Scranton (3w/6c)
  • Encoding long words in a fixed orbit (3w/6c)
  • Crazy fish-studier’s two wheeled transport (3w/5c)
  • Melodic equivalents to the "Queen of Diamonds" (Condon)(3w/6c)
  • Sufficiently valuable magic during the America’s Cup (3w/5c)
  • Where playing Beethoven on your iPhone was invented (3w/5c)
  • Artificial disk-flip game (2w/5c)
  • Rotational energy "battery," 10-10 meters across (2w/5c)
For those that have struggled with the math problems, this might be more up your alley. The hardest one, in my opinion, is the 4th one; I'm not completely happy with my answer. Which ones do you find tricky? Remember don't give anything away since this is a contest with a prize. Feel free to read the full puzzle details on the GeekDad site and submit your answers by Friday for a chance at the $50 prize.

Edit: The deadline has passed and I've posted our answers in the comments. I'm still waiting to see the intended answers, especially for #4.

4 comments:

  1. I got #7; that must be the easiest one.

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  2. I think the deadline has now passed, and it's safe to say that I think #7 is TIDDLY-WINKS.

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  3. Here are the answers we came up with:

    Ice-free, super tall buildings in Scranton (3w/6c)
    noncrystallized Pennsylvanian skyscrapers

    Encoding long words in a fixed orbit (3w/6c)
    geosynchronous polysyllabic encryption

    Crazy fish-studier’s two wheeled transport (3w/5c)
    psychotic ichthyologist's motorcycle

    Melodic equivalents to the “Queen of Diamonds” (Condon)(3w/6c)
    rhythmic posthypnotic catchphrase

    Sufficiently valuable magic during the America’s Cup (3w/5c)
    worthwhile yachtsmen witchcraft

    Where playing Beethoven on your iPhone was invented (3w/5c)
    touchscreen symphony birthplace

    Artificial disk-flip game (2w/5c)
    synthetic tiddlywinks

    Rotational energy “battery,” 10^-10 meters across (2w/5c)
    ångström flywheel

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  4. Clearly, I didn't get it at all.

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