July 7th, 2006

Tardy Turtle: writer


Wow, it's been a while since I posted. I've been busy and wasn't paying attention...

Saw Wordplay last night with kit_ping. Good movie! I'm a puzzle fan, though I never got deeply into crosswords. This was a fascinating view into the world of expert crossword solvers (and constructors). It covers a crossword convention (reminiscent of a small furry con, with talent show and filking... gotta love that fandom togetherness!) and the people involved. A well-made movie, with some attention paid to editing and graphics that really carried what could've been a very dry subject.

Been working on my own writing a bit. I'm rewriting some early chapters which I originally wrote (overly) quickly. This revision should make them a bit more coherent and consistent with later parts of the novel. Hopefully, I'll be done soon, which will mark what I'll officially dub "complete first draft".

Other than that... Work and miscellaneous projects. The usual.
Splinter: Sensei

Puzzle: Word Bridges

Having seen a puzzle movie, my brain is back in puzzle mode. So here's a word puzzle for people to chew on!

This puzzle is based on sequences of words where each adjacent pair also combines to create a single word. (I'm using dictionary.com as my reference on which of these compounds are single words.) Fill in the blanks in the chains. I've tried to order them roughly by difficulty.

EX: quick - _____ - storm
The blank is "sand", since "quicksand" and "sandstorm" are both words, as is "sand" itself. Note that all of the blanks are words by themselves.

  1. hard - _____ - pile
  2. _____ - acetic
  3. re - _____ - lop
  4. tit - _____ - ode
  5. anima - _____ - _____
  6. be - _____ - close - _____
  7. in - _____ - ion
  8. _____ - cob - _____
  9. door - _____ - _____ - per
  10. back - _____ - yard
  11. plain - _____ - _____ - age
  12. _____ - base - _____ - _____ - _____ - ward

Note that there may be more than one answer for blanks (though I've tried to limit the possibilities). I'll put up my answers later this afternoon. Feel free to post any questions about the puzzle, boasts about solve times, rants about how easy/hard it was, or whatnot -- but no answers! (Comments are unscreened.) Enjoy!