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Categories Puzzle [Mar. 18th, 2009|11:54 pm]
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Now, something more light-hearted!

This is a "categories" puzzle (ala Will Shortz) where there's a theme word and then a number of categories. For each one, you need to name different items in the category which begin with the letters in the theme word.

Some categories are a bit trickier than others. I found that for most I'd breeze all the way through except for one or two letters... See how you do! I do have at least one complete set of answers for each of the categories. Feel free to post answers though, as is typical for my puzzle posts, comments are not screened so if you want it to be a challenge do the solving before reading 'em.




Today's theme word is A N T H R O

Example: Phonetic Alphabet
Possible Answers: Alpha November Tango Hotel Romeo Oscar

1. Animals (common names)
2. Trees (varieties of)
3. US State Capitals
4. Chemical Elements
5. Countries
6. Colors (some creativity necessary)
7. Bodies in the Solar System
8. Proper Names from Tolkien's LotR
9. Muppets (names of characters)
10. Instruments

Googleriffic Bonus:
B1. Animals (latin genus)

Silly Bonus:
B2. Anthropomorphics, all about (wild creativity encouraged)
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[User Picture]From: bogglerat
2009-03-19 07:41 am (UTC)
It's like Scattergories. Well I tried to do it without looking at anything, so there's gaps. If you want the challenge, don't read further.

1.
Antelope
Nutria
Tiger
Hippopotamus
Rat
Orca

2.
Ash
N
T
Hardwood
Redwood
Oak

3.
Albequerque
Nashville
Tallehassie
Honolulu
R
Olympia

4.
Aluminum
Nitrogen
Titanium
Hydrogen
Radium
Oxygen

5.
Argentina
Nicaragua
Tobago
Haiti
Romania
Oman

6.
Amber
Neon pink
Turquoise
H
Red
Orange

7.
Asteroid
Neptune
Titan
Heliopause
Rockets
Oort cloud

8.
Aragorn
N
Tom Bombadil
H
R
O

9.
Animal
N
T
H
Red
Oscar

10.
A
N
Tambourine
Horn
Recorder
Organ

B1
A
N
T
H
Rattus
O

B2
Anthrocon
Nicodemus
Taur
Herbstcon
Rainfurrest
Orwin
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2009-03-19 08:55 am (UTC)

A few stumped me

1. Animals (common names)
Aardvark, Narwhal, Tiger, Hen, Rabbit, Okapi
2. Trees (varieties of)
Ash, ?, Teak, ?, Redwood, Oak
3. US State Capitals
Austin, Nashville, Trenton, Helena, Richmond, Olympia
4. Chemical Elements
Antimony, Nitrogen, Thallium, Helium, Rhenium, Osmium
5. Countries
Angola, Namibia, Tanzania, Haiti, Rwanda, Oman
6. Colors (some creativity necessary)
Aquamarine, Navy blue, Teal, Heliotrope, Royal blue, Ochre
7. Bodies in the Solar System
Ariel, Neptune, Titan, Halley's Comet, Rhea, Oberon
8. Proper Names from Tolkien's LotR
Arwen, Nazgul, Treebeard, Helm's Deep, Radagast, Orthanc
9. Muppets (names of characters)
Animal, Nigel, Telly, Horn & Hardart, Robin, Oscar
10. Instruments
Alpenhorn, ?, Tympani, Horn, Rebec, Ocarina

Googleriffic Bonus:
B1. Animals (latin genus)
Alligator, Nautilus, Testudo, Heloderma, Rana, Octopus

Silly Bonus:
B2. Anthropomorphics, all about
Animation, Nonsanity Cat, Talking animals, Havoc Inc., Rainfurrest, Omaha the Cat Dancer
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-03-20 05:01 am (UTC)

Re: A few stumped me

Nice work! (And fast, up to your usual standards.)

An N instrument is actually quite hard. Scouring the Internet, all I could find were nakers, nose flute, and natural horn.

"Heliotrope" -- Excellent. One I'd not heard of. :)
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2009-03-20 06:19 am (UTC)

Re: A few stumped me

Wait, the nose flute's a real thing? It's not something Peter Schickele made up? Huh.

Edited at 2009-03-20 06:20 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2009-03-19 06:09 pm (UTC)

...heh, guesses deleted..

...because I forgot 'H' in all of the ones I answered. ;D
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[User Picture]From: whobunkyboo
2009-03-19 10:18 pm (UTC)
1) Amethyst
2) Nephrite
3) Tourmaline
4) Hematite
5) Rhodochrosite
6) Onyx
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[User Picture]From: whobunkyboo
2009-03-19 10:19 pm (UTC)
duh...nevermind...I listed my own instead of answering, but I am happy with them..
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-03-20 05:05 am (UTC)
Nice! I thought about doing a gemstones list, by coincidence, but I couldn't find a full set of answers. :)
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[User Picture]From: whobunkyboo
2009-03-20 06:26 am (UTC)
I had to check my list of gemstone names to come up with Nephrite, I admit. All the other ones came quickly to mind.
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[User Picture]From: captpackrat
2009-03-19 11:02 pm (UTC)
B1: (Rodent bonus edition!)
Aplodontia
Neotoma
Tamias
Heteromys
Rattus
Octodon
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-03-20 05:02 am (UTC)
Wonderful! I actually had only found half of them as rodents in my answers. :D
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