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RATS! [Mar. 21st, 2012|07:18 pm]
Nicodemus
Given the topics of “puzzles” and “rats” in the recent meme, I decided to create another word puzzle. It shouldn’t be too difficult. Assume that comments may contain answers/spoilers so don’t read until you’ve made your own attempt at the puzzle. Enjoy! :)


RATS!
Replace the “rats” with six-letter words that contain the letters R, A, T, and S, plus two others, in any order.

1. If you wear a tail out in public you may get a lot of RATS.
2. Mechanical aptitude is one of the RATS covered by the test.
3. Between the winter snowstorms they had to RATS my street.
4. This painting doesn’t appeal even though I normally like the RATS.
5. To reach the mezzanine you go around the corner and use the RATS.
6. I’ve always wanted to see the RATS of Gibraltar.
7. I got drinks at the drivethru but forgot the RATS.
8. I’m sure Demento fans remember the Ray Stevens novelty song, “The RATS”.
9. Pet rats love yogurt RATS.
10. I planted marigolds, zinnias, and RATS.
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[User Picture]From: jackalopejess
2012-03-22 03:23 am (UTC)
1. If you wear a tail out in public you may get a lot of STARES.
2. Mechanical aptitude is one of the TRAITS covered by the test.
3. Between the winter snowstorms they had to RATS my street.
4. This painting doesn’t appeal even though I normally like the RATS.
5. To reach the mezzanine you go around the corner and use the STAIRS.
6. I’ve always wanted to see the STRAIT of Gibraltar.
7. I got drinks at the drivethru but forgot the STRAWS.
8. I’m sure Demento fans remember the Ray Stevens novelty song, “The RATS”.
9. The running cheetah would RATS after its prey.
10. I planted marigolds, zinnias, and RATS.


I couldn't figure them all out, but I tried!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 03:38 am (UTC)
Between you, that's 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 answered. Unsolved: 3, 4, 9, and 10.

Also note that there is a different clue for 9. I posted a wrong edit of the list. :P
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 03:34 am (UTC)
Very good... And I just noticed I made a mistake! Clue 9 was supposed to be replaced:

9. Pet rats love yogurt RATS.
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[User Picture]From: gilmorelion
2012-03-22 03:37 am (UTC)
Treats

And after I'd hustled to try and find an answer to the first one!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 03:39 am (UTC)
Bonus points? :)
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[User Picture]From: gilmorelion
2012-03-22 03:36 am (UTC)
1. Stares
2. Traits
3. Resalt
4. Artist
5. Stairs
6. Straits
7. Straws
8. Streak
9. Thrash
10. Asters
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 03:42 am (UTC)
Bravo! And with alternate #9 too. CongRATSulations! :D

Edited at 2012-03-22 03:42 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gilmorelion
2012-03-22 03:43 am (UTC)
Yay!
*does the Gilmore-Dance*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 03:50 am (UTC)
There's a Gilmore Dance?

Vid plz!

;)
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[User Picture]From: gilmorelion
2012-03-22 03:51 am (UTC)
NOO!! No living eyes must ever view the white lion dancing! It is too much for mortal souls! You would die from sheer laughter!
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[User Picture]From: aprivatefox
2012-03-22 05:30 am (UTC)
1) STARes
2) TRAitS
4) ARTiSt
5) STAiRs
6) STRAit
7) STRAws
9) TReAtS
10) ASTeRs

Couldn't get 3 or 8, to my chagrin.

If you like this stuff, have you considered doing DASH in Seattle next month? http://www.playdash.org/DASH4/
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 02:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh, had never heard of it. Looks intriguing. Are you participating, then?
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2012-03-22 08:03 am (UTC)
1) stares
2) traits
3)
4) artist
5) stairs
6) strait
7) straws
8) streak
9) treats
10

8 of 10? erk...
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[User Picture]From: rattuskid
2012-03-22 08:36 am (UTC)
Yogurt drops aren't actually that good for rats.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 02:11 pm (UTC)
That may be, but I stand by the puzzle's statement that rats love 'em. :)
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[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2012-03-22 11:33 am (UTC)
I got most of these, I'm pleased to say, but a lot of them worked just fine as they are. Rats are so versatile!

Edited at 2012-03-22 11:39 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2012-03-22 01:10 pm (UTC)
No one seems to have mentioned the other answer to number 1: haters. I suppose we all hope to get stares instead, though ;)

For some reason (possibly efficiency) my first move in response to a puzzle like this isn't to just stare at it and hope the answer comes to me, but to grep the wordlist on my computer to get a list of words that fit the criteria, then look through them to spot suitable answers. I expect this is "cheating", but... I don't care, really! :>

2: traits, 3: recast? starch? :p 4: artist (or master?) 5: stairs 6: strait 7: straws, probably (pastry/repast/taster/afters/roasts) 8: streak 9: ? 10: asters
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, cool, I didn't spot that alternate answer! Very good.

You can solve this puzzle however you choose. Though I doubt you'd find the intended answer for #3, resalt, as it doesn't show in most word lists (but I'd argue it's a word).
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[User Picture]From: pippinbear
2012-03-22 06:57 pm (UTC)
Indeed, "resalt" is in the large "web2" wordlist (235k words, derived from an old edition of Webster's, I believe) but not the standard "words" list (98k words) on my computer.
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[User Picture]From: wolfstoy
2012-03-22 03:01 pm (UTC)
Just FYI, LJ now has a "Spoilers" tag that allows you to hide answers (or longer amounts of text) until it is clicked on (without reloading the page like a cut).
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-03-22 07:21 pm (UTC)
Cool. I didn't know about that feature. Thanks!
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