## Sunday, February 19, 2012

UPDATE: In the original post, I forgot to clarify the rule about Y's. See below.

Here's a puzzle I made up recently to pass the time on an airplane. Solutions welcome in the comments - I'll post my solutions later on.

(Read through to the bottom for notes and suggestions.)

1. AA/AA: Find a word with four A's, and no other vowels.

2. AA/EE: Find a word with two A's and two E's, and no other vowels.

3. AA/II: Find a word with two A's and two I's, and no other vowels.

4. AA/OO: Find a word with two A's and two O's, and no other vowels.

5. AA/UU: Find a word with two A's and two U's, and no other vowels.

6. AA/YY: Find a word with two A's and two Y's, and no other vowels.

7. EE/EE: Find a word with four E's, and no other vowels.

8. EE/II: Find a word with two E's and two I's, and no other vowels.

9. EE/OO: Find a word with two E's and two O's, and no other vowels.

10. EE/UU: Find a word with two E's and two U's, and no other vowels.

11. EE/YY: Find a word with two E's and two Y's, and no other vowels.

12. II/II: Find a word with four I's, and no other vowels.

13: II/OO: Find a word with two I's and two O's, and no other vowels.

14: II/UU: Find a word with two I's and two U's, and no other vowels.

15: II/YY: Find  word with two I's and two Y's, and no other vowels.

16: OO/OO: Find a word with four O's, and no other vowels.

17. OO/UU: Find a word with two O's and two U's, and no other vowels.

18. OO/YY: Find a word with two O's and two Y's, and no other vowels.

19. UU/UU: Find a word with four U's, and no other vowels.

20. UU/YY: Find a word with two U's and two Y's, and no other vowels.

21. YY/YY: Find a word with four Y's, and no other vowels.

NOTES

I was not able to solve #20 or #21.

"Two O's" means exactly two O's, not "two or more." It does not mean that the two O's have to be consecutive (although consecutive is allowed of course).

UPDATE: I ought to have noted in the original post that for purposes of this puzzle, Y is a vowel. So when it says "no other vowels," that includes Y's. For example, "a word with two A's and two I's, and no other vowels" should not contain any Ys at all.

In general, the words I like to work with are the standard "word game" variety. I avoid proper nouns, foreign words, slang, contractions, hyphenated words, or acronyms. I also try to avoid jargon.

However, there are some hyphenated words among my solutions to this puzzle.

Let us agree that shorter words make "nicer" solutions to a puzzle like this - so as a challenge, try for the shortest word you can find in each case.

Enjoy!

Cristian Ferreyra said...

Ok, at this point I have the following:

ee/ee: esteeemed, redeemed, exceeded
ae/ae: aerate
ou/ou: outpour

Bill McCallum said...

So far I have jacaranda, manatee, brainiac, unfactual, and payday.

Bill McCallum said...

Here are some more, not all conforming to the rules:

- esteemed
- illegible, insincere
- monotreme
- unreturned
- rye-wye (see http://www.textfiles.com/humor/strine.txt)

- digitizing
- coition
- unsuiting
- willy-nilly

- humorous
- boy-toy

Bill McCallum said...

hurly-burly, hurdy-gurdy

Bill McCallum said...

sulfur-guru (one who knows a lot about sulfur)

whytry-dryfry (a cooking technique invented for a dropout prevention program)

Cristian Ferreyra said...

Thanks for the puzzle, Jason. Throughout the day I would jot down a word that would come to mind. I have a bout half or so. There a few instances where I have more than one word for a particular vowel scenario. If I think of any of the missing ones I'll post them.

aerate, antennae, airmail, statistical, paratroops, boatload, arugula, anyway, esteemed, redeemed, exceeded, deities, believing, deceiving, honoree, bootlegger, queue, civilizing, footstool, outpour

Bill McCallum said...

Oh, arugula is excellent!

Cristian Ferreyra said...

A few more that popped into my head:

catamaran, poisoning, unfulfilling, yo-yo, roly-poly, fuddy-duddy

Thanks, Bill. I especially liked that one, too.