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an odd puzzle ...

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  1. keys Spain

    keys Well-Known Member Full Member

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    The clues lead indirectly to a single word.

    example
    (bright) light 6
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    fox 3
    marmalade 6
    cab 6
    beans 5
    background 4
    plant 5
    flower 6
    *****************************

    This was a (failed) effort to gain the attention of my 14 yrs old nephew. His life is consumed by a great deal of screentime, mobile, tablet, tv, movies, gaming etc. I offered him a reward if he could solve the puzzle, with help if neccessary, but not a flicker of interest.

    An older nephew has taken up the challenge, but weeks later still no solution. I wonder if it is more difficult than I thought, or just lack of application.

    My goal was to create something akin to a crossword, but requiring more consideration and reasoning. Also crosswords, even fiendishly hard ones, can easily be completed using solver apps.

    A search engine can help with my puzzle, but not until you work out what you are looking for. In this case Google does not have the answer, until you have the question(s).
     
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  3. wonder_lander United States

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    I'd love to give it a go but I don't get it at all :)

    Can you explain the example at all?

    example
    (bright) light 6
     
  4. omcgb United Kingdom

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    red fox
    orange marmalade
    yellow cab
    baked beans
     
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    black beans ... are they all colours?
     
  6. wonder_lander United States

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    So we have a number that relates to the length of the word we are looking to get?
     
  7. keys Spain

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    a promising start from my first two students:)

    Finding the answer will show understanding of the puzzle, but real benefit is mental exercise and a sense of achievement.
     
  8. keys Spain

    keys Well-Known Member Full Member

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    The 14 yr old had a couple of other clues including,

    just an illusion
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    Is the word imagination ?
     
  10. keys Spain

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    imagination may help, but it is not the answer
     
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    red
    orange
    yellow
    green
    blue
    indigo (?)
    violet
     
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    Colours of the Rainbow
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    Rainbow was going to be my next guess. Especially give the just an illusion clue.
     
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  14. keys Spain

    keys Well-Known Member Full Member

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    well done @boxfish and @omcgb

    do you think that was a reasonable challenge for a 14 yr old?
     
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    I would say so, especially if you're giving them some clues!
     
  16. keys Spain

    keys Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Solved in less than an hour, and just for fun!

    I conclude that domainers are smart and motivated. I wonder how you would get on with something more difficult, and a tangible prize.;)
     
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    dee Well-Known Member Acorn Supporter

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    Think its age appropriate. Unfortunately these days though most 14 year lads are more likely to get rainbow if you had "tom clancy" "six" and"siege" in the clues.
     
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    yeah.... bring on the next one :)
     
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    Waiting also, love puzzles.

    Guess what it is using just these letters hijklmno

    What North West town am I using the clues below.

    blind mice? - mark on a compasss? - 200 and what? 'a space odyssey' - The Beatles?