A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

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A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Johnny Canuck » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:18 pm

Apterous may be down for maintenance at the moment, but I'll attempt to tide you all over with a blast from the past. Below, seemingly for the first time since 2008, I've provided a conundrum alphabet -- a set of 26 conundrum scrambles, each of which has a solution that begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Good luck solving them all, and bonus points if you can identify why they're in this order!

01. UPHANGOUT
02. DERRYISES
03. ABEAMFLUX
04. CIGCOCOON
05. RHETORICS
06. TROTSRITE
07. CUBETRIAL
08. SEANSSHIP
09. KORNVERDI
10. ONEUUPHIM
11. DULLACTOR
12. TRAINVAIN
13. MYHARDBIT
14. HEDDHUNTR
15. HESTOKOOL
16. KELTCONCH
17. PRESSUREU
18. JERKABAIL
19. DETRAQEUR
20. AUTOINKER
21. ROXYSCENT
22. IMASHBILL
23. AHUJEMIND
24. WISESALAD
25. AROUSECIV
26. DIZMARINA

EDIT: Left one out -- have fixed.
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Re: A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Bradley Horrocks » Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:29 pm

I had a go at this, this morning. I've managed to get 20 of them, and figured out the first letters for the rest. Answers in tiny text


01. P...
02. YESSIRRED
03. FLAMBEAUX
04. G...
05. CHORISTER
06. RISTRETTO
07. LUBRICATE
08. APISHNESS
09. OVERDRINK
10. EUPHONIUM
11. ULTRACOLD
12. INVARIANT
13. D...
14. HUNDREDTH
15. T...
16. NECKCLOTH
17. SUPERUSER
18. JAILBREAK
19. QUARTERED
20. KENUTORIA
21. XENOCRYST
22. B...
23. MUJEHADIN (sic?)
24. WASSAILED
25. VIRACEOUS
26. Z...

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Re: A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Toby McDonald » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:07 pm

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:18 pm
Apterous may be down for maintenance at the moment, but I'll attempt to tide you all over with a blast from the past. Below, seemingly for the first time since 2008, I've provided a conundrum alphabet -- a set of 26 conundrum scrambles, each of which has a solution that begins with a different letter of the alphabet. Good luck solving them all, and bonus points if you can identify why they're in this order!

01. UPHANGOUT
02. DERRYISES
03. ABEAMFLUX
04. CIGCOCOON
05. RHETORICS
06. TROTSRITE
07. CUBETRIAL
08. SEANSSHIP
09. KORNVERDI
10. ONEUUPHIM
11. DULLACTOR
12. TRAINVAIN
13. MYHARDBIT
14. HEDDHUNTR
15. HESTOKOOL
16. KELTCONCH
17. PRESSUREU
18. JERKABAIL
19. DETRAQEUR
20. AUTOINKER
21. ROXYSCENT
22. IMASHBILL
23. AHUJEMIND
24. WISESALAD
25. AROUSECIV
26. DIZMARINA

EDIT: Left one out -- have fixed.
18/26 so far for me. At the bottom is my unsolved ones with the remaining letters.

APISHNESS (8)
B
CHORISTER (5)
D
EUPHONIUM (10)
FLAMBEAUX (3)
GONOCOCCI (4)
H
INVARIANT (12)
JAILBREAK (18)
KETONURIA (20)
LUBRICATE (7)
MUJAHEDIN (23)
N
OVERDRINK (9)
P
QUARTERED (19)
R
SUPERUSER (17)
T
U
VERACIOUS (25)
WASSAILED (24)
XENOCRYST (21)
YESSIRRED (2)
ZAMINDARI (26)


01. UPHANGOUT
06. TROTSRITE
11. DULLACTOR
13. MYHARDBIT
14. HEDDHUNTR
15. HESTOKOOL
16. KELTCONCH
22. IMASHBILL

B D H N P R T U

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Re: A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Ray Wilding » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:16 pm

22. BISMILLAH

Just leaves
01. UPHANGOUT - P
13. MYHARDBIT - D
15. HESTOKOOL - T

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Re: A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Jonathan Wynn » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:04 pm

Ray Wilding wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:16 pm
22. BISMILLAH

Just leaves
01. UPHANGOUT - P
13. MYHARDBIT - D
15. HESTOKOOL - T
1. putonghua

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Re: A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Stephen R » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:18 pm

13. DITHYRAMB

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Post by Johnny Canuck » Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:03 pm

Am impressed that you guys have dug this up -- and even more impressed that all the answers are still valid conundrums after the number the ODO people have been doing on the dictionary recently!

Good work to all. Bra was correct with all of his answers except those to #20, #23 and #25 (thus, 17 correct total), and quite close with all the incorrect ones. Toby got these three correct, as well as #04 and #26. Ray then cracked #22, Jonathan #01, and Stephen #13, leaving only the elusive #15 (initial T) -- will anyone dare to take a shot at it?
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Re: A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Matt Bayfield » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:31 pm

It's TOKOLOSHE, I think. Very much a word which instantly jumps out if you've heard of it, but is otherwise fairly unguessable.

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Re: A Conundrum Alphabet... while you wait

Post by Tom S » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:36 pm

A Tokoloshe is some type of African mysterious creature iirc which scares the shit out of them

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