Attack-X Gaming Convention on September 14-16

Once again, it almost time for the item of the year on my social calendar: the Attack-X Gaming Convention. (You might presume that my social calendar is unlike many other people’s. You would be correct.)

I intend to have a good time. If you can get to Kamloops for Friday, September 14; Saturday, September 15; and Sun, September 16, you could have a good time, too.

(On a related note, one of my pet peeves with announcements like this in newspapers is that they are often made only in the week before when it may be too late to alter previously-made plans.)

And the above parenthesised note is why I am repeating this notice.

Puzzle #277: Find Another Pattern

Here are some words and how many points each word is worth. The rule has to do with the spelling.

silver 15
gold 12
iron 10
copper 16
nickel 11
aluminum 19

What is the rule?

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #275 Solution: Handshakes

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Attack-X Gaming Convention on September 14-16

Once again, it almost time for the item of the year on my social calendar: the Attack-X Gaming Convention. (You might presume that my social calendar is unlike many other people’s. You would be correct.)

I intend to have a good time. If you can get to Kamloops for Friday, September 14; Saturday, September 15; and Sun, September 16, you could have a good time, too.

(On a related note, one of my pet peeves with announcements like this in newspapers is that they are often made only in the week before when it may be too late to alter previously-made plans.)

Odd Language #273: Swallow

Parts of Japan are getting beaten up by Typhoon Jebi. In this SoraNews24 article is this sentence: ‘Typhoon Jebi — the name means “swallow” in Korean — made landfall on the southern island of Shikoku at around midday today, before hitting the mainland two hours later at Kobe, the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture.’

The issue: The article and other articles I have seen state that “jebi” is Korean for “swallow”. In which sense? The bird or part of eating? On-line Korean dictionaries did not help either as they just state that it is a noun which does not eliminate the possbility of “swallow” as in “After I ate the granola, I had a swallow of water.”

Puzzle #276: Find the Pattern

Here are some pairs of words. Each pair is related in some way, but the first word of each pair has a certain property and the second word does not. The property is the same for all eight pairs. What is the property?

The words are:

permanent – temporary
attack – ambush
teacher – class
unemotional – calm
treerat – squirrel
intelligent – smart
elephant – pachyderm
impossible – probable

[Hint: It has to do with the letters. Meaning is irrelevant.]

Submit your answer to Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>. Your answer should be in the form of a proof. That means to show how your answer must be correct. The deadline is Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at noon Pacific Time. I will post the answer shortly after.

Puzzle #274 Solution: Summer Treats

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Odd Language #272: Had Translated

A YouTube video that I came across recently has, starting at the 13:49 mark, “By piecing together information from excavations, historical records, and especially the writings of an Egyptian rebel which Kaper had translated from ancient temple blocks, Kaper believes the Persian army was on its way to Dachla Oasis, where the rebel leader Petubastis III and his troops had been located.”

The issue: “had translated” has two meanings. One is that Kaper previously translated; the other is that Kaper had (caused) others to do the translation.