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message 1: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Now that all those analogy questions have been removed from the SAT, they have found a home in my head. Here are six, to start with. They are related to books and literature only in the way that everything is, there is a theme, however.

Example - Paris : Louvre :: Florence : Uffizi

1. Carnaval dance : samba :: venomous reptile : ?
2. flying elephant : Dumbo :: Louisiana purchase : ?
3. Congolese freedom fighter : Lumumba :: raincoat model : ?
4. supersized elephant : jumbo :: center of serendipity : ?
5. supermodel boy toy : himbo :: dance of the unbaptized : ?
6. cute forest critter : Bambi :: insipid and sentimental : ?


message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica  (jessicaafrank) | 257 comments Mod
I think I know 4 and 6...4. Dumbo? 6. Isn't this the Bambi book? or one that goes with it?

I can't think of a supermodel boy toy, how sad.


message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica  (jessicaafrank) | 257 comments Mod
David, Would you post another one?


Jennifer (formerly Eccentric Muse) I'll take a shot at 1, 2, 5 and 6, but I'm stumped on 3 and 4.

1. mamba
2. gumbo
5. limbo
6. namby-pamby

How'd I do?




message 5: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) EM: Four for four - excellent!

Hint for #4: What is the origin of the word "serendipity"? (This may also help with #3)

Here are the remaining six (continuation of the same theme)

7. cheesehead hangout : Lambeau :: Carthaginian beauty : ?
8. toted guns in Vietnam : Rambo :: toted guns in Abyssinia : ?
9. equilateral parallelogram : rhombus :: terrorist tactic : ?
10. Las Vegas denizens : gamblers :: Catalan promenade : ?
11. hands on hips : akimbo :: xylophone : ?
12. home of the gaucho : pampas :: Munster, Walton : ?


Jennifer (formerly Eccentric Muse) hmmmmmmmmm ....

I'll need to mull this over. And consult my oracle.




Jennifer (formerly Eccentric Muse) 4. Columbo!!!!

Never would have got it without the hint, and who knew about Sri Lanka?!? Well, obv. you did ... but you are clearly not a mere mortal. :-D




message 8: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu | 26 comments 7. Salammbo

10. Ramblas

11. Marimba?


Hmm, I'll think of the rest...


message 9: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments 8 must be Rimbaud. Could 9 be 'bomb us'? Am I making the best use of my time?


message 10: by Buck (last edited Jan 05, 2009 07:56PM) (new)

Buck | 10 comments And 12 is grandpas. Ashamed to know that.


message 11: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments My best guess for 11 is 'marimbro', which would make for a really indefensible pun.


message 12: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu | 26 comments Oh man, I should've known #12!


message 13: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments Well, I never would have guessed Salambo or Ramblas. You got the ball rolling. I was just cherry-picking.


message 14: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Very good, folks! Clearly a smart bunch here tonight.
For # 9, either 'bomb us' or 'bomb bus' is acceptable.

That leaves only #3 unsolved, though I imagine it can't be all that difficult.


message 15: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Twelve fresh and exciting clues. The first six have something in common (loosely speaking); so do the last, but it's a different common theme. (I think these are a little easier than the previous dozen, but it's hard for me to judge)

1a. Copperfield : Charles :: Baudelaire :
2a. Russell’s barber : antinomy :: Ockham’s razor :
3a. merchandise : trade :: indulgences :
4a. Sn : tin :: Sb :
5a. Italy : minestrone :: Greece :
6a. DC in March : cherry blossomy :: Fentiman Farms in October :

7a. Nero : Poppaea :: Jacob : ?
8a. Annals : chronicles :: nickname : ?
9a. goddess of forgiveness and youth : Hebe :: grandmother of Apollo : ?
10a. arrows : Fletcher :: candles : ?
11a. swan : cygnet :: kangaroo : ?
12a. George : Kennedy :: New Yorker : ?


message 16: by C. (new)

C. (placematsgalore) 4a. antimony

10a. chandler

11a. joey


message 17: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Choupette:

Yes! All three answers are correct. Well done.


message 18: by C. (new)

C. (placematsgalore) Yay! I think have another:

2a. parsimony

I could look up some of the others I'm sure, but that would be cheating.


message 19: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu | 26 comments 1a. Lemony

2a. Parsimony

3a. Simony


message 20: by David (last edited Jan 05, 2009 11:09PM) (new)

David (david_giltinan) Yes, yes, yes.
Looking stuff up isn't cheating, in my book. I don't really imagine that anyone is familiar with Fentiman farms. Though it might be guessable by now.

Let's try a musical clue -
M1. http://gaelstat.com/Documents/swan.mid : swan :: http://gaelstat.com/Documents/notswan... : ?

That's it for tonight.


message 21: by Jessica (new)

Jessica  (jessicaafrank) | 257 comments Mod
Wow. Now I understand!


message 22: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments 7a Rachel
8a moniker/Monica
9a Phoebe
12a Ross

Not very friendly of you, I must say.

And is #3 Columba, as in Ms.Columbo? Too much of a stretch?


message 23: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Yes. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan hits it out of the park!!!

I had in mind 'Columbo' for #3, 'Colombo' for #4.
Still left to solve:

#5a, #6a, Musical clue M1.



message 24: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) OK then, let's step it up a notch:

1b. author : Beecher Stowe :: subway conductor : ?
2b. Dukas : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice :: Ravel : ?
3b. Indy : 4966 :: NASCAR : ?
4b. hand : Smith :: man : ?
5b. Hatfield : McCoy :: uncle : ?
6b. uncle : avuncular :: stepmother : ?
7b. easy job : sinecure :: guiding light : ?
8b. Wellington : Copenhagen :: Napoleon : ?
9b. humbug : Bach :: seek : ?
10b. heavy : scarlet :: light : ?
11b. quake : shake :: fox : ?
12b. http://gaelstat.com/images/pic1%20(1)... : Rossini :: http://gaelstat.com/images/pic1%20(7)... : ?

No unifying theme.


message 25: by Matthieu (new)

Matthieu | 26 comments 1b. Tubman

8b. Marengo





message 26: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments 6a. persimmony
7b. cynosure


message 27: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Matthew & Buck: Yes; all your answers are correct.
Clues remaining -

5a. Italy : minestrone :: Greece :
2b. Dukas : The Sorcerer’s Apprentice :: Ravel : ?
3b. Indy : 4966 :: NASCAR : ?
4b. hand : Smith :: man : ?
5b. Hatfield : McCoy :: uncle : ?
6b. uncle : avuncular :: stepmother : ?
9b. humbug : Bach :: seek : ?
10b. heavy : scarlet :: light : ?
11b. quake : shake :: fox : ?
12b. http://gaelstat.com/images/pic1%20(1)... : Rossini :: http://gaelstat.com/images/pic1%20(7)... : ?
M1. http://gaelstat.com/Documents/swan.mid : swan :: http://gaelstat.com/Documents/notswan... : ?


message 28: by C. (new)

C. (placematsgalore) Oh I know M1! Kangaroo.


message 29: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Kangaroo is correct!
Here is another musical clue:

http://gaelstat.com/Documents/paris.jpg : Paris :: http://gaelstat.com/Documents/tor.mid : ?


message 30: by C. (new)

C. (placematsgalore) Kiev?


Jennifer (formerly Eccentric Muse) 5a: fassoulada?

2b: Bolero?

6b: evil?


Yikes, these are getting hard and I'm taking stabs in the dark!!




message 32: by David (last edited Jan 08, 2009 10:13AM) (new)

David (david_giltinan) Kiev is correct, but I'm afraid EM is wrong on all three.

(The musical piece is "The Great Gate of Kiev" from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"; the pieces in the previous musical clue were "The Swan" and "The Kangaroo" from Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals")


Jennifer (formerly Eccentric Muse) hah! hmmmm ... shall I make a case for each? ;-)


message 34: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments 2b. Sheherazade
12b. Turner

And is 9b 'hide', by any chance?


message 35: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Sheherezade is not correct for 2b, though the answer is a work by Ravel.

Turner is a reasonable answer for 12b, as is 'hide' for 9b. However, in both cases the answer I had in mind is the name of a composer.


message 36: by Buck (last edited Jan 08, 2009 05:44PM) (new)

Buck | 10 comments Ah, I see. I was being too literal.

2b. The Child and the Spells
9b. Hyde
12b. Mendelssohn


message 37: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) 2b. The Child and the Spells, or L'Enfant et les Sortileges, is correct. The analogy to The Sorcerer's Apprentice is that both works involve inanimate objects that come to life and wreak havoc, much to the chagrin of the main protagonist. Just naming any old work by Ravel was not an adequate answer.

9b is very close, but there is (what I believe to be) a better answer.

Mendelssohn, as composer of the Fingal's Cave (depicted in the painting by Turner) overture, is right for 12b.


message 38: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments God, I'm too stupid to live. Haydn. It's Haydn.


message 39: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) (yea!)


message 40: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Let's try a different kind of question. Identify the common link for each of the following.

EXAMPLE: robust -- cartridge -- tramp -- strain
(Answer: each word contains within it some kind of means of transportation - bus, car, tram, train)

1c. Strindberg -- Nabokov -- Updike -- Potter
2c. St Exupery -- Kennedy -- Richardson
3c. Homer -- McCrae -- Fleming
4c. Duchovny -- Hellman -- Janacek -- Aesop
5c. heel -- toad -- yet -- lathe
6c. rate -- beach -- bear -- alive -- drape
7c. calmness -- worst -- stuck -- indefinitely
8c. order -- thigh -- snake


message 41: by Buck (new)

Buck | 10 comments Can I take another shot at the analogies? 5b. could be thrush (i.e. U.N.C.L.E.'s archenemy on the old TV show). Give me a year or so and I might get the rest.


message 42: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) Yes! thrush is correct.

A small clue for the remaining unsolved analogy questions: two of them require some knowledge of literature, and one of those two involves Tennyson.

Also, I would suggest that the number of straightforward mappings of letters to numbers is relatively low. Put another way, once one rules out truly simple schemes like replacing each letter by its numerical position in the alphabet, or the number assigned to it on a phone keypad, there are only a few other 'obvious' possibilities. This assumes, of course, that the person devising the puzzle hasn't resorted to truly sadistic coding schemes involving the digits of pi, or something equally impossible. Which I didn't.



message 43: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) 5a. Italy : minestrone :: Greece :
3b. Indy : 4966 :: NASCAR : ?
4b. hand : Smith :: man : ?
6b. uncle : avuncular :: stepmother : ?
10b. heavy : scarlet :: light : ?
11b. quake : shake :: fox : ?

and a few new (easier?) ones -

13b. fear of misspelled words : fobia :: fear of giants : ?
14b. lotus : Tennyson :: potato : ?
15b. Helen : Paris :: brown bull : ?
16b. Films : Oscar :: Mystery novels : ?
17b. mosquito : malaria :: cannibalism : ?
18b. Christian : Roxanne :: Miles : ?


message 44: by David (new)

David (david_giltinan) 5a. avgolemono
3b. 112118
4b. Ellison
6b. novercal
10b. Cardigan
11b. lee

13b. feefifobia
14b. van Gogh
15b. Maeve
16b. Edgar
17b. kuru
18b. Priscilla



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