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Happenstance

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I come up with games for everything in my mind because I'm obsessive and like making pointless connections between things. It comes of doing nothing but word puzzle books as a child. Here is a game of my own design, that I shall explain to you.

I (or the creator of the puzzle) will provide three words. The three words are linked by the fact that they can be used with a fourth word, either before or after each of the original three to form a cohesive phrase.

For example! If the words are:
Surgeon, Mouse, Hyrule

Then the answer is 'field', because it forms 'field surgeon', 'field mouse', and 'Hyrule Field'.

The three words should be chosen such that only one word matches them all well.

An easy one:
1. Pork, Sticks, Suey

A moderate one:
2. Common, Negative, Horse

And a more challenging one:
3. Face, Fork, Dead

Try these, or come up with your own! For the sake of clarity, I suggest we number them as they are created, meaning that the next person to come up with one will number it as 4.
 

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I'm zoned out on cold pills because I have a sinus infection, so this sounds like the perfect thing to occupy my mind!

The first one I totally got.

#1 is "Chop". Pork chop. Chop sticks. Chop suey.

The other two though... I've got answers, but I'm pretty sure they're wrong.

Here's a guess.

Is #2 "Sense"?

#3 has me drawing blank-o but I had fun trying different things. For example, it is not "salad" nor "head" nor "horse".

I give up. A cheat plz?
 

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I come up with games for everything in my mind because I'm obsessive and like making pointless connections between things. It comes of doing nothing but word puzzle books as a child. Here is a game of my own design, that I shall explain to you.

I (or the creator of the puzzle) will provide three words. The three words are linked by the fact that they can be used with a fourth word, either before or after each of the original three to form a cohesive phrase.

For example! If the words are:
Surgeon, Mouse, Hyrule

Then the answer is 'field', because it forms 'field surgeon', 'field mouse', and 'Hyrule Field'.

The three words should be chosen such that only one word matches them all well.

An easy one:
1. Pork, Sticks, Suey

A moderate one:
2. Common, Negative, Horse

And a more challenging one:
3. Face, Fork, Dead

Try these, or come up with your own! For the sake of clarity, I suggest we number them as they are created, meaning that the next person to come up with one will number it as 4.
1 is definitely "chop."

2 could be "power"? Is there such a thing as a common power in math? LOL.

3 I believe is "lift." :)

And I'm so tired that I cannot come up with a fourth.
 

Happenstance

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1 and 2 are correct. I suspect 'negative sense' is the one people are least familiar with, it being a molecular biology term.

Then 3... no... but 'salad' is an amusing guess. I'll let more people try before giving a clue.

Edit: Oh, hey. Good job Alison, 3 is indeed lift.

I can/will come up with a lot more of these if I think about it, I just wanted to see if the crowd here was receptive to word puzzle type things such as this.
 

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The third one was the easiest for me, but that is just lots of the random crap i know. I couldn't get the easy one.
 

Happenstance

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How easy different ones are for different people probably says something about how your mind works. I just ranked them by how easy I think they would have been for me. Any psychoanalysts in the house?

4. cheap, bike, Joe

5. Grant, blueberry, violet
 

Happenstance

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I've got nothing, Buffie. Let's call yours #7.

8. green, tea, city
9. big, black, Larry
10. back, car, hog
11. rain, body, milk
12. tax, original, city
13. big, bad, sauce
14. honey, green, colonel
15. mmm, it, baby

I've got a few more, but that should do for now...
 

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I've got nothing, Buffie. Let's call yours #7.

8. green, tea, city
9. big, black, Larry
10. back, car, hog
11. rain, body, milk
12. tax, original, city Sin
13. big, bad, sauce
14. honey, green, colonel Mustard
15. mmm, it, baby

I've got a few more, but that should do for now

Well, I got a couple right a way. Will have to think more about the others.
 

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8. green, tea, city
9. big, black, Larry
10. back, car, hog
11. rain, body, milk
12. tax, original, city
13. big, bad, sauce
14. honey, green, colonel
15. mmm, it, baby

I've got a few more, but that should do for now...
I'm pretty sure 10 is Panel. I'm going to guess that 8 is Leaf? And 9 could be King? Somehow neither sounds quite right, and yet I could almost see them working... A wrong guess is just that, but maybe it'll spawn a correct response from someone else!

A very ingenious game. I enjoy it, even though I may suck. :bow:
 

Happenstance

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Betty - good job, 12 is sin, 14 is mustard.

Jeeves - 10 is not panel, but apparently it works because 'hog panel' is something. Points off for me. 8 is not leaf, 9 is not king.

So we still have:

8. green, tea, city
9. big, black, Larry
10. back, car, hog
11. rain, body, milk
13. big, bad, sauce
15. mmm, it, baby

And I'm assuming skin is right for 7?

Edit: What the hell, I'm going to add one more because I like this one.

16. land, card, tiger
 
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