Talk:2032: Word Puzzles

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Is it a real word puzzle?

Who wants to labouriously check if he's double-bluffed and used an actual word puzzle for this comic? :D 17:45, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

"Jeopardy" is misspelled in the description. Can someone who is logged in please fix? Many of the "clue" words can also be rearranged, anagram-wise, to form new words, e.g., parts ≈ strap. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Most words have 2, 3, 4 or 5 characters. I do not believe, it is a simple crossword puzzle, otherwise he would not fool people. Sebastian -- 18:17, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Some thoughts
  • Cueball is messing with Megan and not presenting an answer what the "reminiscent of Jeopardy answers" would imply.
  • Lance Ito is a judge well known for the O. J. Simpson murder case.
  • Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. Read the Wiki article to learn more.
  • No idea what "Ohio's AirAsia Arena" could imply.

--Dgbrt (talk) 18:37, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Almost all the words in the alt-text / title-text are open to multiple pronunciations from a phonetic standpoint. Often they're placed next to a word containing the same sound with a different spelling, or the same spelling with a different sound.
Once again Randall is creeping me out with this, as yesterday I complained about the spelling of "tear" with a comment including this line:
tire tier tear tear tare tar ... teer?
Randall so often does comics that feel intimately in touch with what I'm doing or saying the day before that it's almost spooky. If I weren't an outlier in so many scatter plots I might almost begin to feel "ordinary".
ProphetZarquon (talk) 22:35, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Moved from the explanation (discussion goes here)

The kind of puzzle that Megan thinks she is solving is called a "Cryptic", which has markedly different rules than ordinary crosswords. If Cueball's statement had been "Part of this aria is an Indian garment" the answer would have been "sari", because a part of the phrase "this aria" is the sequence "sari", which in turn is an Indian garment. Cueball's actual statement contains quite a few familiar cryptic puzzle triggers. The word "composed" can be a hint of a preceding or following anagram, in this case of "this aria" or of "by Brian" or of even longer adjacent strings. Although "opera star" could be a famous singer, say "Caruso", it might also be the name of an opera followed by the name of an astronomical star. "Au pair" could be any of its ordinary meanings, say "nanny", but might also be "earrings" (because AU is the chemical symbol for gold, and a gold pair could be earrings). The word "start" is often a hint to take just the beginning of a word, so "the start" would be "t", or "start of his" would be "h" or "hi". The New York Times runs a cryptic crossword as its "second Sunday puzzle" every other month or so, and there are other regular cryptic crossword venues. In case you are interested, there are various guides on the web for solving cryptics, such as this one at The Atlantic: (-- John?)

This sounds like the most correct explanation to me so far, much moreso than the strictly crossword-based interpretation. I think this should be in the explanation.
ProphetZarquon (talk) 22:44, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Why was this moved from the explanation? This is a far better explanation then what remains there. 07:52, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
I've moved this because it's written like a comment (including the sign). And I think at first we should focus on the My Hobby thing, Cueball is messing with someone. If you're also sure, like Megan is, that there is a puzzle to solve then Cueball is probably messing you too. Nevertheless all mentioned items and persons have to be explained. --Dgbrt (talk) 09:16, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Although Randall says he is messing with us, the fact that he is so much cleverer than any of the rest of us means that Cueball's statement might even be a legitimate cryptic clue. --John 18:40, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

If anyone has an account on, that community might be able to figure out if it's a legit puzzle. 20:59, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

I just asked at puzzling.stackexchange: 02:03, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
One answer supports my statement above: "I see no reason to believe this is a puzzle: it's simply a bunch of words that commonly appear in crosswords." Just sayin. --Dgbrt (talk) 09:16, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Two words: Nerd Sniping Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 07:21, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

"opera star" = "au pair a[t the] star[t]"? -- 07:43, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

When I first read this sentence, I thought he just wanted to be needlessly verbose for a simple joke, like here. Fabian42 (talk) 08:16, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

In the explanation, I think there's a misunderstanding of "post-live". Death is "post-life", while "post-live" is the period after an artist stops performing live (in rock conerts, on stage, etc.). The artist may still be alive, and even produce studio albums. So, according to the comic, Brian Eno has stopped performing on-stage, but has still continued to create music (e.g. compose an aria). - Assaf (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

My thoughts exactly - post-live does not mean after death! Ianrbibtitlht (talk) 12:44, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for mentioning this. The phrase is still incorrect so I'll do an update. BTW: Is the concert on this album June 1, 1974 the last or maybe even the only live performance Eno has done? --Dgbrt (talk) 13:52, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

I arranged all the important words in the main text on a Scrabble board. The total score of all the letters is 69. The total from my arrangement is 116. -- Misterblue28 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Reminiscent of the alliterations in BoJack Horseman.

"Are you still looking for a star for your Transgender Teddy Roosevelt Planes Trains and Automobiles reboot, Plans, Trans, A Canal, Panama?"
"You know the actress Courtney Portnoy? She portrayed the formerly portly consort in the seaport resort. Courtly roles like the formerly portly consort are Courtney Portnoy's forte. This was supposed to be Courtney's crossover coronation. But that's sorta been thwarted unfortunately 'cause Courtney's purportedly falling short of shoring up fourth quadrant support."
"But Courtney, more importantly, audiences are going to adore your tour de force performance as the forceful denim-clad court reporter in "The Court Reporter Sported Jorts", the jet-setting jort-sporting court reporter story." Steve

Would it make more sense to interpret "Brian Eno's opera star au pair" as "Brian Eno's au pair, who is an opera star" rather than "an au pair to an opera star which belonged to Eno"? It seems to make more sense, and there isn't anything that I can see that necessarily divides "opera star" and "au pair" into two separate clauses (such as "opera star's au pair"). 16:44, 14 August 2018 (UTC)