Tuesday, May 24, 2005

A Word Game

My love of the English language has naturally extended into a love of word games. Recently I came across another blog whose author, apart from sharing my name, shares my love of word games. He is part of a small group of enthusiasts who share a love for The Hindu's crossword and have even started a Yahoo! group for it. They also conduct small word games via their blogs, calling them CWCs(Clue Writing Contests).

I found the latest CWC to be quite interesting. Its aim was to provide a clue to the name of a Hollywood movie through a line using wordplays(anagrams, double definitions, etc.) i.e. in the form of a typical clue in the Hindu crossword.

As an example, the author's entry was

Fugitive takes a second class ride when she needs to forsake her fiance (7, 5)

which refers to Runaway Bride in the following way:

fugitive - runaway
takes - wordplay indicator
second class - B
ride - ride
forsake her fiance - what Julia Roberts does in the film

The game involves two of my loves - word games and movies - and naturally, I couldn't resist taking a shot. My entry for the game was too late to be an official entry on the CWC itself but I thot I'd throw it out here. So, here's my entry for the game.

Author and confused actor together search for salvation in prison (9, 10)

I know most of this blog's readers are movie lovers. Are there any like-minded wordgame lovers too who wanna take a shot? (ofcourse with explanation :-)?

PS: I have not linked to the other blog since it obviously contains my solution :) Will do so after the solution is revealed.

PS2: Readers who don't want to spoil the fun for other readers by publishing the solution too early can email me their solution too :)


At 12:17 PM, Blogger Vee Cee said...

Answer to your clue :
GBS-Tom color-"nothing inside (without y)"-"subatomic particle with charge"
Although, I got the answer first and worked backwards to fit your clue.

Thanks for the link to thehinduxword.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

yep, right one vc. i guess the second part of the clue was too easy. everyone who solved it so far has found the movie first and worked backwards! btw, your solution was a clue in itself. took me a moment to figure it out :-)

At 12:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

has your subscription been approved

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was an easy one for me....

First half of a popular brewery in India+Stem - ScarletIncomplete Blank+Sub atomic particle


At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my fav movies !

How abt this : "Author's golf shot repurchased" ?

At 7:58 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

balaji, yes it was approved yesterday.

mav, got the 2nd word but not the first. What is the brewery? and how does stem fit in?

ruchi, very nice. using repurchased would've made the clue harder

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

Shank = stem

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Vee Cee said...

brewery = shaw wallace

ruchi : here's a modification on your clue.
Author's translates to Shaws.
So the remaining part of the clue should translate to hank instead of shank.

So I would modify your clue to
Repurchase of Author's.... *cannot think of clue for hank.


At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

golf shot?

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

munimma, did not know that. thanx!

ram, shank is a mishit in golf :)

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

Bals, when did you become a golf enthu? :-)

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

munimma, not golf enthu. just reverse engineering :) but couldn't figure out stem=shank even that way :)

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shaw Wallace brewery, Sir !!! India vil irukkum 'kudi'makkal kku theriyaam irukka chance-ey ilai.

At 12:00 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

looks like the ones who took a shot at this one got it pretty easily :( anyway, here's the solution...

Movie was 'Shawshank Redemption'

Author - Shaw (George Bernard Shaw)
Confused - anagram indicator
Actor - Hanks (Tom Hanks)
Confused Actor - shank
Salvation - Redemption
search for salvation in prison - storyline of movie

The blog I got this from is http:\\balajiblogs.blogspot.com :)


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