RASH Puzzle Rules: The clues are mixtures of components (words or syllables) that, when verbally replaced with appropriate counterparts, will integrate into answers that correspond to the puzzle’s theme.
- Relatives are like things. Apples and oranges are relatives in the fruit family; Cupid and Blitzen are relatives in Santa’s reindeer; Mars and Jupiter are relatives in the family of planets.
- Antonyms are opposites: black and white, will and won’t, now and then.
- Synonyms are different words with similar meanings: yellow and amber, cold and brisk, trash and rubbish, near and close.
- Homophones/homonyms. Homophones are pronounced the same, have different meanings, and may or may not have the same spelling: merry, marry and Mary. Homonyms have the same spelling and pronunciation but different meanings: bank (edge of a river, carom, or depository).
Here are a few explanatory notes to help you solve:
- If you can get a part of a clue, you can usually reason through the twisted combination of “nyms” to get the whole answer.
- Italicized words identify homonyms that are not exact, but close. For example, Till-digit might translate into plow (synonym of till)- toe (synonym for digit) or after translating the rough homonym: Pluto. Such rough homonyms are denoted in italics to alert the solver to beware.
- Hyphens separate partial word (usually a syllable) clues. For example, Cow-forbid could translate to Bull (antonym for cow) - let (antonym of let), or Bullet.
- Multiple words with no spaces or hyphens constitute a single syllable or word. For example, dopeslap could be replaced by duh.
- Underlined words or letters are not replaced; they are left as-is. For example, the remains untranslated as the in the answer.
Determine the coordinates from the following observations about the correct answers to the 50 RASH elements.
A = How many times the letter "J" occurs in all 50 elements.
B = How many times the letter "W" occurs in all 50 elements.
C = How many times the letter "C" occurs in all 50 elements.
D = How many of the 50 elements begin with the letter "O"
E = How many of the 50 elements begin with the letter "R"
F = How many of the 50 elements begin with the letter "E"
G = How many times the letter “Y” occurs in all 50 elements.
B + C
(B - G) * (C + D + E)
(B - A) * (F + G)
(A + D) - (E + F)
You can check your answers for this puzzle on Geochecker.com.
When you go for the cache, please bring a small picture (magazine clipping or photograph) of your favorite "thing" associated with this RASH theme. There is a small baggie in the cache to store pictures 2"x2" or smaller. Also, feel free to log (in the cache, NOT on the web) the element(s) that gave you the breakthrough to crack the theme.