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, Won't-sweetpotatos might translate into Will (antonym of won't)- yams (synonym for sweetpotatos) resulting in Williams after translating the rough homonym. Such rough homonyms are denoted in italics to alert the solver to beware.
- Hyphens separate partial word (usually a syllable) clues. For example, Grass-peacesign-gassy could translate to Hay (synonym for grass) - vee (synonym for peacesign) - airy (synonym of gassy) resultinfg in Aviary.
- 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 40 RASH elements.
A = How many times the letter "J" occurs in all 40 elements.
B = How many times the letter "W" occurs in all 40 elements.
C = How many times the letter "C" occurs in all 40 elements.
D = How many of the 40 elements include a color.
E = How many of the 40 elements refer to a major US city or state.
F = How many of the 40 elements contain a geographic reference to a country or a continent.
G = How many times the letter sequence "apr" or "may" or "jun" occurs in the 40 elements.
C + F - E
(B + D - A) * (E + F)
C + D
(A + G) * D * (B + F - E)
A map of the area is provided at the trailhead in a can on the back of the conservation land sign.
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