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Calculated words - Combine the clues!

zoinkinZoinkin on 09/14/2006

CalculatedwordsCombinetheclues Photo Calculated words combine short letter combos that answer the clues together to get the secret words.

Here's how it works: Each puzzle breaks down into two or more sections with clues. Each clue can be answered with groups of three letters or fewer. There are also instructions on how to combine the letters together to come up with the word that solves the equation. Part of the trick is figuring out which words describe the clues to be answered and which ones tell you how to combine the resulting letters together.

The best way to follow along is with a demonstration. Take, for example, the word equation: "A shortened ambulance stop follows an unnamed female." The last part, "an unnamed female," is one clue. The answer to that is SHE, which is the word you can use to refer to a female if you don't know (or don't want to use) her name. (Remember that answers to individual clues are three letters are fewer. So if you think you have an answer to a section of a puzzle but it's four or more letters long, you know it's not right. But the word that solves the whole puzzle can be, and often is, longer than that.) The first part, "a shortened ambulance stop" is another clue. Ambulances stop at hospital emergency rooms to drop off patients, and "shortened" means you are looking for the abbreviation for that. The abbreviation for emergency room is ER (just like in the TV show, yeah). The currently unused part of the puzzlen tells you how to combine the letters, and in this case "follows" means the answer to the first clue comes after the answer to the second one. So you add ER to the end of SHE and get the solution, which is SHEER.

Sound complicated? Well, the quiz will start out easy, so you can get the hang of it as you go along. Don't forget that the answers are multiple choice, so even if you only figure out part of a puzzle you might be able to still get the right answer just because it's the only one that has the letters you already have... but watch out for the puzzles that involve subtraction intead of just addition.

Ready to see how calculating you can be forming words? Then give this quiz a spin!
10 Questions

Rating:  (8.14/9)
Difficulty:  Challenging
Taken: 130 times

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Comments (3)
Nanpaulhus  (Level: 144.6)
Wed, 4th May '11 11:23 AM

That was so much fun. Hope there are more to come!

Mcelfie  (Level: 29.0)
Sun, 3rd May '09 12:13 AM

yipes..I feel so lateral

1mensaman  (Level: 51.2)
Thu, 20th Nov '08 8:07 PM

whoa, i guess i should have read the directions

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