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18 September 2011

Mind Games 11: Answers

Answers to questions 30-31

30. Daft Ditloids

This kind of puzzle (also called a "linguistic equation") was invented by writer Morgan Worthy, who who got the idea while staring at “graffiti someone had written in the form of an obscene formula on a restroom wall.” He described it as an “Aha!” moment, and wrote: “one reason a person enjoys linguistic equations is that the answer hits him or her all at once rather than being solved in an incremental fashion … people often had the answer to an item come to them when they were not consciously thinking about the puzzles, but relaxed, such as in the shower or about to fall asleep.”

 
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