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Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - 7:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Drew succeeded because he used steel and Steve used wood. Steve finally succeeded by using plastic after Drew used rubber. What was going on?

Not a tough one if a certain path is used, so fire away and go for the spoiler whenever you are ready!
Fred Z (Dref)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 2:16 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Construction relevant?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 2:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Construction relevant? You'd think so, wouldn't you? Oddly enough, though, no.
Benjamin Moore (Zenith)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 3:15 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

rulers?
Brian Pamandanan (Sciguy47)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 3:22 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Swords?
(Stuccosalt)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 1:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Architecture? Importing/exporting? Should one of them give up the exporting, and just focus on the importing?
Alizon (Alizon)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 2:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Golf?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 2:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they competing? or co-operating?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 3:07 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

rulers? No
Swords? No
I believe that's "S" words, Mr. Connery...

Architecture? No
Importing/exporting? Sadly no
Should one of them give up the exporting, and just focus on the importing? Only if it will allow George Costanza and Marissa Tomei to spend some time together ;)

Golf? Good thought - but no

Are they competing? Yes
or co-operating? No
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 3:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they playing a word game? like Scrabble? or Boggle? trying to find the longest word?
or are the actual substances mentioned relevant?
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 3:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are they playing a word game? YES
like Scrabble? YES - exactly!
trying to find the longest word? Well, the length of the words didn't matter as much as something else (which you'll figure out fast now that you know what they were playing)
or are the actual substances mentioned relevant? Nope
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 3:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

...so Drew's word "steel" has a higher score in Scrabble than "wood"? and "plastic" scores higher than "rubber"?

no, wait... steel scores 5 and wood scores 8...
so the higher score for "steel" is a result of additional words being formed? or Steve used a blank tile or two?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 3:54 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

or is it that "triple word score" thing? I haven't played Scrabble in ages...
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 4:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

...so Drew's word "steel" has a higher score in Scrabble than "wood"? Under certain circumstances, yes, keep reading...
and "plastic" scores higher than "rubber"? For the same reason...

no, wait... steel scores 5 and wood scores 8...
so the higher score for "steel" is a result of additional words being formed? Yes, and some other factor too...
or Steve used a blank tile or two? Maybe, but doesn't really matter...

or is it that "triple word score" thing? YES - you've nailed it!
I haven't played Scrabble in ages...Well you remembered enought about it to help you here - good work!
Ixoye724 (Ixoye724)
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 4:16 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

------SPOILER------

The two guys were playing Scrabble. In the first game, Drew played "steel" as his final play which ended the game. The "s" in "steel" made a plural out of "wood", which Steve had put down as his final play. In the other game the "s" in "plastic" was used to make "rubber" plural and allow for a double or triple word score and thus give that player the needed edge to win the game.


Great work - merely a warm-up or temporary break from the drawn-out puzzles

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