GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – Disemvoweled ’80s One-Hit Wonders

eighties_storyThe 1980s were an amazing time for music. Not only did this decade give us the CD and the Walkman, but it also gave us the widespread use of the music synthesizer. It was a time when MTV actually played music.

Let that sink in for a moment. MTV was actually Music Television at one point.

Another big outcome of the 1980s, which happened to be a large influence on my personal musical tastes, was the One-Hit Wonder. There were so many groups that had a single, large hit that made the Top 40 Charts here in the US, and then — poof — were never heard from again.

This week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week is to reconstitute a set of “disemvoweled” 1980s one-hit wonders. Below is a list of the singer or group with their singleton sensation, both of which have had their vowels removed and remaining letters alphabetized. Can you put them back together properly?

  1. CRS by GMNNRY
  2. DGHLPPRRST by GGGHLLNRS
  3. FKNNTWY by CLNPPPS
  4. HPTW by DV
  5. GJNNNPRST by HPRSTV
  6. BLNRTTV by BCJRRSYY
  7. CFMNPRV by BCCDGKNNRR
  8. CFFHRRST by GLNSV
  9. FNSTY by DLNV
  10. DLNTTV by CFLLST
  11. GLLLRVY by DFKMNNNPPPPRZZ
  12. CKMY by BLNST
  13. CDHHPSSTT by CHLMSTY
  14. GGGHHKMNNNNRSSTTW by DFR
  15. CLMNN by DDGHMNNNRRSSTXY
  16. DKMMRRSS by FFHRRTT
  17. HNNPRTTTTZ by CT
  18. HSTY by GGJK
  19. BCCDDHHLMNNSSTW by BDHLMSTY
  20. BCGNNRTY by BCGNRTY
  21. CGJKLSTTY by BJRSX
  22. JMMRT by CGHLLNPRST
  23. BFLLLNNNNNSTTY by NN
  24. HRRRTW by CDLNS
  25. GGKNNRTTTTW by DRSSSTTTW
  26. DLLN by CGJKNRW
  27. LRX by DFGHKLLNRSTWY
  28. CHMMMTV by HJMMNR
  29. FFFFNT by BBDDFHHNRRSSTT
  30. DFHKLNPRRSSTYY by GGHLLRSSTTT
  31. DHLNRST by PT
  32. HLMMPPPTV by MRRS
  33. BDHNPPRRTWYY by BBBCFMNRRY
  34. HMTW by BBCDDHHKLLMNNN
  35. GLNSY by BDFFHJLNY

Disclaimers: For purposes of this puzzle, a “one-hit wonder” is a song or musical piece from a group or singer that had exactly one song hit the Top-40 chart in the US during the 1980s. While a given singer may have participated in other groups that went on to other big things, I have tried to limit the above to these criteria. Please attribute all errors or mis-statements to honest error.

As always, please submit your answers to GeekDad Central. All correct (or at least reasonably reasoned) responses will be put into a random drawing for this week’s fabulous prize: a $50 Gift Certificate from the dukes of geekery over at ThinkGeek.

Good luck, and happy puzzling!

Judd Schorr

About Judd Schorr

Judd is a life long IT and math geek, currently adding value in the area of digital analytics. Dad to both Max and Nora, who frequently star in the puzzles he writes for GeekDad, his dear wife Allison has learned to tolerate the constant puns.

Judd Schorr

About Judd Schorr

Judd is a life long IT and math geek, currently adding value in the area of digital analytics. Dad to both Max and Nora, who frequently star in the puzzles he writes for GeekDad, his dear wife Allison has learned to tolerate the constant puns.

12 thoughts on “GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – Disemvoweled ’80s One-Hit Wonders

  1. I have a feeling that I am going to rue this puzzle for days once I start uncovering and then unleashing the one hit wonder in my head…..

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