GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: New Year’s Insight

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Insight. And: “Oh, don’t grovel! If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s people groveling!” Image: Flickr/Betchaboy

Have you ever been hit in the head with a frying pan? Neither have I. Or at least not that I remember. But that’s the way folks describe the experience of insight, perhaps without the resultant need for a head CT. And I’ve decided that this coming year, 2013, will be the year in which I finally attempt to respect insight alongside analysis as a valid form of deduction. Or induction. Or convergent thinking. Or whatever you want to call it. And so to these ends, I present for your pleasure and eternal edification a classic puzzle form that gives itself up much easier to insight than to analysis. These are remote association problems — what one word melds with the given words to make compound words or common phrases? For example, if the given words were cottage, Swiss and cake, the answer would be “cheese” as in cottage cheese, Swiss cheese and cheesecake.

Test your insight on the following RATs. (Note: not necessarily ROUSs.) And then submit your answer to GeekDad Puzzle Central by Friday for your chance at a $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate!

1. show/life/row

2. fox/man/peep

3. jumping/bag/string

4. mate/list/blank

5. fleet/shooting/wars

6. camp/re/lace

7. lace/horse/horn

8. game/out/water

9. fiction/mad/geek

10. tom/toy/oh

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