Adams Google Doodle

GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – Meaning of Life Word Grid

Geek Culture
Adams Google Doodle
Google Doodle celebrating Douglas Adams’ birthday in March 2013

Every well-read geek knows the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything. In fact, later this year, I’ll encounter it on my birthday, being born in 1971. The meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything?


Just recently, on my social media “wall,” it was pointed out to me that MATH was indeed the true meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything. If we translate its letters into their ordinal position within the alphabet (i.e., A=1, B=2, C=3, … Z=26), we get M=13 + A=1 + T=20 + H=8, and 13 + 1 + 20 + 8 = 42.

Clearly, this couldn’t be the only such word that sums to 42… could it?

This week’s puzzle is based around the set of words that all sum to that universal total. Below is a word grid, and instead of providing the words themselves to fit into the grid, I have provided clues to find them. The unifying factor between them is, well, the unifying factor of Life, the Universe, and Everything: their letters sum to 42.


2 Letters
3 Letters
.rw2 format
1/80 Burmese kyat
aggressive dog
file transfer protocol
Roswell, NM
4 Letters
1 nodus + 1 nodus
all but one prime
Cera in Superbad
Egyptian cat goddess
Ichthyology subject
Loxley alternate
Mr. Auberjonois
Perfect cube
Roman satyr
ruled combat
Ruler of Asgard
soft rime (frost)
stately dance (HI)
Romanian circle dance
third prime
5 Letters
1/2 of English spywork
air valve in carburetor
don’t forget this!
Greek d
Kermit’s stringed instrument
love or radio
Macedonic money
Ralph of consumer rights
Scale-y constellation
the gripes (baby)
uncanny or macabre
distributed cards
Larix conifers
6 Letters
Catholic clergyman
Cornell city
degrade or debase
other 1/2 of English spywork
tiny stone
7 Letters
C2, i.e., CaC2
prattle or chatter
8 Letters
debt evader
resoluteness by virtue

As usual, please send in your solutions to GeekDad Central before the end of day Friday, and all correct solutions (including valiant attempts!) will be entered into the drawing for this week’s $50 ThinkGeek Gift Certificate.

Good luck, and happy puzzling!

Liked it? Take a second to support GeekDad and GeekMom on Patreon!
Become a patron at Patreon!