GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution – Abbreviated Rivers

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Last week’s puzzle as previously presented:

Max, at the Chattahoochee (cchhtt)
Max, at the Chattahoochee (cchhtt)

This past weekend, Max, Nora, Allison and I spent a great day on the bank of the Chattahoochee River here in Atlanta. When both Nora and Max commented on the river’s funny spelling, I immediately thought “hey, that would make a good puzzle!”

Below, please find the linguistic equivalent of a set of “freeze-dried” river names. Each has had its vowels carefully (and painlessly/humanely) removed and its remaining consonants alphabetized.

This week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week challenge is to reconstitute the names of these rivers and send your list to GeekDad Central for a shot at this week’s amazing prize: a $50 Gift Certificate from ThinkGeek.

  • bclm
  • bdn
  • bgn
  • bmzz
  • ccfnrss
  • cdlr
  • chknsstw
  • clnnrstw
  • dgnr
  • ggns
  • gkmn
  • knrss
  • llnstwy
  • mnnr
  • mnz
  • mppssss
  • nnsst
  • ttw

For a second slip in the hat that is the weekly random drawing from among the correct (or at least mostly correct) submissions, list the set of 5 rivers that all have the same remaining letters after being disemvoweled.

Congratulations to Chris Leger for submitting a correct solution to this week’s puzzle! He will soon be the proud owner of a $50 ThinkGeek Gift Certificate, and his answers appear below:

    • bclm – Columbia
    • bdn – Danube
    • bgn – Ubangi
    • bmzz – Zambezi
    • ccfnrss – Sao Francisco
    • cdlr – Colorado
    • chknsstw – Saskatchewan
    • clnnrstw – Saint Lawrence
    • dgnr – Grande
    • ggns – Ganges
    • gkmn – Mekong
    • knrss – Arkansas
    • llnstwy – Yellowstone
    • mnnr – Maranon
    • mnz – Amazon
    • mppssss – Mississippi
    • nnsst – Tennessee
    • ttw – Ottawa


Chris also correctly identified the quintet of rivers that all decomposed to the same set of letters:

  • gnr – Green, Orange, Negro, Niagara, Niger

Thanks to everyone that submitted a solution. Happy puzzling!

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