GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution – 99 Word Grid

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Last week’s puzzle, as previously posted:

As discussed in last summer’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – Meaning of Life Word Grid, MATH is indeed the true meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

That is, 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.

Another fun / useful / interesting number is 99: it is the atomic number of Einsteinium, the only number retired league-wide in the NHL (Gretzky), the number of 80’s LuftBalons, the sum of the cubes of three consecutive integers (23+33+43), and Barbara Feldon’s character in the original Get Smart TV series.


So, with 99 being so geeky a number, what words sum to 99 if we translate their letters to their positions within the alphabet?

Below is what looks like a standard word grid puzzle. Instead of simply listing the words, however, I have given a set of clues for each word, as well as its length in letters.

The kicker? Each word in the puzzle sums to 99!


Example: 7 letters, “Game of hammers and wickets” is CROQUET
C=3 + R=18 + O=15 + Q=17 +U=21 + E=5 + T=20 and 3+18+15+17+21+5+20=99!

5 Letters
Maple juice
6 Letters
Nike symbol
7 Letters
Jeopardy questions
Painful urination
Literally obtained by digging
Mel at Y2K
Bohr’s field
More fuzzy or soft
A rough sponge or brillo
Siriusly illuminated
A mullion supporting the tympanum
With great devotion
8 Letters
YouTube’s Orange
Hesperis matronalis
Shiny and brilliant
Dragon’s counterpart
Branch of mineralogy
In a deranged or crazy manner
hawaiian opah
!= or
Jumping to attack
Slang for $10 Bill USD
Disdain or contemping (gerund)
Peat moss
A low prime
Ravenwood’s mage
Maggot racing video game
Those with big boats
9 Letters
Benzenes and arenes
Evil fiendish shapechanger lupines
Yelling or roaring
Jamie, Tory, Grant, and Adam
SPARS AAD mastering
One who denies
Shot via needle
Club outsider
They have 4 feet, 3 toes, and 2 horns
Short fat-headed pin
Car manslaughter (use 2x)
10 Letters
To a tolerably worthy extent
Young people in China and India
Ford Prefect, for one
Extremely useful or indispensable
A rockfall or earthflow
Watkins Glen and Churchill Downs
Deployed lachrymator
Fickle or undependable
11 Letters
Daedalic Entertainment’s 2014 game
Hospital emitting patients
He wired your house
Water? You shall not pass…
Minor indescretions
ISBN 978-1422142691
12 Letters
Capable of being reunited
To dedicate once again
Alpha level in statistics
13 Letters
A hot body emitting light

Congratulations to Aaron Echols for correctly solving the puzzle! His entry, drawn at random from among the correct (or reasonably correct) submissions, just won him a $50 Gift Certificate from our friends at ThinkGeek!

The puzzle solution and set of “clues” are listed below.


Maple juiceSyrup
Nike symbolSwoosh
Jeopardy questionsAnswers
Painful urinationDysuric
Literally obtained by diggingFossils
Mel at Y2KPatriot
Bohr’s fieldPhysics
More fuzzy or softPlusher
A rough sponge or brilloScourer
Siriusly illuminatedStarlit
A mullion supporting the tympanumTrumeau
With great devotionZealous
YouTube’s OrangeAnnoying
Hesperis matronalisDamewort
Shiny and brilliantDazzling
Dragon’s counterpartDungeons
Branch of mineralogyGemology
In a deranged or crazy mannerInsanely
hawaiian opahMoonfish
!= orNonequal
Jumping to attackPouncing
Slang for $10 Bill USDSawbucks
Disdain or contemping (gerund)Scorning
Peat mossSphagnum
A low primeThirteen
Ravenwood’s mageUnchosen
Maggot racing video gameWriggler
Those with big boatsYachters
Benzenes and arenesAromatics
Evil fiendish shapechanger lupinesBarghests
Yelling or roaringBellowing
Jamie, Tory, Grant, and AdamDebunkers
SPARS AAD masteringDigitally
One who deniesGainsayer
Shot via needleInjection
Club outsiderNonmember
They have 4 feet, 3 toes, and 2 hornsRhinoceri
Short fat-headed pinThumbtack
Car manslaughter (use 2x)Vehicular
To a tolerably worthy extentCreditably
Young people in China and IndiaEuthanasia
Ford Prefect, for oneHitchhiker
Extremely useful or indispensableInvaluable
A rockfall or earthflowLandslides
Watkins Glen and Churchill DownsRacetracks
Deployed lachrymatorTeargassed
Fickle or undependableUnreliable
Daedalic Entertainment’s 2014 gameBlackguards
Hospital emitting patientsDischarging
He wired your houseElectrician
Water? You shall not pass…Impermeable
Minor indescretionsPeccadillos
ISBN 978-1422142691Sidetracked
Capable of being reunitedReconcilable
To dedicate once againRededicating
Alpha level in statisticsSignificance
A hot body emitting lightIncandescence

Thanks again to everyone that entered a submission. Happy puzzling!

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