# GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution – 99 Word Grid

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 Pixies 7 Letters Jeopardy questions Painful urination Literally obtained by digging Include 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 Sphingidae In a deranged or crazy manner hawaiian opah != or Jumping to attack Slang for \$10 Bill USD Disdain or contemping (gerund) Peat moss Fig-mulberry 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 Mott’s 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 Clairvoyant 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 juice Syrup Nike symbol Swoosh Pixies Sylphs Jeopardy questions Answers Painful urination Dysuric Literally obtained by digging Fossils Include Involve Mel at Y2K Patriot Bohr’s field Physics More fuzzy or soft Plusher A rough sponge or brillo Scourer Siriusly illuminated Starlit A mullion supporting the tympanum Trumeau With great devotion Zealous YouTube’s Orange Annoying Hesperis matronalis Damewort Shiny and brilliant Dazzling Dragon’s counterpart Dungeons Branch of mineralogy Gemology Sphingidae Hawkmoth In a deranged or crazy manner Insanely hawaiian opah Moonfish != or Nonequal Jumping to attack Pouncing Slang for \$10 Bill USD Sawbucks Disdain or contemping (gerund) Scorning Peat moss Sphagnum Fig-mulberry Sycamore A low prime Thirteen Ravenwood’s mage Unchosen Maggot racing video game Wriggler Those with big boats Yachters Benzenes and arenes Aromatics Evil fiendish shapechanger lupines Barghests Yelling or roaring Bellowing Jamie, Tory, Grant, and Adam Debunkers SPARS AAD mastering Digitally One who denies Gainsayer Shot via needle Injection Club outsider Nonmember They have 4 feet, 3 toes, and 2 horns Rhinoceri Short fat-headed pin Thumbtack Car manslaughter (use 2x) Vehicular Mott’s Applesauce To a tolerably worthy extent Creditably Young people in China and India Euthanasia Ford Prefect, for one Hitchhiker Extremely useful or indispensable Invaluable A rockfall or earthflow Landslides Watkins Glen and Churchill Downs Racetracks Deployed lachrymator Teargassed Clairvoyant Telepathic Fickle or undependable Unreliable Daedalic Entertainment’s 2014 game Blackguards Hospital emitting patients Discharging He wired your house Electrician Water? You shall not pass… Impermeable Minor indescretions Peccadillos ISBN 978-1422142691 Sidetracked Capable of being reunited Reconcilable To dedicate once again Rededicating Alpha level in statistics Significance A hot body emitting light Incandescence

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