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Missing (again)

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Missing (again)

#327279

Postby SteelCamel » July 19th, 2020, 2:28 pm

Having finally figured out Cinelli's puzzle, here's a similar one. Possibly a bit more obscure...

What's missing from this list?

CL---ED
UN---ED
NE---WS
---RO
SE---AIL
---ON
---PHS
PAR---
O---
S---TH
---ANJ
---E
W---KY
IM---VE
M---IN
WH---
C---MITY
---TOPHORA
F---WATTER
U---
---EE



Note - there is one proper name in there, and another that might not pass muster under Scrabble rules. And I'll be seriously impressed if you manage to answer with a dictionary word. To save you counting, there are 21 items in the list above.

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Re: Missing (again)

#327667

Postby SteelCamel » July 21st, 2020, 11:09 am

A clarification;
---ANJ is a proper name
---TOPHORA is the debatable word - it's in at least some dictionaries but is arguably a name.

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Re: Missing (again)

#328837

Postby SteelCamel » July 26th, 2020, 6:39 pm

OK, this maybe is a bit too obscure...
Some hints if you want, start from the top and read until you think you're getting there:

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I'm looking for 22 three-letter items, unsurprisingly. 21 of these complete the words given, and there's one missing. This is a definitive list of 22, there's only one set of three letters that will complete the list. As mentioned, I don't think you'll be able to put this into a word - and even a proper name will be a challenge.

********

The solution is from the field of science. The necessary information is in Wikipedia, though if you know which page to look at you've already solved the puzzle.

*********

Each of the three letter items represents something. 20 of them can also be represented by three letters in a different way - some of them in more than one way - and 2 cannot directly.

*********

F---WATTER ought to be easy to find the missing letters. There's a connection between Jurassic Park (the first film) and what the three letters represent here. If the plan had worked, there wouldn't have been any more films...

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Re: Missing (again)

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Postby cinelli » July 26th, 2020, 9:08 pm

I got FLYSWATTER but I really needed the hints, for which thank you. In trying to find a solution I was led to a site which lists all words ending TOPHORA. For information there are just four 10-letter words which classify seals, snails and spiders. Interesting.

I think I have cracked it but am still trying to fit the 3-letter items to the gaps, and so find the missing one.

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Re: Missing (again)

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Postby cinelli » July 28th, 2020, 12:26 pm

I think I have a solution. Spoiler:

The words are

clASPed        TYRe
unGLUed wHISky
nePHEws imPROve
METro mARGin
seASNail whILE
PYLon cALAmity
GLYphs CYStophora
parSEC fLYSwatter
oVAL uSER
sLEUth THRee
TRPanj

What do ASP, GLU, etc have in common? They are 21 of the 22 3-letter abbreviations for amino acids. (Good old Wikipedia.) What is the 22nd? GLN. But I can't find a proper word containing these letters, only acronyms. Perhaps I am wrong. The best I can offer is

---A
GLNA, Great Lakes of North America.


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Re: Missing (again)

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Postby SteelCamel » July 28th, 2020, 9:57 pm

Indeed, that's exactly the solution I had in mind, well done.

I'd got it 90% done when I realised that I couldn't make words for two of them - so i cheated slightly by putting in a small town in Croatia, and leaving you to find the one I couldn't do anything with.

An explanation of the hints:

The solution is from the field of science. The necessary information is in Wikipedia, though if you know which page to look at you've already solved the puzzle.
Specifically, the page "Proteinogenic amino acid", which will give you the exact list needed to complete the puzzle.

Each of the three letter items represents something. 20 of them can also be represented by three letters in a different way - some of them in more than one way - and 2 cannot directly.
The other way of representing them is by how they are encoded as DNA - also three letters but only using G A T and C (plus wildcards). 20 of them are represented by a three base-pair code, the other two are represented more indirectly.

F---WATTER ought to be easy to find the missing letters. There's a connection between Jurassic Park (the first film) and what the three letters represent here. If the plan had worked, there wouldn't have been any more films...
FLYSWATTER, of course, giving LYS - Lysine. The "Lysine contingency" was supposed to make Jurassic Park's dinosaurs dependent on human provided food so escaped dinosaurs couldn't survive. If it worked as planned, when the park was abandoned the dinosaurs would have died (and the sequels would not exist). Needless to say, it didn't work....


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