The Gatekeeper's Riddle-Fixing Challenge
Every Sunday the Gatekeeper will post a challenge to our readers. Last week it was to read the Gatekeeper's mind. He wrote, "I am thinking of the highest real integer that, when spelled out, has the most possible occurrences of one specific letter of the alphabet, and no occurrences of a different letter. Your challenge is to identify that number." Many people figured out that he eliminated one of the letters in -ILLION, and a few figured out that he eliminated a letter in -PLEX as well. This left the L as the letter eliminated. The Gatekeeper's specific letters were the most occurrences of the letter U, and no occurrences of the letter L, meaning the answer was Four hundred ninety four thousand four hundred ninety four (with seven U's). Nobody guessed that exactly, but John Kromer was the first to guess the closest answer of four hundred forty four thousand four hundred forty four. Thanks to all who contributed answers.
Today's challenge attempts to fix the most grievous injustice ever perpetrated upon the puzzle community. Surely you've heard of the –GRY riddle, which goes, "There are three common English words ending in –GRY. Two are ANGRY and HUNGRY. What is the third one?" As you may know, there isn't a third one. But that doesn't mean that's not a great idea for a riddle, if we just replace the letters in –GRY with something else. He says:
"There are three common English words ending in –[THREE LETTERS]. Two are [WORD 1] and [WORD 2]. What is the third one?"
Your job is to restate the riddle by replacing the words [THREE LETTERS], [WORD 1], and [WORD 2], such that there is exactly one common [WORD 3]. The Gatekeeper will try to figure out the third word, and will select his favorite restating of the riddle. Post your answers in the comment thread of this update.
Maze of Games Kickstarter Update Puzzle #11
Your journey continues! Here is the next part of your adventure through the maze.
11. "Please help me get out!" you yell to the crustacean. "This isn't something I can accomplis1 3ne."
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