The Gatekeeper's Oscars Challenge
Every Sunday the Gatekeeper will post a challenge to our readers. Last week it was to fix the –GRY riddle. The Gatekeeper asked backers to create a rephasing of that riddle thusly: "There are three common English words ending in –[THREE LETTERS]. Two are [WORD 1] and [WORD 2]. What is the third one?" Of the 70+ submissions, The Gatekeeper could not decide which of Brian Joughin's pair he liked best: –ABI (KOHLRABI, WASABI, and the answer SYLLABI) or –FUS (TOFUS, SNAFUS, and the answer DOOFUS). So he picked them both as his favorite. Great job, all.
Today's challenge concerns tonight's Academy Awards. A fascinating coincidence could occur tonight. The Gatekeeper says:
"If ARGO wins Best Picture as many predict, it will mean a Best Picture will be a single-letter deletion from an earlier Best Picture, FARGO. So let's make that happen again. Write a short description of a hypothetical movie that is a single-letter deletion of any previous Best Picture. Don't name either movie; leave that for the Gatekeeper to guess."
You may respace or repunctuate the movie title after deletion. So, if my description was "A tender love story involving the letters between F and I," the answer would be G AND H, a deletion from GANDHI. The Gatekeeper will nominate his favorite for a 2014 Academy Award. Post your descriptions (but not the movie titles) in the comment thread of this update.
Cool contributions from our backers
Backer Cathy Saxton made us an awesome pricing calculator, which we sorely needed. If you have any questions as to what your pledge should be for whatever items you want, try that. It works great. Thanks, Cathy!
Backer Dan Kramarsky wrote us a puzzle for our recent milestone! It's fun. Give it a try, and feel free to send us more Maze of Games-related puzzles!
Maze of Games Kickstarter Update Puzzle #15
Your journey continues! Here is the next part of your adventure through the maze.
15. "You should leave right away," he says. "I'll help you find the royal du5. She knows the way out."
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