GeekWire Puzzles, January 2012
On the GeekWire podcast for January 28th, Puzzazz Founder Roy Leban presented an on-air puzzle to Todd Bishop and John Cook, and also gave listeners a challenge.
If you've ever listened to the Sunday Puzzler on NPR with Will Shortz, this puzzle format will be familiar to you. Listeners at home can see if they can figure out the answers faster than Todd and John.
This puzzle is about phrases that feature the letters G and W. For example, the clue dispatches from the digital frontier gives you GeekWire, and what you might call a walk-off home run gives you Game Winner. The answer can be a single word, like GeekWire, or a two-word phrase, like Game Winner.
Here are the clues:
Word ladders are a classic puzzle type that were invented by Lewis Carroll. In a word ladder, you transform one word into another word by creating new words by changing one letter at a time. In each step, you can only change a single letter.
For example, JOHN can be transformed into TODD in seven steps:
The listener challenge is to make the shortest word ladder that transforms GEEK into WIRE. All words in the ladder are common English words -- no Internet slang or made-up words allowed. Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. GeekWire will hold a drawing of all corrrect answers, with two winners receiving tickets to the GeekWire Meetup on February 8th, Game Night.
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