PUZZLE POTLUCK 2
Solution - Bookstore
ANSWER – TRILOGY

Each image in the Primary and Secondary columns clues a single word, and the words in each column are sorted alphabetically. Each resulting word in the Primary column can be paired with a word in the Secondary column to form a common two-word phrase.

As the flavor text suggests, this puzzle is about Latin abbreviations. Each two-word phrase from the images can be abbreviated in the same way as a common Latin two-word phrase. The Latin two-word phrases can be entered into the boxes at the bottom, based on the number of letters in each word. Letters can be picked out of each Latin word based on the numerical indexes next to the corresponding image (e.g. MINERAL becomes MODUS and has a 5 next to it, so take the 5th letter of MODUS).

MINERALOILM.O.
MODUS
OPERANDI
ELECTRICGUITARe.g.EXEMPLI
GRATIA
INTERNETEXPLORERi.e.ID
EST
OPERATIONCITADELop. cit.OPERE
CITATO
FLYINGDUTCHMANF.D.FIDEI
DEFENSOR
PENNYSTOCKP.S.POST
SCRIPTUM
PHASEDIAGRAMPh.D.
PHILOSOPHIAE
DOCTOR
ETONCOLLARetc.ET
CETERA

Reading the highlighted letters in order spells SERIES OF THREE, which clues the final answer, TRILOGY.


Author's Notes

  • I wanted to write a puzzle referencing my day job (lawyering) while keeping it accessible for non-lawyers. I settled on Latin phrases (specifically Latin abbreviations), which seemed like a good balance. After all, we use things like “i.e.,” “e.g.,” “etc.,” etc. all the time. As it turns out, there aren’t too many Latin abbreviations that have entered vernacular usage. When was the last time any of you used “op. cit.”? I’m still not too sure what that means, but on the other hand, I now have a working knowledge of Operation Citadel, so it all works out in the end.
  • I had some difficulty finding an image for “Dutchman.” I thought about using an image of Van Gogh, but that didn’t seem specific enough. I then thought about using Van Gogh and Leeuwenhoek in the same image, but then you would have said “that’s Van Gogh and some other guy.” And you would have Googled the other guy and maybe you would have figured out that they were both Dutch men. But then you would have used the words “Dutch men” instead of “Dutchman,” and arrived at the nonsensical clue “Flying Dutch men,” which sounds more like a circus act than a haunted ship. Red herrings, am I right?

    In the end, because I have no idea how to use Adobe Photoshop (nor do I have this software installed on any of my computers), I asked my friend Joie Chang to impose Van Gogh’s self-portrait onto the outline of the Netherlands. That way, my hope was that you would think:

    “It’s Van Gogh, but what’s this? His face has been imposed onto his fatherland, the Netherlands? This image therefore must be indicative of a man (not necessarily Van Gogh) from the Netherlands, i.e. a DUTCHMAN.”

    So hopefully all of you thought that.
  • Best Wrong Answers:
    Wrong AnswerSubmitted by:
    SERIES OF TUBESQuarks and Gluons
    PUT THAT THING BACK WHERE IT CAME FROM OR SO HELP ME

    (submitted after submitting the correct answer)
    Most Fat Turtle

Stats

  • 202 solves
  • 645 incorrect guesses
  • Most common incorrect guess: SERIESOFTHREE (guessed 76 times)
  • First solve: lessachu in 35 minutes and 34 seconds
PUZZLE POTLUCK 2