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Results of Games Online Contest #14

5 First Prizes: A one-year subscription to GAMES

This contest closed on October 31, 2007. A new contest will appear soon.
Here was the challenge:

Ten Tough Analogies

The object of the contest is to determine which of four choices best completes each analogy.

1. WON is to YEN as SEOUL is to
(a) LOSE
(b) LONG
(c) PYONGYANG
(d) TOKYO

2. SILVER is to BONDS as GOLDEN is to:
(a) STOCKS
(b) STRONG
(c) WEAK
(d) CALLIOPE

3. <i> is to <em> as <b> is to:
(a) <bold>
(b) <strong>
(c) <en>
(d) <span>

4. JENNIFER is to BELOW as MERCURY is to:
(a) SUN
(b) VENUS
(c) ABOVE
(d) ANISTON

5. EEHHIORSTW is to KNOUY as AIILQTU is to
(a) AEGINR
(b) EGIINNPW
(c) ANNTUUV
(d) EEFIKLLNOWY

6. CRAZY is to SEAL as CRIMINAL is to:
(a) APPLE
(b) ORANGE
(c) SHARK
(d) WALRUS

7. DOULEUR is to BREAD as UNBEHAART is to:
(a) BUTTER
(b) PASTA
(c) SOON
(d) NEVER

8. LANA LANG is to LOIS LANE as KRISTIN KREUK is to:
(a) ERICA DURANCE
(b) MARGOT KIDDER
(c) KATE BOSWORTH
(d) NOEL NEILL

9. GREGORY PECK is to POLLY BERGEN as NICK NOLTE is to:
(a) BARBRA STREISAND
(b) BLYTHE DANNER
(c) JESSICA LANGE
(d) JULIETTE LEWIS

10. BISHOP is to DRAGON HORSE as DRAGON HORSE is to:
(a) FREE KING
(b) DRAGON KING
(c) HORNED FALCON
(d) SOARING EAGLE

Here are the answers and explanations.

1. (d) TOKYO. The won is the currency of South Korea, of which Seoul is the capital. The yen is the currency of Japan, of which Tokyo is the capital.

2. (b) STRONG. Ken Strong wore #50 for the N.Y. Giants (football; number retired);
Barry Bonds wears #25 for the S.F. Giants (baseball); silver anniversary = 25th, golden = 50th.

3. (b) <strong> In HTML, the <em> tag has replaced the <i> tag as the preferred way to italicize text, and <strong> has similarly replaced <b> to make bold type, on a Web page.

4. (a) SUN. A word can be inserted between each pair of words to make two overlapping two-word movie titles: Jennifer Eight and Eight Below; Mercury Rising and Rising Sun. An alternative solution has been pointed out by a few contestants: ABOVE. Project Jennifer was a CIA project to recover a sunken Soviet submarine from the ocean floor (BELOW the Earth's surface), and Project Mercury was the first U.S. manned spaceflight (ABOVE the Earth's surface).

5. (c) ANNTUUV. Unscrambled, the analogy reads WHITEHORSE is to YUKON as IQALUIT is to ___. The unscrambled answer is NUNAVUT. Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon and Iqaluit is the capital of Nunavut (Canadian territories). (Other answers unscramble to spell other Canadian capitals: Regina, Winnipeg, and Yellowknife.)

6. (a) APPLE. "Criminal" was a hit song by Fiona Apple; "Crazy" was a hit for the musician Seal.

7. (c) SOON. Translate each word twice. The French word douleur means “pain”; the French word pain means “bread.” The German word unbehaart means “bald”; the German word bald means “soon.” (This analogy appeared as a contest crossword clue in August/September 1987 GAMES.)

8. (a) ERICA DURANCE. All the choices have played Lois Lane, but Erica Durance does so in the TV series Smallville in which Kristin Kreuk plays Lana Lang.

9. (c) JESSICA LANGE. They played married couples in the two versions of the film Cape Fear (1962 and 1991).

10. (c) HORNED FALCON. A bishop promotes to a dragon horse, and a dragon horse promotes to a horned falcon, in chu shogi and certain other shogi variants.

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