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Games Online Contest #21

5 First Prizes: A one-year subscription to GAMES

This contest closed on February 1, 2009. A new contest will appear on March 13, 2009.
Here was the challenge:


Easy as A, B, C?

A. Here are three sequences of proper names. Use the same logical principle to complete each sequence with one more name (replacing the question mark). All three names that you add will be names (either first names or only names) of characters on the same TV series.

1. RIVER, TESS, CRYSTAL, ?
2. LILY, AVA, ?
3. NICK, VINCENT, ZACH, ?

Identify the letters in the three names that are not found in the full name of the TV series in which the characters appear. These letters are the answer to Part A.

B. The answer to Part B is the four-letter name for a meson that is sometimes composed of an up quark and an anti-down quark. It's also the French name for something you'd place on a chessboard.

C. The answer to Part C is the two-letter abbreviation for the U.S. state that was the first to display its official website address on its license plates.

Take the answer letters from Parts A, B, and C above and rearrange them to form a single word. That word is the answer to the contest.

Answer

A. J and Y
Each sequence is made up of names (either first names or only names) of TV characters played by the same actor, with roles given in chronological order. Actors could be either series regulars or recurring guest stars. 1.River (Tam), Tess (Doemer), and Crystal (Burns) were all characters played on TV series by Summer Glau, who now plays Cameron (Phillips) on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. (Her previous series were Firefly, The 4400, and The Unit.) 2. Lily (Montgomery) and Ava (Benton) are half-sisters on All My Children, both played by Leven Rambin, who now plays Riley on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. 3. Nick (Szalinski), Vincent, and Zach are all characters played by Thomas Dekker (the series were Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, 7th Heaven, and Heroes). He now plays John Connor on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

All the letters in CAMERON, RILEY, and JOHN can be found in TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES except J and Y.

B. PION (a.k.a. pi meson; also “pawn” in French)

C. PA (Pennsylvania)

J + Y + PION + PA = POPINJAY, which was the answer to the contest.

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