Games Online Contest #31

This contest closed on May 1, 2011. A new contest will appear soon.

Here was the original challenge:


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True Colors

The object of this contest is to identify each common COLOR (1–9) mentioned in the following statements.

An actor whose last name starts with COLOR 1 won a Tony award for his performance in a play titled COLOR 1. He has appeared in a film in which COLOR 2 was the first word of the title, another film in which COLOR 3 was the middle word of the title, and another film in which COLOR 4 was the last word of the title.

A different film in which COLOR 2 is the first word of the title stars an actress who had a supporting role in another film in which COLOR 4 began the middle word of the title.

Mixing pigments of two of the colors mentioned previously produces COLOR 5, which begins the last name of an actress who has appeared in more than one film that stars an actress who is a main character in the earlier-mentioned film in which COLOR 3 is the middle word of the title.

An actor whose last name is COLOR 2 starred in a movie in which the first word of the title is COLOR 6, which can be produced by mixing pigments of two of the colors mentioned previously.

COLOR 7 comes at the end of the one-word title of a film starring an actress who also starred in more than one video-game-inspired film in which another main character’s last name begins with COLOR 1.

COLOR 8 begins the one-word title of a film that stars an actress who also starred in an earlier film in which the middle word of the title begins with COLOR 9. Another film with the same middle title word that starts with COLOR 9 starred an actress whose middle name is one of the colors previously mentioned.

Note: All films and plays referred to in the above statements are from the 21st century.

To enter this contest, first read the detailed rules (see the link at the bottom of this page), then select the Enter Button below to view the entry form. Enter your answers in the “Contest Answer” box, numbering them from 1 through 9. Complete all other required information, and choose Submit.

The Solution

An actor whose last name starts with RED (Eddie Redmayne) won a Tony award for his performance in a play titled Red. He has appeared in a film in which BLACK was the first word of the title (Black Death), another film in which YELLOW was the middle word of the title (The Yellow Handkerchief), and another film in which BLUE was the last word of the title (Powder Blue).

A different film in which BLACK is the first word of the title (Black Swan) stars an actress (Natalie Portman) who had a supporting role in an earlier film (My Blueberry Nights) in which BLUE began the middle word of the title.

Mixing pigments of two of the COLORs mentioned previously (YELLOW and BLUE) produces GREEN, which begins the last name of an actress (Ashley Greene) who has appeared in more than one film (the Twilight series) that stars an actress (Kristen Stewart) who appeared in the earlier mentioned film in which YELLOW is the middle word of the title (The Yellow Handkerchief).

An actor whose last name is BLACK (Jack Black) starred in a movie in which the first word of the title is ORANGE (Orange County), which can be produced by mixing pigments of two of the COLORs mentioned previously (RED and YELLOW).

VIOLET comes at the end of the one-word title of a film (Ultraviolet) starring an actress (Milla Jovovich) who also starred in more than one video-game-inspired film (Resident Evil: Extinction and Resident Evil: Afterlife) in which another main character’s last name (Redfield) begins with RED.

WHITE begins the one-word title of a film (Whiteout) that stars an actress (Kate Beckinsale) who also starred in an earlier film (The Golden Bowl) in which the middle word of the the title begins with GOLD. Another film with the same middle title word that starts with GOLD (The Golden Compass) starred an actress (Dakota Blue Richards) whose middle name is one of the colors previously mentioned.

In summary:

1. RED
2. BLACK
3. YELLOW
4. BLUE
5. GREEN
6. ORANGE
7. VIOLET
8. WHITE
9. GOLD

Note: Some contestants pointed out that The Golden Bowl was not technically a 21st-century film, because although it was not released in the U.S. until 2001, it had been released in France in September 2000. This does not seem to have caused contestants any difficulty in coming up with the correct solution.

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