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Results of Games Online Contest #4

This contest closed on January 3, 2006. A new contest will appear February 1.

Scrambled Analogies

This contest instructed solvers to first unscramble each set of letters below to form a word, then replace each question mark with a number that logically completes the analogy. Next, solvers had to add up the five numbers that replaced the question marks to get a number closely associated with a major figure in sports history. The name of that sports figure was the answer to the contest.

ACHMR : 3 :: AGSTUU : ?

EGINNORT : 7 :: ACEINRS : ?

ACDEHINOORS : 20 :: ACDDDEEHNOOR : ?

ACEEEIILNNNQSSTU : 150 :: ACEEEILNNNRTT : ?

AIINGQX: 90 :: EIIQW : ?

The answers are as follows:

MARCH : 3 :: AUGUST : 8
NITROGEN: 7 :: ARSENIC : 33
ICOSAHEDRON : 20 :: DODECAHEDRON: 12
SESQUICENTENNIAL : 150 :: TERCENTENNIAL : 300
XIANGQI : 90 :: WEIQI : 361

The numbers in the second analogy are the elements’ atomic numbers. The final analogy compares the number of playable points on the board in xiangqi (Chinese chess) and weiqi (go). In both games, pieces are placed on intersections rather than squares; and although go is sometimes played on boards of other sizes, a 19x19 board is standard.

The total of the missing numbers is 714, the number of career home runs hit by Babe Ruth. Thus, Babe Ruth (or George Herman Ruth) was the correct answer. It was submitted by several hundred contestants, five of whom chosen at random will receive a year’s subscription to Games.

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