On February 18, 2023 at 10:48PM EST Quizator wrote:
This one took a while.
Always remembering to approach these problems from at least two angles: top-down AND bottom-up. We know from page 2:
“…Theorem[‘]s…solutions will always be a word or phrase. …”
So after piecing together some puzzle answer fragments from top-down puzzle solving, you can try to bottom-up reverse-engineer a coherent answer word/phrase from the available answer fragments.
My first round guess at groups answers (before hints):
1) lost dog / lost weight / lost [runner’s] leg / lost ‘n found:
clearly I lost the difference
2) in shape / in love / strike out / out house:
50/50 chance of in or out
3) a music note / Q-tip / T-shirt / X-ray:
only one item without a letter in it’s proper colloquialism.
4) wind-borne steam / wind-born water / wind-born mill / water-adjacent chain:
clearly Wind for the win! (Wrong)
5) LUXury suit/ good LUCK charm / kindle / LUSstrous sheen:
Luck or Lux clearly meant to be a fragment
6). Cup of coffee (expresso-latte?) / neon / plane / office (empty)?
The hints verified 1’s lost weight so clearly the difference dichotomy would have to be lose vs something else so I had to reconsider all pics for something different.
In 2) in shape became work out so in became the odd man out.
In 3) turns out I guessed correctly for the wrong reason
In 4) after reconsideration the commonality was clearly a rhyme scheme: train / rain / windmill / chain. One of these was not like the others
In 5) hints-by-hand revealed 3 piece suit so my out-of-luck -schema was rendered from luck-lover to numbers: 3-piece suit / 4-leaf-clover / kindle / 6-pack abs, and one of those didn’t count the same.
In 6) by-hand clues I reveled in revealed take off which didn’t put me off, and got me off to the races identifying
cOFFee / neON / take OFF / OFFice.
On of these was not like the others.
Lieu and so I inverted from top down to bottom up, and started to reverse engineer for a coherent winning word or phrase answer from the candidate fragments:
3) a note
A little selective pruning this crop yielded:
One in a million.