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This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #3: Pencil and Paper Games


Last night, I played a game of Consequences with seven friends. In our particular version of the rules*, a game consists of eight rounds:

  1. His name;

  2. (met) Her name;

  3. Where they met;

  4. He wore...

  5. She wore...

  6. He said...

  7. She said...

  8. And the consequence was...

As per the usual gameplay each player simultaneously took a piece of paper, wrote their answer for the current round, folded the paper down to hide their answer, then passed it to the player on their left. Play then continued until the final round was written, and the papers passed one final time. Each player then read aloud the answers on their sheet, sometimes with hilarity ensuing (it's not guaranteed in some circles...).

For example, the sheet I read out had been completed as follows:

Ernest Hemingway

(met) Rebecca Adlington

Within the Super User Stack Exchange.

(He wore) Decent, sturdy footwear and a sensible suit.

(She wore) Nothing.

(He said) "They kicked me off the boat - I was absolutely livid!"

(She said) "I'll bet you shouted 'til your voice was hoarse!"

(And the consequence was...) To round off the evening nicely they shared a bottle of wine and fell asleep in each other's arms.

(I can only apologise for some of my friends' lewdness and poor idea of 'humour', but this tends to be the way the game goes...)

Anyway, to make the game more interesting, before starting we had each drawn out of a hat a secret 'construction challenge' which we had to employ while coming up with our answers - some kind of pattern that we had to apply consistently to everything we wrote. For example, one of the unused challenges that remained in the hat was to conceal the name of a colour among each answer.

My challenge to you is:

Given the other answers from last night's game, (below, in alphabetical order by round) can you reconstruct what each of the other seven sheets of paper looked like at the end of the night (clockwise from me), and explain each of our 'construction challenges'?

(Coincidentally, it also turns out there was one round where everybody clearly cheated at the same time and had a peek at the answer immediately previous, so they could write the next part for humorous effect! I'm sure you'll spot where...)

His name Hugh Hefner Jamie Foxx Marty McFly Sepp Blatter Seve Ballesteros Tim Nice-But-Dim Zayn Malik
Her name A nymph from Greek mythology Bea Arthur Elven beauty, Arwen Undómiel Jane Eyre Lizzo Perrie Edwards, from Little Mix Wonder Woman
Where they met A country in South Asia A private plane Belgium In a very grand hotel On the deck of the Starship Enterprise The back seat of a Honda Civic While playing on the golf links
He wore A Hawaiian shirt that was particularly vivid A king's crown and signet ring A school blazer, grey trousers, a tie, and smart shoes An outfit straight out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Batman Cufflinks Decorators' painting overalls Tree decorations: Tinsel, baubles, and a star on top
She wore A discreetly concealed earpiece and mic A scuba diving suit Flowers in her hair Fur - and a coat of red paint from the protesters she encountered on the way Junkyard chic Sequins that shimmered in the moonlight Something shiny you might see at the Academy Awards
He said Babe, I'm as famous as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Bourbon? I'm very into Shakespeare - I just adore "Much Ado About Nothing" I've peed my pants! May I have this dance? My dear, let us run away to South America Oh, fiddlesticks
She said I prefer Red Bull - it gives you wings! I'm actually quite well known myself - I'm on a couple of banknotes back home... "Julius Caesar" is vastly superior Never! Oh, well done! Si, señor - me gusta mucho Watch your language - keep your tongue civil!
And the consequence was... A hospital procedure to check for broken bones Marriage! Then they had seventeen children and they all lived happily ever after in a giant shoe. Naughtiness! They both died in a plane crash They both got food poisoning and were horribly ill They exchanged a hug and a kiss then parted, never to speak again They had to flee the country!

* Note from OP: This is the base rule-set I've always played among friends. As we grew up, when we started to find the game a bit repetitive, we actually introduced a ninth bonus round to be played just before the final consequence, and which varied from game to game, chosen on the night by suggestions shouted out by the players, and which could end up being almost anything. Never, though, did we ever play with 'construction challenges' like this - I might suggest it next time we play...

PS No disrespect or besmirching of reputations is intended by the use of many real celebrities' names in this puzzle.

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    $\begingroup$ Thought I'd squeeze one more in before midnight :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Sep 30 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ The "What is a Consequential Phrase™" Connect Wall – brilliant! I wonder why this hasn't been recieved better vote-wise, given that pattern puzzles are quite popular. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Oct 1 at 16:20

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Let's call the players S(tiv), T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z, in the order that their answers are on Stiv's sheet.

Below are the lists that each player ended up with at the end of the night, in clockwise order beginning with Stiv. Each player's answers are in their corresponding color.

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Construction Challenges

Challenge for Stiv, found by cap:

Each answer must describe a letter of the NATO phonetic alphabet.

  • Ernest Hemingway was nicknamed PAPA
  • A nymph from Greek mythology could be ECHO
  • A country in South Asia is INDIA
  • A school blazer, grey trousers, a tie, and smart shoes would be considered a UNIFORM
  • Something shiny you might see at the Academy Awards is OSCAR
  • Bourbon? = WHISKEY
  • Oh, well done! = BRAVO
  • A hospital procedure to check for broken bones = X-RAY

Challenge for person T:

Each answer must include the title of a Best Picture Winner.

  • Marty McFly (1955)
  • Rebecca Adlington (1940)
  • In a very grand hotel (1931/32)
  • An outfit straight out of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1976)
  • Sequins that shimmered in the moonlight (2016)
  • "Babe, I'm as famous as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" (2011)
  • "I prefer Red Bull - it gives you wings!" (1927/28)
  • They both died in a plane crash (2005)

Challenge for person U:

Each answer must conceal the name of a country.

  • Zayn Malik (Mali)
  • Wonder Woman (Oman)
  • Within the Super User Stack Exchange. (Peru)
  • Decorators' painting overalls (Spain)
  • A scuba diving suit (Cuba)
  • "I'm very into Shakespeare - I just adore 'Much Ado About Nothing'" (Chad)
  • "I'm actually quite well known myself - I'm on a couple of banknotes back home…" (Monaco)
  • They exchanged a hug and a kiss then parted, never to speak again (Uganda)

Challenge for person V, found by cap:

Each answer must begin with the three-letter abbreviation for a month.

  • Sepp Blatter
  • Jane Eyre
  • A private plane
  • Decent, sturdy footwear and a sensible suit.
  • Junkyard chic
  • "May I have this dance?"
  • "'Julius Caesar' is vastly superior"
  • Marriage! Then they had seventeen children and they all lived happily ever after in a giant shoe.

Challenge for person W, based on cap's answer:

Each word must begin with the symbols for successive elements of the periodic table, starting with H for hydrogen and continuing through all eight answers.

  • Hugh Hefner
  • Lizzo
  • Belgium
  • Batman Cufflinks
  • Nothing
  • "Oh, fiddlesticks"
  • "Never!"
  • Naughtiness!

Challenge for person X:

Each answer's last word (thanks, Stiv) consisting entirely of valid Roman numerals. (appropriate given that they're person X)

  • Tim Nice-But-Dim
  • Perrie Edwards, from Little Mix
  • The back seat of a Honda Civic
  • A Hawaiian shirt that was particularly vivid
  • A discreetly concealed earpiece and mic
  • "They kicked me off the boat - I was absolutely livid!
  • "Watch your language - keep your tongue civil!"
  • They both got food poisoning and were horribly ill.

Challenge for person Y:

Each answer must include a word which sounds the same (homophone) as a word for an animal.

  • Jamie Foxx (fox)
  • Bea Arthur (bee)
  • While playing on the golf links (lynx)
  • A king's crown and signet ring (cygnet)
  • Flowers in her hair (hare)
  • "My dear, let us run away to South America" (deer)
  • "I'll bet you shouted 'til your voice was hoarse!" (horse)
  • They had to flee the country! (flea)

Challenge for person Z:

Each answer's first word is a one-word number with one letter removed.

  • Seve Ballesteros (7)
  • Elven beauty, Arwen Undómiel (11)
  • On the deck of the Starship Enterprise (1)
  • Tree decorations... (3)
  • Fur - and a coat of red paint... (4)
  • I've peed my pants! (5)
  • Si, señor... (6)
  • To round off the evening (2)

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  • $\begingroup$ Not just any word though - a particular one :) This one is correct. Keep going and see if you can find some more! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 1 at 21:16
  • $\begingroup$ Nice! For the last one I'm seeing rot13(ZNYV, BZNA, CREH, ? PHON, PUNQ, ZBANPB, HTNAQN) $\endgroup$
    – cap
    Oct 2 at 1:23
  • $\begingroup$ Lol you beat me to it. $\endgroup$
    – cap
    Oct 2 at 1:24
  • $\begingroup$ Great work - you got all of it in the end :) Well done +1 and a checkmark on the way... $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 2 at 12:12
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Also partial, not repeating the two challenges found by @stewartIM and using the same nomenclature,

Stiv's challenge is

the answer describes a letter of the NATO Phonetic Alphabet:

  • Ernest Hemingway was nicknamed PAPA
  • A nymph from Greek mythology could be ECHO
  • A country in South Asia is INDIA
  • for he wore there are two answers that could describe UNIFORM
  • Something shiny you might see at the Academy Awards is OSCAR
  • Bourbon? WHISKEY
  • Oh, well done! BRAVO
  • A hospital procedure to check for broken bones X-RAY

and V's challenge is

the answer must start with the first three letters of a month:

  • his name could be Marty McFly or Sepp Blatter (although probably the latter because March appears in another answer)
  • Jane Eyre
  • A private plane
  • Decent, sturdy footwear and a sensible suit (there is another answer starting with Dec but given the answers in the first complete example, it must be this one that belonged to that challenge)
  • Junkyard chic
  • May I have this dance?
  • "Julius Caesar" is vastly superior
  • Marriage! Then they had seventeen children and they all lived happily ever after in a giant shoe.

incomplete idea for another challenge

Every word starts with an elemental symbol (maybe has to be 2 letters, not sure):

  • Seve Ballesteros (Hugh Hefner could also work if single letter symbols are allowed. Ernest Hemmingway also works but I believe he was part of a different challenge.)
  • Lizzo (Bea Arthur also works but she was part of a different challenge)
  • Belgium
  • the most conspicuous one here: Batman Cufflinks
  • Nothing
  • he said is where this idea breaks down. Bourbon? would have worked as a single letter symbol, but I believe the answer here is Oh, fiddlesticks where O could be a symbol but fiddlesticks...
  • Never! (this dialog answer is even in the correct place)
  • Naughtiness!

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  • $\begingroup$ Great! Your answer for V's "she wore" overlaps with my answer for Y, but I found another match $\endgroup$
    – stewartIM
    Oct 2 at 0:03
  • $\begingroup$ Nice work - a good contribution and you were very close with your third suggestion too +1 $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Oct 2 at 12:13

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