22
$\begingroup$

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.

If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Variadic Word™.

Use the following examples below to find the rule.

Variadic Words

And, if you want to analyze, here is a CSV version:

Variadic Words™,Not Variadic Words™
DAYDREAM,NIGHTMARE
LIABLE,RESPONSIBLE
ANDROID,APPLE
INDIAN,ATLANTIC
BRAINSTORM,THINK
STYMIE,HINDER
PRECIOUSLY,VALUABLY
CENTRIOLE,VACUOLE
HEADSTOCK,FRETBOARD
BASSOON,HARPSICHORD
PENGUIN,HIPPOPOTAMUS
FARBAUTI,SUTTUNGR
EXCEEDING,SURPASSING
STREAKING,SMUDGING

Because this seems to be more difficult than expected:

Hint:

Consider vowels vs. consonants

$\endgroup$
  • 4
    $\begingroup$ Just to help out, variadic in computer science refers to functions that take a variable (e.g. not explicitly restrictive, upto technically infinite) number of arguments. $\endgroup$ – Avik Mohan Aug 26 '16 at 20:03
  • $\begingroup$ If we suggest a rule that fits the current set of words but is incorrect by your solution, will you give us another pair of words that disproves the proposed solution? $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Aug 28 '16 at 3:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Bulldogg6404 Post it as an answer. Also keep in mind the name of the puzzle is a hint (either way, is like to see your answer, even if it doesn't work with the name). $\endgroup$ – erdekhayser Aug 28 '16 at 3:47
  • $\begingroup$ I don't have a concise answer yet. I'm just curious if you'll just say "No that's incorrect," or if you'd be willing to provide additional information to disprove a given answer and guarantee only one solution (or at least a simpler solution) to the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Bulldogg6404 Aug 28 '16 at 3:52
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ The words in the (image) table here are mixed-case (capital at start, then lowercase) whereas the words in the CSV are all uppercase. I know that sometimes these puzzles turn on the shapes of letters; erdekhayser, would you care to state (or deny) explicitly that the upper/lower distinction makes no difference to whether something is a Variadic Word (tm) ? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 30 '16 at 12:43
17
$\begingroup$

A Variadic Word is one where no consecutive group of vowels has the same number of characters, and no consecutive group of consonants has the same number of characters.

For instance: "Brainstorm" can be separated into
BR AI NST O RM,
then
Vowels:(AI, O) and Consonants:(BR, NST, RM)
This gives counts of
Vowels:(2,1) and Consonants(2,3,2).
Since no consecutive number repeats, it is Variadic.

More Examples:

Variadic:

LIABLE V:(2,1) C:(1,2)
ANDROID V:(1,2) C:(3,1)
PRECIOUSLY V:(1,3,1) C:(2,1,2)
EXCEEDING V:(1,2,1) C:(2,1,2)

Not Variadic:

NIGHTMARE V:(1,1,1) C:(1,4,1)
RESPONSIBLE V:(1,1,1,1) C:(1,2,2,2)
APPLE V:(1,1) C:(3)
VALUABLY V:(1,2,1) C:(1,1,2)

Note:

This assumes the 'Y' in Daydream is treated as a consonant

$\endgroup$
3
$\begingroup$

Variadic words:

Have groups of 1..n vowels and 1..n consonants, where n is at least 2.

Whereas non-variadic words:

Skips some value for the numbers of vowels or consonants, or doesn't reach 2.

Examples!

Headstock is variadic:
Vowels: 'o', 'ea'.
Consonants: 'h', 'ck', 'dst'.

Daydream is variadic:
Vowels: 'a', 'ea'. (Note we don't count Y as a vowel here)
Consonants: 'd', 'dr'. (Note we don't count Y as a consonant here)

Responsible is non-variadic:
Vowels: 'e'. (Doesn't reach 2)
Consonants: 'r', 'sp'.

Fretboard is non-variadic:
Vowels: 'e', 'oa'.
Consonants: 'fr'. (1 is skipped)

Nightmare is non-variadic:
Vowels: 'i'. (Doesn't reach 2)
Consonants: 'n', 'ghtm'. (2 and 3 are skipped)

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ This is really thinking in the right direction. You should be counting the Y as either a consonant or a vowel, however (but not both!). $\endgroup$ – erdekhayser Aug 31 '16 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ Darn! Also, I now see that 'valuably' would be variadic under my rules. $\endgroup$ – Phlarx Aug 31 '16 at 14:56
1
$\begingroup$

All Variadic words have:

Two vowels right next to each other

Example:

Daydream
Liable
Android
Indian
Brainstorm
Stymie
Preciously
Centriole
Headstock
Bassoon
Penguin
Farbauti
Exceeding
Streaking

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Note that Fretboard, Valuably, and Vacuole are not Variadic. $\endgroup$ – erdekhayser Aug 31 '16 at 3:48
  • $\begingroup$ @erdekhayser Shoot, am I on the right track though? $\endgroup$ – Areeb Aug 31 '16 at 3:50
  • $\begingroup$ You're starting to think about it the right way. If this is the first step, you have about 3 or 4 more to go. But your observation definitely has to do with the answer. $\endgroup$ – erdekhayser Aug 31 '16 at 3:52
  • $\begingroup$ @erdekhayser I guess I'll have another look at it tommorrow $\endgroup$ – Areeb Aug 31 '16 at 3:52
  • $\begingroup$ I'm going to add this at a later point, but "Thirst" is also Variadic. $\endgroup$ – erdekhayser Aug 31 '16 at 3:53

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.