# Hit the bullseye

This is another puzzle grabbed from a popular Italian magazine. The rules are pretty much the same except that there are more words! While this might look harmlessly easy, unlike my Star of Dice, don't be deceived! It will be a nice mental exercise. Also, there is only one correct order. Multiple associations might be there, at least apparently, but you must choose the ones that will allow you to use up all the words properly.

Objective

Starting from the word indicated by the arrow (in this case MASTER), you must reach the center of the target, progressively associating and eliminating all the words included in it, that can be found in any ring, not necessarily in order, according to the rules below.

Rules

1. The word can be an anagram of the previous one.
2. It can be a synonym or an antonym of the previous one.
3. It can be obtained by adding, removing, or replacing a letter in the previous one.
4. It can be associated to the previous one because of a saying (proverb), metaphor, or word association.
5. It can form, together with the previous one, the name of a celebrity, or a place.
6. It can associated to a work of art (book, theater, poetry, etc.), its author, or its title including any genre.

Hint

urn $\rightarrow$ eternity

For quick reference, the words in the bullseye, going towards the center, are:

MASTER sea nee horse wing entirety force driver rhcp plane fore sting keats leaf row bow stream faction poisoned plan genre gowan opposite fraction stage golf attraction gown finger shore software eternity guitar wagon river swing poseidon arrow flea antidote stake ball bee urn prod program theater string fringe green drop knee HAIR

• Is there any significance to the rings, or is this just a more difficult to read unordered list? Do we have to go from one ring to the next? Can rings spin? I don't understand the purpose of the diagram. – Ian MacDonald Oct 20 '16 at 16:28
• So really what you're asking is for an ordering that includes all of the following words starting at MASTER and ending at HAIR according to the rules you've listed: MASTER, FORE, STING, KEATS, LEAF, ROW, SEA, NEE, HORSE, WING, ENTIRETY, FORCE, DRIVER, RHCP, SCHEDULE, STREAM, FACTION, POISONED, PLAN, GENRE, GOWAN, OPPOSITE, FRACTION, STAGE, GOLF, BOW, GOWN, FLEA, FINGER, SHORE, GROUP, ETERNITY, GUITAR, WAGON, ATTRACTION, POSEIDON, ARROW, ANTIDOTE, STAKE, BALL, RIVER, SWING, THEATER, STRING, BEE, URN, PROD, PROGRAM, FRINGE, GREEN, DROP, KNEE, HAIR – Ian MacDonald Oct 20 '16 at 16:41
• Some of these rules seem very vague to me. Anagrams, synonyms, and antonyms seem fine, as well as adding or removing letters, but word association allows for an awful lot of interpretation. I wouldn't be surprised to see several different "legitimate" answers, based on whatever the poster thinks is a valid word association. – GentlePurpleRain Oct 20 '16 at 16:58
• It seems like Rule 6 could allow for just about anything. Associating to any work of art, author, or title? I could probably pick almost any two words in this list, and find the title of some work of art that includes them. – GentlePurpleRain Oct 20 '16 at 17:01
• Adesso la settimana enigmistica vanta un tentativo di imitazione anche su StackExchange! – Francesco Oct 20 '16 at 20:11

Master

Stream via Anagram
River via Synonym
Wagon via Association ->Wagon Driver
Gowan via Anagram
Gown via Subtracted Letter
Ball via Association ->Ball Gown
Golf via Association ->Golf Ball
Fore via Association -> Yell 'Fore' while playing Golf
Attraction via Association -> Electromagnetic Attraction is a Force
Opposite via Association -> Opposites feel Attraction (Opposites Attract)
Faction via Association -> Factions imply opposed groups
Entirety via Antonym
Eternity via Anogram
Urn via Association -> 'Eternity' funerary urns
Keats via Association -> Wrote 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'
Stake via Anagram
Stage via Letter Replacement
Program via Association ->Stage Program
Software via Association ->Software Program
Plan via Association ->Software execution Plan
Wing via Association ->Plane Wing Swing via Added Letter
Sting via Changing Letter
Antidote via Antonym
Poisoned via Antonym
Poseidon via Anagram
Sea via Association -> God of the Sea (and Horses)
Horse via Association -> Seahorse (these can be inverted for fun and profit)
Shore via Anagram ->(If above is inverted, Association->She sells sea shells by the Sea Shore)
Row via Association ->Dinah, Row your boat to Shore
Bow via Changing Letter
Arrow via Association ->Bow and Arrow Knee via Association ->Arrow to the Knee
Nee via Dropped Letter
Bee via Changing Letter
Drop via Association -> Bee produces honey Drop
Prod via Anagram
Finger via Association ->Prod with Finger
Fringe via Anagram
String via Association ->String Fringe
Guitar via Association ->Guitar String
RHCP via Association ->Guitar Band
Flea via Association ->Flea is a member of RHCP
Leaf via Anagram
Green via Association ->Leaf Green
Genre via Anagram
Theater via Association -> Theater Genres

And we're at Hair!

• Yes, RHCP is what you think it is. I couldn't fit it otherwise. :D – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 16:49
• You've done huge progress, but there's a word association that doesn't work in your list. – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 17:07
• I think it should go POSEIDON $\rightarrow$ SEA $\rightarrow$ HORSE $\rightarrow$ SHORE. – GentlePurpleRain Oct 20 '16 at 18:44
• Theater seems like it doesn't fit with anything – MMAdams Oct 20 '16 at 19:34
• @MMAdams It does. :P – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 20:47

Okay, I feel like I'm very close, but there are a number of words that only seem to connect to one other word, and I can't see any way to connect them to another:

OPPOSITE, ETERNITY, ANTIDOTE, URN, KNEE (among others)

Here are the groups I've come up with so far. Maybe someone else can find the connections I'm missing...

MASTER anagrams to
STREAM is a synonym of
RIVER is one letter short of DRIVER is a club in
GOLF is where people often say
FORE is one letter short of
FORCE is a synonym of
ATTRACTION is in a common phrase with
OPPOSITE

ETERNITY anagrams to
ENTIRETY is an antonym of
FRACTION is one letter more than
FACTION is a synonym of
GENRE anagrams to
GREEN describes a
LEAF anagrams to
FLEA is a singer in
RHCP where they play
GUITAR has a
STRING which is often rolled into a
BALL is in a common phrase with
GOWN is one letter short of
GOWAN anagrams to
WAGON is pulled by a
HORSE anagrams to
SHORE is in a common phrase with
SEA is the domain of
POSEIDON anagrams to
POISONED is (sort of) an antonym of
ANTIDOTE

URN is in the title of "Ode to a Grecian Urn" by
KEATS anagrams to
STAKE is one letter different from
STAGE is commonly found in a
THEATER is usually performed by a
GROUP

WING is one letter short of
SWING is one letter different from
STING is done by a
BEE is one letter different from
NEE is one letter short of
KNEE

ARROW is often paired with a
BOW is one letter different from
ROW

PROGRAM is a synonym of
SCHEDULE is a synonym of
PLAN

DROP is an anagram of
PROD is a synonym of
FINGER is an anagram of
FRINGE is commonly found in
HAIR

• I'm fairly sure 'knee' and 'arrow' are linked via the phrase 'took an arrow to the knee' – MMAdams Oct 20 '16 at 18:33
• I fixed the bullseye. Replaced something and it seems that in one of all the changes I was doing, I missed one word. Now it has been added. Sorry for the inconvenience. – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 20:48
• @Alenanno It looks like you removed GROUP and SCHEDULE and added SOFTWARE and PLANE. Is that correct? – GentlePurpleRain Oct 20 '16 at 20:56
• @GentlePurpleRain Yes. I have included the text list in the main question and also added a hint for the hardest association. It will be helpful. Sorry again for the mess! – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 20:59

Here's what I came up with and I only traverse inwards. Though, I'm not sure if I misused rule #4:

1. Master -> Gowan using #5 (celebrity; "Gowan" is a popular singer/song-writer)
2. Gowan -> Gown using #3 (removing a letter)
3. Gown -> Ball using #4 (word association; you wear a "gown" to a "ball" or dance)
4. Ball -> String using #4 (word association; a "ball" of "string")
5. String -> Fringe using #4 (word association; decoration of threads or "string" on the edge of clothing is called a "fringe")
6. Fringe -> Hair using #2 ("fringe" is another word for bangs as in the "hair" covering your forehead)

I also wondered if you could make associations like this:

1. Master -> Gowan using #5 (Gowan is a popular singer/song-writer)
2. Gowan -> Group using #4 (word association; Gowan is the lead singer of the "group" Styx)
3. Group -> Stake using #4 (word association; a "stake" is a stick ("Styx"))

Or is that too much of a stretch?

EDIT: Perhaps I misread the puzzle. We have to use every single word?

• Yes, every single word. Of course, the rules seem to allow any association possible, but if you're missing words in your list or if some associations are really stretched, I'd suggest revisiting. – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 16:48
• I fixed the bullseye. Replaced something and it seems that in one of all the changes I was doing, I missed one word. Now it has been added. Sorry for the inconvenience. – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 20:49

Start:
Master

1: Stream an anagram of Master (@Beastly-Gerbil)
2: River a synonym of Stream
3: Driver is River with a D added
4: Golf a Golf Driver is a kind of golf club
5: Ball, a Golf Ball
6: Gown, a Ball Gown
7: Gowan, Gown with an A added
8: Wagon, an anagram of Gowan
9: Horse, a Horse and Wagon
10: Shore, an anagram of Horse
11: Sea, a Sea shore
12: Poseidon, the god of the Sea
13: Poisoned, an anagram of Poseidon
14: Antidote, a cure for one who is poisoned
15: Drop, a drop of Antidote
16: Prod, anagram of Drop

Some of the middle is definitely:

Guitar, String, Sting, Swing, Wing
Stage, Stake, Keats, Urn
Faction, Fraction, Entirety, Eternity
Bee, Nee, Knee
Leaf, Flea, RHCP
Force, Fore
Genre, Green
Row, Bow, Arrow
Opposite, Attraction

Not sure of all middle steps but the end could be:

Finger, what someone uses to Prod
Fringe, an anagram of Finger
Hair, Fringe is another word for bangs, which are made of Hair

• I fixed the bullseye. Replaced something and it seems that in one of all the changes I was doing, I missed one word. Now it has been added. Sorry for the inconvenience. – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 20:48

First one is

MASTER is an anagram of STREAM on the next row

• I fixed the bullseye. Replaced something and it seems that in one of all the changes I was doing, I missed one word. Now it has been added. Sorry for the inconvenience. – Alenanno Oct 20 '16 at 20:49