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How many did I catch? Answer this after you have solved the 12 steps above.

  • $\begingroup$ Is the cursor under 11 intentional? $\endgroup$ – boboquack Oct 28 '17 at 22:44
  • $\begingroup$ No the cursor is not intentional $\endgroup$ – DEEM Oct 30 '17 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ You may as well delete this now you've posted the simpler version $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Oct 31 '17 at 17:57
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil This seems to be a valid first part of a two-part puzzle. I've now edited both puzzles to bring them more into line with that, so that neither needs to be closed or deleted. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Oct 31 '17 at 18:58

Sorry for posting this here, but the other location, as a duplicate, is blocked for new answers.

The number caught is:


The number missed is:

also 25

The reason is that:

each of the 12 rebus words has an even number of letters, and is a concatenation of the 2 letter US state abbreviations. There are 35 such bigrams, but 10 are duplicates, leaving 25 "caught" and 25 "missed".

Not quite sure of the principle by which some are chosen to be caught. There are other words which could easily be made from the missing ones:

(e.g. FLAK, INKY, INKS, VAIN...).

Thanks for a fun enigma!

  • $\begingroup$ Great catch (no pun intended). I had tried to follow the even number of letters point also but got nowhere. Good job! $\endgroup$ – Dr t Nov 2 '17 at 21:12
  • $\begingroup$ Great job. I was just about to answer my own question. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 3 '17 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ It was hard to come up with a good Rebus for some of the additional words like VAIN $\endgroup$ – DEEM Nov 3 '17 at 12:50
  • $\begingroup$ No worries I think you struck a good balance :D $\endgroup$ – Laska Nov 3 '17 at 13:16

I will throw out there what I have at this point.

My theory:

I think that what has to be done is to find the character matches from one answer to the next and total them up and that is the answer

  1. Is Palm + Pond - Ps


  2. Pemberton 1886 is:

    almonds matched to coca-cola is 3

Ohms matched to coca-cola is 1

  1. I am quite certain that is a

    Ohms matched to condor is 1

  2. I think the idea with the flower is

    condor matched to nectar is 1

  3. that is a bowl of

    nectar matched to calamari is 2

  4. I have an idea on this one but need more work...

sord + seal - Ss = ordeal calamari matched to ordeal is 3

  1. that is a picture of a moon named

    Ganymede Ganymede matched to ordeal is 2

  2. that is a

    Ganymede matched to pail is 1

  3. I am going to say that is

    goblets matched to pail is 1

  4. lion from animated movie

    working on the name...Scar according to others.
    Scar matched to goblets is 0

  5. Maori woman

    I was just informed by my step mother that a Maori woman is called a wahine. turns out that she knows because she has some ancestry in that direction... Wahine matched to Scar is 1

total so far is

16 You caught 16

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    $\begingroup$ the lion is Scar from lion king $\endgroup$ – Damien Bannerot Oct 30 '17 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ I can see this is turning out to be tougher to establish commonality. Many of them you have are correct. Try Pail instead of bucket, Ohms in place of omegas, nectar instead of pollen. 7 could be the hardest one I guess $\endgroup$ – DEEM Oct 30 '17 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ 7 is indeed near-impossible. You need to figure out the exact species of the birds, and then you need to know the obsolete collective noun for them. After that it gets much easier :-) (That's the only new part I got, so you get a comment instead of a partial answer) $\endgroup$ – Bass Oct 31 '17 at 6:57
  • $\begingroup$ You re right. So it is a name for flock of mallards $\endgroup$ – DEEM Oct 31 '17 at 12:31
  • $\begingroup$ What do the "is matched to" bits mean?? $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Oct 31 '17 at 17:02

are these..

drinks ?

because as I understand...

1. oasis
2. coca-cola
3. Omega energy drink
4. Golden eagle energy drink
8. Jupiter cocktail drink
11. False King cocktail

  • $\begingroup$ I don't believe that's meant to be an eagle... $\endgroup$ – Sensoray Oct 30 '17 at 12:17

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