I'm looking to represent three separate words without using words. The goal is for somebody to be able to guess each word from the representation.

For example, I'm looking to represent the word "ambiguity" with the definition: "the multiple meanings, either intentional or unintentional, of a word, phrase, sentence, or passage." I might, for example, represent ambiguity with this image of an animal that can be either a duck or a rabbit depending on the angle at which you view the image.

The other words I'm looking to represent are "analogy" and "anaphora." Thanks in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi "The goal is for somebody to be able to guess each word from the [pictorial] representation." So it looks like he's asking for help with constructing a visual riddle, which I think is on-topic? (Also worth noting - OP was redirected here from English.SE.) $\endgroup$
    – F1Krazy
    Mar 19, 2018 at 16:11
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    $\begingroup$ Would the solver know that the word is going to start with an A? If not, it might be difficult to come up with a pictorial representation of analogy that is not also simile or similarity, and one of anaphora that is not merely pronoun. $\endgroup$ Mar 19, 2018 at 16:33
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    $\begingroup$ Those are pretty difficult words to try to represent un-ambiguous-ly with just pictures $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Mar 19, 2018 at 17:55
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    $\begingroup$ Wait I can think of a slightly risque interpretation of analogy, but I'll probably get flagged for posting it... $\endgroup$
    – NL628
    Mar 19, 2018 at 18:20
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    $\begingroup$ @NL628 you'll get away by putting it behind spoilers and warning about the content. $\endgroup$
    – Glorfindel
    Mar 19, 2018 at 20:42

1 Answer 1


I figured it out.

"Anaphora" would be the repetition of words or phrases, so I illustrated the ten commandments (the tablets) and drew three lines for commandments 1 through 3, respectively. e.g.

  1. _ _ ___ (thou shall not)
  2. _ _ ___ (thou shall not)
  3. _ _ ___ (thou shall not)

Someone ended up guessing it.

For "ambiguity," I used the duck/rabbit painting that I posted above.

For "analogy," I illustrated a computer mouse with a line going right, where i illustrated a real mouse.

All three were guessed. Thanks, folks.


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