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Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1


Potentially NSFW: Consecutive Vowels

  • Being a native speaker (6)

  • _____ goin' nowhere! (3 4)

  • Democratic Debbie (7)

  • Major airplane manufacturer (6)

  • Like the people in the linked comic (assuming bald means male and long hair means female) (8)

  • Like Hal or Cortana (2)

  • Go extinct (3 3)

  • A sign of economic prospering (3 6)

  • Victory (7)

  • He ran with Palin (6)

  • Comedy series by Szekely (5)

  • Closest Hawaiian island to Hawaii (4)

  • ______ in flames (2 2)

  • Not weaknesses (9)

  • He wrote rhymes just like these, he wrote rhymes with much ease! (2 5)

  • Possibly a kid's first existential question? (2 1 3)

  • A promise of return (3)

  • Boyfriend (4)

  • In ____ (instead of) (4 2)

  • Cute, like old people (6)

Your answer is an alternate punchline -- or maybe hovertext? -- for the linked comic.

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Each of the answers

has a string of consecutive vowels somewhere in it, and only that one string of consecutive vowels. (There may be just one vowel!) In addition, those strings are always made up of different vowels.

Taking these

substrings, we can make a 5-bit binary number for each word. Take AEIOU, and write a 1 if the vowel is in that string and 0 if it is not. For instance, the first answer, FLUENT, has an E and a U, so the corresponding number is 01001.
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Read off the binary numbers using A=1, B=2, ... Z=26 to get the phrase I WANT TO BE TOUCHING YOU - which describes both the vowels and the characters!

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    $\begingroup$ Let's ban Deusovi from PSE for making us feel inadequate. Who's with me? $\endgroup$ – Phylyp May 29 '18 at 5:01
  • $\begingroup$ Also, maybe you could clarify that by 'string of ...' in the first spoiler text, it can be length 1 or more. I wrongly assumed 2 or more, and was thrown by 'Democratic Debbie', 'Sign of economic prosperity', 'not weaknesses' as I was looking for a string of 2 :-) $\endgroup$ – Phylyp May 29 '18 at 5:07
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    $\begingroup$ @Phylyp Good point - added that clarification! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi May 29 '18 at 6:58
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    $\begingroup$ @phylyp, that's a very good and popular idea, but as you probably remember, we voted to use honeypots instead :-) $\endgroup$ – Bass May 29 '18 at 11:02
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(partial answer)

_____ goin' nowhere! (3 4)

You ain't

Major airplane manufacturer (6)

Boeing

Like Hal or Cortana (2)

AI

Go extinct (3 3)

Die out

A promise of return (3)

Bye

Comedy series by Szekely (5)

Louie

______ in flames (2 2)

Go up

Possibly a kid's first existential question? (2 1 3)

Am I you? (not sure)

In ____ (instead of) (4 2)

In lieu of


There are two clues which have potential answers with

a lot of consonants:

Democratic Debbie (7)

Schultz

Not weaknesses (9)

strengths

Those might be

spaces in the sentence which is the final solution to the puzzle.

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Partial Answer:

Being a native speaker (6)

fluent

_____ goin' nowhere! (3 4)

We ain't

Democratic Debbie (7)

Major airplane manufacturer (6)

Boeing

Like the people in the linked comic (assuming bald means male and long hair means female) (8)

Like Hal or Cortana (2)

AI

Go extinct (3 3)

Die out

A sign of economic prospering (3 6)

Victory (7)

Triumph

He ran with Palin (6)

McCain

Comedy series by Szekely (5)

Louie

Closest Hawaiian island to Hawaii (4)

Maui

______ in flames (2 2)

Go Up

Not weaknesses (9)

Strengths?

He wrote rhymes just like these, he wrote rhymes with much ease! (2 5)

Possibly a kid's first existential question? (2 1 3)

A promise of return (3)

Bye

Boyfriend (4)

Beau

In ____ (instead of) (4 2)

Lieu of

Cute, like old people (6)

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Potentially nsfw -- xkcd.com/853/

So we probably need to find words with lot of vowels

Being a native speaker (6)

fluent

_____ goin' nowhere! (3 4)

you ain't

Democratic Debbie (7)

Major airplane manufacturer (6)

boeing

Like the people in the linked comic (assuming bald means male and long hair means female) (8)

Like Hal or Cortana (2)

AI

Go extinct (3 3)

A sign of economic prospering (3 6)

Victory (7)

He ran with Palin (6)

Comedy series by Szekely (5)

Closest Hawaiian island to Hawaii (4)

Maui

______ in flames (2 2)

Not weaknesses (9)

He wrote rhymes just like these, he wrote rhymes with much ease! (2 5)

Possibly a kid's first existential question? (2 1 3)

A promise of return (3)

bye

Boyfriend (4)

In ____ (instead of) (4 2)

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Another partial

Like the people in the linked comic (assuming bald means male and long hair means female) (8)

Straight

Victory (7)

Succeed Triumph

He wrote rhymes just like these, he wrote rhymes with much ease! (2 5)

Dr. Seuss

Cute, like old people (6)

Quaint

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