7
$\begingroup$

My friends and I were playing a game recently in which, for each round, four of the players were given a word of which they each had to give a rough description to the fifth player. The guessing player would gain a point if they got the word correct.

It came to my turn to be the guesser and the descriptions my friends gave for the word were as follows:

Alan: It's a square with a pair of strips passing through it.
Brenda: I would say it's more like a repeating square wave but one that is crashing.
Catherine: I wouldn't say it's the waves themselves but it's what's just above, close to land.
Daniel: I would say they are more like ridges than waves, sometimes interspersed with dots.

Their descriptions seemed completely disparate and I couldn't make sense of them, which worried me quite a bit.

What word were my friends describing?
Please explain each description in your answer.

Hint (in light of Tom's excellent answer)

Once the word had been revealed to me, I realised it could also mean something into which I had just gotten myself.

$\endgroup$
9
$\begingroup$

A second plucky attempt is the word:

fret

It's a square with a pair of strips passing through it.

A fret which is the heraldic symbol of a mascle (lozenge) with two bendlets (diagonal stripes)

enter image description here

I would say it's more like a repeating square wave but one that is crashing.

A fret pattern has repeated motifs of straight lines and right angles.

enter image description here

I wouldn't say it's the waves themselves but it's what's just above, close to land.

A sea fret is a cold sea fog, close to shore.

I would say they are more like ridges than waves, sometimes interspersed with dots.

A fret is a raised ridge on the neck of a stringed instrument. Marker dots are often placed on the face of a guitar's fretboard to indicate harmonic points of the string.



First try: An opening attempt is the word:

breaker.

A: It's a square with a pair of strips passing through it.

One symbol for a (circuit) breaker is a square with two lines:

enter image description here

B: I would say it's more like a repeating square wave but one that is crashing.

Another, more complicated one is this circuit breaker

enter image description here

or the percussion hammer for demolishing, which repeatedly crashes on/off against concrete.

C: I wouldn't say it's the waves themselves but it's what's just above, close to land.

breaker - a raised part of the seabed near the shore, against which waves break.

D: I would say they are more like ridges than waves, sometimes interspersed with dots.

breaker - a ridge-like wave near the shore with amplitude at a critical level, popular with surfers which look the dots from a distance?

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ This is such a good answer, rather frustratingly not what I was going for. I can't fault you because you've done so well with the explanations. Instead I can offer a +1 and a hint. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Mar 30 at 21:15
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ I respectfully suggest that Tom got the right answer and OP's answer is wrong. ;) (I love when alternate answers fit this well; nice job Tom!) $\endgroup$ – Rubio Mar 30 at 21:45
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ The new answer is what I was looking for. Well done! $\endgroup$ – hexomino Mar 31 at 21:48

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.