Four degrees of separation
(I make billions #8)
In a typical two part connect-wall puzzle, you are given 16 words which have 2 degrees of separation from the final answer. The first degree of separation is that each clue word is directly related to a group word. The second degree of separation is that each group word is directly related to the final word.
In this puzzle you are given 64 clue words that have 4 degrees of separation from the final word. The puzzle has two stages. In stage 1, you will solve 16 mini-puzzles involving two degrees of separation to obtain 16 new words. In stage 2, the 16 new words are used as a two part connect-wall puzzle to find the final word.
The objective of this stage is to find 16 missing words. Each missing word can be found through a mini-puzzle, where 4 clue words are given. The difficulty is that each clue word is two degrees separated from the missing word, meaning each clue word doesn't relate to the missing word directly, but only indirectly through a connecting word. For example, if the missing word were
guard, possible clue words could be
busy as in
busy body guard or
bone as in
guard dog bone.
The rules of word connections are:
- Each word connection must be one of the following (from most common to least):
- A two word phrase/expression such as
- Two parts of a compound word such as
- The title of a movie/tv show/song/etc or a location. All words will be common words (or names that are common words), and may be capitalized as necessary to form the connection. For example,
- A two word phrase/expression such as
- The clue word and missing word must sit on opposite sides of the connecting word. Therefore,
busy body guardis allowed because
bodyguardare valid connections. But
bag body guardis not allowed because although
body bagis a connection, it doesn't have the right word order.
Each mini-puzzle looks like this and gives further clues to help solve the missing word:
1. camp (4) drama (5) _____3_____ (4) animal (4) climbing
- The long blank line
_____3_____represents the missing word you are trying to find. The
3means that this word has 3 letters in it.
- Clues to the left of the missing word look like
camp (4), which means that
campis connected on the left through a four letter connecting word. So you would be looking for
camp xxxx yyywhere
xxxxis a four letter connecting word and
yyyis the three letter missing word. One example solution could be
camp site map.
- Similarly, clues to the right of the missing word look like
(4) animal, which means that
animalis connected on the right through a four letter connecting word, e.g.
yyy xxxx animal. One example solution could be
mud pack animal.
When you solve a mini-puzzle, you should write your solution like this (the solution to the above):
1. camp fire drama queen ant farm animal hill climbing
Without further ado, here are the 16 mini-puzzles of stage 1:
1. bath (4) _____4_____ (5) flour (4) pressure (4) start 2. brick (4) _____6_____ (7) jet (7) lot (6) stick 3. french (7) _____5_____ (4) room (4) fish (4) square 4. self (4) _____5_____ (4) dance (6) rights (5) shirt 5. public (7) _____5_____ (6) agent (4) coat (4) shape 6. atomic (5) twisted (4) _____4_____ (3) cave (5) shot 7. bomb (5) trouble (5) _____8_____ (6) collar (5) thin 8. cargo (3) foot (4) _____4_____ (4) blue (3) rat 9. check (4) swim (4) _____4_____ (4) bearing (6) circuit 10. common (6) medical (5) _____5_____ (4) keeper (5) printer 11. daily (6) diesel (5) _____5_____ (7) music (4) style 12. dark (5) smoke (6) _____4_____ (4) fold (4) palm 13. day (3) film (5) _____6_____ (6) block (7) lesson 14. dish (4) heart (4) _____3_____ (5) meat (6) roll 15. drug (5) stone (4) _____5_____ (4) bell (4) jockey 16. garlic (6) phone (4) _____5_____ (5) club (5) runner
Once you find the 16 missing words from stage 1, these words will form a two part connect-wall puzzle. The 16 words are to be grouped into four groups of four words each. Each word in a group is directly connected to a group word using the same type of word connections as in stage 1 (i.e. two word phrase, compound word, title/location). The four group words are connected to the final word in the same way. When you solve the connect wall, you can answer the question:
I make billions. Who / what am I?
Note: A complete solution should include 64 connecting words and 16 missing words (in the format described above), 4 group words, and the 1 final word/answer. Also, I found that the mini-puzzles can be quite hard, so collaboration is allowed and encouraged.