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sag

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Words that Have Something in Common
« on: October 31, 2009, 08:25:22 AM »
Discussion of the Car Talk puzzler for show #944 with an air date of 2009-10-31.

(Refer to Tom's comment for the correct answer.)

These words have something in common.  The order of the words do not matter.

  • Carbon
  • Mars
  • Four
  • Seventh
  • September
  • Saturn
  • Fifth

The hosts of the show mention that even more words belong to this list.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2009, 08:32:05 PM by sag »

Tom W.

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Re: Words that Have Something in Common
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2009, 10:15:25 AM »
The words are:  carbon Mars four seventh September Saturn fifth.  The number of letters in each word match a number.  For example, carbon is the sixth element in the Periodic Table and it has six letters.  Mars is the fourth planet from the sun, and it has four letters. The word four has four letters, and so on. 

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Re: Words that Have Something in Common
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2009, 12:41:30 PM »
Here are some more examples.  I'm sure there are lots more.  Fork = 4 tines.   Boron = the fifth element in the Periodic Table.  Poker = 5 cards.  Benzol = C6H6.

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Re: Words that Have Something in Common
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2009, 10:37:44 AM »
My first stab would have been pairing up "Mars" with "four" since Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, but "six" or "sixth" doesn't appear in the word list for "Saturn".  So, that theory goes out the window.

Good job once again Tom.

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Re: Words that Have Something in Common
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2009, 11:53:47 AM »
No, all of these are consistent with the number of letters in the word.  Saturn is the sixth planet and September the ninth month. 

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Re: Words that Have Something in Common
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2009, 05:47:00 PM »
My first stab would have been pairing up "Mars" with "four" since Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, but "six" or "sixth" doesn't appear in the word list for "Saturn".  So, that theory goes out the window.

Good job once again Tom.

actually, c6h6 is benzene.
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Re: Words that Have Something in Common
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2009, 08:12:34 PM »
Here's a link for benzol:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene.  How about octuplet and octangle?

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Re: Words that Have Something in Common
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010, 12:28:29 AM »
I've been compiling a list of more of these "Perfect words" or "perfect phrases" ---

A
He (Symbol for Helium)
Bi
Tri
Time
Pinky
D Flat
Boron
Indigo
F Sharp
Canine (Tooth number 6)
Sextet
Octuplet
Two Cubed
Pregnancy
Cat's Lives
St. Hyginus (9th pope)
Scott Riggs
A First Down (10 yards)
Apollo Twelve
Yule-Tide days
Spades in a Deck
The Sixth Prime
Franklin Pierce
State of Vermont
Chinese Calendar
Quarter of an Hour
Legal to Drive a Car (16 in USA)
Purchase Cigarettes (18 in USA)
Holes on a Golf Course
King and Ace, in Blackjack
Atomic Number of Titanium
Countries in the European Union
Three Multiplied by Three Twice
The Month of February in a Leap Year
Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Flavors
Number of Teams in the World Cup finals (32)
Freezing Point of Water in Fahrenheit
Number of Days Noah (from the Bible) Sailed the Ark (40)
Symphonies Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (41)
Barack Hussein Obama, President of the United States (44)
The Total Number of Mazurkas that Frederic Chopin Wrote for the Piano (58)
The Number of Protons or Electrons Found in Praseodymium, a Lanthanide. (59)
'The Mother Road' or 'Main Street of America', which runs from Chicago to Los Angeles. (66)

Let me know if you come up with more! 

Shea Marshall
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