27 December 2016
RSS Christmas Quiz, question 10
I'm revisiting the 2016 Christmas Quiz for the Royal Statistical Society, seeking help to the answers for the above question. I think I have 9 of them, but I give up on the others and would like your input. (The official answers will be published by the RSS in mid-January).
In case you want to try your hand at them first, I'll place my answers below the fold (click on "read more" when you want to see them:
i. "overlay" (two definitions), transforms to "overlax"
ii. ?? [answered - see Comment section]
iii. "litter" + "P" (head of pigeon) anagrams to "triplet", which transforms to "triplex."
iv. ?? [answered - see Comment section]
v. "retail" minus "I" becomes "retal" which anagrams to "later," which transforms to "latex."
vi. ?? [answered - see Comment section]
vii. ?? ("flat stone" could be talc, slab, disc, tile, mica - none of which help me...) [answered - see Comment section]
viii. removing the head of "napes" yields "apes," which transforms to "apex."
ix. the note "fa" + "U.N." gives "faun", which transforms to "faux."
x. if you give up the "d" from "hoard," you have "hoar" (grey-haired), becomes "hoax."
xi. ?? ("poll" for head + E & N directions gives "pollen" but it can't take an "x." [answered - see Comment section]
xii. ?? [answered - see Comment section]
xiii. a confused (anagrammed) "miser" yields "mires," which transforms to "mirex."
xiv. if you cover a "u" with "roe" you have a "roue," which transforms to "roux."
xv. "flu" sounds like the passage "flue", which can become "flux."
In addition to the unanswered ones, I don't know what the "second variation" is for adjusting the answers. I wondered about removing an "x", but can't get that to work. [it's changing the first letter rather than the last one to x]
Please feel free to leave suggestions, hints, or answers in the Comments. Thanks.
Update December 29: Thanks to the expertise of readers here, all 15 of these clues have now been decrypted (see the Comment section for answers to the more difficult ones).
And feel free to use the Comments to answer or discuss any of the other questions in the quiz.