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***Birthday Game: Maddening Letter Count

grammaboodawg
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Sep 22, 3:11pm

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***Birthday Game: Maddening Letter Count Can't Post

This is a letter-search game of an 11-word phrase from Professor Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (see below).

There are 3 clues in each of these 6 lines from LotR for finding letters to complete the final phrase below. Most of the letters are used multiple times. So each word is identified as a GROUP to help you know in which word the letters are used.

For example, in phrase #6 – 1st clue. Count over to the 7th word in the line and count the letters in that word to the 4th letter... which is "V". You know that letter will be used in GROUP 6. Where it's placed in that GROUP is up to you.

Maddening yet? ;) My goal is to challenge you, but not take too much time.

The final phrase answer is hidden in highlight (also) below. NO PEEKING! Have fun!


1. "There they saw close beside them a great rubble-heap; and suddenly they were aware of two small figures lying on it at their ease."

5th word; 1st letter.......10th word; 4th letter.......19th word; 5th letter
group 1; 9; 10.................group 4; 10.....................group 3; 9; 10


2. "There are queer folk about. Though I say it as shouldn't, you may think"

8th word; 2nd letter.......12th word; 1st letter.......14th word; 3rd letter
group 2; 4; 6; 8; 9...........group 9............................group 1; 9


3. "It's a hobbit by the size of it; but all dressed up queer."

3rd word; 1st letter.......11th word; 1st letter.......6th word; 4th letter
group 4; 6; 7; 9..............group 2; 3; 4; 9; 11..........group 4; 6; 7; 8; 10


4. "All your long life we have been friends, and you owe me something."

8th word; 5th letter.......11th word; 1st letter.......3rd word; 1st letter
group 2; 4; 11.................group 1; 3; 5...................group 1


5. ”You speak evil of that which is fair beyond the reach of your thought, and only little wit can excuse you."

14th word; 1st letter.......2nd word; 1st letter.......8th word; 1st letter
group 5; 7; 9; 10..............group 8; 10....................group 3


6. "Begone, foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion! Leave the dead in peace!"

7th word; 4th letter.......3rd word; 4th letter.......Take a guess!!!!! ;)
group 6...........................group 8; 10....................group 11





WORD GROUPS 1 through 11 for placing letters.


'Bilbo and Frodo happened to have the same birthday, September 22nd.'

Expanded: "Bilbo and Frodo happened to have the same birthday, September 22nd. 'You had better come and live here, Frodo my lad,' said Bilbo one day; 'and then we can celebrate our birthday-parties comfortably together.'"
From: A Long-Expected Party: pg 43 I




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CuriousG
Half-elven


Sep 22, 4:22pm

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Yes, maddening *spoilers* [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the game, Gramma!
I messed up on a few letters, but once I got them all in groups, I was able to guess at most of the sentence, with a little help from the book for confirmation.

As Gandalf said, "Absurdly simple, like most riddles when you see the answer."


sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Sep 22, 7:58pm

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Clever [In reply to] Can't Post

Using the first letter of the first names from this partial list of attendees at the Farewell Birthday party... unscramble a description of the puzzle creator.

Asphodel Burrows
Milo Burrows
Angelica Baggins
Adelard Took
Saradoc Brandybuck
Rory Brandybuck
Merimas Brandbybuck
Rosamunda Bolger
Gilly Baggins
Melilot Brandybuck
Ted Sandyman

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CuriousG
Half-elven


Sep 22, 8:05pm

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Puzzles upon puzzles-answer, and nice complment *spoiler* [In reply to] Can't Post

Gramma Smart


Bracegirdle
Valinor


Sep 22, 8:14pm

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Oh, I finally finally got the hang of this puzzler [In reply to] Can't Post

But, it took a bag of jump-starts, and some strange utterances came from someone's(?) mouth.

Very good and clever gramma.
Thanks and hugs Heart

‘. . . the rule of no realm is mine . . .
But all worthy things that are in peril . . . those are my care.
For I also am a steward. Did you not know?'

Gandalf to Denethor




Bracegirdle
Valinor


Sep 22, 8:25pm

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Unscrambler... Got it! [In reply to] Can't Post

Smart gramma

And she is that!!

‘. . . the rule of no realm is mine . . .
But all worthy things that are in peril . . . those are my care.
For I also am a steward. Did you not know?'

Gandalf to Denethor




dernwyn
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Sep 23, 2:05am

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The only maddening part... [In reply to] Can't Post

...was trying to find the number "2" in the sixth phrase! Laugh

That was clever, gramma, thank you! Cool


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dernwyn
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Sep 23, 2:07am

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Yeah...she's one [In reply to] Can't Post

"smart gramma"! Laugh


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 25, 1:58am

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oh g'onnnnne *blushes* :) /// [In reply to] Can't Post

 



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(This post was edited by grammaboodawg on Sep 25, 1:58am)

 
 

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