Has anybody else seen the magazine ad (in The Economist and Bon Appetit, and probably others, as well) for Ketel One vodka that says:
Dear Ketel One Drinker
Can you make one hundred words,
of four letters or more,
from the letters in Ketel One Vodka?
Cool ad, since I’m enough of a geek to actually try it, although anyone language-geeky enough to actually do the puzzle is language-geeky enough to be seriously skeeved out by the lack of appropriate punctuation in the ad.
Anyway, here’s what I came up with (I was DETERMINED to finish it, once I started):
veldt (was REALLY proud of myself when I came up with than one!)
valent (really proud of this one, too – had to look it up to make sure that it really was a word)
I must confess that Hubby actually gave me “delete”. Hubby is even more of a geek than I am: after watching me work on the puzzle for a couple of days, he decided to write a program (linking to a small dictionary database) than would create words. Version 1.0 came up with a total of 119 words, but then he linked it to a more comprehensive dictionary (Version 2.0) and was able to come up with 300+ words.
Some other good ones that his program came up with:
After seeing “anode”, I remembered “anole” (cute little green lizards), too. They have them in East Texas (where my grandparents, as well as Hubby’s, live), but we just saw some at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, so they were fresh in my mind. I wish there were some “prize” for this puzzle; it seems like I should AT LEAST get a bottle of the stuff. It’s been a while since I had a nice cocktail.