Thursday, October 04, 2007

Pic-Tac-Toe (3rd edition)

I feel a little inadequate right now. Sure, I have the following Pic-Tac-Toe to share, my third so far, and have two more on deck. But after Shakespeare Teacher unleashed his phenomenal 3-D puzzle a few days ago... I mean, how do you follow that? I did my best and only solved less than half of the dang thing.

Below you will find 9 images in a 3x3 format. Each row, column, and diagonal has a distinct theme. That's 8 themes total.

(Click to enlarge. Make your guesses in the comments.)

SOLVED! Bill of Shakespeare Teacher does it again, but it took a little longer this time. He got all 8 themes and came up with a nice alternate theme for the middle column. Check the comments for the answers.

8 comments:

Bill said...

Very nicely done! That picture of the ferry has me stymied in both directions. Perhaps this is your revenge for the pretzel.

Here are my guesses - and note that I waited until the afternoon.

Top Row: We're number one! (First among sequels, First Families, Jersey #1)

Center Row: Ice (Ice, Ice Cube, Ice Pops)

Bottom Row: New York (Manhattan, Staten Island Ferry, I am in New York looking at this picture of a book cover)

Left Column: Jasper (Jasper Fforde, Jasper from the Simpsons, Manhattan Jaspers) - Nice one!

Center Column: Modes of transportation (Whatever that is chasing the F4, Car, Ferry)

Right Column: Red, White and Blue (Jersey, Ice Pop, Ribbon)

Slash: Numbered Sports Jerseys

Backslash: Days of the Week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Neel Mehta said...

Thanks for waiting until the afternoon. You are a marvel of restraint.

As you might expect, you have 6 themes correct. I don't know what's chasing the Fantastic Four either, but there's a more appropriate theme for the middle column. And you're on the right track for the bottom row, but I'll need an answer that's more firmly grounded.

Bill said...

Bottom Row: New York (Manhattan, Staten Island Ferry, The quote on the book cover is from the New York Sunday Times Book Review).

Center Column: Figures who bear the number 4 (Fantastic Four emblem, Number 4 Jersey, July IV on the tablet of the Statue of Liberty).

slskenyon said...

Unfortunately, my guesses would require that I know more about the content of the films displayed, which I do not--but this is a very interesting puzzle.

Neel Mehta said...

Alternate answer credit for the middle column. I was going for something completely different, but that works too.

Still not quite there on the bottom row. But you're not wrong. I didn't know about the NYT Book Review. I'll admit that this is the most difficult one, but everything you need is in the images.

Bill said...

Bottom Row: New York Islands (Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island)

Center Column: Torches (Human Torch, Flame held by Ice Cube, Statue of Liberty Torch)

Neel Mehta said...

Well done! And the puzzle is complete.

For the record:

Top Row: FIRST (novel First Among Sequels, "First Family," first NFL draft pick)

Center Row: FROZEN AISLE (Freezer geezer, Ice Cube, Popsicle)

Bottom Row: NYC ISLANDS (Manhattan, Staten, Long)

Left Column: JASPER (Author Jasper Fforde, Jasper Beardley from The Simpsons, a Manhattan Jasper)

Middle Column: TORCH (Human Torch, torch lighter, Lady Liberty's torch)

Right Column: RED, WHITE, AND BLUE (Texans jersey and suit, Firecracker popsicle, book ribbon)

159 (\) Diagonal: DAYS OF THE WEEK (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

357 (/) Diagonal: ATHLETIC JERSEYS (Houston #1, generic #4, Manhattan #23)

K-Lyn said...

Again I was on vacation and missed this. I'm so glad I had that excuse though because they are getting harder! I thought I'd get better at them.