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The Quiz

What’s the Word?

by Michael Swaine

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Many of the technical terms that we use every day in programming also have a common meaning more or less unrelated to their programming meaning.

A bit is something you use to control a horse; a fork is something you eat with; inheritance explains where you got those blue eyes or that white elephant.

This issue’s quiz presents ten lists of programming words that have a different meaning in ordinary conversation. All the words have been run through our handy-dandy Anagram Machine, so they may not be immediately recognizable.

  • Kcyucyo

  • Qvoa

  • Jnqa

  • Vxjzli

  • Sckivin

  • Aucjli

  • Hafxas

  • Dliu

  • Ulwg

  • Rvwjlin

  • Kslwg

  • Viwzcjawjxia

  • Vhhapksn

  • Slvuai

  • Scyg

  • Uicmai

  • Jiaa

  • Savr

  • Illj

  • Qnjzly

  • Ivp

  • Mcixh

  • Dlip

  • Kxo

  • Ixkn

  • Wvjwz

  • Jzild

  • Kvha

  • Ulxksa

  • Hdcyo

  • Jvo

  • Zcj

  • Ixy

  • Aiili

  • Ucvslo

  • Uawsvivjcly

  • Atqiahhcly

  • Vioxpayj

  • Wlppayj

  • Hpvssjvsg

  • Scyj

  • Hqlls

  • Jziavu

  • Hjicyo

  • Sllq

  • Qvjwz

  • Wvhj

  • Vwjli

  • Wzvivwjai

  • Hwicqj

  • Pvhg

  • Hvyuklt

  • Hdcyo

  • Qlq

  • Wllgcah

  • Qvjz

  • Raywaqlhj

  • Hjiavp

  • Rslvj

  • Ovikvoa

  • Uxpq

  • Zavq

  • Jivhz

We’ve organized the words into these ten lists as an aid to solving. In each list, the words—taken in their ordinary meaning rather than their programming meaning—share a common theme. The themes, in no particular order, are:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral;

  • Baseball Been Very, Very Good to Me;

  • Construction;

  • Conversation;

  • Discards;

  • Grab Bag;

  • Kid Stuff;

  • Sew What;

  • Theater; and

  • The Write Stuff.

You may have trouble finding a wedge into this quiz, since there are none of the usual aids to anagram solving, like words with apostrophes or one-letter words or a three-letter word that appears frequently and so might be the. But all the words share the same anagram mapping, so every one you figure out will help you with the others. If you can find that wedge, you should be all right. The trick is to find the wedge. Good luck!

Solution to Last Issue’s Quiz

Last issue we gave you a chance to find out how familiar you are with the titles of Pragmatic Bookshelf books. Or how good you are at solving Hangman-style puzzles. Or both. Here are the seven titles you found if you solved the quiz completely:

  1. Arduino

  2. Ubuntu Kung Fu

  3. TextMate

  4. Rails Recipes

  5. Hello Android

  6. Core Data

  7. Agile Coaching

That’s right: the letter that occurred five times in a twelve-letter book title is u. Not your first guess, eh?