>Morgan is an enabler. She’s gotten me totally addicted to an online word puzzle game called Funny Farm. It’s a word association game in which you try to guess all the words in a section of the puzzle, and when you get words that overlap the boundary of that section and another, the new section opens up. But not all the associations are literal or direct — that’s the maddening part.
For example, when you start, they give you the center section, which has the theme “on the farm.” So when I started, I entered things like “cow,” “pig,” and “chicken,” and they all appeared, along with blank boxes related to them. For chicken, three of those boxes were obvious: “rooster,” “hen,” and “egg.” But what the frak was the fourth, three-letter word. Turns out it wasn’t a word at all but an acronym: KFC. Ugh. And “pig” overlapped with the neighboring section on “religions,” so of course “pig” connected, ironically in a way, to “Judaism” and “Islam.” That was pretty obvious, but a couple of the other farm-religion connections were more groaners.
I pretty quickly hit a wall, but then I joined up my puzzle with other people’s puzzles, and got some answers and was able to proceed in the new sections and open up even more. But now I’m stymied again. Even Google and Google Sets aren’t helping now.
I dare you to play and not get addicted yourself. If you want to try it on your own, click the Funny Farm link above and give it a go. If you want to help out with my game in progress or join it up with yours later, use this link to get to my game. If you click on “Save Game” on your game, you get the unique URL for a game in progress. Past mine into yours or vice versa and you’ll have a combined game. As long as you have cookies operating on your browser, your computer will save your game after every guess and you’ll always come back to where you left off.
Anyone want to help me with my game in progress?
Update: If you get totally frustrated and just want all the answers, just google around and you’ll find discussion boards with hints and even total keys. (I found the latter at lazylaces.com.)
Or if you just want a few hints to get you going again, follow the link to Morgan’s blog and combine your game with some of the links there — they’re not too far along at that point. I’d post another link to my game in progress, but I’m nearing the end and it might spoil some of the fun.
Update 2: I have now finished the game. Yeah, I cheated a lot, but I also did a bunch myself. So if anyone just wants to get on with their work and stop obsessing — as I did — let me know and I’ll send you the link for the completed game. The meta-puzzle answer is a single word, btw, and if you type it in, the text at the top says you’ve completed the game. Not very exciting.