# Kathmandu: Solution

Thank you to Hugh Robinson for providing a solution.

Pair up the words so that the two words in each pair can be preceded or followed by the same word to make a longer word or two-word phrase. Then find a third word which also makes a word or phrase with the same preceding or following word. This is highly ambiguous, but if you do it correctly then each third word is used twice:

```         jumping \
lumber  -JACK
BLACK   <
night   -GUARD
trigger /

/guitar
ELECTRIC-meter
\CIRCUIT \
ice     -BREAKER
path    /

/barrel
GUN-powder
\DOG     \
rasp    -BERRY
straw   /

/pound
QUARTER-staff
>FINAL
SEMI-quaver
\skim

cayenne \
whole   -PEPPER
GREEN   <
kidney  -BEAN
string  /

/computer
MICRO-scope
>LIGHT
SUN-beam
\down

/machine
TIME-zone
\WASTE   \
flash   -PAPER
manila  /

/potato
WHITE-wash
\WATER   \
not     -GATE
star    /
```

Sort the third words alphabetically, concatenate them and extract the letters with the indices stated in the puzzle:

`blaCKcirCuitdogfinAlgreenLightwastEwater`

then randomly anagram to give the answer CACKLE.

## Alternate Solution from the Archives of Eric Albert, Author Unknown

(Likely solved during the hunt)
```RASP/STRAW = BERRY
LUMBER/JUMPING = JACK
==> BERRY/JACK = BLACK <==

COMPUTER/POTATO = CHIP
SKIM/WHOLE = MILK
==> CHIP/MILK = CHOCOLATE <==

POUND/METER = UNIT OF MEASURE
PATH/SCOPE = TELE
==> UNIT OF MEASURE/TELE = GRAM <==

STRING/KIDNEY = BEAN
MANILLA/CAYANNE = CAPITAL CITIES
==> BEAN/CAPITAL CITIES = LIMA <==

ZONE/MACHINE = TIME
TRIGGER/BARREL = GUN PARTS
==> TIME/GUN PARTS = MAGAZINE <==

GUITAR/ICE = PICK
NOT/NIGHT = WORDS THAT MAKE A HOMOPHONE WHEN YOU APPEND "K"
==> PICK/APPEND "K" = NIT <==

WASH/POWDER = BATHROOM NAMES
STAFF/QUAVER = MUSIC NOTATION
==> BATHROOM NAMES/MUSIC NOTATION = REST <==

STAR/FLASH = LIGHT
BEAM/DOWN = SUN
==> LIGHT/SUN = SPOT <==
```
Words produced by this extraction and listed in a string alphabetically form: blaCKchoColategramLimamagAzinenitrEstspot. This also gives an anagram of CACKLE, which is the answer.