# Solution to ⊥IWPE: Pistol (Event #4) 🔫

#### by Dai Yang and Justine Jang

This event took place Saturday evening 8-9pm EST. Teams were told to send 2-3 members who enjoy social games.

Event participants play a variant of a game called Taboo. The basic gist of this game is two teams face off with each other to see which team can guess the most words. A clue-giver must communicate what their word is to the rest of their team without saying any of the "taboo" words. If they accidentally say a taboo word, someone on the opposite team can hit a "buzzer" to penalize the cluer and move on to the next word. The twist here is that the clue-giver, in addition to not being able to say any of the "taboo" words on the card, also cannot say words with more than one syllable.

There is a total of fifty cards between both teams. After the event ends, participants are given the fifty clue words formatted into a table and are asked to deduce the answer to the event.

 1 LIE BRIE 2 CASINO PLACID 3 SCRABBLE BROWSER 4 FENDER RAP 5 LEAST VEND 6 LUNG WIDE 7 DIVISIBLE BLINK 8 PANS TARIFF 9 SUE FATE 10 FIN SLANG 11 ROE CONTENTS 12 LAUGHTER BALL 13 BIRDER HISTORY 14 THRILL UNSPENT 15 PARROT LAKE 16 BURR MINE 17 SEAGULL TIDE 18 HANDY THORN 19 MORTAR CLOUT 20 MURAL BET 21 AIR LEVEL 22 WANTED MOUSE 23 SHANTY MARE 24 STAND MOCKED 25 BULL HORSE

The realization here is that each row corresponds to a two-word phrase where both words start with the same letter. So we can take the table above and generate a new table:

 1 THAI TEA 2 AMINO ACID 3 RABBLE ROUSER 4 GENDER GAP 5 EAST END 6 TONGUE TIED 7 INVISIBLE INK 8 SANS SERIF 9 DUE DATE 10 YIN YANG 11 NO NONSENSE 12 AFTER ALL 13 MURDER MYSTERY 14 ILL INTENT 15 CARROT CAKE 16 SURE SIGN 17 EAGLE EYED 18 CANDY CORN 19 ORDER OUT 20 NEURAL NET 21 DARE DEVIL 22 HAUNTED HOUSE 23 ANTI AIR 24 LAND LOCKED 25 FULL FORCE

When we take the common first letter of these two-word phrases in order, we get the phrase TARGET IS DYNAMIC SECOND HALF. We have to take the second half of a two-word phrase with DYNAMIC where both words start with D, which means the answer is DUO.

## Authors’ Notes

This event heavily used an open-source Taboo repo online made and maintained by Lisa Vinson. We are extremely grateful for the well-written app and even some of the real-time support Lisa gave us when setting up this event. The GitHub repo can be found here.