Fireball Contest — May 17, 2023

Grid: 20 minutes; Meta: 10 more 


Peter A. Collins’ Fireball contest, “Table Game” — Conrad’s writeup

This month, we are asked, What five-letter word is hinted at by this puzzle? There were five long theme entries, each containing an element:

FB Contest – 05.17.2023 - Solution

FB Contest – 05.17.2023 – Solution

  • [Accessories for SUVs]: C(ARGON)ETS
  • [Last city in which the entire CSA government met]: GREENS(BORON)C
  • [Shakespeare’s “Thy pity may deserve to pitied be” contains one]: SPLI(TIN)FINITIVE
  • [TV role for Masi Oka opposite Hayden Panettiere’s Claire Bennet]: H(IRON)AKAMURA
  • [South Lawn chopper]: MARI(NEON)E

The atomic number of each element mapped to a letter in the grid, here they are in grid order:

  • BORON: 5 -> A
  • NEON: 10 -> T
  • ARGON: 18 -> O
  • IRON: 26 -> M
  • TIN: 50 -> S

The mapped squares spell ATOMS, our contest solution. I enjoy a periodic table-themed meta; the most recent that I remember is Mike Shenk’s Under the Table, which used a different mechanism. Solvers: please share your thoughts.


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1 Response to Fireball Contest — May 17, 2023

  1. milobela says:

    Nice one. Similar final mechanism to the only meta I ever constructed–

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