NPR had a contest to "acro" a geographical name. That is, take a geographical name, and use its letters to write an acro about it.
Some of the entries were quite remarkable, especially the winner.
You can see them HERE.
Here are some that Acrozilla players did:
BOSTON Beans offer some tasty options now. ATLANTA All talk lazily and need tea apparently. NEW YORK Never expected, when "Yorkers" offer real kindness.
SEATTLE Surely Every American Thinks This Land's Excellent. PARIS Proud And Rich In Scenery. RUSSIA Region's Uniquely Satisfying, See It All. ALAMO Amazing Location Avoided Mexican Oppression. LOS ANGELES Love Our State And Now Enjoy Lovely Energetic Surfing. WHITE HOUSE Where History Is Teaching, Every Hour, Our U. S. Experience. GRAND CANYON Great River, Awesome Natural Destination. Come Along Now, You're Our Neighbor.
HOUSTON: Highrises overlook unequaled skyline, Texan opportunities nearby.
LAS VEGAS Lost all savings visiting every game along Strip. NORMANDIE Nazis ousted, relieving millions after nations decided invasion's essential. Nations organized, relieving millions after Nazi decimation in Europe. LOS ANGELES Lots of surfers and nutjobs, giant earthquakes leave everyone shocked. Land of sun and nature - great entertainers leave everyone speechless. Lots of Subarus, Accords, Nissans, GMC's, Elantras leave everyone stuck. NEW YORK Natives expect winning. Yankees often receive kudos. MEXICO CITY Meeting everyone, Xochimilco is certainly our center, I'm telling you. FRESNO Furnishes raisins everywhere - Sunmaid nicely obliges. MINNEAPOLIS Municipality in north; natural environment's almost polar, often lined in snow. MT. EVEREST Mountain that's extremely vertical, explorers reached elevated summit there. RENO Risked everything, now overdrawn. SEATTLE Showers every afternoon - they take life easy. PORTLAND Perfect Oregon roses, the landscape's a natural dream. WACO Weirdos and cowboys overrun. MIAMI Many internationals are moving in.
CHINA ChicagoMom: Certainly has interesting noodle assortment. MrPuzzle: Communists have installed nationalist authoritarianism. peanut11: China has incredible noodles. Appetizing? chicmic: Chinese have incredible nutrient aides NEPAL kittypower: Nearly enormous peaks are lauded. chicmic: Nestled entity part Asia landlocked. MrPuzzle: Neophyte explorers perish among landslides. peanut11: Nearly ethereal, people are lovely. BRASIL MrPuzzle: By Rio, amazingly sexy individuals lay. kittypower: Behold River Amazon, still is legendary. chicmic: Beauties regularly are starring in lingerie. MONTANA MrPuzzle: Mountains of northern territory are national assets. kittypower: Mountains on natural trails are notably ancient. chicmic: Mountains often noted to attract natural athletes. peanut11: Mountains of nice trees and natural areas. ENGLAND chicmic: Entranced near guarded land and notice Diana. kittypower: English natives Galahad, Lancelot, are now dreamt. MrPuzzle: Europe's neighbor: great lakes and no deficiencies. NILE ChicagoMom: Near it's location, Egypt. MrPuzzle: Noticeable influence large: Egypt. chicmic: Naturally is leaving Egypt. SPAIN MrPuzzle: Sampled paella, and it's nice. kittypower: Seeing Pamplomian athletics is natural. VENICE MrPuzzle: Visitors everywhere, now into "canal experience". chicmic: Visitors enchanted noticing incredible canal entertainers. kittypower: Vendors encourage nice interest cruising extensively. peanut11: Very exquisite, now in canal, enjoying. FLORIDA peanut11: Freaky land of republicans. I'm dreading attacks. MrPuzzle: Features lunatic old Republicans. Intelligent Democrats avoid. chicmic: Fantasy land offering radiant inspiration dalliance area. ChicagoMom: Fresh large oranges really ideal delightful appetizer. AMERICA chicmic: All men equal, racists inevitably can't agree. kittypower: All men equal, reminds internal Constitution always. MrPuzzle: After MAGA experiment, republic's in crisis again. peanut11: Am moving. Everyone's really idiotic. California's attractive. ROME MrPuzzle: Really old, magnificent eating. chicmic: Remembrance of majestic empire. ChicagoMom: Romantic overtones made enjoyable. HAWAII MrPuzzle: Hearing "Aloha!" when arriving in islands. chicmic: Heavenly area within an immaculate island. kittypower: Hello, Aloha, Welcome! All intriguing islands. POLAND MrPuzzle: Pierogies offered. Like another now, dear? kittypower: Pierogies often lauded and naturally deliciou chicmic: People often look about near desolate. VIETNAM chicmic: Veterans inevitably endured trauma near all military. MrPuzzle: Victims in every town. Nasty American Marines. kittypower: Very intense engagement, the nation argued mainl IRELAND MrPuzzle: It's really Emerald Land - ask Notre Dame! ChicagoMom: Ireland's really enjoyable, land's always nicely developed. CHILE chicmic: Country had intense landmine experience. MrPuzzle: Country here is long, easily. JAPAN kittypower: Jade and pearls are natural. MrPuzzle: Just another place America nuked. LONDON chicmic: Land of new dollars, old nobles. MrPuzzle: Lads often noticed Diana out nightly. GEORGIA MrPuzzle: Get everyone organized! Republican gain is annihiliated. ChicagoMom: Georgia's election obviously rigged, GOP idiots admit. chicmic: Greeting everyone orchards, ripe gifts in area. GERMANY chicmic: Generals enforced racists mantra and nuked youth. kittypower: Gestapo especially repressive, many attacked native Yiddish. MrPuzzle: Got everyone repressed, meaning army now "Yanked".
We all learned about apostrophes back in school, right?
But it seems a little refresher will help.
Some recent examples of incorrect use of the apostrophe
This is undoubtedly not an exhaustive list.
This is pretty simple in concept, but might seem complex from its description.
Here are a few names it might be given:
Here's what it means:
On a four-letter round, write a single two-word phrase that spans all the letters.
First word covers the first two letters,
second word, the last two letters.
The first word starts with the first letter,
the second word starts with the third letter.
Here are some examples:
It's better, if the letters allow, to have the split be normal hyphenation, on a syllable boundary:
This topic originated from a UK game show, where the players are given three "clue words" and have to guess what they suggest.
Vote for acros which have words that would lead you to the topic, rather than words that are related to it, but also to other things just as well.
The words should be more closely related to the topic than to other things, and more so than other words.
Here are some examples:
Additional columns give a breakdown, in actual numbers and percentages, of acros written within certain time boundaries (under 20 sec, 21-30, 30-45, over 45).
These numbers are generated from games between Mar 18 - 29, 2020.
Player # avg <20 <30 <40 >40 (Percentages) Amethyst 113 30.984 23 32 44 14 20.4 28.3 38.9 12.4 MrPuzzle 184 36.211 22 38 73 51 12.0 20.7 39.7 27.7 klj 299 37.872 22 68 109 100 7.4 22.7 36.5 33.4 Tanteniff 168 39.804 15 28 52 73 8.9 16.7 31.0 43.5 Blahblahblah 455 41.138 54 63 116 222 11.9 13.8 25.5 48.8 TheTornado 86 41.268 6 18 21 41 7.0 20.9 24.4 47.7 SLUGGO1969 181 41.356 13 21 65 82 7.2 11.6 35.9 45.3 amorphous 224 42.318 10 33 77 104 4.5 14.7 34.4 46.4 bilbolives 290 43.020 3 34 118 135 1.0 11.7 40.7 46.6 virgingoods 243 44.341 9 25 83 126 3.7 10.3 34.2 51.9 electrobanshee 14 46.362 0 3 1 10 0.0 21.4 7.1 71.4 kittypower 221 46.926 4 13 67 137 1.8 5.9 30.3 62.0 chicmic 388 48.261 10 28 81 269 2.6 7.2 20.9 69.3 cb750gal 233 48.333 3 14 62 154 1.3 6.0 26.6 66.1 peanut11 137 48.454 0 11 35 91 0.0 8.0 25.5 66.4 Sxystar 53 49.736 1 3 9 40 1.9 5.7 17.0 75.5
It is interesting to see how the same players did, or, more often, did not write a similar acro the second time around!
Round 4: ROSTER Blahblahblah,3,3,Repertoire of sports teams entering race. kittypower,1,1,Record of subjects that enjoy results. virgingoods,1,0,Recording of students that enter room. chicmic,1,1,Regimented order showing team's eventual routine. MrPuzzle,1,1,Regulars our sports team expects routinely. cb750gal,0,0,Recording our scores? That's entirely rude. klj,0,0,Record only students taking everything required. Round 9 ROSTER virgingoods,4,4,Record of students tested; everyone's reporting. peanut11,2,0,Roll of some team's essential recruits. chicmic,1,1,Rows of some teams entering room. kittypower,0,1,Register of subjects taken, entire round. klj,0,1,Record only some then erase regulars. Round 5: AIRFARE Blahblahblah,2,3,Airline income required for anyone requesting entrance. virgingoods,2,0,Airline is recounting funds amassed routing everyone. cb750gal,2,1,Apparently, it's required for airport rendered excursions. klj,1,0,American is really fast and rarely expensive. MrPuzzle,0,1,Am infuriated! Ridiculous fare airline really expects? kittypower,0,0,Airplane is requiring funds advance regular entry. chicmic,0,0,Airlines initally refunding fares after rouge epidemics. Round 5 AIRFARE virgingoods,4,4,Airline is reducing fares and repealing exclusions! kittypower,2,1,Airplane is requiring fee at reboarding everywhere. MrPuzzle,1,1,Airline is reducing fares: aid requested: "Emergency!". klj,0,1,Alas it requires faith and real energy. chicmic,0,0,Airline is refunding fares after rare epidemic.
October 31 A 10 6.7% B 2 1.3% C 7 4.7% D 6 4.0% E 5 3.3% F 11 7.3% G 9 6.0% H 12 8.0% I 9 6.0% L 17 11.3% M 5 3.3% N 8 5.3% O 8 5.3% P 5 3.3% R 3 2.0% S 13 8.7% T 11 7.3% U 4 2.7% W 5 3.3% 36 vowels 24.0% of 150 letters All of October * 24 0.6% A 306 7.9% B 241 6.2% C 175 4.5% D 186 4.8% E 86 2.2% F 209 5.4% G 160 4.1% H 308 7.9% I 202 5.2% L 169 4.3% M 246 6.3% N 172 4.4% O 206 5.3% P 156 4.0% R 85 2.2% S 301 7.7% T 341 8.8% U 40 1.0% V 1 0.0% W 278 7.1% Z 1 0.0% 840 vowels 21.6% of 3893 letters21.6% of 150 = 32.4 ... there were about 3 more vowels than you'd expect.