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Dark secrets - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
April 12th, 2003
04:03 pm


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Dark secrets
Some time ago, I wrote:
"Who was Martin Luther's main assistant/pupil, and how do we tie him with alchemy?" For fun, I'll leave that unanswered and see if any of you can come up with something. I'm offering a round of your choice of drink for a convincing answer. (we're talking conspiracy theory logic here; it doesn't have to be completely reasonable, just plausible and interesting enough.)

None of you offered an answer, so I'll reveal mine: Martin Luther's aide was Philip Melanchthon; Melanchthon is composed of two Greek words, meaning "black earth". Alchemy, like Algebra, is an Arabic word, and "al-chemeya" means "the Chemic", Chemi being the ancient name of Egypt. It is commonly asserted that Egypt was called Chemi because of its riverside earth, as Chemi means, you guessed it, "black earth". There you have it: high weirdness for the masses, just waiting to be woven into a role-playing game.

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Date:April 12th, 2003 04:23 pm (UTC)


I can't believe I missed the contents of that entry; I would've prized the hope of entering such a contest if only for the hope of such a prize (and the accompanying travel excuse.) Now you're doubly lucky: you'll get both to treat Ijon to a round of his favorite drink and to be treated by Ijon to a round of your favorite drink. Quick: make another puzzle with the same prize and I promise I'll pay more and better attention this time!

(or is this offer void in the US and surrounding territories?)
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Date:April 15th, 2003 08:48 am (UTC)

Re: Rats!

Wow. I blush fiercely. To your list of accomplishments, add "I've made a person blush at five thousand miles."

Tell you what: for the silly grin you have put on my face, I'll buy you a drink of your choice when we meet. Let me know if you're around, though I guess the more likely event is my visiting NYC.

In the meantime, here's a challenging puzzle I made up for an Israeli culture site:
A manly character by a manly writer quoting a weak man speaking the words of the playwright to the underling of the star of an Italian
This one's a real tough nut to crack, though.
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Date:May 17th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
Wow, too bad I missed this one. Not that I would have gotten it... well done!
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