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    Default Website Featured Puzzle #5: "Color Confusion"

    I don't know if this has been posted elsewhere, but I just noticed that the ATT.com site finally added a new featured puzzle. It's been, what, three months since they put a new one online?!

    "Color Confusion" is yet another puzzle from the PBC, the one where you try to read a list of color names that have been drawn in different hues. That is, the word "Red," written in yellow, surrounded by a green background.

    I still maintain that all of these PBC illusions and brainteasers should be found somewhere, in some incarnation, in the main ATT book. Of course, we have yet to positively identify an image overlay (#5), mirrored numbers or letters (#3), negative arrows (#2), or a shading illusion (#1). There have been some candidates, I concede, but nothing that definitively proves the contortionist fairies are making half- or double-letters, or that the spiderboard is concealing arrow symbols.

    "Color Confusion" obviously relates most directly to the blocks page, but I don't see how the trick of mixing up color names and actual colors would work on this page. Any ideas?

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    I don't think you're supposed to read the color names it's the color of the letters themselves.

    I saw this in a sciece museum in Knoxville.

    The trick behind it, is that your brain has an order of importance that it adheres to. Colors are secondary to words. So (and try it out loud, it's harder) when you look at the word yellow, as I type it, you read yellow, and somewhere in the back of your brain it registers that the text is black, but who cares? The pertinant info is that the word is yellow. But if you try to say the color the word yellow is printed in out loud, rather than reading the word itself, it becomes a lot harder, because you're fighting the way your brain wants to organize the data.

    Try it:

    purple

    orange

    pink

    blue

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    I'm amazed that people would have trouble with this type of puzzle... guess my brain works differently. First time I read this puzzle, I thought "what is the catch?".
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    You're totally right, AppyGoat. I misread the directions. It is indeed much harder if you're trying to speak the color of the letters than reading the color names. Still not exactly the hardest brainteaser, but it does make you do a mental hiccup each time.

    So, the question remains: How does this relate back to ATT?

    Or maybe another way to frame things: How would you use this kind of trick to create a puzzle clue? For a while now people have been posting about how you can order colors in the book to generate a 5x5 grid. What if the goal is not to order colors themselves, but the names of colors -- alphabetically? Or what about using the color names in the grid? Would this be a plausible way to work on the blocks page or the colored 5x5 grids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turkeymonkey
    You're totally right, AppyGoat. I misread the directions. It is indeed much harder if you're trying to speak the color of the letters than reading the color names. Still not exactly the hardest brainteaser, but it does make you do a mental hiccup each time.

    So, the question remains: How does this relate back to ATT?

    Or maybe another way to frame things: How would you use this kind of trick to create a puzzle clue? For a while now people have been posting about how you can order colors in the book to generate a 5x5 grid. What if the goal is not to order colors themselves, but the names of colors -- alphabetically? Or what about using the color names in the grid? Would this be a plausible way to work on the blocks page or the colored 5x5 grids?
    Turkeymonkey, I like the way so see things here. I am just curious, what makes you think that the online teasers must be in ATT? Couln't it be that MS wants to challenge us in many areas to warm up for the BIG challenge (=ATT).

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    The same puzle is also in the Companion book (puzzle 55).


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    Maybe this has something to do with the colors written out in the text. See this thread for the complete list. http://www.tweleve.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=60

    There are colors mentioned on 25 different pages in the text.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sa6race
    Maybe this has something to do with the colors written out in the text. See this thread for the complete list. http://www.tweleve.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=60

    There are colors mentioned on 25 different pages in the text.
    Cool!!! A 5x5 box again perhaps???

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    skoldpadda:

    I agree with you, I had no trouble reading the colors of the word.

    Try this
    orange
    Green
    Yellow
    Black
    Blue

    It's a little harder.

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