Analogy Farm (Solution)

by Rob Speer, Adam Hesterberg, and Alan Deckelbaum; additional code by Anthony Lu and John Stumpo

This is a Funny Farm-style game, where parallelograms made of two black lines and two red lines are SAT-style analogies.

For example, you start with:

sun : jupiter :: ? : charon

When you fill in the answer "pluto" and hit enter, the server confirms it. It also fills in "pluto" in another blank that's connected by a blue line, representing equality.

When you fill in a blank on one end of a gray dotted line, it will fill in the unrelated blank on the other end, making more of the graph solvable.

Here are the analogies in the upper left, for example:

mit : engineers :: harvard : crimson= names of sports teams
mit : tech :: harvard : crimson= names of newspapers
harvard : crimson :: mit : cardinal/gray= school colors
spare : strike :: slash : x= bowling symbols
cardinal : card :: technical : tech= informal four-letter abbreviations

Other analogies (skipping over some obvious ones):

ecstasy : x :: head rat : r :: middle eastern : t= the single letter this would be in a cryptic clue
time : t :: displacement : x = standard variable name for this axis
blood : iron :: speeches : majority decisions = a quote by Bismarck
sega : saturn :: atari : jaguar = unsuccessful fifth-generation consoles
atari : go :: check : chess = name of a threatening position in a game
go : china :: chess : india = country of origin
chinese : master wok :: middle eastern : sepal = "ethnic" fast-food restaurants at the CambridgeSide Galleria
sonic : coins :: leaps : sepal = the result of applying a 12345 -> 52431 permutation
sonic boom : sound :: cherenkov radiation : light = X happens when things move faster than the local speed of Y
saturn : sky :: honda : civic = make, model of cars
guns/roses : axl :: black/sabbath : ozzy = lead singer
black : sabbath :: technical : ecstasy :: chinese : democracy :: guns : roses = These are highly-anticipated, long-delayed, and ultimately disappointing albums by the named bands.
bono : edge :: axl : slash = lead singer vs. guitarist
hack : crack :: white hat : black hat = verbs techies wish you would use when distinguishing non-malicious from malicious hacking
titanium : chromium :: chromium : iron = add two protons
chrome : chromium :: red hat : fedora = related commercial and open-source projects
red hat : head rat :: al gore : galore = spoonerisms
al gore : algorithm :: log : logarithm = what it sounds like when you add 'rhythm'
logarithm : corollary :: logarhythms : chorallaries = MIT a cappella groups with punny mathy names
chorallaries : hot air balloon :: logarithms : black balloon = tracks named with 'balloon' that the respective groups have gotten on BOCA
pitch : black :: blood : red :: sky : blue = descriptive color names
sun : jupiter :: pluto : charon :: saturn : titan = largest orbiting object
hack : hijack :: dorm : deform :: spider : stupider = change the first letter to three consecutive letters
college : dorm :: jail : cell = where you live
college : knowledge :: jupiter :: stupider = where girls and boys go and why, according to a schoolyard rhyme
knowledge : power :: time : money = adages connected by "is"
time : second :: power : watt :: distance : meter = metric units
distance : speed :: energy : power = divide by time
distance : speed :: alone : need = "Going the Distance" lyrics
distance : displacement :: speed : velocity = scalar : vector
first : velocity :: second : acceleration :: third : jerk ... = names of derivatives of displacement, including the whimsical ones
soda : pop :: rotary : roundabout = what things are called in New England vs. much of the Midwest
ace : acid :: arachne : arachnid = change -e to -id
light : might :: lite : mite = increment first letter
light : lite :: might : mite = respell -ight as -ite
sage : mint :: spider : arachnid = biological classification
speed : pace :: time : frequency = reciprocal quantities
frequency : linear :: pitch : log = scale these musical quantities are measured on
pace : peace :: fine : end = translate from Italian to English
line : linear :: end : final = adjective form

An image of the completed puzzle can be found here.

As you solve the puzzle, the nodes MIT, MITE, and FINAL are highlighted. Complete the analogy by calling in FINALE.