Know Your Picture Characters Entry #82

December 5th, 2011 by Wordsman

A. 試 B. 這 C. 診 D. 誉

E. 獄 F. 罰 G. 誓 H. 誰

Sometimes it seems as though the answers one gets correct on KYPC tell a story.  Theoman’s story seems to be fairly clear, as he got attempt(A), prison(E), and punishment(F).  We’ve all heard this story plenty of times: he’s in prison and, for some reason, decides he wishes to no longer be there.  So he makes an escape attempt–a fairly poorly arranged one, by his own description.  This, naturally, leads to recapture and punishment.  It seems like he’s wound up in one of those soft, white-collar prisons, though, as evidenced by the fact that the punishment for breaking out is just a noogie.  The real question, though, is how he tried to get away; he failed to identify one of the most popular modes of transportation for prison breakers, the crawl(B).  Maybe if he had thought to keep his head down, it wouldn’t have ended up getting noogied.

A(nother) Fan, on the other hand, had a(nother) plan: tunnels are the way to go.  Sure, it’s not easy, especially since he, too, failed to figure out how to crawl–good luck digging a tunnel big enough to walk through.  But if you succeed, you sure can cover yourself in glory . . . except that the character he identified as “glory,” H, is actually “who,” which, if you think about it, has sort of the opposite meaning.  Oh well.  Actually, if you’ve busted out of prison, a little anonymity probably can’t hurt.  It sure seems like it would have helped a lot of those guys in The Great Escape.  As a matter of fact, A(nother) Fan did not correctly identify any characters this week, which means that his tunnel ended not just short of the tree line but in the Kommandant’s office.  On the plus side, he seems to have missed any punishment because of it.  And he sure does remember an awful lot of that movie, which is a kind of victory of its own, I suppose.

Shirley’s story, however, is somewhat sadder, neither the standard failure of Theoman’s attempt nor the comical failure of A(nother) Fan’s–for you see, prison(E) is all she knows.  She is unfamiliar with the glory of D, so she makes no vow(G) to break free from her imprisonment.  She doesn’t even bother to examine(C) the bars for potential weakness.  But, if anyone’s keeping score, she took second place this week, so it’s not all bad.

It’s the Christmas season–time to put up the tree.  What does the Christmas tree mean to you?  Well, it depends on what you put on it, I suppose.  When you put different things on these “trees,” you get the following: a pillow, the Song Dynasty (of China), trouble, to complete/achieve, glass/cup, floor, to decay, and amazement.  Sound hard?  Well at least you don’t have to untangle all those damn little metal hooks.

A. 呆 B. 朽 C. 果 D. 床

E. 杯 F. 枕 G. 宋 H. 困

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  1. TheomanZero Says:

    A. Trouble – It has an answer box that hasn’t been filled in.
    B. Decay – It looks unbalanced.
    C. Complete – The answer box has been filled in.
    D. Cup – Looks like a cup. Okay, so it’s missing a side, but that could just be a chiaroscuro effect.
    E. Floor – The right side is a flat surface with beams supporting it.
    F. Song Dynasty – Looks kinda fancy.
    G. Amazement – Has a raised eyebrow.
    H. Pillow – Come on, this one looks exactly like a pillow.

  2. A(nother) Fan Says:

    So, this is just like “It’s A Wonderful Life,” a nice seasonal quiz from the Wordsman:

    A. The “Song” Dynasty recalls the song “Buffalo Gal Won’t You Come Out Tonight” that is repeatedly played, including during the greatest proposal scene in all moviedom: “Now, you listen to me! I don’t want any plastics, and I don’t want any ground floors, and I don’t want to get married – ever – to anyone! You understand that? I want to do what I want to do. And you’re… and you’re…”

    B. To complete/achieve, which of course George does for his whole life, without appreciating that he’s doing it;

    C. Decay: Mr. Potter of course: “You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!”

    D. Amazement: “Bert: Know you? Huh. You kiddin’? I’ve been looking all over town trying to find you. I saw your car plowed into that tree down there and I thought maybe you – hey, your mouth’s bleeding. Are you sure you’re all right?
    George Bailey: What the…
    [licks the corner of his lip and checks his mouth with his hand]
    George Bailey: Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth’s bleeding, Bert! My mouth’s bleeding! Zuzu’s petals… Zuzu…
    George Bailey: [checking his pocket] There they are! Bert, what do you know about that! Merry Christmas!”

    E. Trouble: “George Bailey: [yelling at Uncle Billy] Where’s that money, you silly stupid old fool? Where’s that money? Do you realize what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal and prison! That’s what it means! One of us is going to jail… well, it’s not gonna be me!”

    F. Floor–unfortunately, I already used the one about not wanting any ground floors. How about the scene where the drunken and grief-stricken Gower knocks young George to the floor?

    G. Pillow: A couple of fairly suggestive bedroom scenes, all things considered.

    H. Cup–“Mr. Martini, how about some wine?”

    I just wish I could have worked in Harry Bailey somehow, a bit of a rat, even though he redeems himself (a little) in the end by flying all the way up there in a blizzard and proposing a toast to his brother, “the richest man in town!”

  3. Shirley Says:

    You think I wrote a story? I’ll give you a real story.

    Once upon a time there was a little insect, but he wasn’t a proper insect because he only had 5 legs.
    (The insect shows up in every kanji, but it alters shape in several which shows how much it disturbs him)

    A. The little insect is seen in TROUBLE because he has to hold up a big box, which is hard when he has to balance a heavy box on 5 legs.

    B. A guy in AMAZEMENT stares at the insect with 5 legs. How

    C, DECAY has set into the box which is too heavy for the little insect

    D.The troubled little insect is on the FLOOR with the goal of trying to dump the heavy box.

    E. Tired little insect rests on a PILLOW.

    F. People of the SONG DYNASTY are raising

    G. a GLASS, or some prefer a CUP, in a toast to the little insect who gamely manages——–

    H. to COMPLETE/ACHIEVE his goal of getting rid of the box.

    The little insect, to express his gratitude for the toast says “You blithering idiots, don’t you realize I still have only 5 legs?”

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