Know Your Picture Characters Entry #96

April 9th, 2012 by Wordsman

A. 芝士蛋糕 B. 酸辣湯 C. 冰淇淋 D. 鍋貼 E. 三明治 F. 罗非鱼

G. 華夫餅

Is it still Monday?  Excellent.

We’re going to mix it up a little and go choice by choice this time rather than person by person.  Why?  Because I said so, that’s why.

A is, perhaps, either waffles, Hot and Sour Soup, or ice cream.  Seems to have kind of a desserty feel, except for the Hot and Sour Soup.  Analysis of the meanings of the characters gives us: a lawn, a gentleman (sorry, Theoman, it’s the other one again.  “Earth” is short on top and long on the bottom), something having to do with bugs, and something having to do with rice.  Clearly this is ice cream: the gentleman is lounging on his lawn, swatting lazily at bugs, and eating ice cream . . . but, since he’s lactose intolerant, it’s actually rice cream.  See how logical that was?  Also, A Fan said it was ice cream, and he gave the best reason.

What’s that, lovely assistant?  A is actually “cheesecake”?  I don’t even know what I’m talking about?  Oh dear . . . sorry, A Fan.  I fought for ya.  Although I suppose I did say it was desserty.

Well, let’s see if we have better luck with B, a mix of ice cream, potstickers, and tilapia.  This particular combination can only mean that we are on Iron Chef, where Tilapia Potsticker Ice Cream is not only a popular creation, it was even the secret ingredient once (I’m pretty sure that’s true).  Now, as we all know, the coolest Iron Chef was Chen Ken’ichi, who was Iron Chef Chinese, which means that B must be the most Chinese-sounding of the answers.  Obviously, then, this is waffles.  Just kidding.  It’s Hot and Sour Soup.  See?  That first character means sour, and the last one means soup, because it’s water standing next to the sun.  That’s how I make soup at least.

My lovely assistant confirms that this time I’m actually right, so let’s move on.

In C, Theoman thinks he sees water.  In fact, he sees it not once, not twice, but thrice.  Clearly there’s a whole lot of water going on here, as is reflected in the answers of tilapia, tilapia, and Hot and Sour Soup.  But do you know what’s even more watery than water?  That’s right: ice!  Ice is solid water, and as everyone knows, the solid versions of things are always denser than the liquid ones, so this is ice cream.  Shirley’s little man had enough sense to give up on fishing and go grab a cone instead.

D is short, sweet, dense, and shaped like a waffle iron (?).  A careful analysis of the characters reveals one meaning “pot” and one meaning “to stick.”  As I have no idea how to interpret this, I will move on to E.

While I agree with Shirley that E has a somewhat cold feel, it’s Theoman and A Fan who are on the right track this time around.  If there’s a better way to represent the prototypical sandwich than that first character there, I don’t wanna hear it.  And those latter characters are just thrown in for fun, I guess.  For the coldness, presumably, since sandwiches can be cold . . . or hot (did we have an argument about this in Scattergories once?)

In the name of sanity, I should also point out that the first character in E is the number three, which is pronounced “san.”

Theoman has the best justification for F, based on his use of the word “pointy,” but it’s not quite enough.  Nor was the process of elimination successful.  Nope, here we have St. Peter’s fish, one of the hundred or so species called tilapia.  In Theoman’s defense, it could very well end up in a bowl with a spoon.  In Shirley’s, you could maybe even eat it covered with syrup, though personally I like it with white pepper and just a little bit of soy sauce.

And, last but not least, we have the cheesecake sandwich.  Man, those French really know how to cook.  Sadly, to the detriment of our tongues but the benefit of all our arteries, there is no such thing as a cheesecake sandwich.  There is, however, such a thing as a waffle, so life isn’t all bad.

And now for this week we have characters from the Harry Potter series.  Included in this list are Ron Weasley, Fleur Delacour, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Tom Riddle, Albus Dumbledore, and Severus Snape.  Or, for those less familiar with the series, we have the Loyal Sidekick, the Pretty One, the Smart One, the Hero, the Villain, the Old Wise Guy, and the Mean Teacher.

A. 阿不思·鄧不利多 B. 芙蓉·德拉库尔 C. 哈利·波特 D. 赫敏·格兰杰

E. 罗恩·韦斯利 F. 西弗勒斯·斯内普 G. 汤姆·里德尔

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3 Responses

  1. TheomanZero Says:

    I have absolutely no idea here, so I’ll just assume you went through the Chinese versions of the books and put down the names in the order you found them:
    A. Harry Potter
    B. Albus Dumbledore
    C. Ron Weasley
    D. Hermione Granger
    E. Severus Snape
    F. Tom Riddle
    G. Fleur Delacour
    Huh . . . the spell checker recognizes “Severus”, but not “Albus” or “Hermione”.

  2. Shirley Says:

    A. Mean teacher. You can see the terrorized pupils, one is even hiding under a desk.

    B. Villain. Evil looking, isn’t he?

    C. Pretty one, followed by her admirers. Be careful, pretty one. You can’t trust them.

    D. Smart one. She simply looks smart, and therefore must be.

    E. Loyal side kick. The loyal sidekick is getting kicked in the side. That’s what happens and in the immortal words of Slaughterhouse 5, “so it goes.”

    F. Hero. Words fail me because I am so overcome with admiration for this hero. There he is, overcoming an obstacle. As impressive as that is, there are 5 obstacles already overcome. With heroes like this, who needs an army?

    G. Old wise guy. Us wise old guys (and gals) are relegated to the rear, where we sit ready to clear up the messes you younguns get into. In the immortal words referred to in E., and so it goes….

    After all this wisdom, I would like to comment on something. I think the personalities, or whatever you might call them, of the kanji and hanji seem to differ some how. Yet the characters themselves are much the same. Interesting.

  3. A(nother) Fan Says:

    I’ll answer your quiz if you can explain to me why they ruined the final duel between Harry in Voldemort in the movie?

    Be that as it may:

    A. Harry Potter–he really turned into a good actor by the end, and somehow survived that three book stretch in the middle where he’s mostly sulking all the time

    B. Snape–why there will always be an England: because you have a seemingly limitless supply of actors like Alan Rickman, that you can plug into roles like Snape and get a great character

    C. Dumbledore–see comment B. above for Richard Harris. Michael Gambon was famously bad at first, although he got just a tiny bit better after he died

    D. Tom Riddle–that guy was great in Chamber of Secrets movie–how come he didn’t get to be Voldemort in the later movies? Little known fact–he couldn’t fact without his nose, so they went with Ralph Foennes.

    E. Ron Weasley–boy the producers must have been relieved when he grew up to be an OK actor (maybe a little better than ok by the end). By movie 3, they had to be wondering if he should have been cast as Crabbe or Goyle, he was so bad.

    F. Fleur Delacour. Actually a fairly inept witch, if you think about it.

    G. Hermione Granger–move over Carrie Fisher, the fanboys have a new hottie to fantasize about from now on, Emma Watson. But what percentage of her dialogue consists of scolding?

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