Know Your Picture Characters Entry #103

August 13th, 2012 by Wordsman

A. 鸵鸟 B. 火烈鸟 C. 蝴蝶 D. 大熊猫 E. 天鹅 F. 大猩猩 G. 鲨鱼

Some of you may be wondering where the Wordsman has been hiding himself these past few weeks.  Then again, you may not.  Well, wondering or otherwise, he has been in China.  Why, you ask?  The answer should be obvious: he went to conduct research on kanji (or hanzi as they are called in Chinese) with his lovely assistant, and for no other reason whatsoever.  The Wordsman is nothing if not diligent.

But first, there is the outlying matter of the last challenge.  Do you even remember the last challenge?  This one was also in Chinese, and it was about animals.  You at least remember animals, right?  Those things with fur, scales, and feathers that move around and either look cute or kill each other?  If it’s been so long that you’ve even forgotten what animals are, I advise a trip to the local zoo.  If you’ve simply forgotten which animals were involved in the puzzle, or what your guesses were, I advise not blaming yourself.  After all, it has been . . . good lord, it’s been two whole months.  That’s summer vacation for you, I guess.

It came down to a head-to-head between Theoman and Shirley.  In A, he saw teeth, she saw cuteness (well, grudging cuteness, anyway).  In the end, they were both right, for A is the cutest, toothiest of all the birds: the ostrich.  However, they were both correct in the non-sarcastic sense on B, both linking the idea of fire with the shocking Flamingo.  And they teamed up again to track down the horrid butterfly at C.  Apparently the old adage should be changed to “Everyone suspects the butterfly.”  And they matched up again on D, identifying it as the mighty gorilla.  Unfortunately, this identification is wrong, though their answers did contain hints of truth.  Theoman is right that the first character means “big,” and the hairy arms reaching out to squeeze the life out of you from Shirley’s description could in fact belong to the Giant Panda (seriously, they’re bears, they’re not as cuddly as they look).  The “big” is to distinguish them from the “little” Panda, known in English as the Red Panda.

Our contestants finally disagreed at E, and it is here where Theoman pulled into the lead, picking the graceful (but mean) swan over the awkward (but even meaner?) ostrich.  Seriously, are there any really friendly birds?  Theoman couldn’t keep the streak going at F, though, because this is not some large yellow Sesame Street dweller, unless they’ve added a big yellow gorilla since I stopped watching the show.  We’re going to give the edge to Shirley on this one, because we think a gorilla would probably have an easier time trying to deal cards than trying to fly.  You know, like the ostrich.  They fly, right?  And, in conclusion, we’re not really sure where Theoman sees a tree in G, and even less sure where Shirley thinks she saw Natalie Portman, but it’s really a shark.

And now, finally, a new puzzle.  The result of painstaking research, this challenge will require you to identify various major tourist sites in China.  These include: a kung fu temple, a temple to heaven, a restricted-access city, a tower for a yellow bird (seriously, why does Big Bird keep almost coming up this week?), a palace for relaxing in the hottest season, a bunch of ancient clay dudes, and a rather large wall.  If you need any help, my gut tells me you’ve probably seen pictures of some or all of these places very recently.

A. 兵马俑 B. 长城 C. 故宫 D. 黄鹤楼 E. 少林寺 F. 天坛 G. 颐和园

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  1. TheomanZero Says:

    It’s been a while, but I’ll give it a shot:
    A. Kung Fu temple – The first character is assuming a stance; the second is doing a jump kick.
    B. Clay army – This one’s just process of elimination.
    C. Bird tower – The second character has stuff stacked on top of each other, like a tower.
    D. Forbidden city – “Forbidden” seems like a concept that would use some complicated characters.
    E. Summer palace – I think some of those characters have something to do with seasons?
    F. Heaven temple – Looks heavenly.
    G. Great Wall – Looks blocky.

  2. A(nother) Fan Says:

    A. Yellow Crane Tower, in Wuhan (just wanted to prove that I knew where it was–thank you, Wikipedia!)

    B. Forbidden City–a really weak Best Picture winner from 1987, The Last Emperor featured some cool shots of the Forbidden City, and therefore won in what was admittedly a weak year. But come on, Broadcast News, Moonstruck or Hope and Glory were better for sure among the nominees. And The Princess Bride and House of Games weren’t even nomintaed? Yikes!

    C. Kung Fu Temple. Does the word “grasshopper” come into play at all in Chinese with regard to kung fu masters and their young pupils? It sure does for men of A(nother) Fan’s generation.

    D. The Terra Cotta Army. Very cool. Hope to see it someday myself.

    E. Great Wall. Probabyl you are not referring to the pretty good Chinese restaurant in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, but rather to the actual wall. But the restaurant is worth a visit.

    F. Summer palace. We should all have a summer palace.

    G. Heaven temple. I’ll go with Theoman here: looks heavenly.

  3. Shirley Says:

    A. Kung fu temple. First 2 figures attacking each other in the last figure clearly the temple.

    B.Tower for a yellow bird. The first figure is a bird, flying away from the nest to find escape in a temple.(Second figure). It is awesome how those very smart ancient Chinese knew the songs of my
    (seemingly ancient) youth. The one that must have inspired this word was called Yellow Bird and
    went ” —- Yellow bird, you sit all alone like me. Did your lady fair flee the nest some where? That is very sad, makes you feel so bad. — ” Heart rending, isn’t it!

    C.Temple to heaven. People are praying and there appears to be a temple and what else would you do in a temple? Admire it, I guess. We will not speculate about sacrifices.

    D. Restricted access city. It certainly looks restricted. I’m not going to try to get in.

    E. Bunch of ancient clay dudes. Obvious. There are the dudes, tho the first one looks like he is trying to rest one foot. I would think that would be frowned on.

    F. Palace of relaxing in the hottest season. Someone is relaxing there. That’s my idea of a useful palace.

    G. Rather large wall. It sure is. The guy in the middle is trying to figure out how to squeeze through that little door.

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