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tunma

There it is. I'll congratulate the solver upon discovering the solution.

Hint: the answer is not a one-, two-, three-, or four-letter solution.

Good luck.

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tunma

There it is. I'll congratulate the solver upon discovering the solution.

Hint: the answer is not a one-, two-, three-, or four-letter solution.

Good luck.

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wet

There it is. I'll congratulate the solver upon discovering the solution.

Hint: the answer is not a one-, two-, three-, or four-letter solution.

Good luck.

I win!!! :-)

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tunma

Try as many times as you like.

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"Pale" should be correct, except for the prohibition on four letters, so maybe it's "pallid"?

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drenched :-)

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tunma

"pale", "pallid" and "drenched" are not solutions.

It's a tough analogy. ;)

It's a tough analogy. ;)

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Wrinkle?

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berkeman

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Or cancer ...

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tunma

"wrinkle" and "cancer" are not solutions.

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angle has 5 letters

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tunma

This is not your everyday analogy. May have to resort to thinking outside the box...

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Clothes?

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tunma

"clothes" is not a solution.

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tunma

I leave open the possibility of a better alternative answer, but I assure you that THE solution to this problem is extremely difficult. I'd say an IQ above Mensa level is required at minimum to find it.

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There are plenty of those here. However, I don't know how many have the time and patience for this sort of puzzle.I'd say an IQ above Mensa level is required at minimum to find it.

I'd say that since "sun" dries things and "rain" does the opposite, one would expect "tan" (which darkens or colours things) to be similarly related to an opposite like "bleach" (which lightens or fades things). I've not spotted anything about the letters or words which looks like a strong pattern (e.g. numeric equivalents or parts of related words), and I don't think "arctan" (as the inverse of "tan") would make much sense.

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tunma

I agree, which is why I thought some might like the challenge and fun of this humble puzzle.There are plenty of those here. However, I don't know how many have the time and patience for this sort of puzzle.

"bleach" and "arctan" are not solutions.

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1. If there is more sun(shine) than rain, one can get a tan. here the answer is sunbathing, or perhaps even summer.

2. The sun ejects cahrged material, some of which falls back to the sun. The falling back part is called coronal rain, which may be an answer. Since this episode occuring on the sun is witnessed by high ultraviloet, one can also get a tan. Perhaps solar flare is the answer.

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tunma

"coronal", "solar", "flare", "coronal rain", and "solar flare" are not solutions.

Hint 2: the solution does not have spaces between separate values. I.e., if a word is a string of symbols, then the solution cannot be multiple separate strings.

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Does finding the answer depend on sheer cleverness or is some specialized knowledge required?

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tunma

I'd say both.

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256bits

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But that does fit into Hint 2

I take ":" as being the mathematical ratio, "::" as referring to global member in the C language, and ":?" is the tertiary, but backwards(inverted, reversed)

So if the ratio of sun/rain is inverted then lots of rain and little sun giving the global member "tan", but reversed gives "no tan", which is what one would have with Global Warming.

You have to give points for trying

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tunma

"global warming" is not a solution.

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Rainbow?

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