Cowboys eat cowpeas for good luck

Answers for Globle, Chronogram, and Metazooa from Mar 25 - Mar 31

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This week, we have…

  • A fun fact inspired by a recent Metaflora answer

  • Answers to last week's games

  • A Linxicon conspiracy

Cowboys eat cowpeas for good luck

These cowpea cowboys are ready for any adventure the Wild, Wild West throws at them! Image generated by DALL-E.

Superstitions have been around for as long as people have had time to think about life’s biggest mysteries. Where did we come from? What will tomorrow bring? How can we get ahead? Considering the first challenge is making it through another day, it only makes sense that what we eat can be associated with more than filling an empty belly. Some foods are believed to guarantee the purse is filled as well. Said to bring luck, wealth, and prosperity, Black Eyed Peas (aka “cowpeas”, or Metaflora answer #182) have long been a staple of the New Year’s Day menu in the American South.

The tradition can be traced to the 17th century in Virginia, where this crop that had been used to feed cows was combined with rice (another crop which was easily cultivated in the region), giving rise to “hoppin’ John.” While the exact reference for the term “hoppin’ John” is muddled, the name has become synonymous with the New Year. Many recipes exist, including boosted combinations of leafy greens and pork. Some households add a penny to the pot to boost the spell. But the magic remains the same—eat your black eyed peas and you will receive money. Worse, forget to eat your peas—and you may have a difficult year ahead. Rumor has it that even the Pharaohs of Egypt ate black eyed peas for luck! From Pharaohs to cows to the American South, these magic beans are bound to bring you good luck.

Answers to last week's games

Monday, March 25 to Sunday, March 31.


  • Mar 25 Peru

  • Mar 26 Mozambique

  • Mar 27 Iceland

  • Mar 28 Slovakia

  • Mar 29 Eswatini

  • Mar 30 Senegal

  • Mar 31 Cyprus

  • Apr 1 Play now!

Globle: Capitals

  • Mar 25 Havana

  • Mar 26 Bogota

  • Mar 27 Zagreb

  • Mar 28 Brazzaville

  • Mar 29 Gitega

  • Mar 30 Bandar Seri Begawan

  • Mar 31 Washington DC

  • Apr 1 Play now!


  • #359 H. P. Lovecraft

  • #360 Sandro Botticelli

  • #361 Johannes Brahms

  • #362 Albrecht Dürer

  • #363 Rudyard Kipling

  • #364 Marcel Proust

  • #365 Igor Stravinsky

  • #366 Play now!


  • #127 Mr. Biswas

  • #128 Mary Poppins

  • #129 Mary Katherine Blackwood

  • #130 Albus Dumbledore

  • #131 Clarice Starling

  • #132 Tyrion Lannister

  • #133 Jack Torrance

  • #134 Play now!


  • #238 kangaroo

  • #239 mussel

  • #240 cricket

  • #241 squirrel

  • #242 pigeon

  • #243 gecko

  • #244 wombat

  • #245 Play now!


  • #177 pineapple

  • #178 shea nut

  • #179 rooibos

  • #180 venus flytrap

  • #181 basil

  • #182 black eyed pea

  • #183 sunflower

  • #184 Play now!


The following are the shortest paths from last week:

  • #35 manage -> management -> illness -> symptom

  • #42 congressional -> politics -> history -> time -> now

  • #43 achieve -> deliver -> transport -> port

  • #44 faculty -> teacher -> understudy -> alternate -> instead

  • #45 support -> maintain -> pristine -> fresh

  • #46 motivation -> motive -> thus -> yet

  • #47 launch -> success -> successful -> accurate -> usually

  • #48 soft -> friendly -> conversation -> discuss

  • #42 Play now!


"Portrait of a Mameluke" by Horace Vernet

Forgery of week, from March 31
86.4% accurate

Vernet, Horace. Portrait of a Mameluke, Said to Be Roustam Raza (ca. 1781–1845). 1810, oil paint on canvas, 75 cm x 61.6 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

Play Forgeous for April 1.

A Linxicon Conspiracy

The latest game from Trainwreck Labs, Linxicon, uses a free online dictionary to determine which entries are real English words. While the API works as expected most of the time, there are a few exceptions suspiciously absent from their list of valid words. I suspect that the creators of the API have hidden a secret message using these missing words.

Here are the missing words that Linxicon players have found so far:

  • look

  • was

  • tight

  • touch

  • every

  • their

  • disorderliness

  • hell

  • phase

  • transitional

  • vacuum

  • for

  • net

  • fewer

You can check if a word is missing using the form on this site. For example, if you enter the word “hello”, you will get a list of definitions, but if you enter the word “hell” you get the message “No definitions found”.

If you find any other missing words, or figure out what the secret message is, let me know by responding to this email!

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