Question 36 in our cryptic quiz: ‘Three is the magic number’

16th September 2009 by Denise

And so we come to our last question for today – and the last of our three introductions. Winners of today’s cryptic questions will each receive 100 of our finest MiniCards and a nice new Flickr Pro account to call their own. Tell us, will you be winning today?


Sus’s Introduction

I feel I should write this down, just in case things go poorly. There are… portents. I do try not to give into superstition, but after all my chosen profession is only two letters away from the culture’s broad acceptance of a rather questionable practice of prognostication. Still, there are patterns and if you can read the patterns successfully, and in a timely fashion, I suppose there’s no harm in calling it magic.

But I digress.

I’m sure you’re curious about the houses. Yes, we do live in three different houses–Erin, Guin, and myself. No, we did not build them ourselves out of straw, sticks, and bricks. We’re all professional women who did not happen to choose construction, or even architecture, as our professions. We did, however, opt for very different career paths. You might say that our professional focuses are quite stratified.

Erin is a mycologist. Mycology is a branch of botany concerned with the study of fungi if you didn’t know that already. I find it amusing that so many people assume I’d be the truffle hunter that they cannot wrap their heads around Erin’s passion for grubbing about in the loam, hunting for elusive new families of mushroom.

Guin is a paleoclimatologist. This is no mere weather forecasting, it’s an attempt to reconstruct the climate conditions of the past by studying its impact upon the earth–tree rings, ice cores, rock strata, etc. I tease her that it’s a little like describing someone’s face by describing all the places the face isn’t. She’s very gracious and allows me to think I’m funny.

As for me, well… my profession focuses on a higher plane. My particular branch is also very theoretical in nature. But then, you’ve discovered the pattern for yourselves by now, yes?

QUESTION: Professionally speaking, what is Sus?

Answers in the comments please – we’ll approve all the comments tomorrow when we announce the answers. New to the quiz? It’s part of MOO’s third birthday celebrations!

Comments (72)

  1. Shireen:

    Sus is an astronomer.

  2. Sally:


  3. Alex:

    She’s an astronomer.

  4. Dan Fost:

    Sus is an astronomer — I saw it in the stars!

  5. Daniel:

    Astronomer, of course.

  6. Dian:


  7. Nina Udvadia:


  8. Jenni Scott:

    Her profession is Astronomy.

  9. Jenni Scott:

    Sorry, I see from the last bit in italics that what you actually want to see is the answer Astronomer.

  10. Gabi Nüchter:

    Sus is an astronome.

  11. Bart Braem:


  12. Thomas Mead:


  13. Hannah Getty:


  14. Pstoo:

    Sus is an Astronomer. =)

  15. Aurora:

    Saybolt Universal Seconds (or SUS) is used to measure viscosity.The efflux time is Saybolt Universal Seconds (SUS) required for 60 milliliters of a petroleum product to flow through the calibrated orifice of a Saybolt Universal viscometer, under carefully controlled temperature and as prescribed by test method ASTM D 88. This method has largely been replaced by the kinematic viscosity method. Saybolt Universal Seconds is also called the SSU number (Seconds Saybolt Universal) or SSF number (Saybolt Seconds Furol).

  16. macpug:

    Sus is an astronomer!

  17. Clare Selley:


  18. stefania:


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