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    Got your thinking caps on? Here's a brain teaser ...

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by BEyre, Apr 7, 2011.

    I stayed up until 3am last night trying in vain to think up a name.

    Background:
    The murderer is a female who was another rape/torture victim of both the murder victim and one of the detectives assigned to the case. She wrote a note to the police and signed it.

    Murder vic:
    Andrew, mid 40s, small retail business owner, plays "middle man" for Detective

    Detective:
    Brady, mid 40s, strong Irish heritage, no one knows of his sadistic tendencies (active in brutal BDSM).

    Requirements:
    - The name needs to be male.
    - First and last name.
    - Middle initial is fine, but not necessary.

    The Kicker:
    - The name needs to be a play on words.
    - Think Bart Simpson's prank calls: Amanda Huggnkiss (a man to hug and kiss)
    - Another example: I. Will Killew
    - Has to be subtle, look realistic, and be serious. The above examples are too contrived/hokey/cute.
    - The play on words will eventually be one of the many clues to solving the murder, hence why it needs to be "hidden" as a realistic name. The police will be running backgrounds on this name until they realize there is no such person.

    Sadly, I really stink at these sort of brain teasers and failed miserably in coming up with anything. But this isn't some minor barely-noticed clue. It will end up being one of the major clues that causes the light bulbs to light up.

    I know this kind of device would typically be a "secret sauce" for an author, but I have other things cooking that are more important *grins*.

    Any ideas, advice, etc would be greatly appreciated. I just really need a spark of ideas ... a list of names that would be perfect for such devices, etc.

    BTW: what is the technical name for these name-play-on-words ?
    EDITED: A Pun ... duh! =)

    EDITED: Naturally, a fresh Google search yield websites that help with this. Last night's search was a dud.

    However, I would still like to know what you can come up with, please.
     
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    Kevin Oliver Brand (intials being K.O)

    Rev. Englebert Ewe.

    Ivor Gatt Andrew

    Uriah Robert Mort. (U R Mort).
     
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    Drew Slayer?

    It's not a pun, but she's saying what she did and they just don't get it. Still sounds like a real name....
     
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    Thanks so much! You are pretty good at this. I can't quite put my fingers on some of them as you can see ... which is a good thing because clues shouldn't be TOO easy! :D
     
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    Or: A. Drew Slayer

    I see where you are going with that. Thought they don't know the murderer is a female ... they are going to assume for awhile it is a male based on this name.
     
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    Based on a few websites that list names like these (though most are tongue in cheek funny and not serious) ... here are a few additional ones for me to work with that can add details and clues to my story.

    1) Joel Rebocks = Jewelry Box
    (A clue that leads to another *shrugs* - possible for a wild goose chase.)

    2) Scott Chansoder = Scotch and Soda
    (Perhaps mentions Brady's favorite drink elsewhere in the story. One of those clues you have to remember for later on in the story - IF you noticed it as a clue to begin with.)

    3) Xavier Onirislo = Save Your Own Irish Soul
    (Irish = Brady. I have a few variations on this name)

    4) Colm Eyris (or Ayris) = Call Him Irish
    (Again, a nudge to Brady; the name is also Irish-ish.)

    5) Uriah Mortmann = You are a Dead Man
    (A variation Elgaisma's suggestion)
     
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    Well I was thinking more I've Got Andrew and K O Brand (Brand being a cominbation of Brad and Andrew)
     
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    OH! Both make sense now (I guess I'm a tad slow today :rolleyes: ) ... and I like 'em. :D

    This has been very helpful and has sparked not only name ideas but little plot ideas. Perfect!

    Now for the hard part - decision decision decision. :confused: hehe

    Don't let this thread end! Keep 'em coming as they may spark ideas for someone else. They do not have to be specific to my plot/characters, but let's try to group via genre.
     
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    I like Xavier Onirislo

    Here's a few:

    Bur Nivell (Burn in hell)

    Kiru (Male version of the Japanese pronounciation of killer)

    Vant Urslo (Want Your Soul)
     
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    *grins* love it.

    Bur(r) Nivell is very good!

    Vant Urslo - a vampire name hehehehe
     

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