Friday, April 20, 2018

A pie in the face, a pie in the ear; Name us and tell why we’re famous; All countries great and small; Twisting gospel truth into fiction; Toe-tapping and thunder-clapping at the castle

PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER (1110 + 98) SERVED
Welcome to our April 20th edition of Joseph Young’s Puzzleria!
Our featured puzzle this week comes from Mathew Huffman, a very good friend of Puzzleria! who is also a creative and clever puzzle crafter. His puzzle, titled “Name us and tell why we’re famous,” appears under our Appetizer Menu; it involves mystery and history, names and fame.

Also on our menus this week are:
ONE Palace Thunderclapping Slice;
ONE “Parabiblical” Dessert;
ONE “Pie (but not in the sky)” Dessert; and
FIVE Wild World Kingdom Riffing-Off-Shortz Slices.

Think, Have Gleefulness, It’s Friday. 
Find Intellectual Grist Here Today!    


Appetizer Menu

Pre-Y2KAppetizer:
Name us and tell why we’re famous?

Take the last name of a famous person from the 20th century in six letters. 
This name contains a general word for why this person is famous. Remove this word, and the remaining letters sound like the last name of a predecessor known for the same reason.  
Who are the people and why are they famous?


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The King Of Iamb Slice: 
Toe-tapping and thunder-clapping at the castle

The king decreed, “Each liege for supper sings... Our castle’s filled with frowners!”
But when the minstrel crooned ’twas like the court downed uppers, flushed their downers.
Such sweet “deluteful” lightning-up precipitated thundrous clapping...
“What signs and wonders!” whooped the king, his joyful royal toes a-tapping.

The quatrain above (in iambic octameter) contains six words of interest, or rather, three word-pairs of interest. 
What are these three word-pairs? What makes them interesting?
Hint: You can totally ignore one of the quatrain’s four lines in solving this puzzle. 

Riffing Off Shortz And Hochbaum Slices:
All countries great and small

Will Shortz’s April 15th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, composed by Alan Hochbaum of Atlanta, reads:
The letters of SWITZERLAND can be rearranged to spell LIZARD and NEWTS — LIZARD being the singular name of an animal, and NEWTS a plural. Name another country with this same property. That is, name another country whose letters can be rearranged to spell two animals — one singular and one plural. It's a major country. What country is it?
Puzzleria!’s Riffing Off Shortz and Hochbaum Slices read:
ONE:
The letters of SWITZERLAND can be rearranged to spell LIZARD and NEWTS. Name another country whose letters can be rearranged to spell another country and a surname of a writer who is responsible for the name of an NFL franchise.  What country is it? What are the other country and the writer’s surname?
TWO: 
The letters of PALESTINE can be rearranged to spell TEAL and SNIPE. Name another country whose letters can be rearranged to spell three creatures — a 5-letter tree-dweller, a 3-letter insect and a 2-letter plodder. 
The same country’s letters can be rearranged to spell three creatures — a 4-letter hybrid, a 4-letter potential insect and the same 2-letter plodder mentioned earlier in this puzzle. What country is it?
THREE:
The letters of ARMENIA can be rearranged to spell the creatures MARE and ANI
Find another name on the world map, one that contains two pairs of triple letters (as in “Aegean Sea,” for example, which has three a’s and three e’s). Remove two of those six letters. 
The remaining letters can be rearranged to spell what begins at the 4:26 mark of the album version of a hit song by Rod Stewart, in two words. 
What country is it?
What begins at the 4:26 mark of the album version of a hit song by Rod Stewart? 
FOUR:
Take the first four letters a well-known world capital. Rearrange the letters of a country to form two words: a 5-letter noun and a 3-letter plural noun. Place the 5-letter noun after the first four letters of the world capital to form a compound word that often precedes the plural noun to form a 2-word phrase for what body builders work to accomplish. 
What are the world capital and the country?
What do body builders work to accomplish?
FIVE:
Think of the title of a buddy cop action movie that includes, besides its cast of typecast characters, a typographic character in its title. Replace the typographic character with the word it usually represents, resulting in a 3-word movie title.
Name a 5-letter country whose letters can be rearranged to spell the first word in this movie title. Combine the 4 letters of a second country with the 3 letters in the first word of a third 2-word country. Rearrange those seven letters to form the second and third words of the movie.
What is this movie title? What are the three countries?


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Biblical “Pair-able” Dessert:
Twisting gospel truth into fiction

Name the subject of a biblical parable, in two words. 
Reverse the order of the words. Replacing the new first word with a synonym and saying the result aloud will sound like a fictional chararacter associated with a board game.
What is the subject of the parable? 
Who is the character associated with a board game?

Tragicomic Dessert:
A pie in the face, a pie in the ear

Name a comedy pioneer recently in the news, first and last names.
Flip the first letter of the first name upside-down.
Capitalize and duplicate the fifth letter of the first name.
Move the third and fourth letters of the first name to the end of the last name, replacing the final letter in the last name.
The result will appear to be the name of a modern-day pioneer in a different field of entertainment.
Who are these two pioneers?

NOTE: Those of you who have solved the very curious and rare property in last week’s Two Week Creative Challenge Appetizer are welcome to explain your solutions below in our comments section. This will give others an opportunity to compose similar curious and rare questions of their own.
The five questions, again, were:

What helps undo eskimos’ overcoats?
Why outlaw antigun statutes? 
Who prepares ingestibles, sushi, miso? 
When do fittest hearts expire?
Who overtaxed America’s hierarchy?
Also, those of you who create similar questions my post them here anytime you wish. Thank you.

Every Friday at Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! we publish a new menu of fresh word puzzles, number puzzles, logic puzzles, puzzles of all varieties and flavors. We cater to cravers of scrumptious puzzles!

Our master chef, Grecian gourmet puzzle-creator Lego Lambda, blends and bakes up mysterious (and sometimes questionable) toppings and spices (such as alphabet soup, Mobius bacon strips, diced snake eyes, cubed radishes, “hominym” grits, anagraham crackers, rhyme thyme and sage sprinklings.)


Please post your comments below. Feel free also to post clever and subtle hints that do not give the puzzle answers away. Please wait until after 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesdays to post your answers and explain your hints about the puzzles. We serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday.

We invite you to make it a habit to “Meet at Joe’s!” If you enjoy our weekly puzzle party, please tell your friends about Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! Thank you.

Friday, April 13, 2018

I've a question about 5 questions; Studebakersfield, Califarmia? Bayou Mystique; Ah,esitation leads to Am,er,icablending; e Moe Gee!

PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER (1110 + 98) SERVED

Welcome to our April 13th edition of Joseph Young’s Puzzleria!
Note: This week’s “Ive a Question About 5 Questions” Appetizer is a modified “two-week creative challenge” similar to the sort Will Shortz periodically presents on The Puzzle during NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday program. It is, in my opinion, the best puzzle I have ever composed... so I want to give you fortnight to savor it. I have been working on it for more than a year.

Here is how it will work: I will not reveal the answer to this Appetizer until Wednesday, April 25th. In the meantime, however, I challenge you to discern what “very unusual and curious property” is possessed by the five questions I have presented. 
But, better yet, after you have figured that property out, I encourage you to create your own questions that share the same property and post them in our comments section. You can post these unusually curious questions at any time – beginning immediately and running through April 25 when you and I will reveal the curious and unusual property in your answer-comments and in my official answers for the record.
Answers to all other puzzles on this week’s Puzzleria! will be revealed this coming Wednesday, April 18:
ONE  Imogen of Cymbeline Appetizer;
ONE  Agricartural Slice;
ONE  Balmy Bayou Breeze Dessert; and
SEVEN Um, Er, Uh, Ahem, Riffing Off Shortz Slices.

That’s it. T.G.I.F. ...Think Good, It’s Friday. 
Because, T.P.I.F. ... Tackling Puzzleria! Is Fun! 
So, have a blast with our two-week creative challenge...
and with all our puzzles.      


Appetizer Menu

Two-Week Creative Challenge Appetizer:
 I’ve a question about 5 questions


The questions in red below share a very curious and rare property. If you can discover that curious property you will be able to answers the questions correctly. What very rare and curious property do the five questions share that most questions (like the one you are now reading) do not?

What helps undo eskimos’ overcoats?
Why outlaw antigun statutes? 
Who prepares ingestibles, sushi, miso? 
When do fittest hearts expire? 
Who overtaxed America’s hierarchy?
Hint: 
Sentences with this curious and unusual property are not confined to just questions. Here is a declarative statement that shares, in a somewhat similar manner, the same unusual property:
Lovers overshadow haters.
Note: Remember, after you have discovered what makes these five questions and one statement very unusual, compose your own sentences that have the same property, then post them in our comments section. Thank you.

Keyboarding Appetizer:
e Moe Gee!

Here is a crude homemade emoji that you can reproduce on a standard keyboard: 
:-) [[|]]

Translate the emoji above into a  word that has been lately much in the news.


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Old MacDonald Had A Ford Slice:
Studebakersfield, Califarmia?

A California farmer drives around his plantation surveying the fruits of his labors, which can be expressed in a two-word plural term. Remove the first letter of each word and replace an “s” with an “r”. The result is the brand name of the vehicle the farmer drives. 
What is the two-word term for the fruits of his labors? What is the name of his vehicle?


Riffing Off Shortz Slices:
Ah,esitation leads to Am,er,icablending

Will Shortz’s April 8th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle reads:
Name part of the human body. Insert a speech hesitation, and you’ll name a country. What is it?


Puzzleria!’s Riffing Off Shortz Slices read:
ONE:
Name part of the human body. Change the first letter and insert a speech filler sound, and you’ll name a country. What is it? 
TWO: 
Name a kind of bean. Insert a homophone of a speech filler sound, and you’ll name a country. What is it?

THREE:
Name the profession, in a short and informal form, of Robert Levinson, Melvin Purvis or Mark Felt. Insert a speech filler sound and remove a punctuation mark, and you’ll name an any citizen of a certain country. What is it? 
FOUR:
Name brand name vehicles with either two or four wheels that come into contact with the road during operation. Insert a homophone of a speech filler sound, and you’ll name a country. What is it?
FIVE:
Give a collective plural name for Sarah, Kezia, Malik, Auma, Abo, Yusuf, Sasha and Sayid. Remove the first letter and insert a speech filler sound, and you’ll name a country. What is it? 
SIX:
Name an 8-letter brand-name beverage. Insert the rearranged letters of a 5-letter musical instrument in the first half of the name, and you’ll name a country. 
In the second half of the name, insert the rearranged letters of a 4-letter word that, along with wax paper, combine to  make a makeshift “musical instrument” (but before rearranging, change the first letter of the 4-letter word to an “i”). Again, you’ll name a country.
What are these two countries? what is the beverage? 
SEVEN:
A. Name a kind of pet, in four letters. Insert one letter, and you’ll name a country. What is it? 
B. Name part of the human body. Insert an abbreviation for a medical professional, in 2 letters, so that they flank the second letter of the body part, and you’ll name a country. What is it? 
C. Name a country. Insert the rearranged letters of a 4-letter body part, and you’ll name another country. What is it? 
D. Name a 3-letter androgynous name. Insert the rearranged letters of a 3-letter boy’s name, and you’ll name a country. What is it? 
E. Name a 3-letter oath that is also a vow. 
Insert a speech filler sound, and you’ll name a U.S. state. What is it?
F. Name a synonym of  balderdash, baloney, beans, blarney, blather, bosh, bull, bunk, bunkum, claptrap, drivel, folderol, folly, foolishness, fudge, hogwash, hokeypokey, hokum, hooey, humbug, humbuggery, jazz, malarkey, moonshine, nonsense, piffle, poppycock, rot, rubbish, senselessness, silliness, stupidity, tommyrot, trash, trumpery and twaddle. 


Rearrange the letters and place a speech filler sound at the end, and you’ll name a country. 

What is it?


Dessert Menu

Up A Lazy River Dessert:
Bayou Mystique



The poetic quartet below (written in anapestic tetrameter) contains six  hidden  words: the 3-word title of a reasonably well known popular song, and the three words that precede that title in the song’s lyrics. 
Can you find these six words?
A parade of trees – loblolly, baobab, yew 
Whisper past as we drift in our bayou canoe.
Brush the Red River sunset like rouge on a cheek
Breezes kiss bayou’s balmy caressing mystique.   

Every Friday at Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! we publish a new menu of fresh word puzzles, number puzzles, logic puzzles, puzzles of all varieties and flavors. We cater to cravers of scrumptious puzzles!

Our master chef, Grecian gourmet puzzle-creator Lego Lambda, blends and bakes up mysterious (and sometimes questionable) toppings and spices (such as alphabet soup, Mobius bacon strips, diced snake eyes, cubed radishes, “hominym” grits, anagraham crackers, rhyme thyme and sage sprinklings.)

Please post your comments below. Feel free also to post clever and subtle hints that do not give the puzzle answers away. Please wait until after 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesdays to post your answers and explain your hints about the puzzles. We serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday.

We invite you to make it a habit to “Meet at Joe’s!” If you enjoy our weekly puzzle party, please tell your friends about Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! Thank you.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The incredible shrinking pirate; Rotten Wally Dahl’s Isle of Pearl; Banking Cinderella’s pumpkin off the glass slipper backboard; Carpe De(fense) ’em; Picking paradoxical digits; Human creatures’ features

PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER (1110 + 98) SERVED  
Welcome to our April 6th edition of Joseph Young’s Puzzleria!

On our menus this week are:
ONE  Buccaneering Appetizer;
ONE  Let’s-Get-Physical Appetizer;
ONE  Dozen-Clue-Challenge Slice;
ONE   Carppy Dessert;
ONE   Last-Second-Shot Dessert; and
THREE oddly even Riff Offs.

Think Good, It’s Friday. Pick and choose from our menus, then chew on the mystery.    


Appetizer Menu:

Piecemeal Plank-walking Appetizer:
The incredible shrinking pirate

1. A pirate beheaded becomes quite irate.
2. He’ll soon vanish if head-chopped once more, at this rate.
3. A befooting befits this bilge rat’s peg-legged fate,
4. Re-behead? Walking plankton, at best more shark bait.
5. A beheading at last yields “naught left to truncate”
6. Save some galley-stowed tea… steep-sea jettisoned freight.

Identify the six relevant words in the sestet above: two in the first line, one in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth, none in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Double Features Appetizer:
Human creatures’ features

Name physical features most people have, in two words. 
Insert the first word, minus its last letter, somewhere within the second word to name physical features all people have, in one word. What are these two physical features?


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Solvation Slice: 
Rotten Wally Dahl’s Isle of Pearl

Solve the twelve clues below. What do all the answers have in common?
1. Stuff oneself
2. Mother of Pearl
3. _____ Dahl
4. Wally’s dinner companion
5. ____, Iowa
6. It’s morning in Marseilles
7. Kevin _____, (who has a World Series championship ring, and who hit a home run in his last professional at-bat with the same team he began his career with, 24 years earlier)
8. Peaked
9. Stereotypical dog name
10. Real name of a guy with a Rotten stage name
11. Isle where Alfred and Algernon hung out
12. Chip ’n’ Dale’s croonin’ cousin?


Riffing Off Shortz And Iverson Slices:
Picking paradoxical digits

Will Shortz’s April 1st NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, composed by Eric Iverson, reads:
Pick an even number between 1 and 10 that’s 1 more than four and 2 more than 10.
Puzzleria!’s Riffing Off Shortz and Iverson Slices read:
ONE:
Pick a number between 1 and 10 that’s 1 more than three, 2 more than four and 3 more than two.
Hint: This number is also 1 more than seven... Really! 
TWO: 
Pick an even number between 1 and 10 that’s 1 more than five, 2 more than six, and 3 more than zero. 
Pick an odd number between 1 and 10 that’s 1 more than seven, 2 more than nine, and 3 more than eight.
Pick an odd number between 1 and 10 that’s 1 more than eight and 1 less than seven.
What are this one even and two odd numbers? 
THREE:
Pick an even number between 1 and 10 that’s 1 more than three, 2 more than six and 3 more than 5.



Dessert Menu

Poppyseed Dessert:
Carpe De(fense) ’em

The 2018 sixty-eight-team NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Men’s Basketball Tournament concluded on April 2. 
Some fans carped about the selection committee not choosing their team to make the field of 68. 
Others carped that their team received an unfavorably low seed.
Still others carped about poor officiating which, they claimed, led to their team early exit from the tourney. 
But most carped that the bracket they filled in predicting the games’ outcomes was “blown” (riddled with wrong predictions) after only the first round of the tourney. (Filling out NCAA brackets has become an annual rite of spring and a national pastime.)
Such NCAA carpers, however, were not the only fans who filled out tournament brackets. 
Across the nation fans filled out state high school regional and sectional brackets, collegiate conference and national tournament brackets – all choosing the teams they thought would prevail as champions and the paths they might take to get there.
Name a ten-letter synonym of “carpers.” Its letters, in the same order, also describe fans who fill out a certain 32-team bracket.
What are these letters?

4 and 20 Mean Birds Baked In A Pie Dessert:
Banking Cinderella’s pumpkin off the glass slipper backboard

Name an informal 2-word basketball term for a field goal scored just before time runs out, and a 2-word phrase for pieces of equipment reviewed by officials to confirm that the field goal counted.
Delete an “l” and a space from from the phrase to form the avian nickname of a team that greatly exceeded expectations in 2017’s National Collegiate Athletic Association “March Madness” basketball tournament (similar to the Loyola of Chicago Ramblers in the 2018 NCAA tournament). This 2017 “Cinderella” team, alas, in 2018 was invited to the neither the NCAA nor the National Invitational Tournament, the refuge of collegiate hoops “also-rans.” 
Place a “d” at the end of the first word in the term for field goal to form a 2-word term that sounds like what the “mean bird” in the team nickname might be called if it fought another notorious “mean bird.” This 2-word term also sounds like the term for the field goal.
What is the term for a field goal? What are the pieces of equipment?
What is the team nickname?

Every Friday at Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! we publish a new menu of fresh word puzzles, number puzzles, logic puzzles, puzzles of all varieties and flavors. We cater to cravers of scrumptious puzzles!
Our master chef, Grecian gourmet puzzle-creator Lego Lambda, blends and bakes up mysterious (and sometimes questionable) toppings and spices (such as alphabet soup, Mobius bacon strips, diced snake eyes, cubed radishes, “hominym” grits, anagraham crackers, rhyme thyme and sage sprinklings.)

Please post your comments below. Feel free also to post clever and subtle hints that do not give the puzzle answers away. Please wait until after 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesdays to post your answers and explain your hints about the puzzles. We serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday.

We invite you to make it a habit to “Meet at Joe’s!” If you enjoy our weekly puzzle party, please tell your friends about Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! Thank you.