Friday, January 22, 2021

Countries and Postal Codes; Water “oover” the Whooville Dam; Signs of the “Kazoodiac?” Double your money by double-branding; Thumb through to “miss” in the thesaurus

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Schpuzzle of the Week:

Double your money by double-branding


Write down a long-standing one-word brand name twice. 

Change a letter in the first instance of the name and delete a letter from the second instance of the name. 

The result is a two-word term that means “easy money.” 

What is this brand?


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Global Coding Appetizer:

Countries and Postal Codes

 

If you remove the first letter of Finland, then you will get a sequence of state postal codes (IN=Indiana, LA=Louisiana, ND=North Dakota).

1. What other countries have the property that if you remove the first letter, then you will get a sequence of state postal codes?

2. What countries have the property that if you remove the last letter, then you will get a sequence of state postal codes?

3. What country is a sequence of state postal codes?

(Global nations, no matter how landlocklocked or coastal

May have ties to a Code in the U.S. that’s Postal. 

LegoLambda) 









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Synonymity Slice:

Thumb through to “miss” in the thesaurus


Remove the first two and last two letters from a synonym of “miss.” Place them next to each other to spell an antonym of  “miss.” 

Change one letter of what remains to an a and remove the middle two letters of the result, leaving a second synonym of “miss.” 

What are these two synonyms and one antonym?


Riffing Off Shortz And Reynolds Slices:

Water “oover” the Whooville Dam


Will Shortz’s January 17th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Gerry Reynolds of Chicago, Illinois, reads:

Name a national landmark in six and three letters. Add the name of a chemical element. Rearrange all the letters to name two states.
What are they?

Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Reynolds Slices read:

ENTREE #1

Name a puzzle-maker, first and last names. Add the name of a seven-letter chemical element. 

Rearrange these twenty letters to name a disorder that exists in laboratories where scientists sometimes too enthusiastically put certain rodents through their experimental
paces on treadmills and in mazes, thereby irritating the rodents. 

The disorder consists of three words of six, six and eight letters beginning with an O, G and S. 

Who is the puzzle-maker?

What is the chemical element?

What is the disorder?

ENTREE #2

Name a national landmark in six and three letters. 

Add the name of an eight-letter chemical element. 


Rearrange all the letters to name two states and the five-letter name of baseball leagues that were formed a century ago – leagues where players like Hank, Jackie, Josh and Sachel plied their trade.

What landmark and element are these?

What are the two states and the baseball leagues that were formed a century ago?

ENTREE #3

Name a national landmark in six and four letters. Add the name of a chemical element. 

Rearrange all the letters to name the title character (in 3 and 5 letters) in a tragedy written by a satirical English dramatist/novelist and the eight-letter surname of an American novelist. 

What landmark and element are these?

Who are the title character and the American novelist?

Hint: The first five letters in the English dramatist’s surname are the same as the last five letters in the surname of the American novelist’s most well known character. 

ENTREE #4

Name a national landmark in seven and four letters. Add the name of a chemical element with an atomic number that is a perfect number. 


Rearrange all the letters to name:

A. a six-letter world capital city,

B. a five-letter mineral that is an ore source of a
chemical element with an atomic number that is also a square number, and

C. a six-letter chemical element with an atomic number that is also a cube number. 

What landmark and element are these?

ENTREE #5

Name a national landmark in seven and four letters. 

Add the name of a chemical element that is a word in a Box Tops’ 45. 

Rearrange these 15 total letters to name a vessel and the first names of two young fictional friends surnamed Campbell and Algar. 

The first name of one of the friends is also the
first name of a country singer whose surname is a word for waterways the vessel might navigate.

What landmark and element are these?

What is the vessel and what are the names of the fictional friends?

ENTREE #6

Name a three-word national landmark in 15 letters. 

Add the name of a six-letter chemical element of which the landmark is constructed. 

Rearrange these 21 letters to spell a slogan you might see on a protest sign in Canada in
four words of 7, 3, 4, and 7 letters beginning with P, F, S and B.

What landmark and element are these?

What is the slogan?


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Instrument Of Astrology Dessert:

Signs of the “Kazoodiac?”


Take the final five letters of a plural musical instrument. 

Move the fifth of these five letters to the beginning to spell the name of a fictional character that is a zodiac-sign creature.

Spell the remaining letters of the plural
instrument backward to spell a second zodiac-sign creature.

What are these two creatures?

What is the plural musical instrument?


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, January 15, 2021

An aquatic “creature of habitat” Fruity, Meaty, Yeatsy, Ducky! Subtract 3 letters, add 10 years; Flappers, flivvers, foxtrots, firewater, Fitzgerald; “I see by your outfit that you are a nemesis”

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Schpuzzle of the Week:

An aquatic “creature of habitat”


Name a three-word phrase that has lately been in the news. 

Delete its first eight letters and spell the remaining letters backward to form two words:

1. a habitat of an aquatic creature, and 

2. the creature itself. 

What is this phrase?

What is the habitat of an aquatic creature? 

What is the creature?


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Puzzley Garden West Of Nod Appetizer:

Fruity, Meaty, Yeatsy, Ducky!

Poetry Class Assignment

1. 📘📚Think of a three-word, 18-letter social gathering you should avoid during this viral time. 

Drop one repeated letter. Scramble the result to get a four-word poetry class assignment requiring the parsing of one poem each by
Edgar Allan Poe, George Moore, William Butler Yeats, Charles Baudelaire, T.S. Eliot, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Verlaine, Paul Valéry, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Jorge Guillén. 

This assignment might be especially beneficial and even therapeutic to a person who is addicted to ribald limericks written by the likes of Algernon Charles Swinburne, Isaac Asimov and scores of anonymous authors... like the one first published in 1927 that begins "There was a young man from Nantucket..."

What is the three-word, eighteen-letter social gathering you should avoid during this viral time?

What is the four-word poetry class assignment?

Hint: All 18 letters of the social gathering can be scrambled to spell three words associated with religion:

A. The final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time,

B. A land west of Nod in the Book of Genesis, and

C. A service of evening worship.

Noël, Noël, Novël! 

2. 🎄📕Think of a famous fictional Christmas character in six letters. Move the fourth letter five places later in alphabet. 

Replace the fifth and sixth letters with some meat that is traditionally served at a Christmas meal, especially in Australia. 

The result will be the surname of a famous novelist.

Who are the Chrismas character and famous author?


A Fruity Phrasey Ducky Puzzle

3. 🍌🦆Think of a nine-letter fruit. Move the first letter 16 places earlier in the alphabet. Add to the end a part of a duck’s anatomy.

The result is a phrase that includes three words (the third one is hyphenated). This phrase signals a warning about a specific place – in an area of a hotel, hospital or other large building, for example.

What is the fruit?

What is the warning phrase?

Hint: If you remove the hyphen from the third word you will form the surname of a real guy first-named Patrick who made shots and a fictional guy first-and-middle-named John Ross who got shot.


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Spidey Sensory Slice:

“I see by your outfit that you are a nemesis”


At the Marvel Comics convention an attendee dressed as a nemesis of Spiderman won the competition for best outfit. 

The name of Spiderman's nemesis and the word describing the competition are anagrams of each other that begin with the same letter. 

What are they?

Hint: The name of the Spiderman nemesis is also the name of a resident of a mythical island Homer wrote about, and of an oceanographic vessel a songwriter wrote about.


Riffing Off Shortz And Shteyman Slices:

Subtract 3 letters, add 10 years

Will Shortz’s January 10th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Michael Shteyman, of Freeland, Maryland, reads:

Name a person in 2011 world news in eight letters. Remove the third, fourth and fifth letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a person in 2021 world news. What names are these?

Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Shteyman Slices read:

ENTREE #1

Take the surname a puzzle-maker in eight letters. 

The first, third and fifth letters spell a synonym of “pigpen.” Remove them. 

Add a hyphen to the remaining letters, to spell a word for a well-built, muscular guy. 

Who is the puzzle-maker?

What are the synonym of “pigpen” and word for a well-built, muscular guy?

ENTREE #2

Take the three-word name of a person in 1841 U.S. news, in twenty letters. 

Remove all but the first three and final three letters. 

The remaining six letters, in order, will spell the surname of a person in 1913 U.S. news. 

What names are these?

ENTREE #3

Take the surname of an American novelist in eight letters. 

Remove the second and third letters. 

The remaining letters, in order, will spell the surname of a Poland-born-and-reared novelist. 

What novelists are these?

ENTREE #4

Take the surname of a U.S. president. 

Remove the first, second, third and fifth letters. 

The remaining letters, in order, will spell an adjective that does not at all describe his successor. 

What presidents are these?

What is the adjective that does not describe the successor?

ENTREE #5

Take the six-letter surname of a poet and novelist whose most famous title alludes to a wall-sitter who “fell apart” after a fall. 

Remove the second and third letters. 

The remaining letters, in order, will name creature who might perch on a wall but would not fall. It would fly safely away.

These letters also spell the surname of an acclaimed British architect.

What poet/novelist is this? What is the creature? Who is the architect.

Hint: The creature rhymes with the poet/novelist’s middle name. 

ENTREE #6

Name a major world city. 

Its third and forth letters spell a U.S. state postal code. 

The remaining letters, in order, will name the official state bird of a state that is adjacent to the state designated by that postal code. 

What world city is this?

What is the official state bird of the state adjacent to the “postal-code state?

ENTREE #7

Take the surname of an English poet. 

Remove the third letter. 

The remaining letters, in order, will spell the surname of an American poet. 

What poets are these?

ENTREE #8

Name an English statesman, first and last names. 

The first and last letters of his first name plus all but the first four letters of his surname spell the surname of the pen name of an English novelist who lived three centuries after the statesman. 

Who are these two Britons?

ENTREE #9

Take the surname of a U.S. founding father.  

Subtract 501 (in ancient Rome) from its interior to spell the name of a member of a fraternal organization of which several founding fathers – like George Washington,

Benjamin Franklin and James Monroe – were members... although this particular founding father claimed he was not a member of this fraternal organization. 

Who is this founding father? 

What is a member of the fraternal organization called?

ENTREE #10

Take the first and last names of a U.S. president. 

Remove nine consecutive letters, leaving a body part your parakeet has.

Take the first and last names of this president’s successor. 

Remove ten consecutive letters, leaving a place you might keep your parakeet.

What presidents are these?

What is your parakeet’s body part and the place you might keep your parakeet?


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Jazz Age Dessert:

Flappers, flivvers, foxtrots, firewater, Fitzgerald

Spoonerize a two-word name seen on movie posters during the Roaring 20s to form what sounds like a possible headline seen in newspapers 50 years earlier.

(“Spoonerize,” in this case, means to switch the initial the initial consonant sounds in the two words of the name.)

What is this name?

What is this headline?


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, January 8, 2021

Mum’s the (Happy Talk) word; Meatloaf, Cake & Joy of Cooking; “Pray” is just a four-letter word; Stalking a shifty city critter; “Inauguration of a new ladder”

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Schpuzzle of the Week:

Mum’s the (Happy Talk) word

After airing a gardening segment about how to revive chrysanthe-mums, the Happy Talk TV-news-team anchor-persons chit-chat about how the segment ties in to “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” who revived dead mums in the 1982 movie of the same name. 

The letters in the phrase “ANCHOR DESK CHIT-CHAT E.T. TIE-IN” relate to something that provervially happened more than a century ago at sea. 

What happened at sea?

How do the letters in “ANCHOR DESK CHIT-CHAT E.T. TIE-IN” relate to it?

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Borderline Befuddling Appetizer:

“Inauguration of a new ladder”


Word ladder transition

🎺1. Construct a word ladder (in each step changing a single letter) from TRUMP to BIDEN using the minimum number of steps.

Bonus: Construct another word ladder from TRUMP to BIDEN in which the word CHAOS appears. This will require more steps.

Hint: Getting from TRUMP to CHAOS uses all familiar words. Getting from BIDEN to CHAOS may be somewhat more difficult.

And now there are three!

🎬2. Three US states border eight other states. Two are Missouri and Tennessee. What is the third state? Name its eight bordering states.

Pest? Prost! 
[Plague? To your health!]

📦3. A small, fairly-well-known US city contains the name of a month. Remove the name of the month. The remaining letters, pronounced as a word, sound like an English name for a German container. What are the city, container, and month?

It’s all the same

𝓣𝓨𝓟𝓔 4. Think of a female name. Using appropriate typographical treatment, the first five letters of this name could be written identically. 

What is this name, and how is it written to achieve this result?

Fishing for men

🐟5. Think of a fish. Divide the name of this fish into two halves. The first half is a man’s name. Spelled backwards, the second half sounds like a second man’s name. 

What are the fish and the two men’s names?

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Ceremonial Churchy Slice:

“Pray” is just a four-letter word


Name a five-word question preacher might ask during a church service, to which the flock may respond with a four-letter word. 

Rearrange the 13 letters in the question to spell three words:

1. A biblical town associated with a church ceremony,

2. The purpose of the ceremony, and

3. A word appearing in newspaper accounts of the ceremony.

What is the question?

What are the three words?

Hint: “The purpose of the ceremony” is a gerund.


Riffing Off Shortz And Flood Slices:

Meatloaf, Cake & Joy of Cooking

Will Shortz’s January 3rd NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Robert Flood of Allen, Texas, reads:

Think of a seven-letter hyphenated word for a kind of cooking. Change the middle letter to get a new word describing a kind of music. What words are these?

Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Flood Slices read:

ENTREE #1

Name a national chain of inns, in 2 alliterative words. 

Also name something “dead” the inn may provide, in one word, that may allow you to sleep securely in your room at night with peace of mind. 

Rearrange the combined letters in these three words to form the name of a puzzle-maker. 

Who is it?

What are the three words?

ENTREE #2

Think of a seven-letter term that is sometimes substituted for the word “junk” in the expression “junk food” (such as crackers, chips, chocolate covered raisins, candy bars, burgers and fries). 

Remove the middle letter to get a new word describing a genre of rock music.

What are this “junk” substitute and genre of rock?

ENTREE #3

Write in a sans-serif font (such as Ariel, the font you are now reading) a seven-letter word for a kind of cooking that might involve potatoes, shrimp or chicken. 

Capitalize the the first and third letters to spell what looks like the surname of a very recently deceased jazz composer.  

What is the kind of cooking?

Who is the jazz composer?

ENTREE #4

Name a dessert in two words. Rearrange its first eight letters to spell, in three words, something you notice that might prompt you to call a plumber. 

The remaining letters of the dessert spell,
without rearrangement, a genre of music. 

What are this dessert and the reason for calling a plumber?

What is the genre of music?

ENTREE #5

The first two letters a “jazzy” cartoon character’s first name and all but one of the letters of the character’s last name, in order, spell a genre of jazz.

The unused letters can be used to spell a kind of pom or poodle and a letter connected by a hyphen to “bar” or “bone.”

What is this jazz genre?

Who is the cartoon character?

ENTREE #6

Name a trademarked eight-letter hyphenated word for a kind of cooker. 

Remove the hyphen and first letter to get a new word describing a genre of music and the proverbial drug of choice of fans, and perhaps purveyors, of such music. 

What is this kind of cooker?

What is the genre of music, and its fans’ drug of choice?

ENTREE #7

Think of a seven-letter more-modern-day version of “Sing Along With Mitch” that takes place not in a TV studio but in a drinking establishment. 

Rearrange its letters to form a type of tree and type of implement you likely own if you own such a tree. 

What is this more-modern-day version of “Mitch’s sing-along shtick”?

What type of a tree and an implement do you own? 

ENTREE #8

Name an eleven-letter genre of rock music associated with independent lablels. 

Rearrange the letters to name a two-word term that describes calf-roping at a rodeo.

What is this rock music genre?

What is the two-word category for calf-roping?

ENTREE #9

Think of a six-letter word for a genre of rock music that fuses elements of punk rock and heavy metal. 

Rearrange the six letters to form two words: a breakfast food and a containter for a hot breakfast beverage.

What rock music genre is this?

What are the breakfast food and hot beverage container?

Hint: A two-word synonym of the  rock music genre is a possible alternative name for "Puget Sound." 

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Gophers Badgers Wolverines Dessert:

Stalking a shifty city critter

Name a critter associated with a particular state. 

Move its second letter so that it replaces its fifth letter, forming a city in that state. 

What critter and city are this?


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.