We at Joseph Young’s Puzzle -ria! are this week solemnly memorializing July’s last hot and humid gasps. How? By hanging around up at the lake, of course!
Scrumptious puzzle slices are browning and bubbling in our ovens and will soon be ready to serve to you. (Maybe on the beach?) Think sultry. Think steaming. Think sweltering. Think mouth-watering.
Think Good, It’s Friday!
In the meantime, let us extend to you our warmest of welcomes, along with the following icy glass of aqua pura with a twist of lemon or lime: It’s the cool puzzle posed by puzzle master Dr. Will Shortz on National Public Radio’s (NPR) July 20 Weekend Edition Sunday broadcast. It reads:
“Name something in five letters that’s nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you’ll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? (HINT: the second thing is a form of the first thing.)”
The consensus over at the Blainesville and AESAP puzzle blogs was that this was a relatively easy puzzle. So we made it a tad tougher by adding this Puzzlerian! extension which was posted in our July 18 blog’s comments section:
To the end of the “second something,” add two letters: a replica of a letter from the second something, and the letter that got changed in the original “something,” thereby forming a new seven-letter something it is nice to have lots of in the winter.
To this new “something” add a letter that is near the middle of the alphabet and rearrange the result to form two new words: a five-letter something you probably have lots of in the winter, but don’t want, and a three-letter something most people never want… no matter what season of the year it is.
Name these three new “somethings” HINT: The “something else” is not a form of the “new something.” The last something is a form of insanity, according to some.
(Our Puzzleria! solvers made short work of this puzzle extension, and correctly named the “three new somethings,” also in last week’s comments section.)
Now we offer another extension that whips us out of winter and snaps us back into summer:
Take the eight letters of the final “two somethings,” remove a letter and rearrange what’s left to form a verb that is a synonym of the second word you found in the original NPR puzzle. What is this seven-letter verb?
Okay, if you could Handel that summer-to-winter-to-summer circumnavigation of the sun, we know you can Handel this trio of puzzling slices:
Easy As Pie Slice:
“I’m (Ernie) Broglio”
Take a two-word synonym for melee or imbroglio, one that might appear in a news story or police report.
Combining the two words and removing the first letter results in a word describing a type of gesture that might touch off such a melee. What are the two-word synonym and the gesture?
SIX + TWELVE = 64 + (a word often associated with a non-prime factor of 64)
FIVE + SIX + SEVEN + TWELVE = 73 + (something you do when you survey these four numbers to be summed, or something you do either at a high school class reunion or at a grade school class)
Specialty Of The House Slice:
Loaves and fishes... and synonyms
Take a pair of synonyms, five and six letters long, and put them in alphabetical order. Replace the first vowel in the first synonym with two different vowels.
Delete the second half of the second synonym. The new words formed are synonyms of each other also. What are these two sets of synonyms? (Hints: All four words are nouns. The synonyms begin with a T and a W.)
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 Tuesdays to post your answers and explain your hints about the puzzles. We plan to 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 puzzle-loving and challenge-welcoming friends about Joseph Young’s Puzzle -ria! Thank you.