PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER e4 + 5! SERVED
Welcome to the August 28th edition of Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! This week we offer you fresh trending-news appetizers, an entrée slice, and, to top it all off, a dessert baked up by gourmet French puzzle chef Monsieur Garcon du Parachutisme. Blog-followers may know the chef better by his cyber-screen-name “skydiveboy.” His friends know him as Mark Scott of Seattle.
So click and tighten your seat belts… you are in for a wild puzzle ride. But eventually, as you continue to gobble and guzzle our scrumptious puzzles, also be prepared to loosen your seat belts a notch or two – as at a Thanksgiving dinner served on a Greyhound bus, for instance, or at a drive-thru oriental buffet restaurant.
“Hi, Nabobs!” Race Appetizer:
Mr. Capital Gain?
A 2016 presidential candidate’s use of a two-word term (deemed by a number of people as “disparaging” or “pejorative”) sparked controversy this past week on the campaign trail. The two words in the plural term contain six letters each.
Each of the following nine clues leads to a three-word phrase that can be anagrammed to form the controversial term. (In the fourth clue only two words are anagrammed.)
1. Ubiquitous blare on Manhattan streets…
2. Scruffier inmate…
3. Opens some trash receptacle…
4. Pessimistic about the future silver-screen bankability of actor Kevin (two words divided by the word “on”)…
5. Taxi driver, fresh from the barber…
7. What a frisky kitten might do during Christmas gift unwrapping…
8. What a famished French filcher does while passing a patisserie…
9. John the Baptist, after days of wandering alone in the wilderness, addressing his lunch…
What is this controversial term? What are the nine answers to the clues?
Boxing Outside The Ring Appetizer:
On August 19, 1930, in Queensboro Stadium in New York, Justo Suarez delivered a knockout punch sending Bruce Flowers to the canvas with a thud. On April 27, 1996, in Miami Beach, Florida, Elieser Castillo delivered a knockout punch sending James Flowers to the canvas with a thud.
Just this past week, on August 23, half-a-world away in Asia, a mere boy engaging in “the manly art” stumbled against the ropes and seemingly was about to go down for the count, yet somehow managed to deliver a knockout punch so potent (or shall we say “puissant”?) and thud-provoking to yet another Flowers that the canvas was torn and had to be restored.
In what Asian city did this occur? Explain your answer.
Hint: The city sounds like a kind of personality or blood.
The sub-rosa way
The following statement may have appeared as a part of an editorial in the wake of a scandal in the recent news:
“People were led to believe these men were out to benefit (5-letter adjective) (8-letter noun), but sadly they were apparently in it chiefly to (5-letter verb) (8-letter noun).”
The 8-letter nouns are identical. The 5-letter adjective and verb are identical except for their first and third letters. What are these words?
Financial Interest Comedy-pounded Appetizer:
Imagine you are reading the Wall Street Journal to glean financial news of the day. Four words you might expect to see there are associated with a popular TV sitcom from the distant past.
Two of the words are surnames of two of the cast members, while a third word comprises the first seven letters, in order, of the surname of another cast member. The fourth word is the name of the title character after you remove from it what some people mistakenly believe is the postal abbreviation of a New England State.
Two of these four words were especially pertinent to recent reporting in the WSJ’s Markets Section.
What is the sitcom and what are the four words?
Sounds Of Science Slice:
Rock ’n’ rotate-about-a-fixed-axis
Place the surname of a well-known scientist to the left of the surname of an engineer/inventor who ought to be more well-known. The result is a song title appearing on an early album by a popular rock musician.
The engineer/inventor founded and developed two upscale product brands. One brand appears in the lyrics of a title song track by the musician. The other brand appears in the titles of two songs by the musician.
Who are the scientist, inventor/engineer and musician? What are the early-album song title and the two brands founded by the inventor/engineer?
Picking the Miranda right fruit
People and products from France are French. If from Italy they are Italian.
Think of another country and replace the last letter with a different letter to get the word commonly used to refer to their people or products. Now, rearrange those letters and you will name a fruit this country produces and exports.
What is this country and what is the fruit?
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 Tuesdays to post your answers and explain your hints about the puzzles. We serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday.