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We feature a great original guest puzzle this week created by Mark Scott of Seattle, also known as skydiveboy, his cyberscreen name. Mark’s puzzle appears directly beneath our main MENU heading, and is titled “Where On Earth Slice: Herding the humans.” Thank you, Mark, for again sharing your creativity with us on Puzzleria!
Also on our menu this week are not one but two “Ripping Off…” puzzle slices – a puzzle “piggybacking” off of Will Shortz’s Sunday offering, as well as a puzzle ripping myself off! It is a puzzle I created and posted on the comments section of Blaine’s blog two years ago, roughly three months before I began this Puzzleria! blog.
I unearthed that puzzle – titled “Mona and Polly were syllabic… bisyllabic” – while researching NPR’s broadcast of the infamous “upside-down digital clock” puzzle. Will Shortz unveiled that truly elegant and challenging (IMO) puzzle two years ago next week. Many Blainesvillians had proposed plausible yet unsatisfying answers to it, and had therefore suspected there might be a more intricate solution we all were missing. We suspected correctly; but only a Blainsvillian screen-named Al posted what turned out to be Will’s ingenious intended answer.
Anyway, many Blainesvillians were experiencing a touch of déjà vu this week after Will stated on-air Sunday, “This may be one of the most challenging puzzles I’ve presented. It has a very elegant answer.”
Most Blainesvillians found the puzzle to be moderately challenging; some found it to be reasonably “elegant.” But many suspected we might be missing something, just like we all did (except for Al) two years ago. We will discover on Sunday if Will’s puzzle has an answer more challenging, clever and elegant than the answer we had discovered.
Also on this week’s menu are a “win-one-for-the-Gibber” morsel; two “in the news” appetizers; and a business-model-cum-art-model dessert.
All this week’s puzzles deserve your vote and devotion. No debate about it!
Gibberish and gibes
I was dozing and drifing in and out a bit – about a dozen times – during the GOP debate last evening (January 28 in Des Moines). Near the end of the debate I was snapped out of mid-snore by a loud voice making a comment. I rubbed the sands of slumber from my eyes and the cobwebs of a dream from my subconscious and, because I am an obsessive note-taker, I groggily grabbed a pen and jotted down the comment.
Here is what I scrawled: Debater: “Let’s run on a clean flow, eh Rand?”
After the debate, as I perused my notes, I realized I was not sure which “debater” made the comment. I was pretty sure it wasn’t Donald Trump, who was playing hockey… or was it hooky? (But perhaps he had made a triumphant entrance while I had nodded off?)
The speaker could not be Ben Carson either. His voice had been lulling be to sleep, not rousing me to consciousness.
Nor could the speaker of the comment be Rand Paul because the “debater” was addressing “Rand.”
And, because of another word (a taunting, tweaking, trash-talking “gotcha” gibe word) that the speaker used in his comment, I eliminated as the speaker another of the seven debaters present. (The speaker’s gibe word indicated that the comment was directed not only at Rand Paul but also at a candidate who was on the same side of the issue as Paul.)
Then I realized something else: The 32 letters of the words I jotted could be rearranged to form five words that encapsulated the topic being discussed.
What are those five words? What was the “taunting, tweaking, trash-talking gotcha gibe word” that the speaker used? Which debater did I thus dismiss as the speaker of the comment?
Rearrange the letters in the phrase “Mr. Ivy Kinsman” to form the first and last names of a pioneering person who was in the news this past week.
A peripherally related story includes in its headline a six-letter word and a two-letter word. The two-letter word is what remains after one removes from the six-letter word a “fun-to-say” word that has an anagram that is a kind of brick.
Who is the pioneering person? What are the two words in the headline? In what way are these two stories peripherally related?
Seventeen-Shot Revolver Appetizer:
Triclops’ third eye
Add a third “i” to the phrase “flashes his pistol” and rearrange the 17 letters to form two names – a pair of first and last names – that you might have read or heard in news reports this past week.
What are these two names?
Where On Earth Slice:
Herding the humans
In every part of the Earth inhabited by people, we manage livestock. However there is one geographical place where – according to its name, humorously speaking – the exact opposite is true. The name of the place is a single-word homophone.
Name this well-known place if you can.
Hint: The single-word answer will sound like more than a single word.
Ripping Off Piscop And Shortz Slice:
Parsley sage puzzle players’ thyme
Will Shortz’s Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle on NPR this week was so so solid. It was not perhaps as challenging as Mr. Shortz claimed, but it is “elegant.” Will set the puzzle up by saying:
“This may be one of the most challenging puzzles I’ve presented. It has a very elegant answer. It is from listener Fred Piscop of Bellmore, N.Y.” The puzzle reads:
Take these three phrases:
What very unusual property do they have in common?
(Spoiler alert: The answer involves anagrams. You can find the answer in the comments section of Blaine’s blog.)
Lego Lambda’s “piggyback puzzle” that “rips off” the Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle on NPR this week is just so-so. It is not as challenging as Mr. Shortz’s offering, but it is indeed “inelegant.”
Our rip-off puzzle provides you with a letter or two from the first words of a handful of two-word phrases, or from the first half of a compound word. You must complete each phrase with two words, or each compound word with two second halves. These two complements – be they words or second halves of compound words – are anagrams of one another. The number in parentheses following each first word indicates the number of letters in each of the two anagrams. Clues are provided.
H _ _ F (4) Clue: Image reproduction involving tiny dots, and a circle with a stem on a staff
Answer: halftone and half note (H _ _ F = half; “tone” and “note” are anagrams)
1.) S _ _ (5) Clue: Shell selling site, and walrus
2.) W _ _ D (5) Clue: Titles of songs that are 45 and 50 years old
3.) M _ _ _ E (6) Clue: Roll credits with cast members, including each top-billing sharer
5.) S _ _ _ _ Y (4) Clue: Church clothes, and NFL wagers
6.) C _ _ _ _ _ S (4) Clue: What happens during a cycle, and what you might need next
7.) H _ _ G (7) Clue: Crafts powered by thermal updrafts, and what one might do with “what you might need next” (see clue, above)
8.) B _ _ _ _ N (4) Clue: Boxer’s occupational hazard, and “chicken feed”
9.) E _ _ _ _ R (5) Clue: American nonprofit charitable organization, and where one might pick up Peeps or frilly bonnets
10.) W _ _ _ _ N (4) Clue: Boring blah buss, and barrel staves, perhaps?
11.) W _ _ _ E (5) Clue: Epitome of blandness, and Santa or Papa trademark
13.) I _ _ _ _ N (5) Clue: “The mine of gems,” and North American craft
14.) F_ _ _ T O_ _H_ L_ _ M (6) Clue: unmentionables, and what the unmentionables are made of
16.) R _ _ (8) Clue: Description of a robin, and Gus Hall and Angela Davis during the 1980 presidential election… (Yeah, sure! Maybe on “Radio Free Russia”)
17.) W_ _ E (6) Clue: Where one’s white zinfandel is stored, and what might ensue if there is too much arsenic in one’s white zinfandel
18.) S _ _ _ N (6) Clue: Feature of a Hawthorne novel house, and a baker’s half-dozen (with lox, perhaps, thrown in)
19.) G _ _ _ _ _ Y (6) Clue: One who greets you in the check-out lane, and one who greets you in the parking lot on the way to your minivan
20.) B _ _ _ _ Y (4) Clue: Bar order, and result of the Battle of the Bulge
21.) D _ _ _ E (7) Clue: Choreographed performance, and the ensuing newspaper account about it
22.) O _ _ _ _ E (5) Clue: What results when it gets to be above 90 degrees, and Chrissy Snow, if Charlie would have hired her after she parted ways with Jack and Janet
23.) H _ _ (4) Clue: Front-burner sitters, and wi-fi access site
24.) P _ _ _ _ T (7) Clue: Cheap seats sitters, and affliction necessitating continual poring over ingredient labels
26.) B _ _ _ _ T (4) Clue: Standard sports car feature, and KFC purchase
27.) G _ _ _ N (4) Clue: King title, minus “The,” and a fruity redundancy
28.) B _ _ _ D (5) Clue: Blues singer Jefferson, and “drought song” band
29.) M _ _ _ E (4) Clue: Axle or scroll wheel, and “spring cheese” holder
31.) S _ _ _ H (5) Clue: Beginning of a MacLachlan title, and a rogue-goer
32.) E _ _ C (4) Clue: Monty Python trouper, and what some allege about Harris or Holder
33.) _ _ _ A(H) (5) Clue: Hall & Oates title, and “Ryan’s Daughter”
34.) M _ _ _ _ _ L/M _ _ _ _ _ _ L (4) Clue: Karate and Judo, and a badge worn, beneath the vest, by a guy named Dillon
Ripping Off Lego Lambda Slice:
Mona and Polly were syllabic… bisyllabic
Five of the ten words that begin with a W, S, U, D and A can be paired with a certain monosyllabic word. The five other words beginning with a W, S, U, D and A can be paired with a certain polysyllabic word.
The two pairing words can be used to form the name of a former television show that is also the name of a U.S. city.
What is the television show? What are the ten pairings of words?
Autographic Artist Dessert:
Symbolisiness model poses as art
Name a well-known American company. Replace a symbol used in the name with one of the two letters the symbol stands for. Remove a space appearing in its name. The result is the signature that an opinionated and prolific artist used when signing his/her artwork.
What is the company? Who is the artist?
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