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Welcome to our June 24th edition of Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! We feature this week a global geographical challenge created by our friend ron.
It is titled “Anagramanational Slice: Homeland obscurity.”
You can find it beneath this week’s main MENU.
Thank you, ron.
Also being served up on this week’s menus are:
Five “Riffing/Ripping Off Shortz” puzzles (involving rock “lobsters,” yeas and nays, domestic blades, roads to Bedlam, and a name game);
One Morsel that may require truth serum to solve; and
One Dessert YYYY solvers.
Yea, slice up the lobsters with cutlery blades, go a bit bonkers, sip some shampooin’ bubbly, chase it down with a snifter of truthiness serum, remain wise… and, as always, enjoy:
Hors d’Oeuvre Menu
Headlining Internationally Hors d’Oeuvre:
Take a word that has lately been in international news headlines, and has been getting people worked up into quite a lather. If you say the word aloud it sounds like what might be, or might have been, a slogan or advertising catchphrase for a longtime shampoo brand.
The slogan would read:
_ _ _ _ _’_ _ _!
This phrase could be interpreted in two ways:
1. As an imperative proposition with the apostrophized word acting as a verb, and the two letter word a pronominal direct object. (For example, “Frank kept dropping hints, hoping his friends might ‘T.G.I.Friday’s him’ on his birthday.”)
2. Or, more plausibly, as a declarative statement with the apostrophized word acting as both subject and predicate, with a pronoun “pinch-hitting” for the direct object. (This interpretation of the slogan is syntactically similar to a 1968 campaign slogan.)
What is this slogan/catchphrase? What is the word making headlines?
Hint: The word making headlines in a portmanteau word.
Lobbing rocks across the pond sterling
Will Shortz’s June 19th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Mark Isaak of Sunnyvale, California, reads:
Think of a word that means “unfinished.” Add one letter at the start and one letter at the end, and you’ll get a new word that means the opposite of the first. What words are these?
Puzzleria!’s “Ripping Off Shortz And Isaak Hors d’Oeuvre” reads:
Think of a unit of measurement used in the United States (and also in Britain, but with a different measurement value). Add one letter at the start and one letter at the end, and you’ll get a unit of measurement used in Britain but not in the U.S.
Convert the first unit of measurement (as used in the U.S.) into a number of smaller units of measurement. Convert the second (exclusively British) unit of measurement into a number of those same smaller units. The difference between those two numbers is a 5-digit number whose four rightmost digits form a significant year in American and British history.
What are these three units of measurement? What is the year?
Prefixing a chipped truth
Take a word that means to give a false impression of, or to show or prove something to be false. Now take a three-letter Latin-rooted prefix that denotes truth.
Place this prefix at the end of the word (yes, the end) to form a word for one who accepts something as true.
What are these two words?
John and Yo’OK Oh-no?
Think of a word that is an expression of negation in English, and a word that is an expression of affirmation in a language other than English. Add one letter at the start and one letter at the end of the non-English word, and subtract one letter from the start and one letter from the end of the English word, and you’ll get the first names of a well-known couple. What names are these?
“Just trim a bit off the sides, please”
Think of two household items with blades, one used outdoors and the other usually used indoors. Remove one letter from the start and one letter from the end of the outdoor item, and remove one letter from the start and two letters from the end of the indoor item. You’ll get two new words that mean the opposite of each other.
What words are these? What items are these?
Each word you will be given (below) is an anagram of a country, but with one letter changed. For example, given the word “least,” if you change the “t” to a “w” it anagrams to WALES.
It is up to you, you “international men and women of mystery-solving” to “unEarth” the following “obscured homelands.”
Note: This puzzle was originally intended as an “on-air NPR challenge,” one in which contestants have no access to reference materials. Try solving these ten anagrams without using online help.
Riffing Off Shortz Slice:
Think of two words that are synonyms of “road.” From each word remove one letter from the start and one letter from the end, and you’ll get two new words that belong in the following informal phrase that means to be stark raving bonkers:
“to be ___ of one’s ____”
What are the synonyms of “road,” and the words that go in the blanks?
Rhymes, Synonym… Hyphen!
Two synonymous slang words can be connected by a hyphen to form a third slang word that is a synonym of both. The hyphenated word rhymes with the full name – first and last names – of a movie director.
Who is this director, and what is the hyphenated word?
Mel, Jon, Don, and Moses’ spy guy
The names of the following four people share a particular property: a “politician” named Donald; an actor named Jon; a onetime stage name of an entertainer named “Mel” (not Shirley); and one of Moses’ 12 spies.
What are these four names and what property do they share?
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