We are serving you six fresh puzzles this week:
1. An Hors d’Oeuvre about a fabulous example of sportsbearship;
2. A Morsel about the ins and outs of branding and packaging;
4. A Slice about cartography... and perhaps capitals;
5. A Slice about browsing the headlines and subheads for the latest news; and
6. A Dessert worthy of a bronze medal.
Please enjoy them all:
Hors d’Oeuvre Menu
Jackal Ursus Bear Hors d’Oeuvre:
A sophist’s fable
Nearly a half-century ago an instance of sportsmanship occurred at the end of an biennial sporting event. The following is a fable of the how the event ended, with significant “hinting” words and phrases appear in bold and blue:
A bear and a jackal once faced off in a game played in a green jungle. It was a close game, with the score nip and tuck as the game drew to a close. The bear finished playing the game before the jackal finished. While waiting for the jackal to finish, the bear lumbered over to a nearby concessions stand to draw a draft beer to give to the jackal. The bear picked up the tab, the jackal picked up the beer and his ball, and the game ended. No one lost. Both won, in a way.
The bear’s act of generosity, however, was unpopular with a maned ass who had been rooting against the jackal. But many other fans of the game in the jungle had traditionally rooted against the bear, especially when he was competing against the king of the jungle, whom they deemed the more popular.
Who are the bear, the jackal, the maned ass and the king of the jungle? What is this biennial sporting event?
Hint: The “king of the jungle” appeared in recent headlines.
Hint: The “jackal” accomplished a major victory in the year following the events in this fable. The setting of his victory was the same as the setting of the currently occurring “biennial sporting event.”
A container contained in what it contains
Remove all punctuation from a popular brand name consumable product. Remove from it a palindromic fragment of consecutive letters. Move the fourth letter of the remaining fragment to the second position to form the name of a possible producer of the consumable product’s container.
Remove all punctuation from the same brand name consumable product. Again, remove from it a palindromic fragment of consecutive letters. Interchange the second and third letters of the remaining fragment and spell the result backward to form the name of the same possible producer of the consumable product’s container.
What is this product and the possible producer of its container?
Mover Lifter Puller Appetizer:
“He ain’t heavy, he’s a brotherload!”
Name a mechanical apparatus used to move, lift or pull out heavy loads.
Now name what coaches of a certain sport encourage their players to do with more efficiency and effort in order to move, lift or pull down heavy loads.
The apparatus and words of coaching advice you have named are the identical three-word phrase. What is it?
Pammela’s Salem map?
Take a word that you should find on any self-respecting map of the United States. The word contains consecutive letters that spell a verb that you should interpret as a command – a command that you should carry out on the very letters that form the verb. (See the “Specialty Of The Teahouse Slice: Teatime Proustries” puzzle I composed and posted on this early 2015 Puzzleria!)
After obeying the command rearrange the letters you see to form two nouns: 1. A synonym of a shortened form of a name of a female character from Greek literature, or more recent British literature, and 2. a more general term for that synonym.
What is the word on the map? What are the two nouns?
Hint: The word that you should find on “any self-respecting map of the United States” is one of a group of 50, or one of a special group of 50 situated within one of the first group of 50.
Furrowed browsers and U-boat loos
A political “first” received news coverage very recently.
Imagine an article on an editorial page that voices an unfavorable opinion about that first-time political action.
The opinion piece’s main headline consists of three words:
1. A plural 9-letter noun (the subject),
2. An 8-letter verb (the predicate), and
3. A 4-letter noun (the direct object).
Its subhead also consists of three words:
1. A 6-letter verb (another predicate of the 9-letter noun in the main headline),
2. An 11-letter adjective, and
3. A 4-letter direct-object noun.
The double-deck headline could have appeared above a non-opinionated “straight news” story – on Page 1, for example, instead of the opinion page – were it not for two “loaded,” judgmental words: the plural 9-letter noun in the main headline, and the 11-letter adjective in the subhead...
Oh, and the letters in the main headline can be rearranged to form the subhead.
What are the political “first,” the main headline and the subhead?
Remove a consonant from the interior of a word that is the name of a place where several graven bronze images of idols can be seen.
Change the vowel sounds in the first syllable and in the third syllable. The result, when spoken aloud sounds like the brand name of a product associated with bronze.
What are the place name and the brand name?
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.)
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