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Will Shortz did not bless us with a puzzle to rip-or-riff-off this past Sunday, so we are instead ripping/riffing off an enjoyably ingenious geographically themed puzzle skydiveboy contributed to Puzzleria! fourteen months ago.
We have titled our rip/riff-off Slice: “Beware of Greece bearing fruit.”
One uncivil political Hors d’Oeuvre;
One Riddlesome Morsel;
One festive and refreshing Appetizer;”
One name-the-triplets Slice, and, finally
One kissing-the-sky (or “this guy”) Dessert.
So, think Good, It’s Friday.
And, as always, please enjoy.
Hors d’Oeuvre Menu
Bad Losers Aplenty Hors d’Oeuvre:
Adject incivility (mind your inverted p’s and q’s)
The following six phrases were overheard in media press rooms and/or at campaign rallies during the past year:
“Bland as polyester”
“Stern’s pal: a ‘boy’ led”
“Debater ‘nays’ polls”
“Pander, yell boasts”
“A Sanders potbelly”
“Bad losers aplenty”
Rearrange the letters in any one of the phrases to form two impolite adjectives, both uttered within the past two months by presidential candidates – one by the Democratic nominee, and the other by the Republican nominee.
What are these adjectives?
Note: One of the adjectives functioned in its utterance as a plural noun.
Spoon-feeding BeaTrix to kids
What is the difference between what Lewis Carroll and Beatrix Potter portrayed on black-on-white pages and what Mary Tyler Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Ingrid Bergman and Helen Reddy portayed on the silver screen?
Lewis and Beatrix portrayed
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _,
while Mary, Whoopi, Ingrid and Helen portrayed
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
Fill in the blanks.
Alfresco festival refreshments
Name a popular genre of music celebration often held outdoors during the summertime. It is a two-syllable compound word that usually precedes the word “festival.”
Split the word into its two compound parts, each which begins with a consonant blend. Interchange the second letters in the two parts. Pronouncing the result aloud results in a beverage you might buy from a festival vendor, and something that may contain that beverage.
What are the beverage and its container? Name the type of celebration?
Take a name used by a luxury sports car manufacturer for a number of its high-end models in the late-1950’s and mid-2000’s. Interchange the third and fourth letters in the name and remove the fifth letter. Divide the resulting string of letters into three parts to name what could be the names of newborn triplets.
What is the name used by the manufacturer? What are the names of the triplets?
Hint #1: The name used by the luxury sports car manufacturer is also the name of a regional chain of gas stations.
Hint #2: If you reinsert the “fifth letter” that you removed back to its original position, the second triplet’s name will become a vehicle for transporting the triplets.
Ripping/riffing Off skydiveboy Slice:
Beware of Greece bearing fruit
In our August 28, 2015 edition of Puzzleria!, we ran an excellent puzzle by skydiveboy titled “Fruit Of The Looming Solution Dessert: Picking the Miranda Right Fruit.”
Puzzleria!’s rip/riff-off puzzle reads:
People and products from Sweden are called Swedish. If from Bolivia they are Bolivian.
Take the word commonly used to describe the people and products of another country. Change that word’s second letter to a different vowel and move its first letter to the third-last position to name a fruit that this country produces and exports.
What is the fruit? What are people and products of the country called?
Free Dobie Gray’s soul: give him the Beach Boys!
Mondegreens are misheard lyrics from verse or song. For example, “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy” from “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix, and “There’s a bathroom on the right” from “Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
With mondegreens in mind, why do my ears (my ears, in particular) perk up when I hear this song? At what exact point in the song to my ears experience this up-perk?
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 Wednesdays to post your answers and explain your hints about the puzzles. We serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday.
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