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Last week we encouraged you to listen to Joseph Young’s appearance on Will Shortz’s puzzle segment on the May 21 Weekend Edition Sunday program hosted by Lulu Garcia-Navarro on National Public Radio.
This week we encourage you to listen to Mark Scott’s appearance on the May 28 Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle segment on NPR. It ought to be very entertaining. Some might call it a “battle of the Wills:
Will Shortz vs. a a strong-willed on-air contestant who is a Mark (but is not an easy mark).”
Others might call it a “real Lulu!”
Mark – who hails from Seattle (home also of sea turtles) and whose screen name is skydiveboy – was one of the first Puzzlerians! to provide us with great guest puzzles for publication on our blog. His offerings were consistently elegant and clever.
Mark truly has been an excellent supporter, contributor and friend to Puzzleria! And I also consider him a friend.
We are serving up nine puzzles this week, including 6 Rip/Riff-offs of Will Shortz’s “Creature from the Puget Lagoon Feature” puzzle.
7. An Hors d’Oeuvre steeped in sartorial splendor,
8. An Achy Breaky Breaking Newsy Appetizer, and
9. A Rank Baked Alaska Salmon for Dessert.
Please enjoy our puzzles with a flask of truth sera sera, OQue DohQue? Or whatever...
Hors d’Oeuvre Menu
A person with not a shred of sartorial taste and sense would never perform certain adjustments (in two words) on a particular piece of bling. This jewelry is often sported by fashion plates who frequently don dressy apparel. Reverse the initial consonant sounds of those two words (a specific type of “spoonerism”) to name the title of a cult television series that has recently been revived.
Hint: A good example of a person with not a shred of sartorial taste and sense just received a piece of the bling in the mail. A good example of a person with shreds galore of sartorial taste and sense will any day now receive a piece of the bling in the mail.
“Que sera, sera… the truth is now ours to see”
Take the last name of a person who very recently made news headlines. Rearrange the 9 letters to form a 3-word declaration the person might mouth after downing drams of truth sera.
Who is the person in the news? What is the declaration?
Hint: All three words in the declaration begin with a vowel. Only one ends with a vowel.
U R outta here!
Will Shortz’s May 21st NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, reads:
Name a creature in 9 letters? It has 2 words in its name. Drop the consecutive letters, UR, and the result will name a major U.S. city in 7 letters. What is it?
Puzzleria’s Riffing/Ripping Off Shortz Slices read:
Name an exclamation in 6 letters, supposedly spoken by a guy who had just found something in his bathtub. Add a term for a certain rodent to the end, drop the consecutive letters, UR, and add a few spaces. The result will name another exclamation. What are these two exclamations?
Name an 8-letter general term for a sea turtle, zebra, giraffe or other occupant of Noah’s Ark. Drop the consecutive letters, UR, and the result will name what God had to do to, earlier on in the Book of Genesis, so that those occupants could board the Ark.
What is the general term? What did God have to do?
Name a 5-letter creature in one word that is associated with inversion. Drop the consecutive letters, UR, and the result will name a well-publicized vehicle from 1969 that at times seems to be inverted in some photos and videos.
What are this creature and vehicle?
Name a creature in 5 letters that shares the screen with a movie character named Percy. During the scene Percy says, “Nobody is going to ___ us going down the mountain.” Drop the consecutive letters, UR, in the creature and the resulting three letters, if put in reverse alphabetical order, will fill in the blank in Percy’s sentence.
What is the creature? What is the word?
Name an American-based record label in 7 letters. Drop the consecutive letters, UR, and the result will name a 5-letter title of a single by recorded on that label a decade ago by a Welsh artist. What are the label and record title?
Hint: The 5-letter title word also appears in the 4-word title of a gospel song released 58 years ago on the 7-letter label, and sung by a country music legend.
Name a 14-letter alliterative plural name for certain class of creatures, such as burros, donkeys, oxen, workhorses or other pack animals of that ilk. It has 3 words in its name.
Delete the first two words. Drop the consecutive letters, UR, from the third word and rearrange the remaining letters to form the visual effect the heavy loads borne by such creatures often causes on their midsections or backs.
On our menu: Rank Seafood!
Name a television character that was addressed by a titular rank and last name. The first few letters of the character’s last name form an abbreviation of a different titular rank.
Replace those first few letters with a single letter, forming a new word. Form another new word by replacing the first few letters with a different single letter.
Place one of these words in front of a noun to form a two-word item you might see on a seafood menu. Place the other word in back of the same noun to form a different two-word item you might see on a seafood menu.
Who is this television character? What are the two seafood menu items?
Hint: The first letter of the new word placed in back of the noun is sometimes pronounced (in some other words) like the first letter of the new word placed in front of the noun.
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.