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July, 14, 2017 is of course also written as 7/14/17, which is palindromic. That is, its digits read the same forward and back: 71417. We are in the midst of a 10-date skein of such palindromosity which commenced this past Monday, 7/10/17, and will conclude next Wednesday, 7/19/17.
Our featured puzzle this week again comes to us courtesy of Patrick J. Berry (screen name: “cranberry”), who has been on a “puzzle roll” of late, having contributed the excellent “Wolfgang Puck (Wolf gang = Pack)” poser to last Friday’s Puzzleria!
Patrick’s latest contribution is another clever Appetizer about the “ups and downs” in the entertainment industry.
Merci beaucoup to you, Patrick, for your encore puzzling coup.
Also on this week’s menus are:
🔻A fourth Slice that takes you on a worldwide tour,
🔻A Dessert lacking a caption for an image captured on canvas,
🔻And a second helping of Dessert about questionable opioid usage by a page with a whole Camelotta knighthood aspirations.
So, please enjoy... without using mood-altering substances, of course.
The Billy Crudups and Lesley-Anne Downs of the entertainment industry
Think of two words, each which means “to go up and down.” Add a letter to the end of one of the words to name a famous entertainer.
Who is this entertainer?
Hint: The entertainer’s first name at birth is shared by an Oscar best actress nominee’s first name at birth. (Both were in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on that Oscar night, in different roles.) Their birth first name is also shared by the birth first name of a very powerful person who made philanthropic appearances with the entertainer.
Kinsasha, Juba, Walla Walla...
Juba, South Sudan;
Walla Walla, Washington;
Kinsasha, Republic of the Congo;
Name one adjective that describes every city on the list. Add a capital letter to the beginning of this adjective to name a country.
Name one noun that every city on the list can claim to be (perhaps surprisingly or ironically, given the adjective you just found).
Add a letter to the beginning of this noun to name another noun. Bandy is a popular example of that other noun in the country formed from the adjective. Nest ball is another popular example.
What are the adjective and country? What are the two nouns?
A letter’s dropped off by a carrier, the mailbag has just become airier
Will Shortz’s July 9th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Martin Eiger of Montville, New Jersey, reads:
Take a certain 7-letter word. Remove the first letter and you get a 6-letter synonym of that word. And the letter you removed is an abbreviation of the opposite of both words. What words are these?
Puzzleria’s! Riffing/Ripping Off Shortz and Eiger Slices read:
Take a certain 9-letter word. Remove the first letter and you get an 8-letter word that is the first of 5 words in a phrase that is synonymous with the 9-letter word. The letters in the second, third, fourth and fifth words in the phrase can be rearranged to form the phrase “the hot housewife.” And the letter you removed from the 9-letter word is the initial letter in the surname of a person who has decent odds of becoming the 9-letter word.
What words are these?
Take a certain 7-letter word. Remove the first letter and you get a 6-letter synonym of that word... a synonym, that is, if you are passenger on the Titanic on its maiden voyage, April 13, 1912.
And the letter you removed – if you capitalize it and rotate it 90 degrees counterclockwise (Could we but turn back time!) – is an abbreviation of the opposite of the 7-letter word (and the 6-letter word... if you are on the Titanic, April 13, 1912).
What words are these?
Hint: And the letter you removed, if you do not rotate it, is the initial letter of the country from which the Titanic commenced her voyage.
Take a 2-syllable 9-letter hyphenated word consisting of a certain 7-letter word and the word “-up” after the hyphen. Replace the first letter of the 7-letter word with a D and replace the word’s short vowel sound with a different short vowel sound. Pronouncing this result aloud sounds like a 6-letter word which, when followed by the word “-up” forms an 8-letter hyphenated synonym of the 9-letter hyphenated word.
What words are these?
Hint: The 9-letter hyphenated word and the word that is the opposite of both hyphenated words begin with the same three letters in the same order.
Served To You On A Tray, ron, Dessert:
Still life in the city
Write a terse 2-word 10-letter caption for the image pictured here. Write the two words sans a space between them. If you’ve got the right two words the result will be the name of a town which is in the process of becoming a city.
Hint: This municipality is the hometown of:
1. An enshrined athlete with a wonderful nickname that befits this menu.
2. A “pioneer” teacher who has an asteroid named after her, as well as craters on Venus and the moon.
3. A current member of Congress who has this past week been very much in the news.
What is the name of this soon-to-be city? Who are our three home-towners?
Fun With Gus-The-Knight-Wannabe Desenex Dessert:
Pages in the annals of opioidiatry (Opie oy DYE a tree)
The final eight words (printed in blue text) in the sentence above share a very unusual property. What is it?
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