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Schpuzzle of the Week:
When you draw blanks fill them in!
The four letters in the first half of the “blanked-out” verb in this sentence ________ in the second half of the verb.
What is the verb that belongs in that blank?
Hint: Take the first half of the eight-letter verb that belongs in the blank.
It spells a four-letter verb for what can be done to the second half of the eight-letter verb.
That second half is a four-letter noun.
Appetizer MenuGlobal Brand Appetizer:
An improbable blend
Think of two religious words that are opposites – four and seven letters, respectively.
Put them together and rearrange to get a well-known, international brand name.What are the opposites and what’s the brand?
Here’s a hint: the brand has a well-known nickname that rhymes with one of the opposites.
Dance The Light “Fundango” Slice:
Deletion & change begets depletion of change
Name a popular type of fundraiser in two words.
Delete a letter from the second word and change a letter in the first word to form two
new words associated with an activity that might deplete one’s funds.
What are these four words?
Riffing Off Shortz And Baggish Slices:
“Paging Doctor Frankenstein...”
Will Shortz’s April 11th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Steve Baggish of Arlington, Massachusetts, reads:
Think of part of the body in seven letters. Add an “N” and rearrange all the letters to name two more parts of the body (none related to the original word). What body parts are these?
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Baggish Slices read:
Name three articles of clothing that may be worn (at least for a while) by an ecdysiast, in 4, 5 and 7 letters. (The 7-letter clothing article is hyphenated.)
Now take a 5-letter word for what some people might say spectators of ecdysiasts do to themselves while witnessing these “dances,” or what the ecdysiasts themselves do to themselves while performing such “dancing.”
Rearrange all these 21 total letters to name a puzzle-maker (first and last names) and his hometown.
What three articles of clothing are these?
What do the dancers and spectators do to themselves?
Who is the puzzle-maker?
No body’s perfect. People whose ears don’t work may be “____.” Those with bad legs may “____.” Others with faulty tongues or palates may “____.”
Take the twelve letters in those three four-letter words that belong in the blanks. Add a new 13th letter, a “t”, to the mix.
Rearrange this “baker’s-dozen” of letters to form three new “occasional” body parts:
1. one that vanishes when you arise from your chair,
2. another which is one of two that appear when you flash a broad smile, and
3. a third that comes and goes while you’re engaged in a game of roshambo.
What are the three words that belong in the blanks?
What are these “occasional” body parts?
Think of two common parts of the body that together total six letters.
Add a “B” and rearrange all the letters to name a word for a “lopsided” roof (but not the kind of roof you find in your mouth).
What body parts are these?
What is the “lopsided roof” word?
Think of parts of the body in eleven letters. Subtract an “n” and rearrange the remaining ten letters to name:1. another part of the body, and
2. a plural seven-letter word for the eleven-letter body part in the form of disembodied powdery keratin residue.
What body parts are these?
Backers of the recently defeated and disgraced president are willing to spend their bucks to tour, for example, Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.
Rearrange the sixteen letters in “Trump backers tour” to name three synonymous (and apt, given the president) names for parts of the body.
What body parts are these?
It was late-morning. I was fly-fishing along the banks of the Flathead River in Montana’s Glacier National Park.Just as I was lowering my whiskered catch into my wicker creel, a park ranger approached me, pointing to the timepiece on his raised left arm.
“Piscatory game harvesting,” he blurted, “is verboten on the Flathead before noon!”
Quick as a flash in a frying pan, I snatched my catch from my creel and tossed it back into the cool crystal-clear current.
Rearrange the combined letters of the creature I briefly caught (7 letters) and profession of the ranger (6), to spell three body parts: What the ranger’s timepiece encircled (5) and two human body parts that are also parts of the timepiece’s body (4 and 4).
What are the creature and profession?
What are the three body parts?
Think of a “hollow” part of the body, above the neck, in two words of five and six letters. Write it twice. Rearrange all 22 letters to spell four words:
1. a European country (5 letters),
2. a “holy headquarters” in that country (7),
3. what Michelangelo used the Sistine Chapel ceiling as (6), and
4. a verb for how an artist like Michelangelo applies paint to a ceiling or a more conventional surface... or what a hen does to eggs. (4).
What are the country, the “holy headquarters,” what Michelangelo used the Sistine Chapel ceiling as, and the verb.
What is the body part?
Hint #1: Dristan, Claritin and other decongestant products sometimes show diagrams that include this body part in their advertisments.
Hint #2: “What Michelangelo used the Sistine Chapel ceiling as” is the next thing boxers hit after they get hit really hard.
Think of three singular body parts: of a lion, of a rooster, and of a kitten.
Rearrange the combined seventeen letters in these body parts to spell three words: the first and last names of a poet associated with free verse, and a word for Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger or Bruce Woodley.
What are these three body parts?
Who is the poet?
What is the word for Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger or Bruce Woodley?
Note: The two puzzles in this entree were posted this past Sunday on Blaine’s Puzzle Blog.
A. Think of the seven-letter body part that is the answer to Steve Baggish’s NPR puzzle. Add the ROT14 of an “n” and rearrange all eight letters to name a second body part and a part of a dining room set.Spell a slang term for a third body part backward and place it after the second body part and dining-room-set part to form a pair of compound words.
What three body parts, dining-room-set part and pair of compound words are these?
B. Think of the seven-letter body part that is the answer to Steve Baggish’s NPR puzzle. Add a letter other than an "n" and rearrange all eight letters to name two words, each which form a new compound word if you place a word for a common oviparous creature in front of them. What is this body part is this? What are the two new compound words you can form?
Keeping Up Appearances Dessert:
Enhancement means “even more handsome!”
Name a two-syllable place patronized by those seeking to enhance their physical appearance.Change a vowel to a different vowel and
rearrange the result to name specifically what may be enhanced.
What is this place and what may be enhanced?
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