Friday, August 1, 2014

Euro Dixie; Tasteful Tunesmiths; Pretentious Pronouns... ciation



























Its  August. Time for some puzzles with gusto!
Or rather: C’est Aout. Il est temps pour quelques enigmes avec gout (…avec brio? …au gusto?). 

Whatever. Welcome back to Joseph Young’s Puzzle -ria! Think Good, It’s Friday…, or rather, Pensez Bien, C’est Vendredi.

Why P.B.C.V. instead of T.G.I.F.? Why all the French? Because a guest gourmet French chef has generously contributed a “bonus puzzle slice” to Joseph Young’s Puzzle -ria! this week. No, it’s not Julia Child, although our guest chef does have a “boy” in his name. He is Monsieur Garcon du Parachutisme, who is a regular commenter over at Blaine’s blog under his English-language moniker, “skydiveboy.


Monsieur Garcon du Parachutisme’s guest gourmet puzzle provides us an excellent excuse to again post this distinctively French Degas? Renoir? Cezanne? Chagall? Matisse? Manet? Monet?… okay, okay, Rockwell illustration (right) of a boating angler wearing a hat. And puffing an upside-down pipe! Perhaps it’s a Rene Magritte Belgian non-pipe? (below left)

Guest French Chef Slice:
What one thing should a person be concerned with when purchasing a hat or going out boating? 



Last week’s Specialty Of The House Slice, “Loaves and Fishes… and Synonyms,” with its answers Tepee, Toupee, Wigwam and Wig, reminded one comment poster of an old joke:
A man went to a psychiatrist and said, “Doc, I’ve been having these weird dreams. Sometimes I dream I’m a tepee and sometimes I dream I’m a wigwam. What does it mean?” The psychiatrist replied, “It means that you’re too tense.”
 
Which reminded another poster of the following riddle:
Why did the Indian put a tepee on his head?
To keep his wig warm, of course.


Which reminded the first poster of the Indian who drank 1,000 cups of tea. The next day, they found him drowned in his tepee.


Which reminded me of a limerick I wrote many years ago about two adult identical twins. It has a kind of O’Henry-esque, “Gift of the Magi” vibe:

Ron was bald, Rod had hair in a wad.
With a “piece,” Ron again looked like Rod.
          Then Ron pawned his toupee
          For Rod’s head-shave to pay…
Now they’re more like two peas in a pod.


If you have somehow weathered the above onslaught of French “cooking” and “pun”ishingly wigged-out “groanablygook,” you can surely gather your wits together to solve these puzzle slices:

Menu

Easy As Pie Slice:
EuroDixie
Name a multipurpose and sports facility in the southern United States. Remove two consecutive letters. Insert a few spaces in the result to form a European-language phrase that often follows a homophone of a letter from a different European-language alphabet. What are the facility and the phrase?

Specialty Of The House Slice:
Tasteful Tunesmiths
Give a possible response to “Name two manufacturers of a certain category of food products.” (You must ascertain the “certain category.”) Replace the last letter in your response with a different letter. The result is the name of a popular musical group from the past. What are these manufacturers and the musical group? 

Parts Of Speech Slice:
Pretentious Pronouns-ciation
Name something most Americans have, in two words. (Sometimes it is spelled as one word.) Move the space between the words two places to the right. (For example, name something would become nameso mething.) Now take the first part and place it after the second part, leaving a space between them. The result, when pronounced aloud, sounds like a two-syllable pronoun that might seem a little stilted or pretentious to some ears. What are the pronoun and the “something” most Americans have?


Every Friday at Joseph Young’s Puzzle -ria! 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 Tuesdays to post your answers and explain your hints about the puzzles. We plan to serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday.


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21 comments:

  1. For the GFCS, is it also something people would be concerned with before eating a wedge salad with fromage bleu?

    For the POSS, is the something related to something that most American’s would do if they decided to live off the grid?

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  3. Puzzlerians!

    Although much less pithy than Word Woman’s “O” and David’s “M” hints, above, here are a few hints to our four puzzles:

    0. Guest French Chef Slice: The upside-down pipe is a clue.
    1. Easy As Pie Slice: The two consecutive letters to be removed from the multipurpose and sports facility spell out the title of a Moody Blues song.
    2. Specialty Of The House Slice: The “certain category of food products” is closely related to the product pictured, the Stratocaster-plucking cookie.
    3. Parts Of Speech Slice: (I just added a note in this puzzle indicating that the “something most Americans have, in two words” is sometimes spelled as one word.) It didn’t exist before the 1970s.

    David,
    In your 3:33 PM comment, you asked: “For the GFCS, is it also something people would be concerned with before eating a wedge salad with fromage bleu?”
    I don’t believe so, unless I am missing something (which is very possible).
    “For the POSS, is the something related to something that most American’s would do if they decided to live off the grid?”
    It depends on whether “the grid” includes certain tall structures, many of which I understand, are disguised/camouflaged.

    Word Woman’s “O” and David’s “M” combine to form a good clue for the EAPS.

    LegoHelloEasierSolving

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  4. I have POSS & EAPS, but I am not going to offer any "unintended answers" this week. The upside-down pipe reminds me of Popeye, but I dead-end there,

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    1. Good, work, ron. Kind of a tricky POSS until one ascertains “what most Americans have,” then it tumbles rather easily. And a relatively difficult EAPS this week, too.

      I think, though, that our esteemed guest chef’s slice-of-puzzling-life might prove to be an easy-as-pie “can of corn,” as Ol’ Diz of the Redbirds (and Ken “Hawk” Harrelson in his wake) would say. Speaking of cans o’ vegetables, I watched my share of spinach-poppin’ Popeye cartoons as a kid, and I vaguely recall his corncob pipe becoming down-turned on occasion. (Too sleepy right now to YouTube it, but was this the case, ron?)

      The SOTHS is not easy, but solvable… for Puzzlerians!, that is. Before fleeing his grocery store shelf and hooking up with a band of rock ‘n’ rollers, that Strastocaster-plucking cookie in the picture was likely surrounded by scores of kindred brand-name neighbors, either across the aisle from him or a shelf or two up or down. Brands owned by the two manufacturers in our puzzle almost certainly dwelt on shelves neighboring our Mr. Cookie.

      LegoCookieMonstersOfRock

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  5. mani padme
    i.e. I'm paying attention, sort of. OK, I'm lurking ... WTF

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    1. Don't mani padme and WTF sort of cancel each other out?

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    2. OMy Gosh, Word Woman, I believe you’re correct! Mani padme does kind of cancel out “We Thrash Fakirs.”
      Riddle: What three-letter mantra is chanted by Tibetan monks who offer peaceful “resistance” to the construction of extremely low frequency transmitter facilities?

      legOlaMbda

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  6. EAPS: ALAMODOME. Remove the OM between the D & E and add a Greek letter to obtain “π à la mode” (or “Π A LA MODE”).

    POSS: Something most Americans have: CELL PHONE (or cellphone) >>>cellph one>>>one cellph or phonetically, ONE'S SELF, (also ONESELF).

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  7. My M was in response to Word Woman's O for the EAPS, the two letters removed from Alamodome (although I have no idea if that was her intent).

    For the POSS, if you want to live off the grid, you would sell phone.

    For the GFCS, for buying hats, going boating, or eating wedge salad, you would want a clean head. (The fromage bleu was for the French part of the puzzle.)

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    1. David,
      Nice.
      It is not the intended GFCS answer but it works. Who knows, even guest gourmet French chef Monsieur Garcon du Parachutisme might be impressed!

      Lego...

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  8. Good work, ron.

    The musical group in the Specialty Of The House Slice is a folk singing trio.

    Answers anon.

    Lego...

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  9. Answers:

    Guest French Chef Slice:
    What one thing should a person be concerned with when purchasing a hat or going out boating?

    Answer: Capsizing

    Easy As Pie Slice:
    EuroDixie
    Name a multipurpose and sports facility in the southern United States. Remove two consecutive letters. Insert a few spaces in the result to form a European-language phrase that often follows a homophone of a letter from a different European-language alphabet. What are the facility and the phrase?

    Answer:
    San Antonio’s Alamodome. Removing the OM in Alamodome = Alamode = the French phrase “a la mode” which is often preceded by “pie,” a homophone of the Greek letter “pi.”

    Specialty Of The House Slice:
    Tasteful Tunesmiths
    Give a possible response to “Name two manufacturers of a certain category of food products.” (You must ascertain the “certain category.”) Replace the last letter in your response with a different letter. The result is the name of a popular musical group from the past. What are these manufacturers and the musical group?

    Answer:
    The two manufacturers of certain food products are “Peter Paul and Mars,” candy producers. Replace the S in MarS with a Y to name the musical group “Peter, Paul and Mary.”

    Parts Of Speech Slice:
    Pretentious Pronouns-ciation
    Name something most Americans have, in two words. (Sometimes it is spelled as one word.) Move the space between the words two places to the right. (For example, “name something” would become “nameso mething.”) Now take the first part and place it after the second part, leaving a space between them. The result, when pronounced aloud, sounds like a two-syllable pronoun that might seem a little stilted or pretentious to some ears. What are the pronoun and the “something” most Americans have?

    Answer:
    Most Americans have a “cell phone.” Moving the space two places to the right results in “cellph one.” Placing the first part after the second part results in “one cellph,” which, when pronounced aloud sounds like “oneself,” a pronoun that might seem a little stilted or pretentious to some ears.

    Lego…

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  10. I've got to stop thinking a French puzzle has something to do with FRENCH. . .

    The 'O' referred to the 'eau" sound in batEAU (boat) and chapEAU (hat). I thought surely that must have something to do with the answer.

    Alas, just putting on my summer headgear for a series of CAP SIGHS. . .

    Femme des Mots

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    1. Or, Ei ffel for the French thing encore! ;-)

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    2. We are actually talking about the FRENCH origins of the word sabotage over at Partial Ellipsis of the Sun. We are stepping lightly though. . . and discussing Semantics and Semiotics.

      Venez vous joindre à nous!

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  11. My riddle posted August 3 at 11:04 PM:
    Riddle: What three-letter mantra is chanted by Tibetan monks who offer peaceful “resistance” to the construction of extremely low frequency transmitter facilities?

    Answer: Ohm!

    Lego...

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  12. ^^^^^^ This is not Magritte's pipe (above):

    http://visual-memory.co.uk/daniel/Documents/S4B/semiotic.html

    ww

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  13. BTW, the usual excellent blending of astounding graphics and the wonder of words can be found over at PEOTS this week.
    Lego...

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