It’s 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.
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)
What one thing should a person be concerned with when purchasing a hat or going out boating?
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.
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:
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:
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:
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?
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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