Welcome to Joseph Young’s Puzzle –ria!
Please indulge me this week. My cat died on Tuesday. I’m still numb, but it still hurts. Grief may be good, Charlie Brown, but it is painful when you’re in the middle of it. I grieve best by writing about my loved ones. I share my grief.
I know, it’s just a cat. But she was a wonderful companion. Unconditional love, and all that.
Around 1998, my brother Mike was deer hunting in northern Wisconsin and noticed a ball of fur in a rut in a dirt road. It was a day-old tabby cat, likely destined to be eaten by an owl. coyote or other predator. He brought it home to my mother (R.I.P. 2011), a true animal lover, as a birthday present.
I inherited the tabby cat after my father died in 2003. My mother by that time was in a nursing home. My father had named the kitten “Nuisance.” We called her “Noosie.”
Noosie was blessed with a very loud purr, especially when I treated her to a can of tuna in lieu of her usual dry cat chow. She loved it when you scratched her face. She was a good mouser, especially at a lake cabin. Noosie loved to cuddle, in winter… and in summer. She would come when you whistled.
Easy As Pie Slice:
Addition by Subtraction
Remove six letters from a one-syllable word. Rearrange the remaining letters, using one of them twice, to form a three-syllable word.
What are the words?
(Hint: When spoken together, the words may be overheard in an auto body shop or dermatologist’s office.)
He scooorrres!... sadly
Name a three-word psychological phenomenon (with a metaphorical name) often characterized by depression, loss of purpose and a diminishment of goals. Remove the third word and one letter from one of the first two words, resulting in the name of a competitive strategy often leading to an increase of goals. What are this phenomenon and strategy?
“People Get Ready…”
Four two-word phrases each describe something done preliminary to, or in preparation of, something else. In two of the phrases, the descriptive first word begins with an R and the second word, a noun, begins with DR. In the other two phrases that pattern is reversed. What are the four phrases?
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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