Friday, March 20, 2015

Name that con-tune-ent; Double parking; ...Twelve bits just to see 'em

PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER 122 SERVED


Welcome to Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! Today is Friday the 20th of March. We are still basking in the afterglow of yesterday’s March 19th Feast of St. Joseph Day celebration.


Joseph was the foster father or father (depending on whom you believe) of Jesus of Nazareth. He is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, not so much in John, but not at all in the Gospel of Mark.

Okay, so St. Mark the Evangelist missed the mark (as well as the joseph!). But that is no reason to for us to dismiss all the Marks. For by doing so we would be missing many Marks of distinction: Twain, Rothko, Knopfler, Antony, Fidrych, Spitz, Newhouse, and…

…this guy from Seattle, Washington, also known:
as “skydiveboy” in Blainesville and the blogosphere;
as guest Gourmet French puzzle chef “Monsieur Garcon du Parachutisme” at Puzzleria!;
and, in real life (or life as real as it gets), as Mark Scott.

Here is Mark’s… er, our French puzzle chef’s latest creation:

Moi Aussie Bonus Slice:

Australians are very clever and humorous about how they use language and have many descriptive slang words for everyday things. This being said, it turns out Aussies have been rather slack in coming up with a more aptly eponymous word to describe their own country/continent.


Therefore I think we should see if we can help our Down Under friends and try to come up with a suitable and eponymous name for Australia. This may sound like a daunting task, but don’t despair because there is a most perfect name already. The best part is that it is hiding right here in our own country, the United States of America. All you have to do to find it is rearrange the letters of one of our largest cities and it should jump out at you.

Are you feeling up to the task? Well then, hop to it mates.

Gday, Mate. G’degree of difficulty, Mark.

Another treat: Just as St. Josephs Day was winding down, at the end of last weeks Puzzleria! comments, always-interesting blogger ron posted this nifty logic puzzle:


Starting in Delaware, you must tour the 48 contiguous United States (by land vehicle), visiting each state exactly once. Where will you finish?

ron linked to the answer in his comment.

And, one more bonus slice:

Bonus Belated Feast Day Slice:
Even the crawlers shall soar


A word for the etymological meaning of Joseph is five letters long. That word has a homograph that names a living creature of interest to herpetologists. Take a three-letter cousin of the creature. Add to the end of it the first three letters of a country associated with a saint more popular (mysteriously) than Joseph. The result is a word meaning “to ascend or soar.”


What are these three words?

Need more puzzlery? Who in the name of Joseph knows if those of (serial triple rhyme!) you who fancy yourselves as puzzle mavens can solve the slices in this week’s menu, which appears down under:

MENU

Double parking

Print the make of automobile in uppercase letters. Double its third letter. Remove the final letter and a portion of the new fourth letter to form an adjective the automobile’s producers would not want to have associated with their product.

Extra credit: A European automobile maker might actually want to have this adjective associated with a particular model in its line. What is this European make and model? 


Specialty Of The House Slice:
...Twelve bits just to see ‘em

Think of a noun often associated with souvenirs, postcards or old photographs. Remove either the second and third, or the third and fourth, or the fourth and fifth letters. The letters that remain, when read aloud, sound like certain objects you might observe at a museum.

What are the original noun and the museum objects?




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 serve up at least one fresh puzzle every Friday.

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33 comments:

  1. ron,
    I enjoyed solving your clever puzzle last night, but my first thought was that it would not be worth the effort trying to discover the route, but then I took a cursory look at a map of the country and the answer was almost immediately obvious and I did not even have to plan a route. It was faster than achieving the rout of Pickett's Charge.

    Speaking of States. I am far more interested in what Georgia, Virginia and Delaware and did Idaho potatoes in a New Jersey?

    If anyone here should be actually trying to solve my puzzle that Joe was so kind to post, I want to point out that Malaysia is not part of the United States of America and therefor Koala Lamb Pure is not the answer. Sorry, but there you are.

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    1. sdb,

      Ida was no ho! Ida thought that was something you'd know. Nor did she ever play football (or futbol).

      Speaking of Streetwalkers, I'm not sure about Georgia and Virginia, but this is Della-wear. And so is this. Della apparently did play football.

      If I may be so bold as to provide an obscure hint to your "Moi Aussi(e) Bonus Slice" (MABS), the answer is a homophone of the last name of of a journeyman pro basketball player who was a pretty big star in college.

      LegoComoMajorDomo

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    2. Lego,
      I will have to defer to your discretion as to your hint being "obscure" as I have no knowledge of sports trivia. All I know about basketball is that if their shorts (and I say shorts in a rather loose fashion) continue to become longer, they will soon be tripping all over themselves on the court.

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  2. ron,
    I should also mention that your excellent puzzle is not a TSP (Travelling Salesman Problem). By this I am not implying that a liberal amount of alcohol along with a fine dining experience ending with an expensive hotel room and accompanying assignation is not in order. Boredom is never an acceptable option.

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    1. I have Lego's EAPS and SOTHS, but I don't have your puzzle as I am not up on "Australian slang." The best I have come up with so far is: WASHINGTON>>>(Paul) HOGAN'S TWIN... but I'm sure this is not your intended answer.

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    2. ron,
      Nope. And you can tell because it did not jump out at you.

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    3. I also had MILWAUKEE (WI)>>>KIWEE ALUM, who did jump out at me, but I know your answer now and will post the solution on Tuesday, and it's not SACRAMENTO as the MOST ARCANE solution either.

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    4. Since you are from SEATTLE, I suggest you try the celebrated Aussie ALE TEST...

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    5. Would that make me an ELATEST?

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    6. Only if you are on the LAST TEE and are not too inebriated from that Aussie ALE TEST...

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    7. Are you kidding? Not me. I'm hungry. LET'S EAT.

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    10. It must be SALT 'E ET...

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    12. Did we ET STALE salt when 'E LAST ET?

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    13. Puzzlerians!

      skydiveboy’s “Good job!” comment (below) is congratulations to ron for solving his MABS, “Name that con-tune-ent.”

      This “Good job!” that I am now posting is congratulations to both ron and skydiveboy for their gutty anagramatical rallying. I'm getting a crick in my neck just from reading. I just got slapped by a friend who asked me, "Do these jeans make me look thin?" (Table-tennis aficionado Will Shortz, though, should be green with envy!). Anyway, I declare a draw, with neither rallyer winning the point. Still, good anagramatical job, you two.

      LegoArmchairUmpire

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  3. We have just posted another bonus puzzle slice, the Bonus Belated Feast Day Slice (BBFDS) "Even the crawlers shall soar," in our preamble, just above the MENU proper.

    LegoWho'sSoaryNow?

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    1. I had to edit the beginning of the Bonus Belated Feast Day Slice, "Even the crawlers shall soar." It was misleading and confusing, but now has been corrected. Sorry.
      Lego...

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  4. We just now added an "Extra Credit" question to our Easy As Pilot-bearing Slice, "Double parking." If, unlike ron, you are still struggling to crack this puzzle slice, the extra credit question may even serve as a hint to the greater puzzle's solution.

    LegoExtraCreditIsBetterThanExtraDebit

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  5. MABS:
    NEW ORLEANS>>>RENOWN ALES, better than those Aussie Ales we've been hearing about, but the “intended answer” is surely: ORLANDO>>>ROOLAND! Yes, it does jump out at you! Good one, SDB!

    BBFDS:
    Joseph means ADDER and “the living creature synonym” is the homograph: ADDER whose “three letter smaller cousin” is an ASP; “add the first 3 letters of a country” IREland, whose patron saint is SAINT PATRICK to yield ASPIRE, “to rise up or soar.” (Archaic)

    EAPS:
    SUBARU>>>SUBBAR>>>SUBPAR

    SOTHS:
    REMEMBRANCE>>>REMBRANDTS!

    The solution to “my” END STATE LOGIC PROBLEM.

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    1. You can't do much better than that, ron. I will give the official answers, for the record, later this afternoon. But is shall be but a formality. Great solving!

      LegoImpressed

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  6. This week’s puzzle answers, for the record:

    Bonus Belated Feast Day Slice:
    Even the crawlers shall soar

    A word for the etymological meaning of Joseph is five letters long. That word has a homograph that names a living creature of interest to herpetologists. Take a three-letter cousin of the creature. Add to the end of it the first three letters of a country associated with a saint more popular (mysteriously) than Joseph to form a word meaning “to ascend or soar.”
    What are these three words?
    Answer:
    ADDER; ASP; ASPIRE (IRELAND/ST. PATRICK)

    Easy As Pilot-bearing Slice:
    Double parking
    Print the make of automobile in uppercase letters. Double its third letter. Remove the final letter and a portion of the new fourth letter to form an adjective the automobile’s producers would not want to have associated with their product.
    SUBARU >> SUBBARU >> SUBPAR

    Extra credit: A European automobile maker might actually want to have this adjective associated with a particular model in its line. What is this European make and model?
    Answer:
    The Volkswagen Golf. We understand that subpar is a good thing in golf.


    Specialty Of The House Slice:
    ...Twelve bits just to see ‘em
    Think of a noun often associated with souvenirs, postcards or old photographs. Remove either the second and third, or the third and fourth, or the fourth and fifth letters. The letters that remain, when read aloud, sound like certain objects you might observe at a museum.
    What are the original noun and the museum objects?
    Answer:
    REMEMBRANCE; REMBRANTS
    REMEMBRANCE – EM (2nd and 3rd) = R EMBRANCE
    REMEMBRANCE – ME (3rd and 4th) = RE MBRANCE
    REMEMBRANCE – EM (4th and 5th) = REM BRANCE

    LegoSubparInLife,AboveParInGolf

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    1. PARticularly enjoyed the Specialty of the House Slice, Lego.

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    2. Thank you, Word Woman, for those kind words.
      LegoGrateful

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    3. What do the colors on the U.S. map signify, Lego?

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  7. Of course Orlando, Florida is the answer, or as the French might say, Roux de Kanga.

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    1. Thanks, skydiveboy, for posting the answer to your fine ORLANDO/ROO-LAND puzzle. It slipped my mind. But, of course, ron came through with this answer, and ALL answers.

      Last Friday I hinted:
      If I may be so bold as to provide an obscure hint to your "Moi Aussi(e) Bonus Slice" (MABS), the answer is a homophone of the last name of of a journeyman pro basketball player who was a pretty big star in college.

      This is the guy of whom I was thinking.

      Legoroo

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