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Welcome to Joseph Young’s Puzzleria!, the Eleventh day of the Twelfth Month of the Fifteenth year (or should that be Sixteenth year?) of the Third Millennium of the Common Era (CE).
Puzzleria! this week features an excellent puzzle slice contributed by ron, a valued Puzzlerian! His puzzle, listed as an entrée slice under this week’s MENU, is titled:
Our guest puzzle creator posts astute comments not only on this this Puzzleria! blog but also on Blaine’s puzzle blog, a discussion forum where Will Shortz’s weekly NPR puzzles are discussed and dissected (pronounced with a short “i” and accented on the second syllable, not the first). Thank you, ron, for another of your many wonderful contributions to P!.
Rounding out this week’s five-square-meal-menu offerings are a repetitive morsel, ubiquitous appetizer, a ripping-off-Shortz entrée slice, and a dessert that for the second week running is “hot off the griddle.” Please enjoy:
Recalling a hymn?
A timely hymn contains five words, three different words, eight different letters, and a total of 18 letters. Remove a letter that is repeated from the one word that is not repeated, a proper noun. One of the repeated words is a verb. Replace each of these verbs with its antonym, a verb beginning with G. The result is a new five-word phrase that some people in a major U.S. city may have been chanting in recent days.
What is the hymn and what is this phrase?
Hint: The phrase consists of 13 letters. (But you deduced that, didn’t you?)
Robert, Robert, Bart & Heriberto
Robert Hanophy, Robert Masters, David Bart and Heriberto Seda were among those who were involved... (please replace the ellipsis and complete the sentence by filling in the following blanks with four appropriate words):
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Rearrange the 14 letters in those four words to form a six-syllable word that has suddenly been ubiquitous in news stories this past week.
The word “bookkeeper has three consecutive double letters. A common two-word phrase, if you remove the space, also has three consecutive double letters.
What is this two-word phrase?
This is a puzzle “piggybacking” on Will Shortz’s NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle of December 6.
Name a U.S. state capital. Drop one of its letters. The remaining letters can be rearranged to form a figure from Greek mythology.
Name a U.S. state capital. Drop one of its letters. The remaining letters form a figure from Greek mythology.
Name a U.S. state capital. Drop two of its letters. The remaining letters can be rearranged to form figures from Greek mythology.
Name a U.S. state capital. Drop the two letters of its state postal code. The remaining letters can be rearranged to form a Canaanite or Phoenician deity.
Name a U.S. state capital. Drop one of its letters, if you wish, but it is also okay if you do not do so. The remaining (or existing) letters form a figure from Greek mythology.
Name a U.S. state capital. Drop two of its letters that spell out a common verb. The remaining letters can be rearranged to form a figure from Greek mythology.
Name a U.S. state capital. Drop none of its letters. The remaining letters form the name of the site that is home of the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Zeus.
Hint: The 14 letters of the current postal abbreviations of the seven states involved in this seven-part puzzle can be rearranged to form four words of 3, 3, 3 and 5 letters: 1.) the title of a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical (with “The”) that was made into a movie and live television production; 2.) a two-word character from that musical; and 3.) the name of an Ada-based company that that markets products, several of which include on their packaging the last word (usually followed by a period) in the title of the book that was the ultimate inspiration for the musical.
Taking Offense Dessert:
Matt Tobin did not appreciate being flagged for offensive face mask penalty, a call made by Ruben Fowler an NFL official since 2006. On the following play from scrimmage, the Philadelphia offense lines up on the Cowboys’ 17-yard line. There are 8 seconds on the game clock and the Cowboys are ahead 33 to 28. Quarterback Sam Bradford, who has called a sweep right, takes the snap from Jason Kelce. Tobin’s assignment is to block linebacker Jeremy Mincey, but he instead ignores Mincey and heads straight for Fowler, who is standing in the end zone, and blind-side-chop-blocks him.
What could be the headline for this fake and fabricated story? The one I have in mind is a four-word headline with words of 1, 6, 7 and 3 letters: an article, common noun, verb, and a common noun that is a truncated form of a 6-letter common noun.
Rearrange the letters in that fake headline to form a possible three-word headline of an “event” that occurred last August but made the news this past week. The plausibly possible headline – consisting of 5-letter common noun, 7-letter verb and 5-letter proper noun – rhymes with the ersatz NFL headline.
What are these headlines?
Every Friday at Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! 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.)
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