Friday, January 25, 2019

Put your John Hancock right here on this puzzle; X’s and O’s on fan mail, on chalkboards; Bad bums, nice dudes and Happy Harry; Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamgoggles; “...Makin’ clambakin’ fun!”

PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER 8!/21 SERVED


Schpuzzle Of The Week:
Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamgoggles

Replace two adjacent letters a two-word movie title with a different letter, then double that letter. 
The result will be two nouns, each which is modified by a different vivid color in a famous movie made about 50 years earlier. 
Settings in these two movies include two adjacent states. 
What are these two movies?
What are the vivid colors that appear in the older of the two movies, and what does each modify?


Appetizer Menu

Cryptic Crossword Appetizer:
Bad bums, nice dudes and Happy Harry

Below is a great Patrick J. Berry Cryptic Crossword Puzzle for you to solve. Patrick, also known by his screen name “cranberry,” has now graced Puzzleria! with seven of his cryptic crosswords. 
For instructions on how to solve such puzzles, open this link to see Patrick’s tutorial (you can find it beneath the completed crossword grid)
All six of Patrick’s previous cryptic crossword puzzles can be opened here: 
ONE; TWO; THREE; FOUR; FIVE; SIX
Note: Mathew Huffman’s Conundrum Set will resume next week.


ACROSS
1. Beat cop missing work is in hurry (8)
5. Bob Hope’s first radio broadcast (6)
9. Football players having awfully sore backs (8)
10. Performer’s unusual traits (6)
12. Black-and-white dessert, nothing on top (7)
13. Lecture on maintaining relationship (7)
14. Straight man with back to fool? (6,6)
17. Bad, no-talent bum, incompetent leader brought in – such a problematic figure for our country! (8,4)
22. Forget about one singing in school? (7)
23. Love to talk about one’s latest work (7)
24. Somebody getting huge piece (6)
25. At home, man is tossing and turning, gets nothing! (8)
26. Noise rodent let out? (6)
27. Mom’s assistant sure went crazy (3,5)



DOWN
1. Most inexpensive copy in box (8)
2. A nice dude somehow loses date in crowd...(8)
3. ...it may get rough keeping ‘er in line (7) 
4. It’s fast becoming the GOP’s field – corruption! (5,2,5)
6. Transportation to pick up chap after broadcast (7)
7. Growin’ fruit (6)
8. Sally got in trouble with university... (6)
11. ...not hard for teenager to claim professor abused women in song (3,4,3,2)
15. Employee needing dental work? (8)
16. Where one may sit holding unopened beverage in lap? (8)
18. Where to find workers, quite terribly thin, inside? (7)
19. Wild one startled rest (3,4)
20. Line storyteller left out about so-and-so (6) 
21. Happy as Prince Harry, for example, capturing Meghan’s heart (6)



MENU

Sesame Seed Bun Slice:
X’s and O’s on fan mail, on chalkboards

Take the last names of an American actress and a legendary Midwestern college basketball coach. 
Move the first letter of the coach’s name to the center of the actress’s name to form a string of seven letters that can be divided in two to form the first and last names of a character from literature you might be reminded of as you munch on an open-face sesame seed bun sandwich. 
Who is this character?
Who are the actress and basketball coach?
  
Riffing Off Shortz And Baggish Slices:
Put your John Hancock right here on this puzzle

Will Shortz’s January 20th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by listener Steve Baggish of Arlington, Massachusetts, reads:
Take the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. It has two words; five letters in the first, three letters in the second. The letters can be rearranged to spell two new words. One is a feeling. The other is an expression of that feeling. What song is it?

Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Baggish Slices read:

ENTREE #1:
Take the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. 
It has two words; four letters in the first, five letters in the second. 
The letters can be rearranged to spell a two-word phrase for a person playing Monopoly with a pre-2013 edition of the game, but not with a post-2013 edition of the game. What song is it?

ENTREE #2:
Take the title of a classic four-word song that became the signature song of the artists who performed it. The letters in the song title can be rearranged to spell two new words – a seven-letter word for any object of fear, and a four-letter word for a specific object of fear. 
What song is it?

ENTREE #3:
There was a FILM that played in THEATERS in the 1990’s with a climactic scene that involved a CAR, a CANYON, and then... FINIS
Rearrange the 26 letters in the five uppercase words in the sentence above to form the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. It has seven words. 
What song is it?
Extra Credit: What is the name of the film?



ENTREE #4:
Take the title of two “signature songs” performed by two different artists. It is the same title, but the songs are different. 
The title consists of one nine-letter word. Add an E to these letters and rearrange the result to spell two new words – a synonym of “writer” and where the words of a writer might appear. 
What songs are these?
Hint: The first name of one artist and the last name of the other artist are cities that once squared off against one another in a Super Bowl. 

ENTREE #5:
Take the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. It has two words; four letters in the first, six letters in the second. 
The letters can be rearranged to spell two new words that could serve as an oxymoronic caption for the image pictured here.  
What song is it? 
What caption is it?

ENTREE #6:
Take the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. The song title has two words; five letters in the first, nine letters in the second. 
The letters of the song title can be rearranged to spell a two-word phrase that expresses what Christian mariners might do in church after they return from sea, thereby fulfilling what Matthew 23:23 implies they ought to do. 
What song is it?
What might the mariners do?


Dessert Menu

Buy Buy Buy Dessert: 
“...Makin’ clambakin’ fun!”

Producers of video commercials often alter lyrics popular songs to hook viewers into buying their products.
For example:
Ozempic;
"Magic," by Pilot

Pepsi Free;
"We Are Family," by Sister Sledge

Maxwell House Coffee;
"Our House," by Madness

Viagra;
"Viva Las Vegas," by Elvis Presley

Name what is being advertised (and name the title of the song whose lyrics were altered) in the altered song lyrics below. 
The word for what is being advertised belongs in each of the blanks. 

Fine food is what you like to buy
Yeah yeah
____, ____, ____, ____, ____
To feed your face, yeah
Down at the beach makin’ clambakin’ fun
Makin’ lunch, fixin’ snacks on the run
To feed your face, yeah

Fine food is what you like to buy
Yeah yeah
____, ____, ____, ____, ____
To feed your face, yeah
Lets have a picnic, go to the park 
Eat some fried chicken, white meat or dark
To feed your face, yeah...

Down at the beach makin’ clambakin’ fun
Makin’ lunch, fixin’ snacks on the run...
Lets have a picnic, go to the park 
Eat some fried chicken, white meat or dark...
Block party, neighbors, barbecue pit,
Spare ribs from ____ spin on the spit...
Super Bowl party host proudly serves 
Fixin’s from ____: chips, dips, hors d’oeuvres...  

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43 comments:

  1. Happy Friday to all the bloggers out there! I hope everyone enjoys(or at least tries)my cryptic crossword this week! I checked P! late last night, and outside of my own puzzle, I couldn't solve a thing! I usually get at least a few at first sight, but not this time! Not even the signature songs! I know the movie and the song alluded to in the Entrees and the Dessert, but that's it! Lego, you'll need to offer up a lot of good hints for these(and possibly keep them coming!). I also have to take issue with the John Hancock signature among the images. While it is funny to see a signature like that come up on a collector's-item baseball(they even used it on a "Barney Miller" episode), I've always been a little scared of that particular signature. Back in school, we had a reproduction of the Declaration of Independence on the wall in the library, and no matter how far away you were, you could always see where Hancock's signature was. It 's that big. To say nothing of the American History textbook I once had, where they reprinted the whole Declaration in the back of the book in print, but they enlarged the original signatures. And Hancock's was big enough to take up a page-and-a-half! So excuse me if I don't linger too long looking at that image. But I won't let it keep me from solving this week's puzzles(except my own, for obvious reasons)! Remember those hints, Lego, and everybody have a good time this week!

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  2. I found P! within literally a minute or two, last night, of its having been posted (as I had checked and it wasn't there, and then bingo, it was)....and, with a bunch of good intuition and some luck, I worked out all the Entrees except #4. (Although according to the hint, I'm SURE I must have the correct two singers; I simply have been UNable to come up with a nine-letter song title that they both sang).

    But I've had no luck with anything else, either. Do suspect that I have the correct SECOND movie for the Schpuzzle, but haven't been able to pin down the original two-word one.

    Have "logic-ed" and list-hunted like mad for the Sesame slice, but still can't put together the right two names to make it work.

    And am not even sure I UNDERSTAND about the blanks in the Dessert....does each blank have a DIFFERENT word in it, or are they repeats?

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    1. French King Jean II introduces Order of the Star?
      Etienne Aubert elected as Pope Innocentius VI?
      Elizabeth of Slavonia, Latin empress consort of Constantinople, born?
      John Holland, 1st Duke of Exeter, born?
      Vytautas the Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania, born?
      Rupert, King of Germany (1400-10), born in Amberg, Germany?
      Ewostatewos, Ethiopian monk and religious leader dies?
      Clement VI, [Pierre Roger], Pope (1342-52), dies?
      Pope Innocent VI elected new pope?
      Glarus and Zug join the Swiss Confederation?
      Fighting as allies of John VI Kantakouzenos in the Byzantine civil war of 1352–57, the Ottoman beylik scores its first victory on European soil at the Battle of Demotika, against the Serbs?
      Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta reports the existence of the ngoni and balafon instruments, at the court of Mansa Musa?
      The Sultanate of Bengal is formed after the realms of Satgaon, Lakhnauti and Sonargaon are united under Shamsuddin Ilyas Shah?
      Coming from Hungary, the noble Vlach Dragoş becomes the first voivode of Moldova, being seen as the founder of this principality?
      Following the death of his father Basarab, Nicholas Alexander becomes voivode of Wallachia, after being co-ruler for about eight years?
      Corpus Christi College is founded as a College of the University of Cambridge, by the Guilds of Corpus Christi and the Blessed Virgin Mary?
      Süleyman Pasha, the son of the Ottoman bey, crosses the Bosphorus and seizes Çimpe Castle on the Gallipoli Peninsula, the first European territory held by the Ottoman Empire?
      Lionel of Antwerp marries Elizabeth, daughter of William de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster?
      William de Ashlee becomes Rector of Maids Moreton, England?
      The town of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, finalizes its alliance with the city of Bern?
      Reginald de Cobham, 1st Baron Cobham becomes a Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter of England?
      The Earldom of Kent becomes extinct?
      After years of begging and being a Buddhist monk, the penniless Chinese peasant Zhu Yuanzhang joins the Red Turban Rebellion against the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty of China?

      LegoWhoMarvels"1352:WhattaYear!"

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  4. Some Saturday hints:
    * Each blank in the Dessert contains the same 4-letter word. The original song whose lyrics are altered for advertising purposes is a wonderful summertime-convertible-maximum-volume-wind-in-your-hair-8-track-cassingle-road-trip song.
    * In the Schpuzzle, the "famous movie made about 50 years earlier" is considered a classic by many critics, and has wended its way into our cultural consciousness.
    * For the Sesame Seed Slice, the actress is reasonably well-known but the coach is pretty obscure. Yet, he coached at one school for 36 straight years! His initials spell out a common greeting.
    * The singer of one of the “signature songs” (note the quotation marks) died doing one of the things the singer enjoyed doing most. The song in question was the title song of one of this singer's albums.

    LegoLittleLowRidingHoodScoopTopDown

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    1. AHA, I HAD found the correct basketball coach after all! But I've yet to be able to combine it with an actress last name to come up with anything recognizable...On with the attempt!

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    2. OOh, I just figured it out (the actress)

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    3. And found the album, solving Entree #4. However, I've yet to actually locate that same 'song' in the other singer's repertoire.

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    4. And THAT was because I had the WRONG first singer....will explain on Wednesday...just now located the correct singer, someone I'd never heard of (as per usual.)

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    5. And finally, finally, did enough Googling to locate the song for the Dessert (I had the correct fill-in word already)

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  5. I just now solved the Schpuzzle. WHile trying to fall asleep in the wee hours, I had realized that I had chosen the WRONG second movie (although it was from the SAME year, interestingly enough), but just now I had to consult a list to get the 'changed' word that made it all work out, as I was unfamiliar (as per usual) with the actual first movie.

    I shall proceed to consult your hints now!

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  6. I'm still batting zero here. It's embarrassing to Have a puzzle on the site and not be able to solve anything else. What's a good website for finding signature songs? Does anybody know?

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  7. How did "have" get capitalized? Must've hit a wrong button.

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  8. Despite my best efforts, I found Entree #3.

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  9. I might have the four-word, eleven-letter one and the (5,9) one, but I can't figure out the anagrams. I'll need a little help with that. Either way I need more hints. Lego?

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  10. Sunday ENTREE Hints:
    ENTREE #2:
    Don't think Strawberry Alarm Clock... think an Alarm Clock radio... on a bedside table in a motel room... in Pensylvania.
    The seven-letter word for the general object of fear begins with B and end with O, and a four-letter word for a specific object of fear begins with Y and ends with a vowel that does not end many words.
    ENTREE #4:
    Hint: Super Bowl QBs: an old salt vs a brand name salt.
    The "signature song" ends with the same 7 letters as one-word songs with the same title by Def Leppard and Ringo Starr.
    ENTREE #5:
    There are two colors in this oxymoronic answer. Kind of a country song by a female artist.
    ENTREE #6:
    "What? You want me to give one-tenth of my income and possessions to the church! Ok, but all I got are these carvings I made from narwhal ivory..."

    LegoSensesIncenseAndPeppermintsTheColorOfThyme

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  11. Got #4 and #6! Never heard of the #4 song(s), though. You're sure they're the signature songs of their artists?

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    1. cranberry,
      They are not signature songs, perhaps, but they are definitely "signature" songs.

      LegoInACursiveKindOfMood

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    1. Although many may not have solved this abominable ENTREE #2 yet, I am sure you solve it in due time. But until you do, I do not want to hear an Ugh!, a Bah Humbug!, a Boo!, a Hiss! or a Pooh!

      LegoAddsUnlessYouJustMustSoExpressYourDisgust

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    2. Just got it! Now all I need are the Schpuzzle, the Sesame Seed Bun Slice, and the Dessert. And I may have the Dessert because the only place I can think of is where my mom shops sometimes. It's a wild guess if I'm right.

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    3. cranberry,
      * Does your Dessert answer jibe with these hints from Saturday?
      "Each blank in the Dessert contains the same 4-letter word. The original song whose lyrics are altered for advertising purposes is a wonderful summertime-convertible-maximum-volume-wind-in-your-hair-8-track-cassingle-road-trip song.
      ...LegoLittleLowRidingHoodScoopTopDown"
      The artists responsible for the song in the Dessert once "spilled the wine" with an Animal.
      * The answer to the Schpuzzle is out there somewhere... somewhere way up high. The more recent of the two movies is a bit like "Three Amigos Lite."
      * As for the Sesame Seed Bun Slice, the actress's last name begins with the letters of the country of a mnemonic ditty that Coach taught Sam when Sam was cramming for a GED exam. The letters of the basketball coach's name, spelled backward, are the beginning 3 letters in a Kansas city that was an original endpoint of the Chisholm Trail and the present home of a presidential library. There is also a much larger city with that same name in Texas, the state immediately south of the state where the coach achieved his greatest success.

      LegoWhoIsReadingAShelleyPoemAboutAKing

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    4. Got the Sesame Seed Bun Slice!

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    5. As for the song in the Dessert, I know it for sure. I just need to know if I'm on the right track with the brand name that replaces the lyrics within. Is it a restaurant or a supermarket?

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    6. 'Tis a supermarket... headquartered across the pond.

      LegoWhoNotesThatTheFrenchWordFor"ToEat"IsAnAnagramOfAnAdjectiveDescribingTheFoundersOfThisSupermarket

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    7. I was right! Mom shops there!

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    8. Now all I need is the Schpuzzle! Any other hints, Lego? Three Amigos Lite?

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    9. Bruno, Billy and Danny.

      LegoAdds:AndACharacterWhoSharedANameWithAStooge(NotIggy!)

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    10. Got it! I am finished, and I'll see y'all Wednesday!

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  13. CHEAPEST
    HAIRDO
    ENDORSES
    AUDIENCE
    WETNURSE
    ARTIST
    RAISIN
    OUTING
    NATIONALDEBT
    LIEDOWN
    OPERATE
    SPEEDOFLIGHT
    ORATION
    PIEBALD
    TERRAIN
    CHASTISE
    YOUDONTOWNME
    AIRMAIL
    SECONDFIDDLE
    -STEERAGE-
    INSOMNIA
    RETAINER
    RATTLE
    ANTHILL
    BRIGHT
    {SCRATCH}
    BIGWIG
    ISOBAR
    They're in the order in which I solved them, except for STEERAGE, which I forgot to write down and then entered at the point I figured I probably solved it. I'm pretty sure SCRATCH is right, with RAT as "one singing", but I can't really explain the "school" part.


    I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO [Tony Bennett] / Thelma & Louise

    AUTOGRAPH [Dallas Smith and John Denver]

    CITY SLICKERS / THE WIZARD OF OZ / EMERALD CITY / RUBY SLIPPERS

    TITHE SCRIMSHAW > WHITE CHRISTMAS

    BUGABOO, YETI > I GOT YOU BABE

    Henry Iba couldn't tell me the name of of the actress or the character from literature. And when you remove the top from a sandwich, doesn't that eliminate the sesame seeds as well?

    The boot, thimble, and wheelbarrow were eliminated from Monopoly in 2013. That's as far as I got with that.

    Are those "blood oranges"? Could it be VEGAN BLOOD > LOVE GONBAD? I don't think so!

    The only 4-letter supermarket I can think of is ALDI, and none of the "War" songs I've looked at seem to work.

    There's 1352 guitar pickers in Nashville, but John Sebastian played the autoharp instead on a couple of signature songs, so forget about Ernie Ford and the Houston Oilers and the cats from South Carolina and just add a G to AUTOHARP and rearrange.

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    1. Paul,
      You could not be more on-the-mark about the "open-face sesame seed bun sandwich" paradox! But, here's what I do when I make myself such a sandwich: I invert the bun so that the sesame seeds touch the plate, toss the original bottom, and pile on a ton 'o sandwich fixin's!
      You deserve Okie-Dokie-credit for getting Hank Iba.
      Those are indeed "blood oranges"...but, alas, that doesn't figure in my intended answer.
      Looks like you fared rather well on Patrick's cryptic crossword.

      LegoRecallsPopeyeSaying"OpenSezMe!"

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  14. BTW I've seen SCH as an abbreviation for "school" in cryptic crosswords. That's what that means, Paul.

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    1. Oh, and "about" is for C as in circa. Got it now. Very good.

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  15. Schpuzzle
    CITY SLICKERS, EMERALD CITY, RUBY SLIPPERS(from The Wizard Of Oz)
    Appetizer
    For cryptic clue explanations, see Lego.
    Menu
    JESSICA ALBA, HENRY IBA, ALI BABA
    Entrees
    1. MOON RIVER(by Andy Williams), "IRON MOVER"
    2. I GOT YOU BABE(by Sonny and Cher)(BUGABOO, YETI)
    3. I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO(by Tony Bennett)
    4. AUTOGRAPH(by John Denver and by Dallas Smith)(AUTHOR, PAGE)
    5. ROSE GARDEN(by Lynn Anderson)(RED ORANGES)
    6. WHITE CHRISTMAS(by Bing Crosby)(TITHE SCRIMSHAW)
    Dessert
    "ALDI MUSIC"(sung to the tune of "All Day Music" by WAR)
    Parentheses discretion advised.-pjb

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  16. Oh nuts, I was completely "out of it" today and forgot to post my answers. Sorry to keep you waiting, Lego.

    SCHPUZZLE: CITY SLICKERS => WIZARD OF OZ; EMERALD CITY, RUBY SLIPPERS [I had originally thought, erroneously, Gone With The Wind (EMERALD curtain dress, SCARLET(t) O'Hara] [PRE ALL HINTS]

    SESAME SLICE: ALBA & IBA => ALI BABA


    ENTREES:

    1. MOON RIVER => IRON MOVER

    2. I GOT YOU BABE => BUGABOO & YETI

    3. I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO; THELMA & LOUISE

    4. AUTOGRAPH + e => AUTHOR & PAGE ; DALLAS SMITH & JOHN DENVER [I had had CHARLOTTE Church, having Googled that Charlotte and Denver once played in the Super Bowl vs. each other.]

    5. ROSE GARDEN => RED ORANGES

    6. WHITE CHRISTMAS => TITHE SCRIMSHAW

    DESSERT: ALDI'S & "ALL DAY MUSIC" [Originally, I, again erroneously, had thought it was LAYS, as in potato chips, etc]

    "Music is what we like to play
    Yeah yeah
    All day, all day, all day, all day, all day
    To soothe your soul, yeah
    Down at the beach or a party in town
    Making love or just lying around
    To soothe your mind, yeah " ETC....

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  17. This week's official answers for the record, Part 1:

    Schpuzzle Of The Week:
    Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamgoggles
    Replace two adjacent letters a two-word movie title with a different letter, then double that letter.
    The result will be two nouns that are modified by vivid colors in a famous movie made about 50 years earlier.
    Settings in these two movies include two adjacent states.
    What are these movies?
    Answer:
    "City Slickers" (1991), set partially in Colorado; "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), set partially in Kansas, which featured the Emerald CITY and Dorothy Gale's ruby SLIPPERS

    Appetizer Menu

    Cryptic Crossword Appetizer:
    Bad bums, nice dudes and Happy Harry
    NOTE: For the filled-in grid, see the bottom of this week's blog page.
    Answers and explanations:
    ACROSS
    1. Beat cop missing work is in hurry (8)
    COP-OP(opus)+IS inside HASTE
    5. Bob Hope's first radio broadcast(6)
    H+RADIO anagram
    9. Football players having awfully sore backs(8)
    ENDS containing SORE anagram
    10. Performer's unusual traits(6)
    ('s meaning "is")TRAITS anagram
    12. Black-and-white dessert, nothing on top(7)
    PIE+BALD
    13. Lecture on maintaining relationship(7)
    ON containing RATIO
    14. Straight man with back to fool?(6,6)
    SECOND(to back)+FIDDLE(to fool[with])
    17. Bad, no-talent bum, incompetent leader brought in---such a problematic figure for our country!(8,4)
    BADNOTALENT anagram containing I
    22. Forget about one singing in school?(7)
    C(circa)+RAT inside SCH(ool)
    23. Love to talk about one's latest work(7)
    O+PRATE containing E(last letter of "one")
    24. Somebody getting huge piece?(6)
    BIG+WIG
    25. At home, man is tossing and turning, gets nothing!(8)
    IN+MANIS anagram containing O &lit.
    26. Noise rodent let out?(6)
    RAT+LET anagram
    27. Mom's assistant sure went crazy(3,5)
    SUREWENT anagram
    DOWN
    1. Most inexpensive copy in box(8)
    APE inside CHEST
    2. A nice dude somehow loses date in crowd...(8)
    ANICEDUDE anagram minus D
    3. ...it may get rough keeping 'er in line(7)
    ER inside TRAIN
    4. It's fast becoming the GOP's field---corruption!(5,2,5)
    THEGOPSFIELD anagram
    6. Transportation to pick up chap after broadcast(7)
    AIR+sounds like MALE
    7. Growin' fruit(6)
    RAISIN'
    8. Sally got in trouble with university...(6)
    GOTIN anagram containing U
    11. ...not hard for teenager to claim professor abused women in song(3,4,3,2)
    YOUTH-H containing DON+WOMEN anagram
    15. Employee needing dental work?(8)
    double definition
    16. Where one may sit holding unopened beverage in lap?(8)
    BEER-B inside STAGE
    18. Where to find workers, quite terribly thin, inside?(7)
    THIN anagram inside ALL(quite)
    19. Wild one startled rest(3,4)
    WILDONE anagram
    20. Line storyteller left out about so-and-so(6)
    LIAR-L containing SOB
    21. Happy as Prince Harry, for example, capturing Meghan's heart(6)
    BRIT containing GH

    Lego...

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  18. This week's official answers for the record, Part 2:

    MENU

    Sesame Seed Bun Slice:
    X’s and O’s on fan mail, on chalkboards
    Take the last names of an American actress and a legendary midwestern college basketball coach.
    Move the first letter of the coach’s name to the center of the actress’s name to form a string of seven letters that can be divided in two to form the first and last names of a character from literature you might be reminded of as you munch on an open-face sesame seed bun sandwich.
    Who is this character?
    Who are the actress and basketball coach?
    Answer:
    Ali Baba (who in "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" enters the thieves' den by uttering "Open Sesame")
    (Jessica) Alba + (Hank) Iba >> Ali Baba

    Lego...

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  19. This week's official answers for the record, Part 3:

    Riffing Off Shortz And Baggish Slices:
    Put your John Hancock right here on this puzzle
    Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Baggish Slices read:
    ENTREE #1:
    Take the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. It has two words; four letters in the first, five letters in the second. The letters can be rearranged to spell a two-word phrase for a person playing Monopoly with a pre-2013 edition of the game, but not with a post-2013 edition of the game. What song is it?
    Answer:
    "Moon River" (Andy Williams); Iron mover
    ENTREE #2:
    Take the name of a classic four-word song that became the signature song of the artists who performed it. It letters can be rearranged to spell two new words – a seven-letter word for any object of fear, and a four-letter word for a specific object of fear. What song is it?
    Answer:
    "I Got You, Babe" (Sonny and Cher); Bugaboo, yeti
    ENTREE #3:
    There was a FILM that played in THEATERS in the 1990’s with a climactic scene that involved a CAR, a CANYON, and then... FINIS! Rearrange the 26 letters in the five uppercase words to form the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. It has seven words. What song is it?
    Answer:
    "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (Tony Bennet)
    ENTREE #4:
    Take the name of two “signature songs” performed by two different artists. The title contains one nine-letter word. Add an E to the mix and rearrange the result to spell two new words – a synonym of “writer” and where the words of a writer appear. What songs are these?
    Hint: The first name of one artish and the surname of the other artist were cities that once squared off against one another in a Super Bowl.
    Answer:
    "Autograph" (John Denver); "Autograph" (Dallas Smith);
    The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 in Super Bowl XII in 1978.
    AUTOGRAPH + E = AUTHOR + PAGE
    ENTREE #5:
    Take the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. It has two words; four letters in the first, six letters in the second. The letters can be rearranged to spell two new words that could serve as a caption for the image pictured here. What song is it? What caption is it?
    Answer:
    "Rose Garden" (Lynn Anderson); Red oranges
    ENTREE #6:
    Take the name of a classic song that became the signature song of the artist who performed it. It has two words; five letters in the first, nine letters in the second. The letters can be rearranged to spell a two-word phrase that expresses what Christian mariners do when they return from sea to their churches in order to fulfill what Matthew 23:23 implies. What song is it?
    Answer:
    "White Christmas" (Bing Crosby); tithe scrimshaw

    Lego...

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  20. This week's official answers for the record, Part 4:

    Dessert Menu
    Buy Buy Buy Dessert:
    Prodicers of video commercials often alter lyrics popular songs to hook viewers into buying their products.
    Name what is being advertised and the song whose lyrics were changed (as per the fake song lyrics below). The word for what is being advertised goes in each of the blanks.
    Answer:

    "Aldi" ("All Day Music," by War)
    Lyrics:
    Fine food is what you like to buy
    Yeah yeah
    Aldi, Aldi, Aldi, Aldi, Aldi
    To feed your face, yeah
    Down at the beach makin’ clambakin’ fun
    Makin’ lunch, fixin’ snacks on the run
    To feed your face, yeah
    Fine food is what you like to buy
    Yeah yeah
    Aldi, Aldi, Aldi, Aldi, Aldi
    To feed your face, yeah
    Let's have a picnic, go to the park
    Eat some fried chicken, white meat or dark
    To feed your face, yeah...
    Down at the beach makin’ clambakin’ fun
    Makin’ lunch, fixin’ snacks on the run...
    Let's have a picnic, go to the park
    Eat some fried chicken, white meat or dark...
    Block party, neighbors, barbecue pit,
    Spare ribs from Aldi spin on the spit...
    Super Bowl party host proudly serves
    Fixin’s from Aldi: chips, dips, hors d’oeuvres...

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  21. Well...pjb has pulled another tour de force. You're getting better and better,more and more devious. What fun! Keep it up!

    By the way, lego, I never answered your curiosity about the you-spot-em clues. These are clues which have the solution actually spelled out within the clue. Surprising how many solvers fail to spot 'em.

    Nice bunch of puzzles this week.

    D.E.

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    1. Thanks, Dowager Empress. I agree with you heartily about the "tour-de-forcefulness" of Patrick's puzzles. It is always refreshing to read your insightful comments.

      LegoWhoTakesStockInWhat"TheDow"Says

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