Friday, January 24, 2020

Fully-woolly LambEweRama! Crime and Punishmental cruelty; Tek-circ? Sin-net? Not nim-dab! Everybody’s got something (’cept me & my monkey); Edgar Allan Poetry, Lego Lambda Doggerel; Mad Dog duels Capt’n Jack on the Hill

PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER 8!/20 SERVED

Schpuzzle Of The Week:
Fully-woolly LambEweRama!

Ram, ewe, lamb and sheep are the male, female, young and general names for sheep. 
Take the male, female, young and general names for another animal. Replace two letters in one of the four names, replace one letter in another one, insert one letter in another, and keep one name just as it is. 
The result will be four words associated with expressing affection. 
What are these four animal names, and what are the four words associated with affection?


Appetizer Menu

Conundrums With Conviction Appetizer:
Crime and Punishmental cruelty

🥁1. Name the garment in the clothing department that is most likely to be shoplifted. [Editor’s note: This is probably the most punishmental of these five conundrums.]
🥁2. Name a crime. Move the first two letters to the end to name a way to detect one’s surroundings.
🥁3. Name a reality TV show in two words. Change the last letter of the first word, then replace the first letter of the last word with a duplicate of the first two letters of the first word. 
The result is something dangerous made by prisoners.
🥁4. Name a way to kill a person. Advance the second letter three places forward in the alphabet to name where the perpetrator will go if caught.
🥁5. Take two words in four and six letters that mean, respectively, deceptions and robbery. Put them one after the other to make a new word that alludes to keeping silent about crimes.


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Public Service Slice:
Mad Dog duels Capt’n Jack on the Hill

Take the surname of a current politician/public servant. Lower an ascender letter and “meld it into” the letter following it to form a single descender letter. 
The result is an informal name for a beverage brand.
Who is this politician and what is the informal brand name?
Hint: In 2019 this politician supported a proposed bill designed to provide an across-the-board benefit increase equivalent to about 2 percent of the average Social Security benefit, and raise the annual cost-of-living adjustment to reflect the fact that older Americans tend to use more of some services like health care.

First (Not Last Alas) Stanza Slice:
Edgar Allan Poetry, Lego Lambda Doggerel
  
Edgar Allan Poe’s last poem, titled “Annabel Lee,” consists of six stanzas, three with six lines, one with seven, and two with eight.
What everybody hopes will be Lego Lambda’s last “poem,” titled “Toll a Bell for Me,” is not yet completed. Only the first stanza exists. It appears below. 
Like Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” Lego’s verse includes at least one six-line stanza. 
Unlike Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” Lego’s verse is doggerel, not poetry!
And, also unlike Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” hidden within Lego Lambda’s doggerelish stanza is a clue to its form.
What is the clue? How and where is it hidden? 
“Toll a Bell for Me” (Unfinished)
In the heat, in the heart of the desert,
That’s the site of the start of my story
And the start of my troubles too, yes sir,
The beginning of endings, lost glory.
My last day broke so rosily, sun-risen light
Which had faded to black by the end of the night.


Riffing Off Shortz And Lipscomb Slices:
Everybody’s got something (’cept me & my monkey)

Will Shortz’s January 19th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Tyler Lipscomb of Hamden, Connecticut, reads:
Name something everyone has, starting with H. Add an E, and rearrange the letters. You’ll name two things that every person must do to stay alive.
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Lipscomb Slices read:
ENTREE #1
Name what any one of the the three variously hued images images pictured here are called, in two words. Remove an A, and rearrange the letters. You’ll name a puzzle-maker, first and last names.
What is each image is called?
Who is the puzzlemaker?
ENTREE #2
Name three electrical terms beginning with I, C and O. Delete three consecutive letters from one of the terms. These three letters can be rearranged to form the title of a 20th-century play that added a new noun to the English lexicon. 
Rearrange the the remaining 17 letters to spell the hometown and state of a puzzle maker.
What are these three electrical terms?
What is the play title?
What is the puzzle maker’s hometown?
ENTREE #3
Name a liqueur, in two words. Add an R, and rearrange the letters. You’ll name restraints, in two words, that the authorities may make you wear if, after you drink excessive quantities of this liqueur, they imprison you and deem you to be a flight risk.
What is this liqueur?
What are the restraints?
ENTREE #4
Name something some people believe everyone has, in two words starting with I and S. 
Rearrange the letters combined letters to spell a two-word description, starting with I and L of the degenerate, depraved and wicked ruffians, hooligans, thugs, boors, oafs, hoodlums, and rowdies. Those same aforementioned  “some people who believe” also believe that these depraved people will be spending eternity in Brimstone City!
What is it that these some people believe everyone has?
How might they describe the depraved eternally damned people?
ENTREE #5
“People in a significant relationship, when they ____ gossip that their significant other has given in to the temptation to _____ on them, often experience _________.”
The third word in this sentence is something painful that people sometimes have. The first 4 letters of the third word, in order, form the first word; The remaining letters of the third word can be rearranged to form the second word. 
What are these three words?
ENTREE #6
Name something most everyone has, starting with “h.” Rearrange its letters to form two verbs. These three words belong in the blanks in the following sentence:
“Every year during what has become a Christmas Eve ritual, Papa dresses up like Santa Claus and _____ the family spruce tree, occasionally reaching low as he _____ an ornament on a lower hard-to-access bough, stretching and sometimes straining his h_________ in the process.”
What are these three words in the blanks?
ENTREE #7
Name what most everyone has, in two words, starting with “A” and “t.” 
Rearrange the combined letters of these words to form two nouns starting with “d” and “l.” 
These four words complete the following sentence when you put them in the correct blanks:
“Olympic d_________ athletes, as they form l____ to compete in the dash and two runs, might be seen bending over to stretch and self-massage their A_______ t______.” 
What are these four words in the blanks?


Dessert Menu

Strops Dessert:
Tek-circ? Sinnet? Not nim-dab! 

Name a sport and spell it backward. 
When read aloud, the result sounds like members of a team who play a different sport  professionally. 
What are these sports and the professional team’s nickname?
Hint: The sport you spelled backward originated in Europe and is still quite popular in Great Britain.


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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44 comments:

  1. An easy week - already have everything except the Dessert.

    BTW, the Public Service Slice appears to be a repeat of a former P! puzzle. It this the case?

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  2. The similar P! puzzle was on Sep 6 2019.

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    1. Thanks greatly, geofan. Had I checked my "ragtag baling-wire archives," I would have noticed that I had already run this puzzle.
      Speaking of repeated puzzles, I do have a history in this regard. A few years ago, ViolinTeddy noticed that I had repeated my "change a letter and rearrange the result APRICOT/CYPRIOT" puzzle that I had run only a few months previously!
      Then, just this past May, Megatart Stratagem noticed (and you, geofan, confirmed via a search) that my OLIViER/OLIVER! Broadway" Schpuzzle was a repeat of an NPR Shortz puzzle from 2016!
      And, just a few days ago, while browsing my "archives" for some reason I don't now recall, I discovered that a puzzle I wrote last summer and was planning to use this week had already been used on P! in August of 2016. It was an idea I wrote a puzzle about back then, then rewrote a new puzzle about in 2019!
      Help.
      I will upload a replacement puzzle as soon as I can.

      LegoWhoIsNotExactlyTheMostOrganizedPurveyorOfPuzzlesInTheWorld!

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    2. Don't be so hard on yourself, Lego! How you do this, week after week, coming up with more puzzles, and even remotely keep it all straight, has LONG been beyond me!

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    3. Thanks, VT. You have always been very kind and supportive. Your "ViolinTedditing" is legendary. Your inventive alternative answers are a delight. All your contributions here are valued by all of us.

      LegoSincerely

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  3. Happy Saturday morning, everyone!
    I would have checked in while it was still Friday evening, but we ate out tonight and then I solved my other puzzles. I spent the longest time trying to complete the Private Eye Crossword, all because of the following clue:
    Gas crappy player?(6)
    The answer is RABBIT. RABBIT and gas both mean "to talk idly and ceaselessly", and a RABBIT is a player(of games)who is not very good. Took me a few hours to discover that, as these definitions are not the most common for the word RABBIT.
    Anyway, I'm really going to bury the lead(or is it lede?)here, because I should have opened with this: This morning while getting up to go to the bathroom, and coming back, I had a little accident involving the stepstool by the bed. Ever since Mom broke her hip, we've had to switch bedrooms(which actually makes no sense as it turned out, what with Mom realizing she sleeps a lot better in the recliner in the living room, and even then she's complained of having a few bad nights there too). So I've been in her bed, which is a few inches taller than she needed, hence the stepstool. I've also used the stepstool, because it is a little hard getting into bed without it. The trouble is, if you're not careful using the stepstool, it won't stay put. So this morning I kind of stumbled getting back in bed, and I really hurt my left leg just above the kneecap. It was really painful, but still I managed to go back to sleep. And when I woke up later today, that area under my kneecap had really swelled up! Hard to walk around with it, too! I showed my Mom, and she said we should go see her friend Daisy, who used to be a nurse, but she wasn't home. Mom did get her on the phone, though, and described what I have to her. Daisy said it sounds like I got a hematoma, but Mom and I were worried it might be a bloodclot. After looking up both problems, I found out the hematoma is the benign one, but the bloodclot would kill me! I've had an ice pack on it most of the time(but not when we were eating out and I was doing my puzzles), and we'll probably visit Urgent Care later today to get an official diagnosis. But I'm a little hesitant now about using that stepstool again.
    Anyway, about this week's puzzles: I'm a little undecided about the Schpuzzle, I have all of the Conundrums except the "punishmental" one, I got the one that they're now saying has been used here before, I can't make heads or tails out of the doggerel puzzle, I have the Entrees about the puzzlemaker and his hometown and the Entrees that are fill-in-the-blank, but not the other two, and I'm a little unsure about the Dessert because the professional team I found is only using the nickname temporarily, not permanently. Hints for all the rest will be appreciated, as usual.
    Finally, Lego, if you need help trying to ensure only original puzzle content on this site will be used and not recycled past puzzles, I can always send you another cryptic crossword I created myself! I've got one on the Scrabble board right this minute, ready to go! Will email you the details later this next week, so stay tuned!

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    1. cranberry,
      Here's hoping your kneecap injury is nothing serious. No blood clot, please! Hope the official diagnosis is negative... or should that be positive? You know what I mean..
      Those meanings of "gas" and "rabbit" are news to me too.
      The professional team in the Dessert has been using that team nickname for nearly three-quarters of a century.
      I'll work on some preliminary hints later Saturday.
      As you know, cranberry, I am always overjoyed to be able to put your great puzzles on our weblog.

      LegoWhoIsAGasCrappyPuzzler

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  4. After feeling discouraged 24 hours ago, because I could get only 2 of the Cons, and 4 of the Entrees, plus AN answer for the Schpuzzle of which I am NOT at all sure, I am relieved to have just solved two more Cons (leaving only #1, just like pjb), and THE DESSERT! Hurrah....it required going through lists, but finally I stumbled on the sport that worked.

    Now if I could just get somewhere on Entrees 2, 4, and 5. Not to mention the new 'POE' SLICE.....I have named a poetic form, but see NO clue in the lines for it, which of course, IS the whole puzzle.

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    1. I believe I JUST now caught onto Con #1!

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    2. And Entree 5 just became clear.

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    3. Almost comically painfully, I've finally figured out Entree #2. That leaves just #4 and Poe.

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  5. Finally got the intended answer to the Dessert, but have a somewhat obscure alternate as well. Still dogging it on the doggerel.

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  6. Saturday Hints:

    Schpuzzle Of The Week:
    Fuse; pigeon-____; homophone of a mythological Roman hybrid; word associated with "Prudence" or "John"

    Conundrums:
    1. The garment is a homophone of a past-tense verb.
    2. Anagram of Critters colored bay, chestnut, or black mixed with white.
    3. "Am I good at cards? Sure, man!"
    4. "Tell me what alcoholic beverage you would like to drink."
    5. It's just a theory

    Public Service Slice:
    This politician/public servant is just a few heartbeats away...

    First (Not Last) Stanza Slice:
    The fifth line of the stanza will be of no help at all.

    Riffing Off Shortz And Lipscomb Slices:
    ENTREE #1
    Proton, electron, neutron...
    ENTREE #2
    The new noun is "robot." The three electrical terms beginning with I, C and O are 10, 7 and 3 letters long.
    ENTREE #3
    That last-place bottle in the illustration is going to LOSE... LOSE is an anagram of the first word in the liqueur.
    ENTREE #4
    The "some people that believe in the something everyone has" tend to be religious types. The word starting S sounds like a shoe part.
    ENTREE #5
    “People in a significant relationship, when they ____ though the grapevine that...
    Hank Williams would ace this puzzle! Maybe Marvin Gaye too.
    ENTREE #6
    MAN'S RIGHTS include the prerogative the be straining his h_________ if he wants to.
    ENTREE #7
    Fittingly, the A-word was a Trojan War hero. The dash and two runs are just three of ten events.

    Strops Dessert:
    The name of the sport is also a candy brand.

    LegoWhoHasFallenAsleepInTheHeartOfABlizzardAndIs"Snowring"!

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    1. Ooh, I had thought of the same hint for the Dessert....

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    2. I totally had the Dessert wrong. That last hint really helped. Also, still can't get the name of the restraints, though I've definitely got the liqueur. Also, the "shoe part" hint only gave me that word, but not the rest of it. And I've got the animal in the Schpuzzle(I think), but half of the hint I don't understand(fuse and pigeon-_____). It doesn't really go with the other terms for that animal. Can you clarify that part?

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    3. A Few Sunday Morn Hints:

      Schpuzzle:
      Fuse brand name;
      Pigeon-_____... rearrange the letters that belong in the blank
      ENTREE #3:
      The restraints are attached below the waist... way below.
      ENTREE #4:
      If it actually were a shoe part (and not just a word that sounds like a shoe part) it would be a shoe part that would last forever!

      LegoWhoOffersYouAnEternalLifetimeGuaranteeOnTheBottomsOfTheseReeboks

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    4. Got Entree #3! But is Fuse the brand name, or is it a brand name fuse? Also, I know the shoe part. You're not telling me anything I don't already know. What I need is a hint to the other words.

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    5. BTW don't you have one S too many in Entree #6? The form appears to be the same for both verbs.

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    6. Schpuzz:
      It's a brand-name fuse.
      Entree #6:
      The long H-word contains two esses. The shorter words both end in S.
      Entree #4:
      The non-"sole homophone" word, the longer word, has a double-m in it and ends with a word that sometimes modifies "sin."

      LegoEmploying"Fusey"Logic

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    7. From the above hint, got the intended answer for Entrée #4. Previously, had had a shorter alternate answer with no M's.

      BTW, how about a 2nd hint for the Poe-try?

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    8. Got Entree #4, still can't find the fuse. Guess I'm in the dark on that one.

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    9. The brand of the fuse is a homophone of an often yellow vehicle.
      In the Poe-try:
      Recall my previous comment that the fifth line of the stanza will do you not a lick of good...
      Then do a "prepositional phrase inventory."

      LegoAdmitsThat,WhenItComesToPuzzles,TheHeartOfTheMatterIsToTeaseTheSolver

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    10. All I really noticed is the stanza has a lot of "of"s. That's it. What else am I missing here?

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    11. Check out the Dessert.

      LegoDishingUpAnotherDoseOfDoggerelFromTheDimPast

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    12. OKie dokie, that pins it down, thanks Lego. I already knew the actual word, but had no reason WHY, so now it makes sense.

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    13. Yes, thanks Lego. That Dessert helped me too. Had to make sure of the definition of the word, but I know I've got the right answer now.

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  7. In the structure of Lego's new doggerel
    Undeniably present: three sixes.
    Which as all know: the Sign of the Devil;
    This a dark, evil symbol infixes.
    Could it be, Satan's cohort is riddling tonight?
    To terminate all in a Faustian fight.

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    1. Bravo, geofan! Now that's what I call poetry. Doggerel be damned!

      LegoWhoEnjoysEdgarAllanGeoetry

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    2. Lego: This is what your doggerel inspired me to do.

      Please note that the verse is in no way to be interpreted as to malign your character in any way. Nor is it to be construed by anyone as a hint as to the solution (toward which I am still striving in vain.)

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    3. Lego, curb your doggerel. LOL

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    4. No need to curb my doggerel, cranberry. She is not a messy Shih Tzu!

      LegoWhoInsistsThatHisDoggerelIsAWell-Behaved,Paper-TrainedLabradoodler.)

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  8. FAWN > FAWN
    DOE > DOTE
    DEER > DEAR
    BUCK > BUSS
    STOLE
    ARSON > SONAR
    SHARK TANK > SHARP SHANK
    POISON > PRISON
    CONS + PIRACY > CONSPIRACY
    Pelosi > Pepsi
    deSErt+Story+Trouble+Endings++nighT > SESTET
    PARTICLE SYMBOL > TYLER LIPSCOMB
    INDUCTANCE CURRENT OHM > HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT (R.U.R.)
    SLOE GIN + R > LEG IRONS
    IMMORTAL SOUL > IMMORAL LOUTS
    HEAR CHEAT HEARTACHE
    TRIMS HANGS HAMSTRINGS
    decathlon lines > Achilles tendon
    {SNOOKER > (St. Paul) RACCOONS ? [probably not]}
    SKITTLES > CELTICS

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  9. Schpuzzle: BUCK, DOE, FAWN, DEER => BUSS/NECK/PECK, DOVE/DOTE, FAWN, DEAR (alternate answers given after slashes)

    Conundrums
    #1: STOLE
    #2: ARSON => SONAR
    #3: SHARK TANK => SHARP SHANK
    #4: POISON => PRISON
    #5: CONS, PIRACY => CONSPIRACY

    Public Service Slice: PELOSI => PEPSI (similar to 6 Sep 2019 puzzle)

    Poe-try Slice: ????

    Entrées
    #1: PARTICLE SYMBOL – A => TYLER LIPSCOMB
    #2: INDUCTANCE, CURRENT, OHM – R.U.R. => HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT
    #3: SLOE GIN + R => LEG IRONS
    #4: INNATE SOUL / INANE LOUTS; post-Sun-hint: IMMORTAL SOUL / IMMORAL LOUTS
    #5: HEAR, CHEAT, HEARTACHE
    #6: TRIMS, HANGS, HAMSTRINGS
    #7: ACHILLES TENDON, DECATHLON, LINES

    Dessert: SKITTLES => CELTICS
    Alternate: SNOOKER => RACCOONS (St. Paul MN or Huntsville AL minor-league baseball teams)

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  10. Paul and geofan,
    I like your SNOOKER/RACOONS answer about 100-time better than my intended SKITTLES/CELTICS answer! (especially so since there is a St. Paul connection, which is one of my favorite cities and was the home of the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper that I delivered to the hometown people who lived on my paper route when I was a lad)
    NECK, PECK and DOVE are not my intended answers for the Schpuzzle, geofan, but I them as alternative answers.
    And, your INNATE SOUL/INANE LOUTS initial answer is also a very fitting solution for ROSS #4.

    LegoWhoIsOftenSnookered

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  11. Schpuzzle
    BUCK(BUSS)
    DEER(DEAR)
    DOE(DOVE or DOTE)
    FAWN
    Appetizer Menu
    Conundrums
    1. STOLE
    2. ARSON, SONAR
    3. SHARK TANK, SHARP SHANK
    4. POISON, PRISON
    5. CONSPIRACY(CONS, PIRACY)
    Menu
    Public Service Slice
    (Nancy)PELOSI, PEPSI
    Poe-try Slice
    SESTET
    Entrees
    1. PARTICLE SYMBOL-A=TYLER LIPSCOMB
    2. INDUCTANCE, CURRENT, OHM-R.U.R.=HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT
    3. SLOE GIN+R=LEG IRONS
    4. IMMORTAL SOUL, IMMORAL LOUTS
    5. HEAR, CHEAT, HEARTACHE
    6. TRIMS, HANGS, HAMSTRINGS
    7. DECATHLON, LINES, ACHILLES' TENDON
    Dessert
    SKITTLES, CELTICS
    I too first thought it was SNOOKER and RACCOONS, but I only found information about the St. Paul team, not the one from my own home state!-pjb

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  12. SCHPUZZLE: HART or STAG (or perhaps BUCK?), DOE, FAWN, DEER => WARM?/SONG/BASK?, DOTE , FAWN , DEAR

    CONUNDRUMS:

    1. SPANX

    2. ARSON => SONAR

    3. SHARK TANK => SHARP SHANK

    4. POISON => PRISON

    5. CONS & PIRACY => CONSPIRACY

    POL SLICE: PEloSI => PEPSI

    POE SLICE: SESTET [But I'd also thought that SESTAIN would be good, except there is no A or I or N.]

    IN THE HEAT = E
    In the HEART of the DESERT = S
    Of the START of my STORY = S
    At the START of my TROUBLES = T
    The BEGINNING of ENDINGS = E
    By the END of the NIGHT = T

    ENTREES: [All pre-hint except #4]

    1. PARTICLE SYMBOL => TYLER LIPSCOMB

    2. INDUCTANCE, C[URR]ENT, OHM => HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT & R.U.R., which introduced ROBOT.

    3. SLOE GIN & R => LEG IRONS

    4. IMMORTAL SOUL => IMMORAL LOUTS

    5. HEAR & CHEAT => HEARTACHE

    6. TRIMS & HANGS => HAMSTRINGS

    7. ACHILLES TENDONS => DECATHLON & LINES

    DESSERT: SKITTLES => CELTICS

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    1. HART for the Schpuzzle is a pretty good possibility, VT.
      And SPANX for Conundrum #1 might be what the parents of a very young shoplifter might administer.

      LegoWhoWouldShopliftLeggingsSoHeCouldRunAwayFastFromTheAuthorities!

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    2. I chose that (prior to your hint about a 'past tense' verb, which I then chose to ignore!) because of your hint about 'punish'ment....of course, I despise the idea, which I believe was discussed previously on this blog along with pjb.

      Re the male deer portion of the Schpuzzle, I've never HEARD of "buss", thus 'buck' had been my least favorite choice to try to do anything with.

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    3. VT, I knew (or suspected) "buss" from the southern German/Austrian "Busse(r)l", Spanish "beso" and with a stretch, Italian "bacio." Of course the 2-letter transformations to "neck" and "peck" are still possible if "buss" is unknown.

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    4. All my years of German, geo, and still I didn't know "Busserl"....oh well...thanks.

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  13. This week's official answers for the record, part 1:

    Schpuzzle Of The Week:
    Fully-woolly LambEweRama!

    Ram, ewe, lamb and sheep are the male, female, young and general names for sheep.
    Take the male, female, young and general names for another animal. Replace two letters in one of the four names, replace one letter in another one, insert one letter in another, and keep one name just as it is.
    The result will be four words associated with expressing affection.
    What are these four animal names, and what are the four words associated with affection?
    Answer:
    Buss, Dote, Fawn, Dear; (Buck, Doe, Fawn, Deer)

    Appetizer Menu

    Conundrums With Conviction Appetizer
    Crime and Punishmental cruelty

    1. Name the garment in the clothing department that is most likely to be shoplifted. [Editor’s note: This is probably the most punish(italics)mental of these five conundrums.]
    Answer:
    STOLE
    2. Name a crime. Move the first two letters to the end to name a way to detect one’s surroundings.
    Answer:
    ARSON, SONAR
    3. Name a reality TV show in two words. Change the last letter of the first word, then replace the first letter of the last word with a duplicate of the first two letters of the first word. The result is something dangerous made by prisoners.
    Answer:
    SHARK TANK, SHARP SHANK
    4. Name a way to kill a person. Advance the second letter three places forward in the alphabet to name where the perpetrator will go if caught.
    Answer:
    POISON, PRISON
    5. Take two words in four and six letters that mean, respectively, deceptions and robbery. Put them one after the other to make a new word that alludes to keeping silent about crimes.
    Answer:
    CONS, PIRACY, CONSPIRACY

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    Public Service Slice:
    Mad Dog duels Capt’n Jack on the Hill

    Take the surname of a current politician/public servant. Lower an ascender letter and “meld it into” the letter following it to form a single descender letter.
    The result is an informal name for a beverage brand.
    Who is this politician and what is the informal brand name?
    Hint: In 2019 this politician supported a proposed bill designed to provide an across-the-board benefit increase equivalent to about 2 percent of the average Social Security benefit, and raise the annual cost-of-living adjustment to reflect the fact that older Americans tend to use more of some services like health care.
    Answer:
    Pepsi (Cola); (Nancy) Pelosi
    Hint: House Speaker Pelosi's efforts to strengthen Social Security include bolstering seniors’ retirement security by raising the annual Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

    Lego...

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  14. This week's official answers for the record, part 2:

    First (Not Last) Stanza Slice:
    Edgar Allan Poetry, Lego Lambda Doggerel

    Edgar Allan Poe’s last poem, titled https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44885/annabel-lee “Annabel Lee,” consists of six stanzas, three with six lines, one with seven, and two with eight. The rhyme pattern in each stanza vary slightly.
    What everybody hopes will be Lego Lambda’s last “poem,” titled “Toll a Bell for Me,” is not yet completed. Only the first stanza exists. It appears below.
    Like Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” Lego’s verse includes at least one six-line stanza.
    Unlike Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” Lego’s verse is doggerel, not poetry!
    And, also unlike Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” hidden within Lego Lambda’s doggerelish stanza is a clue to its form.
    What is the clue? How and where is it hidden?
    “Toll a Bell for Me” (Unfinished)
    In the heat, in the heart of the desert
    That’s the site of the start of my story
    And the start of my troubles too, yes sir,
    The beginning of endings, lost glory.
    My last day broke so rosily, sun-risen light
    Which had faded to black by the end of the night.

    Answer:
    The poem is in SESTET form.
    In the heat, in the heart of the desert (deSErt)
    That's the site of the start of my story (Story)
    And the start of my troubles too, yes sir, (Troubles)
    The beginning of endings, lost glory. (Endings)
    My last day broke so rosily, sun-risen light
    Which had faded to black by the end of the night. (nighT)


    Riffing Off Shortz And Lipscomb Slices:
    Everybody’s got something (’cept me & my monkey)

    Will Shortz’s January 19th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Tyler Lipscomb of Hamden, Connecticut, reads:
    Name something everyone has, starting with H. Add an E, and rearrange the letters. You’ll name two things that every person must do to stay alive.
    Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Lipscomb Slices read:
    ENTREE #1
    Name what any one of the the three variously hued images images pictured here are called, in two words. Remove an A, and rearrange the letters. You’ll name a puzzle-maker, first and last names.
    What is each image is called?
    Who is the puzzlemaker?
    Answer:
    Particle symbol; Tyler Lipscomb
    ENTREE #2
    Name three electrical terms beginning with I, C and O.
    Delete three consecutive letters from one of the terms. These three letters can be rearranged to form the title of a 20th-century play that added a new noun to the English lexicon.
    Rearrange the the remaining 17 letters to spell the hometown and state of a puzzle maker.
    What are these three electrical terms?
    What is the play title?
    What is the puzzle maker’s hometown?
    Answer:
    Inductance, Current, Ohm; R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots); Hamden Connecticut

    Lego...

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  15. This week's official answers for the record, part 3:
    (Riffing Off Shortz And Lipscomb Slices, continued):

    ENTREE #3
    Name a liqueur, in two words. Add an R, and rearrange the letters. You’ll name restraints, in two words, that the authorities may make you wear if, after you drink excessive quantities of this liqueur, they imprison you and deem you to be a flight risk.
    What is this liqueur?
    What are the restraints?
    Answer:
    Sloe gin; Leg irons
    ENTREE #4
    Name something some people believe everyone has, in two words starting with I and S.
    Rearrange the letters combined letters to spell a two-word description, starting with I and L of the degenerate, depraved and wicked ruffians, hooligans, thugs, boors, oafs, hoodlums, and rowdies. Those same aforementioned “some people who believe” also believe that these “depraved people” will be spending eternity in Brimstone City!
    What is it that these “some people” believe everyone has?
    How might they describe the depraved eternally damned people?
    Answer:
    Immortal soul; Immoral louts
    ENTREE #5
    “People in a significant relationship, when they ____ gossip that their significant other has given in to the temptation to _____ on them, often experience _________.”
    The third word in this sentence is something painful that people sometimes have. The first 4 letters of the third word, in order, form the first word; The remaining letters of the third word can be rearranged to form the second word.
    What are these three words?
    Answer:
    Hear, cheat, heartache
    ENTREE #6
    Name something most everyone has, starting with “h.” Rearrange its letters to form two verbs. These three words belong in the blanks in the following sentence:
    “Every year during what has become a Christmas Eve ritual, Papa dresses up like Santa Claus and _____ the family spruce tree, occasionally reaching low as he _____ an ornament on a lower hard-to-access bough, stretching and sometimes straining his h_________ in the process.”
    What are these three words in the blanks?
    Answer:
    Trims, hangs, hamstrings
    ENTREE #7
    Name what most everyone has, in two words, starting with “A” and “t.”
    Rearrange the combined letters of these words to form two nouns starting with “d” and “l.”
    These four words complete the following sentence when you put them in the correct blanks:
    “Olympic d_________ athletes, as they form l____ to compete in the dash and two runs, might be seen bending over to stretch and self-massage their A_______ t______.”
    What are these four words in the blanks?
    Answer:
    Decathons, lines, Achilles tendons

    Dessert Menu

    Strops Dessert:
    Tek-circ? Sinnet? Not nim-dab!

    Name a sport and spell it backward.
    When read aloud, the result sounds like members of a team who play a different sport professionally.
    What are these sports and the professional team’s nickname?
    Hint: The sport you spelled backward originated in Europe and is still quite popular in Great Britain.
    Answer:
    Skittles, basketball; (Boston) Celtics
    SKITTLES --> SELTTIKS --> Celtics

    Lego!

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