Friday, February 7, 2020

“What kind of animal is Oscar?” Grafting branches of science; Bafflers for Learned Solvers; “Oh I wish I were an Oscar lyre winner...” “This film lacks action... Edit! ” Act of Congress, “actor of congrats”

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Schpuzzle Of The Week:
“What kind of animal is Oscar?”

Change a letter in the title of a Best Picture Oscar winner to a “u”. Three letters of this result, in order but not consecutively, spell an animal. Remove them.
The letters letters that remain, in order, spell a very familiar variant spelling of a similar animal. What are these animals and movie?


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Academy Conundrums Appetizer:
“Oh I wish I were an Oscar lyre winner...”

🥁1. Take the last name of an Oscar winning film director from the early years of Hollywood. Drop the first letter and reverse the remaining letters to name a modern device for watching movies and television.
🥁2. Name a recently famous actor, first and last names. Drop a vowel from the first name to get an acronym for a digital file format. Drop a vowel from the last name to get an acronym for a popular New York tourist destination.
🥁3. Name a well-known actor, first and last names, best known for their role in a well-known television series. Interchange the second letters of the names. (For example, “Ted Danson” would become “Tad Denson”.) 
Remove the first three letters of the result, add a vowel, and rearrange. The result will be the title and last name of a character from that same series.

Swedish Dish  Appetizer:
Act of Congress, “actor of congrats”

Take the name of an act proposed in Congress, in two words of six letters each. These words, an adjective and noun, are those that a U.S. president has used to describe himself.
Switch the beginning two consonants of the first word with the beginning consonant of the second word, forming two new words – proper nouns of five and seven letters.
The five-letter noun is the last name of an Oscar-winning actor. 
The seven-letter noun is the last name of any of three people: a 17th-century Dutch theologian or either of two 20th-century Swedish journalists.
Who are this Oscar-winning actor, theologian and journalists?
What is the proposed congressional act?

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Lights, Camera... Slice:
“This film lacks action... Edit!”

Take the first word of a two-word Oscar-nominated film title from the past. If you delete its first letter the result is a verb. 
Delete the last letter of this verb and last letter of the second word in the title. Rearrange the letters that remain to spell a synonym of the verb. 
What film is this?

Riffing Off Shortz Slices:
Bafflers for Learned Solvers

Will Shortz’s February 2nd NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, provided by crossword editor Peter Gordon, reads:
The actress Michael Learned, who played the mother on The Waltons, has an unusual property in her name. The last three letters of her first name are the same as the first three letters of her last name reversed. The name of what current celebrity has the same property? Here’s a hint: The first and last names each have 6 letters.
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz Slices read:
ENTREE #1
A Beatle once penned a song all by himself. A second Beatle didn’t think it was good enough for the Beatles to record, so the first Beatle gave it to his girlfriend’s brother, a member of a duo that had just landed a recording contract. The duo recorded the song and it became a chart-topper in both the United Kingdom and the United States, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts. 
Remove a conjunction from the name of this duo. The result is the name of a puzzle maker.
Who is this puzzle maker. What is the name of the duo?
ENTREE #2
The actress Michael Learned has an unusual property in her name. The last three letters of her first name are the same as the first three letters of her last name reversed. The name of what 300-pound “gambling czar” nicknamed “Bones” who was associated with the likes of Bugsy Siegel Jack Ruby, Nick the Greek and “Baby Face” Nelson has the same property?
Who is this czar? 
Here’s a hint: The first and last names have 5 letters and 6 letters.
ENTREE #3
The last three letters of the first name of a past miller from Minneapolis are the same as the first three letters of his last name reversed. He was a tad too young to serve as a doughboy in WWI but he was president of his milling company when a doughboy was introduced as its mascot. This miller lost the tips of three fingers, the result of his hands getting caught in the rollers of flour grinding machines.
Who is this miller?
Here’s a hint: The first and last names have 6 letters and 9 letters.
ENTREE #4
The last three letters of the first name of a child television actor are the same as the first three letters of her last name reversed. 
She and her identical twin sister work on the same productions, taking turns on the set. If you spell the first name of this actor’s twin backward, the result is a synonym of “goal.” 
Who is this actor? 
Here’s a hint: The first and last names of her have 4 and 5 letters.
ENTREE #5
The first three letters of the first name of a president’s brother are the first three letters, but reversed, of the last name of that president’s vice president.
Who are this brother and vice president? 
Here’s a hint: The vice-president and the president’s wife share a distinction that is unique in U.S. history.
ENTREE #6
The last three letters of a Brooklyn-based Chilean artist’s first name are the same as the first three letters of the artist’s last name reversed. Who is this artist? 
Here’s a hint: The artist’s media include lights, mirrors and glowing glass.
ENTREE #7
Take the name of a woman before she married a billionaire industrialist from California in the early 1930s. The last three letters of her first name are the same as the first three letters of her pre-marriage last name reversed. The woman was an art aficionado and philanthropist, and instilled an appreciation and love of art in her husband who subsequently accumulated a substantial private art collection., which is house in a Pasadena museum that bears his name.
Who is this woman? 
Here’s a hint: Her first name is an anagram of two of the five words in the sentence, “I’ll give you a clue.”
ENTREE #8
The last three letters of the first name of a retired undefeated female pugilist are the same as the three letters of her last name reversed. 
Who is this pugilist? 
Here’s a hint: Her first name has 5 letters.


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Bio-Branching Dessert:
Grafting branches of science

Name a redundant two-word phrase – consisting of an adjective and plural noun – associated with biological science. Remove the first two and last two letters from the first word and replace a “que” with a “c” in the second word to spell a different branch of science, in two words.  What are these four words?


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35 comments:

  1. Happy Oscars Eve, everybody!
    Lego, I thought my cryptic crossword was coming up this week! Is it in next week's Puzzleria? I might need to check my email after this. We ate out tonight at Butterbean's(actually it said "Mr. Bean" on the sign, but we know the guy who owns it), named for a famous ex-wrestler from around here. It was pretty good. Mom thought her food was overcooked, though. I solved the Private Eye Crossword before we left, and just now I finished a new Ask Me Another podcast. After I'm done here, I'll tackle the Prize Crossword on the Guardian website. Bryan, Renae, and the kids are fine, BTW. As for this week's Oscar-themed puzzles, I've solved everything except Conundrum #3(too vague, could be anything)and the Lights, Camera...Slice!(I've only found two movie titles in which the first word is a verb when the first letter is removed. From then on, I couldn't get any synonyms at all for said verb.)
    Not bad for late at night Thursday/Friday. Hints are, of course, expected later. Good luck to all, and thanks for letting me be the first to leave a comment here again(though I don't really care one way or the other about it)!

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    1. cranberry,
      Your excellent Cryptic Crossword will be a loving Valentine's Day treat to all on the next edition of Puzzleria!, February 14.

      LegoHearts&Flowers

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  2. It must be an easy week, because like pjb, I have everything, too, EXCEPT Conundrum #3 and the LIghts Camera Slice, where (like pjb again) I could find only TWO possibilities after going through the entire long movie list, but then couldn't come up with any synonym verb.

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    1. Regarding the "Lights, Camera... Slice":
      I admit to struggling with the wording of this puzzle.
      It reads:
      Take the first word of a two-word Oscar-nominated film title from the past. If you delete its first letter the result is a verb.
      Delete the last letter of this verb and last letter of the second word in the title. Rearrange the letters that remain to spell a synonym of the verb.
      What film is this?

      Let's say the film is "Star Wars." Removing the S from "Star" leaves "tar," as in "to TAR someone's reputation."
      Deleting the last letter of TAR leaves TA and deleting the last letter of WARS leaves WAR. TA and WAR can be rearrnaged to form WARTA, a river in Poland, but not a verb that is synonymous with "tar."
      But, anyway, that is the process the solver would have to go through.
      In my answer, the synonym you find is a 7-letter verb associated with slavery. It is a bit uncommon, but it is a good word to know.

      LegoWhoIsJustAWartOnTheMapOfPoland

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    2. Your example is exactly what I, at least, did....and I've just now double-checked to be sure. With the new hint, though, I will go back and give it another try....thanks, LegoPol

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    3. Hmm, I managed to find a third movie that somehow I'd missed last night in the 'Oscar movie list', but it STILL refuses to yield a synonym, even though I'd been very hopeful when I saw the 'first verb' from the first word of the title. Sigh....

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    4. I take it back!! While perusing yet another list, suddenly, I realized that the third movie (above) that I had just stumbled on IS the correct answer....no one surely EVER heard of the resultant seven-letter verb, however.....wow!

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    5. How on earth, Lego, did you EVER come up with this puzzle????

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    6. Congrats on the solve, VT.
      You ask an interesting (to me, anyway) question about how this puzzle evolved. Its genesis happened when I noticed that the first word in the film title became a verb when "beheaded."
      Then I got a bit lucky... All but two of the letters that remained anagrammed to a synonym (more or less) of the verb. Were it not for those two extraneous letters, the puzzle might even have been NPR-worthy...

      ...LegoAddsAlthoughThe"Synonym"OfTheVerbMayHaveBeenTooObscureFor"EasyLikeSundayMorning..."

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  3. Not an easy week for me, as I have no interest in the Oscars except as an aid to solving P! puzzles.

    So far, have all except:
    Schpuzzle
    Conundrum #3 (which, as pjb states, is hopeless)
    Swedish Slice (never know there were so many Swedish journalists or Dutch theologians)
    Entrée #4 (could it be, that the twins are not humans?)

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    1. My profound apologies to all for bad editing on my part on Conundrum #3.
      It should read:
      Name a well-known actor, first and last names, best known for their role in a well-known television series. Interchange the second letters of the names. (For example, “Ted Danson” would become “Tad Denson”.)
      Remove the first three letters of the result, add a vowel, and rearrange. The result will be the title and last name of a character from that same series.

      I have corrected it on the blog.
      Note: Mathew Huffman is such a prolific puzzle-maker that it is inevitable that a glitch like this would happen. I am very grateful to him for his many contributions to Puzzleria!
      But, still, the ultimate responsibility belongs to the editor... so, this one's on me.

      LegoMeaCulpable

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    2. I am working on hints.

      LegoHavingABadWeek

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    3. Got the Swedish Slice (from the Presidential mis-description).

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    4. Yeah, geo, I knew what the Swedish Slice two-word phrase was immediately, but then had to look up the resultant Swedes, as who ever heard of them?

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    5. Lego, we all, I'm sure, had NO idea that part of the instructions for Con #3 had been left out. The problem remains that there is no way to pin down which actor or which TV series might be correct, so we need SOME way to pin down the huge realm of possibilities.

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  4. Agree with VT's last post (immediately above).

    Also: in Entrée #4, in the Hint, is "twin" or "identical twin" missing after "her"?

    Finally, in Entrée #3, how did you (Lego) ever know that the miller had his fingers cut off? I solved the puzzle but did not see this (or these three) tidbit(s) anywhere. Maybe you knew him personally?

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    1. My ENTREE #4 hint:
      The ABC TV show the twin sisters work on is an anagram of "Learning Steps."
      Both twins (identical) work on the ABC show that anagrams to "Learning Steps." (There is no "her" in the hint.)
      In my Conundrum #3 hint, the word "Enterprising" was the payoff. The actor in question died 5 years ago. One of his fellow actors on the series is pretty politically active. And, many a NOONDAY MILER opts to skip lunch to get some exercise.
      In my "Miller's Tale," remember it was just the tips of three fingers... mere flesh wounds. (All I know is what I glean from Wikipedia!)

      LegoMusesThatIf"Bones"TheGamblingCzarFromEntree#2HadLostSomeFingertipsItWouldHaveBeenMoreDifficultForTheAuthoritiesToFingerprintAndConvictHim!

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    2. Lego, my above post referred to the original hint in Entrée #4. Original text was "Here’s a hint: The first and last names of her have 4 and 5 letters." Seems as if "twin" or "identical twin" is missing in that text. I have already solved the puzzle, but the correction might be of use to others.

      IMHO, Entrée #4 is overly hard for anyone who (like me) has never seen the series. So far as I could see, the twins do not appear in any of the usual lists (as Ranker, IMDb, Wikipedia, etc.), though I found a standalone IMDb reference. Maybe the parents do not want to expose the young girls to possible Internet harassment, etc.

      Finally, for Entrée #3 I found a reference to the crushed fingers in the subject's NY Times obituary. Nothing was mentioned on his Wikipedia entry that I could see.

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    3. Or did you mean "Her first and last hames have 4 and 5 letters."

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  5. Saturday hints:

    Schpuzzle:
    The similar animal with the variant spelling should be as familiar as an old shoe.

    Conundrums:
    1. "Are you okay?"
    2. Remove the first and last letters of your answer any you'll get two members of the family.
    3. Enterprising puzzle-solvers ought to have no problem solving this one.

    Swedish Dish Appetizer:
    The words that the U.S. president has used to describe himself are the last two words in the 4-word title of a NYT bestseller. The first two words are an article and adverb that, together, spell a man's name.
    The Oscar-winning actor's first name is the brand name of a candy bar (peanut butter & taffy).

    Lights, Camera... Slice:
    Take the verb that is the "beheaded" first word of a two-word Oscar-nominated film title. from the past. If you rearrange its letters the result is an antonym.

    ROSS:
    ENTREE #1
    Noone & Lightfoot... if anyone needs a hint
    ENTREE #2
    The surname of “Bones” is a palindrome. His first name implies he was a "Fuddy-Duddy."
    ENTREE #3
    The last three letters of the first name of a past miller from Minneapolis are one of a pair of body parts.
    ENTREE #4
    The ABC TV show the twin sisters work on is an anagram of "Learning Steps."
    ENTREE #5
    The brother ain't Billy. He's a more recent prez's bro.
    ENTREE #6
    The Chilean artist’s first name sounds Russian. The first three letters of the artist’s last name are the beginning letters of a dark color, and also a word associated with Roger Staubach.
    ENTREE #7
    The woman's first name is an anagram of “I’ll" & "clue.”
    ENTREE #8
    The female pugilist has nicknames that include "Madame Butterfly" and "She Bee Stingin' ".

    Bio-Branching Dessert:
    Both two-word phrases A & P as their initial letters.

    LegoWhoNotesThatRogerStaubachWasAnAdmirable"Admiral"

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  6. I learned a new word with the Lights, Camera...Slice! Too bad after Lego's correction, I still can't get Conundrum #3! I went through an entire list of cast members and characters on the show in question(or should I say "shows"?), and nothing seemed to work. You'll have to narrow it down on that one, Lego. Too many names, too many titles!

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    1. For Con#3, see my comment above. NOONDAY MILER is an anagram. Another clue is "Scottish church." Another is Yemen/Oman.

      LegoAddsThatTheActorInQuestionPortrayedAMurderousSurgeonInAnOldColumboEpisode

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    2. The actor to whom you are alluding, Lego, IS the very one I tried first, after your original hint well above. However, I have YET to be able to follow the directions and turn the resultant letters into another character last name (with a title)...but I will keep trying.

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    3. That helped! I just got it! Thanks again, Lego! And I am done! BTW just a reminder: My next cryptic crossword will appear next Friday, Valentine's Day. Just my way of showing I love you all!

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    4. I have it, at last, I think. As a hint to everyone else, the subsequent character is NOT all that well known, as least in my humble opinion!

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  7. GREEN BOOK / GNU / REEBOK
    CUKOR > ROKU
    LEONARD NIMOY > YEOMAN RAND
    STABLE GENIUS > GABLE STENIUS
    PETER & GORDON (A World Without Love)
    ELMER REMMER
    PHILIP PILLSBURY
    ROGER Clinton / GORE
    LUCILLE ELLIS SIMON
    LAILA ALI
    ANATOMIC PHYSIQUES > ATOMIC PHYSICS

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  8. Schpuzzle: ????
    Did not get “Green Book” answer, as I included the “The” in the title.
    Alternate, pre-hint: GANDHI –D +U => GNU + AHI (tuna). Both animals are vertebrates.

    Conundrums
    #1: (George) CUKOR
    #2: JASON MOMOA
    #3: LEONARD NIMOY => LIONARD NEMOY => NARDNEMOY + A =>YEOMAN RAND (original Star Trek)

    Swedish Slice: STABLE GENIUS => (Clark) GABLE, (Nicolaas, Göran, Yrsa) STENIUS

    Lights Camera Slice: AUNTIE MAME => UNTIE MAME –E –E => MANUMIT

    Entrées
    #1: PETER AND GORDON (probably the easiest “puzzle” ever)
    #2: ELMER “Bones” REMMER
    #3: PHILIP PILLSBURY (1903-1984)
    #4: MIA and ELLA ALLAN (Single Parents), post-Sat-hint. Never heard of show or the twin
    #5: ROGER CLINTON, (Al) GORE (both are Jr.)
    #6: IVÁN NAVARRO
    #7: LUCILLE ELLIS, NORTON SIMON Art Museum (Pasadena, CA)
    #8: LAILA ALI

    Dessert: ANATOMICAL – AN, AL; PHYSIQUES – QUE + C => ATOMIC PHYSICS

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    1. geofan,
      Your GANDHI/GNU/AHI alternative answer to the Schpuzzle is excellent.

      LegoEnjoyedTheOneTimeInHisLifeWhenHeGotThat"AhiMoment"AndFromOutOfTheBlueHeJust"Gnu"TheAnswer

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  9. Schpuzzle
    GREEN BOOK, GNU, REEBOK
    Appetizer Menu
    Conundrums
    1. (George)CUKOR, ROKU
    2. JASON MOMOA, JSON, MOMA(Museum of Modern Art)
    3. LEONARD NIMOY, YEOMAN RAND(Star Trek)
    Swedish Dish Slice
    STABLE GENIUS, (Clark)GABLE, (Goran, Nicolaas, and Yrsa)STENIUS
    Menu
    Lights, Camera...Slice
    AUNTIE MAME, UNTIE, MANUMIT
    Entrees
    1. PETER(and)GORDON
    2. ELMER REMMER
    3. PHILIP PILLSBURY
    4. ELLA(and Mia)ALLAN
    5. ROGER(Clinton), (Al)GORE
    6. IVAN NAVARRO
    7. LUCILLE ELLIS(Simon, wife of NORTON SIMON)
    8. LAILA ALI
    Dessert
    ANATOMICAL PHYSIQUES, ATOMIC PHYSICS
    Bad weather coming our way here in West Alabama tonight. Pray for us. Also, don't forget I've got another cryptic crossword on this next week's Valentine's Day Puzzleria!, just because I love y'all!-pjbXOXO(kisses and hugs)

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    1. I will pray for you West Alabamans, cranberry.
      cranberry's 12th Cryptic Crossword on Puzzlera! (see it early this Friday) is a true delight. Fun clues and great fill in a grid with a dearth of black squares.

      LegoWhoHopesForAHighTempOfZeroTomorrowHereInTheGopherState

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  10. SCHPUZZLE: GREEN BOOK => GNU & REEBOK

    CONUNDRUMS:

    1. CUKOR => ROKU

    2. JASON MAMOA => JSON & MMOA (Metro Museum of Art)

    3. STAR TREK: LEONARD NIMOY => LIONARD NEMOY => NARD NEMOY & A => YEOMAN RAND

    SWEDISH APPETIZER: The STABLE GENIUS (Act) => GABLE & STENIUS

    LIGHTS CAMERA SLICE: AUNTIE MAME => UNTIE => MANUMIT

    ENTREES:

    1. PETER AND GORDON ("A World Without Love") => PETER GORDON

    2. ELMER REMMER

    3. PHILIP PILLSBURY

    4. ELLA ALLAN (MIA)

    5. ROGER CLINTON (GORE) [What is the distinction they share?]

    6. IVAN NAVARRO

    7. LUCILLE ELLIS (NORTON SIMON)

    8. LAILA ALI

    DESSERT: ANATOMICAL PHYSIQUES => ATOMIC PHYSICS

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

    Schpuzzle Of The Week:
    “What kind of animal is Oscar?”
    Change a letter in the title of a Best Picture Oscar winner to a “u”. Three letters of this result, in order but not consecutively, spell an animal. Remove them.
    The letters letters that remain, in order, spell a very familiar variant spelling of a similar animal. What are these animals and movie?
    Answer:
    Gnu, Reebok; "Green Book" (Change either "o" in "Book" to a "u".)
    Answer:

    Appetizer Menu

    Academy Conundrums Appetizer
    “Oh I wish I were an Oscar lyre winner...”
    1. Take the last name of an Oscar winning film director from the early years of Hollywood. Drop the first letter and reverse the remaining letters to name a modern device for watching movies and television.
    Answer:
    (George) CUKOR, ROKU
    2. Name a recently famous actor, first and last names. Drop a vowel from the first name to get an acronym for a digital file format. Drop a vowel from the last name to get an acronym for a popular New York tourist destination.
    Answer:
    JASON MOMOA, JSON, MOMA
    3. Name a well-known actor, first and last names, best known for their role in a well-known television series. Interchange the second letters of the names. (For example, “Ted Danson” would become “Tad Denson”.) Remove the first three letters of the result, add a vowel, and rearrange. The result will be the title and last name of a character from that same series.
    Answer:
    LEONARD NIMOY, YEOMAN RAND

    Swedish Dish Appetizer:
    Act of Congress, “actor of congrats”
    Take the name of an act proposed in Congress, in two words of six letters each. These words, an adjective and noun, are those that a U.S. president has used to describe himself.
    Switch the beginning two consonants of the first word with the beginning consonant of the second word, forming two new words – proper nouns of five and seven letters.
    The five-letter noun is the last name of an Oscar-winning actor.
    The seven-letter noun is the last name of any of three people: a 17th-century Dutch thologian or either of two 20th-century Swedish journalists.
    Who are this Oscar-winning actor, theologian and journalists?
    What is the proposed congressional act?
    Answer:
    (Clark) Gable;
    Nicolaas Stenius (1605–1670), Dutch theologian
    Göran Stenius (1909–2000), Swedish Finnish journalist
    Yrsa Stenius, (1945–2018), Finnish born Swedish journalist and editor
    The Stable Genius Act

    Lego...

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

    MENU

    Lights, Camera... Slice:
    “This film lacks action... Edit!”
    Take the first word of a two-word Oscar-nominated film title from the past. If you delete its first letter the result is a verb.
    Delete the last letter of this verb and last letter of the second word in the title. Rearrange the letters that remain to spell a synonym of the verb.
    What film is this?
    Answer:
    "Auntie Mame" (Untie, Manumit)

    MENU:
    Riffing Off Shortz Slices:
    Bafflers for Learned Solvers
    Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz Slices read:
    ENTREE #1
    A Beatle once penned a song all by himself. A second Beatle didn’t think it was good enough for the Beatles to record, so the first Beatle gave it to his girlfriend’s brother, a member of a duo that had just landed a recording contract. The duo recorded the song and it became a chart-topper in both the United Kingdon and the United States, knocking the Beatles off the top of the charts.
    Remove a conjunction from the name of this duo. The result is the name of a puzzle maker.
    Who is this puzzle maker. What is the name of the duo?
    Answer:
    Peter Gordon; Peter and Gordon (who recorded "World Without Love," penned by Paul McCartney)
    ENTREE #2
    The actress Michael Learned has an unusual property in her name. The last three letters of her first name are the same as the first three letters of her last name reversed. The name of what 300-pound “gambling czar” nicknamed “Bones” who was associated with the likes of Bugsy Siegel Jack Ruby, Nick the Greek and “Baby Face” Nelson has the same property?
    Who is this czar?
    Here’s a hint: The first and last names have 5 letters and 6 letters.
    Answer:
    Elmer Remmer;
    ENTREE #3
    The last three letters of the first name of a past miller from Minneapolis are the same as the first three letters of his last name reversed. He was a tad too young to serve as a doughboy in WWI but he was president of his milling company when a doughboy was introduced as its mascot. This miller lost the tips of three fingers, the result of his hands getting caught in the rollers of flour grinding machines.
    Who is this miller?
    Here’s a hint: The first and last names have 6 letters and 9 letters.
    Answer:
    Philip Pillsbury

    Lego...

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  13. This week's answers for the record, part 3:
    (Riffing Off Shortz Slices, continued)
    ENTREE #4
    The last three letters of the first name of a child television actor are the same as the first three letters of her last name reversed. She and her identical twin sister work on the same productions, taking turns on the set. If you spell the first name of this actor’s twin backward, the result is a synonym of “goal.”
    Who is this actor?
    Here’s a hint: The first and last names of her have 4 and 5 letters.
    Answer:
    Ella Allan (whose twin is named Mia)
    ENTREE #5
    The first three letters of the first name of a president’s brother are the first three letters, but reversed, of the last name of that president’s vice president.
    Who are this brother and vice president?
    Here’s a hint: The vice-president and the president’s wife share a distinction that is unique in U.S. history.
    Answer:
    Roger Clinton, Al Gore
    Hint: Vice President Al Gore and Hilary Clinton would have been elected president (in 2000 and 2016) were it not for our Electoral Collage system of electing a president,
    ENTREE #6
    The last three letters of a Brooklyn-based Chilean artist’s first name are the same as the first three letters of the artist’s last name reversed. Who is this artist?
    Here’s a hint: The artist’s media include lights, mirrors and glowing glass.
    Answer:
    Ivan Navarro
    ENTREE #7
    Take the name of a woman before she married a billionaire industrialist from California in the early 1930s. The last three letters of her first name are the same as the first three letters of her pre-marriage last name reversed. The woman was an art aficionado and philanthropist, and instilled an apprieciation and love of art in her husband who subsequently accumulated a substantial private art collection., which is house in a Pasadena museum that bears his name.
    Who is this woman?
    Here’s a hint: Her first name is an anagram of two of the five words in the sentence, “I’ll give you a clue.”
    Answer:
    Lucille Ellis
    ENTREE #8
    The last three letters of the first name of a retired undefeated female pugilist are the same as the three letters of her last name reversed.
    Who is this pugilist?
    Here’s a hint: Her first name has 5 letters.
    Answer:
    Laila Ali

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    Bio-Branching Dessert:
    Grafting branches of science
    Name a redundant two-word phrase – consisting of an adjective and plural noun – associated with biological science. Remove the first two and last two letters from the first word and replace a “que” with a “c” in the second word to spell a different branch of science, in two words. What are these four words?
    Answer:
    Anatomical physiques; Atomic physics

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