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Schpuzzle Of TheWeek:
A pilgrimward progression
Name a five-word idiom that describes the cost of something pricey.
Rearrange its combined letters to form two words that can be read as instructions, the second word of which is an African creature. Following the instructions will result in last name of a Mayflower pilgrim.
What is this idiom?
What is the creature?
Who is the pilgrim?
Houses of the wholly grueling puzzles
Around the house
?1. Name something in two words (of 5 and 8 letters) that you wouldn’t want to see around your house. Combine the two words to get something that you also wouldn’t want in your house. What are the two items?
Hint: The first thing is something that is literally around your house, and the second involves a sense that is not sight.
Houses of Wor(d)ship
?2. Name something you might see in a church in nine letters. Move the third and fourth letters three places later in the alphabet (for example, A becomes D) and the result will be something else you might see in a church.
To have or to have not
?3. Name something you can find in your house. The item’s etymology involves something that was once used, is no longer permitted, and that is often removed.
What is the item and what is the word origin?
?4. Take a common male first name in six letters. The first four letters name an animal, the last four letters name where you might find that animal. What are the boy’s name, the animal, and the location?
Greatest Show on Earth at the Landmark Theatres
?5. Think of a well-known movie with one word in the title. Divide that word and translate to another language and the result will be a well-known landmark. What is the movie and what is the landmark?
Shout “Eureka!” ere solving this puzzle?
Rearrange the combined letters of two signs of the zodiac to form what solvers might exclaim just as they are about to complete a puzzle.
What is it?
Riffing Off Shortz and Pegg Slices:
Warhog, woodhuck & other heartless critters
Will Shortz’s June 28th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Ed Pegg Jr. (who runs the website MathPuzzle.com.), reads:
Think of a five-letter animal. Remove the middle letter, and two opposites remain. What animal is it?
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz and Pegg Slices read:
Think of a word in the lyrics of a TV sitcom theme song, a word that follows the word “scrambled.”
Take another word in the lyrics that is an approximate rhyme of the first word.
Move the last two letters of this approximate-rhyming word to the beginning of the approximate-rhyming word, leaving a space between.
The result is the name of a puzzle-maker. Who is it?
Divide into two parts the surname of a past British poet/playwright, forming two antonyms.
Who is this poet/playwright?
Hint: The poet/playwright taught English literature at Princeton to two twentieth-century men of letters:
1. a novelist whose surname is the same as the middle name of a twentieth-century U.S. president, and
2. a literary critic whose surname is the same as the surname of a twentieth-century U.S. president.
Think of a nine-letter hyphenated word. Remove a word meaning “bodies of water” from the interior and two antonyms remain.
Hint: The hyphenated word is:
Summer, for Sharks and Jets;
Winter, for Cardinals and Orioles;
Spring, for Titans and Giants.
What is this word?
Name something seen on a football field, in eight letters.
Remove two consecutive interior letters. Rearrange the letters to the right of the resultant gap, and two antonyms remain.
What eight-letter word is this?
Think of what puppies use to dig and kittens use to knead.
Move the second letter to the end and remove the first letter. Divide the result into two parts.
Rearrange the letters of each part to form a pair of antonyms.
What do puppies and kittens use?
What are the antonyms?
Take a word that means “supplying with ample fluid or moisture.”
Remove the fourth letter, and move the first letter to the end. The first three letters and the last five letters of this result can be rearranged to spell a pair of antonyms.
What are they?
Independence Day Duo Dessert:
A pair of patriotic puzzles
1. Take three of the final six words in the first verse of a patriotic song. Make an anagram for each word. Arrange these anagrams in such an order that they form a three-word phrase describing the lyrical content of most of that verse.
Now delete the first word of this phrase to describe the content of the chorus that follows.
What are these phrases?
2. Take three consecutive words from a patriotic song.
Move the third word between the first two. A string of consecutive letters within the result spells the female and male names of an animal.
What are these names?
Hint: The three consecutive words are an article, noun and pronoun.
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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