PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER 6!π SERVED
Schpuzzle of the Week:
Nissans or Novas vrooming past!“An accelerating Nissan or Nova vroomed past us alarmingly. Indeed!”
Two of those ten words above ought to begin with a different letter.
What words are they?
What letters should they begin with?
Put each of the two “different letters” at the beginning of each word and place these two results next to each other to form a word that persons kneeling at a rail once heard (and occasionally still do) while sticking out their tongues.
Econfusing Rebushwacky Appetizer:
Yummy Mother’s Day “Menumami”
M is for the Many things she gave us,
O means only that she’s growing Old.
T is for the Tears she shed to save us,
H is for her Heart of purest gold.
E is for kind Eyes that watch and keep us...
R is for a brain-wave-bending Rebus!Yes, it’s a third helping of holiday “cerebral rebusity” designed and served up by our friend “EcoarCHEFtect” (aka Ecoarchitect).
And, this time, the menu is all Mom’s.
You may recall that last November 13 Eco
elected to inaugurate his rebus-puzzle campaign with “E Plu Rebus Unum,” a slate of 26 rebus puzzles with presidents... but without precedent on Puzzleria!
Then, on Christmas Eve, Eco presented us with a bagful of 43 Holiday Repast Rebuses.
Which brings us to this week’s gustatory “Rebustatory” Mother’s Day Delights...
The Alpha(betical) And The Omega Slice:
“A reading from the Book of Genevasis”*
Name two world capitals, in alphabetical order.
Make anagrams of each — which will also be in alphabetical order.
These anagrams form a phrase that would
make a fitting caption for a memorable scene from the Book of Genesis.
What is the caption?
* Granted, Geneva may not be the capital of Switzerland but it is the capital of the Republic and Canton of Geneva.
Riffing Off Shortz And Kalish Slices:
Singin’ the red, white and blues
Will Shortz’s May 2nd NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Evan Kalish of Bayside, New York, reads:Name a famous blues singer — first and last name as this person is generally known.
Change the first letter to a “B”, and phonetically you’ll get a nationality. Who’s the singer, and what’s the nationality?
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Kalish Slices read:
Name a puzzle-maker — first and last names.
Remove the first letter of the last name to form an adjective that means “resembling or characteristic of a beer that is brewed by fast fermentation with a quick-acting yeast.”Insert a hyphen someplace in this adjective and change the last letter to a “t” to form a noun for a group of people who perform tasks (like constructing puzzles) at the highest level of excellence (like this puzzle-maker).
Spell the puzzle-maker’s first name backward to form an area of a building that usually reaches high “skywardly.”
Who’s the puzzle-maker?
Name a famous professional basketball player — first and last name as he is generally known.
He died recently and was thus in the news. But a just fortnight later, his surname was again in the news — the collegiate basketball news.
Move the first letter of his surname to the beginning of his first name and phonetically you’ll get two words:
1. a nationality, and
2. a five-letter synonym of “patient” that appears in no dictionaries (and is not even allowed in Scrabble!).
Who’s the cager?
What are the the nationality and the verboten-in-Scrabble “word”?
Take the first names of two title characters — a female from the pen of a female and a male from the pen of a male — from novels published within a span of 20 years.Put the names side-by-side and phonetically you’ll get a member of a fictional race of humanoid extraterrestrials familiar to Trekkies.
(But if you remove one syllable from the adjacent names you’ll get the demonym of a sovereign landlocked microstate on the Iberian Peninsula.)
Who are the two characters?
What is the member of fictional race?
What’s the demonym of the microstate?
Name a famous past blues singer, band leader and “harpoon” player — first and last name as this person is generally known. Divide the surname, a compound word, into two words.
Switch the initial letters of the first name and first part of the surname.
The result, phonetically, sounds like two pieces of sports equipment that make contact with each other. The second part of the surname is the setting for many other sports.
Who’s the blues singer/“harpoon” player?
What are the two pieces of sports equipment and the setting for many other sports
ENTREE #5Name a very large number — one that is perhaps larger than googol, or even googolplex!
Change the first letter to a two-consonant blend that begins with the letter five places earlier in the alphabet.
The result, phonetically will be a nationality.
What’s the large number?
What’s the nationality?
Descibe, in one noun, a coarse, gross, pretentious and earthy person who is lacking in cultivation, perception, or taste; who is morally crude, undeveloped, or unregenerate; who is ostentatious or excessive in expenditure or display; who is lewdly or profanely indecent and who spouts offensive language.
Change its first letter (which appears in the second half of the alphabet) to a letter that rhymes with it (which appears in the first half of the alphabet) to spell a nationality.
What’s the noun?
What’s the nationality?
Take the four-syllable first name of a fictional character created by a British author.Move the letter that sits (fittingly) on the right end of the name to its left end.
Change this letter to a letter that is more befitting of one occupying a spot on the left end of the word, as opposed to the right end.
The result, phonetically, sounds like a three-syllable nationality.
Who’s the fictional character?
What’s the nationality?
Trente-deux hachoirs à mâcherTake a French word for something you chew.
Invert one letter and add a letter to the end.
The result is an English word for something that helps you to chew.
What are these two words?
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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