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Schpuzzle of the Week:
Candy is dandy but money is minty
Spoonerize two synonyms of “dandy” or “swell” to form a different number.
What are these two numbers?
Note: In this Schpuzzle “spoonerize” means “change the initial consonant sounds of.”
Unbeatable Conundrums Appetizer:
Swapping apps, and other games children play
📱1. Name three smartphone apps of the same category, such that the first letters of any two can be swapped to form standard English words.
💆2. Think of a nine-letter word that means “easygoing.”
🌍3. Name a global landmark in eleven letters, two words, where every other letter is A.
🎉4. Think of a game you might find at a children's party, in ten letters.
Change the first two letters and remove a K.
The nine-letter result will be a food item you might find at that party.
Symbol Of Serenity Slice:
Finding the missing puzzle “peace”
Name a one-word, two-syllable, non-plural peace symbol. Move its first letter to the end.
Remove a string of three consecutive letters and a string of four consecutive letters from
Rearrange the letters in each string to spell two words that are antonyms, yet are often spoken together in a common idiom.
What is this peace symbol?
Hint: The three-letter word is related to the peace symbol.
Riffing Off Shortz Slices:
N NVS QT-pi with no QP doll
Will Shortz’s January 24th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle reads:
This week’s challenge is a spinoff of my (Will Shortz’s) on-air puzzle, and it’s a little tricky:
Think of a hyphenated word you might use to describe a young child that sounds like three letters spoken one after the other.
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz Slices read:
Think of a puzzle-maker, first and last names. Remove the final two letters from this full name.
Spoken aloud, the result sounds a lot like the name of a historic Beverly Hills hotel that Elvis Presley and John Lennon once called home.
Who is this puzzle-maker and what is the hotel?
Think of the first name of a fictional young child that sounds like two letters spoken one after the other. The first name of the child’s fictional father sounds pretty much like two letters spoken one after the other.
Who are these fictional characters?
Hint: the four letters can be arranged to spell a body of water.
The remaining six letters spell a word that
rhymes with a portmanteau word for a hybrid utensil.
What is the name in the 2019 political news?
Bat Masterson, Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Wild Bill Hickok ante up in a friendly game of stud poker at the Long Branch Saloon in Dodge City.Doc deals the cards.
Wild Bill beholds three kings, a magical hand.
Bat fingers three bullets, matching the three in his Colt Paterson revolver (just in case the game gets out of hand).
Pat holds two pair, queens and jacks.
Doc fans his hand out, revealing but a pair of deuces.
Bill begins the bidding by shoving twenty silver dollars center-table.
Bat and Pat follow suit, putting the pot at sixty-plus.
Doc folds like the cheap deck of cards he brought to the game.
Bill shoves thirty additional silver dollars into the kitty.Bat does likewise, exclaiming, “_’__ ___ ___!” (three words of 3 letters each, the first one apostrophized).
Pat folds, mumbling, “Too rich for my blood.”
Bill shoves forty additional silver dollars into the kitty.
Bat shoves in twice that amount, exclaiming, “______, _’__ ______ ___!” (four words of 6, 3, 6 and 3 letters, the second one apostrophized).
Bill folds like an origami bat. Bat (the one not constucted of folded paper) gloats and guffaws as he rakes in his pot of silver.
Bat’s first exclamation, above, sounds like three letters spoken one after the other.
Bat’s second exclamation sounds like four letters spoken one after the other.
What are these two exclamations, and the corresponding letters?
The founder of C-SPAN comes out of retirement to conduct a pre-taped-for-later-broadcast confrontational “interview” (actually, more like an argument) with a tiresome and dull albeit incendiary (literally!) red-cap-clad advovcate of Donald Trump who is also an unabashed fan of a former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona.
shelter in a Hispanic neighborhood.)
Prior to the broadcast, C-SPAN airs an eight-word promotional “teaser” that consists of:
a 3-letter verb, 4-letter surname, 6-letter verb, 1-letter article, 7-letter adjective, 6-letter surname, 4-letter acronym, and 4-letter informal noun.
These eight words begin with an S, L, d, a, t, A, M and p.
The eight-word promotional teaser also sounds like eleven letters spoken one after the other.
What is this teaser?
What are the eleven letters?
Frank Scherma, president and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has been persuaded to make amends for the academy’s historical snubbing of exceptional minority actors who deserve recognition, albeit belated, for their contributions to the televised medium.
One of these underappreciated worthies is an actor who appeared in 52 episodes of the original “Star Trek” TV series, along with noteworthy appearances on episodes of other science-fiction TV series such as “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Space Cases,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “The Twilight Zone” and 22 others.
And so, Scherma dashes off a six-word memo to the Awards Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, reading:
“_ ___ _____ ______ ___-___ _____.”
The memo consists on a pronoun (1 letter), verb (3 letters), proper-noun surname (5), adjective (6), hyphenated adjective (5) and plural proper noun (5). This The six-word memo sounds like nine letters spoken one after the other.
What are these nine letters, and the six words of the memo?
Take a letter. After it place a space and the surname of a hefty actor named Dan.
The result is a medication that may lower blood pressure.
Take the letter that precedes that letter in the alphabet.
Add it to the end of the first name of a person surnamed Landon.
The result sounds like an edible leguminous plant that may lower blood pressure.
What are this medication and plant that may help lower blood pressure?
A. Name a synonym of “novice” that sounds like two letters spoken one after the other.
C. Name something a trainer may throw into
the ring that sounds like two letters spoken one after the other.
D. Name a word that precedes “Bible Institute” or “Blues” that sounds like two letters spoken one after the other.
E. Name a word that precedes “Jazz” that sounds like two letters spoken one after the other.
An Alcohomophonic Appellation Dessert:
Who’s in the news?...sounds lots like booze!
Name a person in the news whose last name is a homophone of an alcoholic beverage
and whose first name is a near-homophone of an alcoholic beverage.
Who is this person in the news?
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