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Schpuzzle of the Week:
“Say why we’re famous, then name us!”
The last name of a reasonably well-known person is also the name of a creature.
(Note: For purposes of this puzzle, disregard the person’s first name.)
Remove some consecutive letters from both
ends of the last name. Rearrange these letters to spell a seven-letter word for what the person is known for.
Take the letters you did not remove, in order. Change one letter to the letter preceding it in the alphabet. The result spells a word for what the creature is known to do.
Who is this person?
Delightfully Puzzley Triple-Appetizer:
Road-tripping and landmarking
🚗1. In 1968 an American singer had a hit single about an essential worker in a midwest state who lived the high life.
This young worker had a girlfriend in a west coast city and, as he had a couple of weeks vacation saved up, he planned a road trip to see her. Coincidentally, there also happened to be a 1968 hit record about the city in which his beloved lady lived.
The young man mapped out a more-or-less direct route for this “romantic roadtrip.”
Furthermore, he was also a natural history buff; and so along the way he decided to stop off, “side-trippingly,” at a landmark/tourist site... or two, or three.
Not counting his home state he travelled
through four states in his quest reach his destination and darling. Along the way he visited a famous “fossil-formation” natural history site, a “desolate” geological marvel along the Green River, and a site featuring a half-dozen historic stone ovens that resemble behives (albeit not in the Beehive State... but nearby the Beehive State).
Serendipitously, as he neared his girlfriend’s state his journey ran parallel to a famous early American travel route – a historical bonus!
Take the postal codes of the four states the young worker traversed (not counting his home state).
Drop one letter, leaving seven. Scramble these seven letters to spell a common word.
A. Where is this young essential worker from, city and state?
What does he do for work?
What is the name of the singer and the 1968 hit song?
What was the name of his famous group of recording session musicians that backed the singer on this record?
B. What are the city and state where the worker’s girlfriend lived.
What was the song about this city and who sang it on the hit record.
C. What are the three natural history sites the young worker visited?
D. What was the historic route he paralleled as he got close to his girlfriend’s state?
E. What is the common word that you can form from seven of the eight letters in the postal codes of the four states?
A state landmark and the global state
🌎2. Name a famous U.S. state landmark in two words of five and six letters.
Drop the penultimate letter. Scramble lightly to get a two-word assessment of world’s current condition.
What are the landmark and the assessment?
An inspired but bizarre landmark
🗽3. Name what some people might call a most bizarre Midwest U.S. landmark, in eight letters. It was inspired by an ancient English landmark as well as by a landmark in the the southern U.S. to which Bruce Springteen paid homage in song. Change one letter in this bizarre Midwest landmark and divide the result into two words to name an auto part.
What is this auto part?
What is the “bizarre” Midwest landmark?
Snatching virtue from the jaws of deceit
The first one-third of a synonym of “unholy” is also the first two-thirds of a synonym of “holy.”The last three-fourths of this “unholy” synonym sounds like a different synonym of “holy.”
What is this synonym of “unholy”?
Hint: The final one-third of the synonym of holy mentioned in the first paragraph is a two-letter male name.
Riffing Off Shortz And Mace Slices:
Let’s open to the Book of Thespialonians
Name a famous actor whose first name is a book of the Bible and whose last name is an anagram of another book of the Bible. Who is it?
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Mace Slices read:
Name a puzzle-maker whose first name is a book of the Bible. His surname is an anagram of a four-letter synonym of “a mountain peak or pinnacle,” like the peaks of the biblical mountains of Carmel, Tabor, Zion, Ararat, Sinai and Olivet – each symbolizing
“closeness” to a heavenly God.
The first five letters of the puzzle-maker’s first name and first letter of his surname can be rearranged to spell the destination of a road upon which the disciples significantly encountered Christ. The remaining letters of the puzzle-maker’s name can be rearranged to spell an initialism of a mainline Protestant organization whom one might learn more about this encounter.
Who is this puzzle-maker?
What is the “mountain peak synonym?”
Where did the disciples significantly encounter Christ?
What is the initialism of the Protestant organization?
Name a reasonably well known poet whose first name is a book of the Bible and whose last name is an anagram of another book of the Bible.
Who is it?
Note: The poet is known by a first, middle and last name. The middle name is the original surname of the poet’s mother, and is also the surname of an Oscar-winning actor.
Name an online automobile marketplace that is an anagram of an apocryphal book of the Bible.What is this marketplace?
What is the biblical book?
Hint: The biblical book is also an anagram of the combined letters of two words: A cheer heard at Wrigley Field, and a likely target of the cheer.
A mathematical curve that describes a smooth periodic oscillation resembles the path of an automobile cruising up and down and up and down rolling countryside hills.
We might therefore say that this automotive path traces a two-word term of four and five letters... a term that rhymes with “wine grape.”
This “rolling hills” two-word term is an anagram of a New Testament biblical book.
What are this book and the term?
The New York Mets were born in 1962 when Major League Baseball’s National League expanded from eight to ten teams (The Houston Colt 45s were the other 1962 NL expansion team.)In each of their first four years “the lovable Mets,” with colorful Casey Stengel at the helm, finished the season standings in the cellar – in tenth place out of ten teams.
In 1966, however, the Mets finished in ninth place, ahead of the Chicago Cubs. Fans were hopeful.
Alas, in 1967 the Mets slid back into the cellar...
The disheartened and exasperated Mets fans exclaimed a collective “____ _____!”
The combined letters of the words in those two blanks can be rearranged to spell a biblical book.
What is the exclamation? What is the book?
About a dozen years ago, a Nebraska businessman named Terrance Watanabe embarked on a yearlong gambling binge, placing exorbitant bets while playing blackjack and other games of chance at Caesars Palace and at The Rio in Las Vegas.
By year’s end, the businessman’s billfold was $127 million lighter.
Take a two-word term for what Mr. Watanabe suffered that year, in six and four letters. The second word in the term appears intact, with its letters in order, within a biblical book. The remaining letters of the book can be rearranged to spell the first word in the two-word term.
What is the two-word term? What is the book?
Name a movie title, in three words, that has become a holiday staple.
Rearrange the combined letters of:
A. the middle word in the title,
B. a four-letter name for the holiday, and
C. The first name of the actor who plays the title character.
If you choose correctly you can spell the name of a biblical book.
What is this book?
What are the movie title, four-letter holiday and title-character actor?
Elijah’s Chariot of Fire Dessert:
Name something that takes passengers for a ride, in two words.
This ride-provider, when spoken aloud, sounds like a description of what it is made of.
What is it that takes passengers for a ride?
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