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Schpuzzle of the Week:
“What we saw on our safari”
Take a word for something you might take on an African safari.
Change one vowel to a different vowel and
rearrange the result to spell two creatures you might very well see on the safari.
What are these creatures?
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A trio of singular conundrums🥁1. Think of a non-plural six letter word with only one vowel, O (where Y counts as a
Change the O to a U to get another word.
🥁2.Think of a non-plural six letter word with only one vowel, O (where Y counts as a vowel).
Change the O to a double E to get another word.
Change the O to an I to get another word.
Sequential Slice:Net, reef, neigh, net, event... next?
What is the sixth word in the following sequence?
Net, reef, neigh, net, event, ___?
Hint: The word contains three letters.
Riffing Off Shortz And Gordon Slices:
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Will Shortz’s April 25th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Peter Gordon of Great Neck, New York, reads:
Think of a person in the news (5,4). The first name and last name each have at least two consonants and two vowels. All the consonants in each name come at the start, and all the vowels come at the end. The letter “y” is not used. Who is this famous person?
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Gordon Slices read:
Think of the name of a puzzle-maker in the recent National Public Radio news, five letters in the first name, six letters in the surname.Rearrange the combined letters to spell a two-word caption, in five and six letters, for the
image pictured here.
The six-letter word is a compound word that is also a grass genus.
Who is this puzzle-maker?
What is the caption?
Think of the first names of a trio of fictional brothers who are the grand-nephews of Scrooge.There are 14 total letters in the names.
Four are consonants, three of which are the initials of the names.
The other 10 letters are vowels, two of which are the letter “y”.
Who are these brothers?
Think of a noun that ends in four vowels.
The eight letters preceding those four vowels alternate vowels and consonants.Take letters numbered:
4, 3 &1;
8, 7 & 8;
6, 5 & 8;
4, 3, 5 & 2
6, 7, 3 & 6; and
8, 10, 10 & 8.
The six words formed by those strings of letters are all examples of the noun.
What is the noun?
What are the six words?
ENTREE #4Think of a seven-letter past-tense verb that is an alternative spelling of a word that is an example of the noun that is the answer to Entree #3, above.
The verb consists of the five different vowels (not including “y”) which are flanked by a two-letter term for an employee of a hospital.
What is this verb?
Take a two-word name of the early wormlike stage of pesky pests that may infest your pets.You may spot them on “Spot,” your puppy, or witness them on “Kittenness,” your kitten. They resemble c-shaped flecks.
The name of these early-stage pests contains four and six letters.
Both words end with the same two vowels, but in the reverse order of one another.
What are these early-stage pests?
Think of a country an its capital city. Both end with two vowels.
Remove those four vowels.
Remove also one of the two letters that appear twice in the remaining five letters.
With the four letters that remain you can spell the contents of a world atlas.
What are this country an its capital city?
What are the contents of a world atlas?
“1988 Masters Tournament champion Sandy Lyle, a Scotsman known for his ability to read the greens, kept his caddy in clover and his orange _____ ___ in a caddy.”The missing words in that sentence each end with two vowels.
Remove those four ending vowels. The remaining letters can be rearranged to spell a third word that appears in the sentence.
What are the two missing words?
What is the third word from the sentence?
Otto, an amateur spelunker spends his day-off seeking the wonder of nature’s sculptures – stalactites and stalagmites.
As he roams deeper down into the darkness he senses a dribbling in his wake.
Otto aims his headlamp downward and sees a trickling of shallow rainwater tickling the sides of his sneakers’ soles.He thinks to himself, “Otto got to get outta here!” So he attempts to retrace his steps, but takes a wrong turn along the route. He calls out, “Help Otto get outta here!
Eventually, as the seeping water steepens to a near knee-deep flow, he sees a headlamp light at the end of the tunnel. It’s attached to a rescuer named Anna who takes his hand and navigates with him against the teeming stream until, finally, the dark of dank night is washed away by the light of bright day.
Name what Otto has now become, a seven-letter word ending in three vowels.
Remove those three vowels and spell the remaining letters backward to name the “heart of darkness” from which Otto was rescued.
What has Otto become? What is this “heart of darkness.”
Rearing And Rearranging Dessert:
“Calling Mr. ... Calling Dr. Spock!”
Take a one-word synonym of “child rearing.”Its last two syllables rhyme with one another.
Its first four letters can be rearranged to name what parents often do for children in the early stages of rearing.
What is this synonym?
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