PUZZLERIA! SLICES: OVER 6!π SERVED
Schpuzzle of the Week:
“Reverent? Righteous? Sacred? Saintly? Devout? Divine? Pious? Priestly?”
“Aisle, belief, alms, grace, hymn and apostle” are six words related to church.
Take one letter from each word, in order, to spell an adjective describing church people who take a particular vow.
What is this adjective?
Colorful, Multisyllabic Appetizer:
Home, Home on the Ranch...Think of a multisyllabic word for color.
Insert an “s” in the middle.
You can now break the result into three new words.
One word is a synonym for ranch.
What are these words?
Coming Full Circle Slice:
Name a four-word idiom. The first word, if you do not pronounce its final letter, sounds like a word described by the last two words.
What is this idiom?
What is the word described by the last two words?
Hint: The initial letters of the words in the idiom are the first four letters of a U.S. state.
Riffing Off Shortz And Deal Slices:
William Somerset MaughiuamWill Shortz’s May 22nd NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Blaine Deal, who conducts a weekly blog about Will’s NPR puzzles, reads:
Take the name of an island. Move its first letter two spaces later in the alphabet (so A would become C, B would become D, etc.). Reverse the result and you’ll have the name of another island. What islands are these?
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Deal Slices read:
Take the first and last names of a puzzle-maker.
Anagram the first four letters to spell the name of an Indonesian island.
The next four letters, in reverse order, spell a biblical land west of Nod.
The remaining letters, in reverse order, spell an abbreviated form of a major U.S. city.
Who is this puzzle-maker?
What are the island, biblical land and U.S. city?
Take the name of an island. Remove its second letter. Reverse the order of the remaining letters to form a consecutive alphabetical string of letters (like, DEF or STU, for example).
Replace the letter you removed with its three-letter homophone. Interchange the first and second letters of this homophone. Replace the first letter of this result with its “competing letter” in a simple pencil-and-paper game.
The result is another consecutive alphabetical string of letters. What are this island and the two alphabetical strings?
Take the name of an island. Move its third letter four spaces earlier in the alphabet (so Z would become V, Y would become U, etc.).
Reverse the result.
Place a space between the third and fourth letters of this reversed result and you’ll have the informal name of a family member and a synonym of “sluggish” that may describe her or him (as the result, for example, of sleeplessness, stress, vitamin deficiency or poor diet).
What island is this? What is the informal name of a family member and the synonym of “sluggish” that may describe him or her?
“____ ___ ____ out to the field, where he killed him.”The combined first two words in this biblical passage are an anagram of an island. The third word is an anagram of a second island.
What are the words in the blanks?
What are the two islands?
ENTREE #5Anagram the combined two words in the name of an island to spell what God may have instructed Noah to purchase before the
What island is this?
What might Noah have purchased?
Take the name of an island. Spell it backward. The last three letters of the result are the beginning of a current U.S. Senator’s first name. The first three letters of the result are
the beginning of that U.S. Senator’s last name.
What island is this?
Who is the U.S. Senator?
Take the name of an island. Move its first letter four spaces later in the alphabet (so A would become E, B would become F, etc.).
Anagram the result and you’ll have the name of another island. What islands are these?
Hint: An anagram of the second island followed by an anagram of the first island spell an adjective describing a sprung prisoner or leaky rowboat.
ENTREE #8Take the first name of a female character on a past popular sitcom and an adjective that describes a male character on that same sitcom – an adjective that might also describe patriotic birds or a bad tire.
Swap the first letters of the first name and the
adjective, resulting in a new first name and four letters that can be rearranged to spell the surname of the person possessing that first name.
Who is that person (who also happens to be a puzzle-maker)?
What are the female character’s name, the adjective describing the male character and the name of the sitcom?
Just what is under that little red riding hood?A part found under the hood of a car (whether red or otherwise) is an anagram of other parts found under the hood.
What are these parts?