Schpuzzle of the Week:
Boozers Dr. Boo and Mr. Lew
Mr. Lew though sipped ale from a jar.”
How do the nouns in the first line of this couplet pertain to a Cape Canaveral countdown?
How do the nouns in the second line of the couplet pertain to U.S. geography?
Perfectly Cryptic Appetizer:
Plenty-great Number-28We are pleased to present Cryptic Crossword #28 by Patrick J. Berry (also known as “cranberry,” his screen name).
The number 28 is the sum of its positive divisors, excluding the number itself: 1+2+4+7+14=28.
A number such as that is called a “perfect number...”
And, a Cryptic Crossword such as this #28 by Patrick J. Berry is what we call a “perfect puzzle.”
And so, enjoy Cryptic perfection... compliments of Patrick! If you missed any of Patrick’s previous exercises in “Cryptomystification,” here are links to his previous 27 perfectly puzzling Cryptic Crosswords on Puzzleria!:
For those who may be new to cryptic crossword puzzles, Patrick has compiled the following basic cryptic crossword puzzle instructions to help you get a foothold:
Regarding the Across and Down clues and
The number in parentheses at the end of each clue tells how many letters are in the answer.
Multiple numbers in parentheses indicate how letters are distributed in multiple-word answers. For example, (6) simply indicates a six-letter answer like “jalopy,” (5,3) indicates a five-and-three-letter answer like “cargo van,” and (5-5) indicates a five-and-five-letter hyphenated answer like “Rolls-Royce.”
(For further insight about how to decipher these numbered cryptic clues, see Patrick’s “Cryptic Crossword Tutorial” in this link to his November 17, 2017 cryptic crossword.
The Tutorial appears below the grid that contains the answers in that edition of Puzzleria!)
“Perfect may be the enemy of the good,” according to Voltaire, but according to Berry, “Perfect just may be the friend of the Cryptic!”
Enjoy the perfection.
ACROSS1. Most insolent fool interrupting short nap(8)
5. Happy to see SNL segment(6)
9. Enthusiasm rare in Birmingham, for example?(8)10. Predicament for main sitcom character(6)
12. Cops heard visitors(7)
13. Strange way to describe a cop who’s not
22. My bad back—clutching both sides, start to reach back(7)
23. Where to find a lot of losers for miles around? Turn back, meathead!(3,4)
24. Spooner’s special light where the planes
take off and land?(6)
25. Serious problem for band with new sound?(8)
26. Kill crows(6)
27. Man on board taken in by similar con(4,4)
1. A little story to get free with a painting(8)
2. Begins describing extremely likable actresses(8)
3. Middle Easterner has ex-Prime Minister scratching head(7)
4. Fine suit worn by performer(12)
6. Sad, upset over one with terrible flu(7)
7. Surprised doctors to be supported by British character(6)
8. Property in Northwest—a tenement?(6)11. Singer’s torture involving B or E flat, somehow?(7,5)
15. Ugly American, personally(2,6)
16. Novel place to sleep used by a noblewoman(4,4)
18. Performing makes a gent so nervous(2,5)
20. Where one may find monks like hot stuff?(6)
21. One having some dork put on drag(6)
Unpacking Punches Slice:
Blessed are the peacemakers, not haymakers
Replace two adjacent consonants in a compound word for violence with two other consonants.
The result is a kind of punch often thrown during such violence.
These four consonants appear, along with two vowels, in a surname associated with nonviolence.
What are these words?
What is the surname?
Riffing Off Shortz And Cohen Slices:
Scarf-faces hold up Capital One!
Will Shortz’s September 25th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Adam Cohen of Brooklyn, New York, reads:
Take the name of a large financial corporation in 10 letters. Drop the fourth and fifth letters. Move the sixth and seventh letters to the front. You’ll name a person associated with financial misdeeds. What is the company, and who is
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Cohen Slices read:
Take the first name of the “The Father of Economics” followed by the surname of a living person who carried out financial misdeeds at the behest of his boss.
The result is the name of a puzzle-maker.
Who is this puzzle-maker?
Who are “The Father of Economics” and the living person who carried out financial misdeeds at the behest of his boss?
Name a person associated with serious criminal misdeeds. Rearrange the letters of the surname to spell a two-word description of “L’Arlesienne,” “Jeux d’enfants” or “Carmen.”
Who is this criminally associated person?
What is the two-word description?
Who is the Book of Judges judge, and the person’s nickname?
Take the name of a large financial corporation in 10 letters. Move the seventh letter to the first position and the original sixth letter to the second-last position. Delete the original fourth and fifth letters.
The first five letters of this result spell the first name of an actor who starred in a TV series about a three-letter organization that gathers intelligence within the U.S.
The last three letters of this result, spelled backwards, name a three-letter organization
that gathers intelligence outside the U.S.
What is the financial corporation?
Who is the actor, and what was his TV series?
What is the three-letter organization that gathers intelligence outside the U.S.?
Take the name of a large financial holding company in 12 letters.
Anagram these letters to spell a liquid asset, a fixed asset and a negative consequence of accumulating and operating assets such as heavy industrial equipment and smoke-stacky factories.
What is this holding company?
What are the two assets and negative consequence?
Hint: the two assets are the surname of a country singing legend and a word that appears twice in the title of a song penned by a folk-singing legend.
Anagram the combined letters in the name of a large financial holding company to form a four-letter name associated with a swan and a six-
letter surname associated with silents.
What is this company
What are the two names?
Take the name of a large financial corporation in nine letters. Rearrange these letters to form two words that belong in the blank spaces in the following fictional sentence:
“The ‘plugged-in’ Beatles ___ blew one Blue _______ right out of Pepperland!”
What is the financial corporation?
What words belong in the two blanks?
Henrietta, in order to purchase a KFC franchise, successfully secured a loan from a retail mortgage lending company in 2001.Two decades later, every evening at closing time, the hands-on Henrietta hoists bags plump-full of picked-over-finger-lickin’ wings, thighs, drumsticks and breasts into her dumpster at the edge of the parking lot.
During this daily dumping ritual, Henrietta flashes back to the day she secured the loan. Why? Because a two-word term for her dumpster debris rhymes with the mortgage lending company.
What is her dumpster debris?
What was the company’s name?
Name two female coungry singers: one born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1919, and the other born in “Mayberry,” North Carolina in 1945. Both scored big hits with recordings of different songs with “U.S.A.” in the title.
Place their surnames next to each other to form the name of a bank with offices in all but 13 U.S. states.
Who are these singers?
What is the bank?
Name an investment banking company. Use its 13 letters to spell:★ a large 6-letter recreational vehicle that the company might help finance,
★ a 3-letter fuel for the vehicle, and
★ a 4-letter amenity in the vehicle that most smaller vehicles do not offer.
What is the company?
What are the vehicle, fuel and amenity?
“Marie Calendar” Dessert:
Desktops filled with date delights!
Describe – using an adjective and noun in five and six letters – the often inspirational printed words you might see on a desktop calendar when you flip to its new page each morning.
Anagram the combined letters of these two words to spell the four-word title of a novel.
What are these two words?
What is the four-word novel title?
Hint: The adjective and noun each contain three vowels – the same three vowels.
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