Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CAUSE OF THE CAWS III

The answers to the clues below are based on homophones or near-homophones.

Example: Reason for the crows' noise
Answer: Cause of the caws

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The answers to the clues below will have something in common.

1. Seems familiar, reminds you of something
2. Stop, as a coasting car
3. New law school graduate's goal
4. Very quickly - colloquially
5. Cause of a game going into overtime
6-7. Often misplaced item and John Hancock's distinction
8. Distinctly different
9. _______ twice, cut once
10. Don't put on airs

Answers:

1. Strikes a chord
2. Come to rest
3. Pass the Bar
4. In nothing flat
5. Ends in a tie
6-7. Key signature
8. In sharp contrast
9. Measure twice
10. Act natural - - - Each answer contains a musical term.

Credit:
James Arthur
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DIG DEEPER VI (Q-Z)
Credit: Joseph Appel

How many familiar two-word phrases can you think of in which both words begin with the same letter, as in DIG DEEPER? There are a lot of them, so this is a work in progress.

(Possible) Answers:

Q:
Quick question

R:
Run ragged 
Rat race
Round robin
Rocky road

S:
Save seats
Space station
Stainless steel
Secret Service
Short shrift
Sea serpent

T:

Talk turkey
Tractor trailer

U:

Under-used

V:
Village voice

W:
Work wonders 
Walking wounded

X:
Xerox xenon

Y:
Yin Yang

Z:
Zuider Zee
The names and phrases below share and unusual quality. Can you determine what it is?

1. LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
2. ELI LILI AND COMPANY
3. HEADLINE NEWS
4. ROYAL ALBERT HALL
5. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
6. SCENES FROM A MALL
7. BEAR A RESEMBLANCE TO
8. CLAUDE DEBUSSEY
9. AM I MISSING SOMETHING?

Answer:

Each name or phrase contains a US state postal abbreviation - repeated twice in consecutive order:

1. lifetiME MEmbership
2. elI LILi and company
3. headliNE NEws
4. royAL ALbert hall
5. singIN' IN the rain
6. scenes froM A MAll
7. beAR A Resemblance to
8. clauDE DEbussey
9. aMI MIssing something?

 

THREE PAIRS II

NY Times Crossword
October 28, 1999
Patrick D. Berry

The answers to the clues below contain three consecutive pairs of double letters.

1. Sugar addicts have one
2. Acted the Boy Scout
3. Never
4. Financial record maintainer

Answers:

1. SWEET TOOTH
2. DID A GOOD DEED
3. ON NO OCCASION
4. BOOKKEEPER

The answers to the clues below will have something in common.

1. Non-conformist's activity
2. Silly, foolish behavior
3. Mosquito breeding ground
4. It's known as "Insurance City"
5. You need it to get on a plane
6. Heavy equipment for leveling
7. Tumble-down, as a shed

Answers:

1. Buck the system
2. Tomfoolery
3. Stagnant pond
4. Hartford, Connecticut
5. Boarding pass
6. Bulldozer
7. Ramshackle - - - Each clue contains the name of a male animal.

Credit:
NY Times Crossword
October 24, 1999
Nancy Salomon 
MALE BONDING 
NO HOLDS BARD
NY Times Crossword
October 3, 1999
Fred Piscop

The answer to each clue below is a pun based on a Shakespearean character. For example, given the clue Increased pay rate, Bard-style, the answer would be TIMONAHALF. The play in which the character appears is given as a hint - except for #6.

1. Empathetic remark, Bard-style (Hamlet)
2. Auto purveyor, Bard-style (The Merchant of Venice)
3. Hierarchy, Bard-style (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
4. Takes advantage of, Bard-style (Julius Caesar)
5. Easy schedule, Bard-style (Macbeth)
6. Miserly, Bard-style (No Hint)
7. Combat invoving planes and missiles, Bard style (The Tempest)

Answers:

1. OPHELIA PAIN
2. PORTIA DEALER
3. PUCKING ORDER
4. CASSIUS IN ON
5. BANQUO'S HOURS
6. TITUS A DRUM 
7. ARIEL WARFARE