Sunday, July 15, 2018

ADD A LETTER - GET A NEW WORD LXXXIV

Add the designated letter to each word and re-arrange the letters to get a new word.

1. BED + T
2. LILY + D (not DILLY)
3. UNIT + P
4. TONE + F
5. PERU + P
6. CHILE + C
7. BIRDS + E (not BRIDES)
8. DRUBS + A
9. YACHT + T
10. STEEL + D
11. KITTEN + R
12. SEARCH + E

Answers:

1. DEBT
2. IDYLL
3. INPUT
4. OFTEN
5. UPPER
6. CLICHE
7. DEBRIS
8. ABSURD
9. CHATTY
10. ELDEST
11. TRINKET
12. REACHES 

Credit: #1, 2, 6, 9
Regis Modesta
GAMES/World of Puzzles
June, 2018
NPR Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle
July 15, 2018
Will Shortz

Each clue below has two words. Insert the same letter into each of them to name two things in the  same category. For example, given the words SHOTS and SKIT, you could insert an R into each to get SHORTS and SKIRT - both items of clothing.

1. FIE - SEEN
2. MONEY SUNK
3. ETHER - PALMS
4. BARE - ALLEY
5. PARS - SOFA
6. CURING - WRESTING
7. MONTAGE - CAPLET

Answers:

1. V - FIVE - SEVEN
2. K - MONKEY - SKUNK
3. S - ESTHER - PSALMS
4. G - BARGE - GALLEY
5. I - PARIS - SOFIA
6. L - CURLING - WRESTLING
7. U - MONTAGUE - CAPULET
PANCAKE
Andrew Chaikin
NPR Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle
Presented by Will Shortz
July 15, 2018

If you drop the E on PANCAKE, the remaining letters form a series of US Postal Service state abbreviations - PA, NC, and AK. Can you think of a major US city and its state that follow the same pattern? That is, if you drop the final letter of the city and the final letter of the state, you are left with a continuous series of state postal abbreviations.

HINT:
The state is in the southeast.

Answer:

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - OR, LA, ND, FL, OR, ID

Note: Another, even longer answer, that follows this pattern is a town (not a major city) in New York. Can you name it?

Answer:

SCARSDALE, NEW YORK

QUOTES XXXVIII

In an age of paradox, we park in driveways, live in mobile homes that don't move, and wear sweatshirts to relax.
Arch Napier

Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush, little baby, don't you cry.
DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin- from Porgy and Bess
 From Reader's Digest

A visiting home-economics teacher was trying to encourage a class of third-graders to try new foods. The teacher had a piece of venison, which she cut up into little squares. She placed the pieces on spoons and gave them to each of the children.
"Now, boys and girls, the game we're going to play today is to taste this new food, and to guess the name of the animal from which this meat came," the teacher explained. "I'll give you a hint - it's a name that sometimes your Mommy calls your Daddy when he gets home from work."
There was a long pause. Finally a voice from the back of the room said, "Don't eat it."

Note from JA: No pun intended on "game."

Walking down the street, a man passes a house and notices a child trying to reach the doorbell. No matter how much the little guy stretches, he can't make it. The man calls out, "Let me get that for you," and steps onto the porch and rings the doorbell.
"Thanks, mister,"says the kid. "Now let's run."

Once a wise guy was refused entry to a dance club for not wearing a tie. He went to his car, tied jumper cables around his neck, and approached the club again.
"Okay," said the bouncer, "you can come in - but don't start anything."

Thursday, July 12, 2018

TWO RIDDLES

1. What do you call baby Rocky Mountain sheep?
2. What do you call the mysterious waterway that crosses New York state?

Answers:

1. Little big horn
2. The Eerie Canal

Credits:
1. Clarence Tyler
2. Jay Sullivan

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

CUT IT OUT
From BRAIN GAMES FOR WORD NERDS
Francis Heaney

Each clue below leads to a two-word phrase in which the two words are nearly identical, except the second word has had a letter cut out. For example, the clue WELL-BUILT READING ROOM gives the answer STURDY STUDY.

1. Animal with a sore throat
2. Bullwinkle in a depressed mood
3. Shout from underneath
4. Stand-up joke teller in outer space
5. Step down from the throne
6. Formal, but rude, address to Scrooge
7. Seeks after handbags
8. Most agile man of the cloth
9. Newborns of Ken's beloved
10. List of animals that crow at dawn
11. It can warm up a movie house
12. Talk about a decathlon event
13. Where to find a group of medical examiners
14. 2 1/2 dozen people who need water
15. Making a bid at Sotheby's
16. Inattentive, but loving touch
17. General rude comment directed at women
18. More hypodermics than necessary

Answers:

1. Hoarse horse
2. Morose moose 
3. Bellow below
4. Cosmic comic
5. Resign reign
6. Mister Miser
7. Pursues purses
8. Spriest priest
9. Barbie's babies
10. Rooster roster
11. Theater heater
12. Discuss discus
13. Coroner corner
14. Thirsty thirty
15. Auction action
16. Careless caress
17. Catchall catcall
18. Needless needles