Monday, August 21, 2017

FLEXERS LVII

Answer each clue by matching it with one of the choices below. The choices are in random order. Wordplay is fair play.

1. Chose an acting role
2. Play area
3. Skinny couple
4. Famous artist
5. Round up antelope
6. Undercover FBI agent
7. Ready follower
8. Beaten
9. Munches on fries and slaw
10. Called back a completed pass due to a penalty

CHOICES:
a. Top drawer
b. Being fat
c. Foiled again
d. Theater
e. Catch the news
f. Get a perfect score
g. Choose up sides
h. Pick apart
i. Lean-to
j. Willing

Answers:

1. h - Pick apart (a part)
2. d - Theater
3. i - Lean-to (two)
4. a - Top drawer (heteronym) 
5. e - Catch the news (gnus)
6. b - Being fat (anagram)
7. j - Willing (ready, willing, and able)
8. f - Get a perfect score (Be a ten)
9. g - Choose up sides (Chews)
10. c- Foiled again (a gain)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle
March 29, 2015
Will Shortz

Can you think of two synonyms of the word DIE that are themselves exact opposites of each other? Both words have the same number of letters.

Answer:

PASS - FAIL


TWO RIDDLES

1. Why was the conductor having trouble with the string section?
2. What do you say to Ravi Shankar when he's right, but not quite right.

Answers:

1. The basses were loaded.
2. Close, but no sitar 
STUMPERS CXCII

What common five-word expression meaning "whatever it takes" can you associate with FISH and LAMBS?

HINT:
The first word is BY

Answer:

BY HOOK OR BY CROOK

Credit: 
NY Times Crossword
August 10, 2017
John E. Bennett and Jeff Chen

 


DOUBLE DUTY LXXXVI

Fill in the blanks with words which will will complete the word or phrase beginning with the word on the left and begin the word or phrase ending with the word on the right. The number of blanks indicates the number of letters in the missing word.

1. DE _ _ _ _ ON
2. LAP_ _ _ _ WAY
3. CRY _ _ _ _ STEPS
4. CUT _ _ _ _ _ ENDS
5. BED _ _ _ _ _ _ _ POT
6. SEA _ _ _ _ _ _ COURSE
7. FIRE _ _ _ _ NICKEL
8. STOP _ _ _ _ _ STOP

Answers:

1. deSPOTon
2. lapBELTway
3. cryBABYsteps
4. cutLOOSEends
5. bedCHAMBERpot
6. seaCHANGEcourse
7. firePLUGnickel
8. stopSHORTstop

Saturday, August 19, 2017

1. What do he following words have in common?

ALL
BALL
BIG
ROB
TAR

2. The following phrases have something in common that  as nothing to do with their meanings. Can you determine what it is?

You've got mail
One good turn
As time goes by
Miniature golf
The golden rule
Idle gossip

HINTS:
#1: The same two letters will change each word into a new one.
#2: It has to do with being self-centered.

Answers:

1.  Each word can be followed by OT to make a new word:

ALLOT
BALLOT
BIGOT
ROBOT
TAROT

2. Each phrase conceals the word EGO:

you'vE GOt mail, etc.

Credit #2: 
Arlan and Linda Bushman
SELF-CENTERED
Can you think of a familiar expression in the form of  "I ________ " - prompted by the key words given below?

1. BOOK
2. IKE
3. PARADE
4. DIFFER
5. TOLD
6. CROOK
7. DREAM
8. ALONE
9. CONTENDER
10. WHOLESALE

(Possible) Answers:

1. I could write a book.
2. I like Ike.
3. I love a parade.
4. I beg to differ.
5. I told you so.
6. I am not a crook.
7. I have a dream.
8. I want to be alone.
9. I coulda been a contender.
10. I can get it for you wholesale.