Sunday, June 18, 2017

What image is depicted on the flags of these nations?

1. United States
2. England
3. Russia
4. Japan
5. Canada

Answers:

1. Stars and Stripes
2. Union Jack
3. Hammer and Sickle
4. Rising Sun
5. Maple Leaf

NY Times Crossword
June 12, 2014
Mark Feldman

How many words orphrases can you think of that can follow THE WHOLE?

(Possible) Answers:

THE WHOLE
ball of wax
megillah
shebang
enchilada
nine yards
shooting match 


PASSING NOTES
NY Times Crossword
June 10, 2014
Pamela Klawitter

Can you write a three-word obituary notice using the last name of the men listed below as the first word, and an  anagram of the last name as the second and third words?


James MONROE
Isaac NEWTON
Thomas EDISON

Answers:

MONROE NO MORE
NEWTON WENT ON
EDISON IS DONE
NPR Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle
June 18, 2017
Will Shortz

The words and names below each conceal a related word, with the letters in correct left-to-right order, bu not consecutive. Can you spot them?

BENJAMIN
GREENPEACE
CHARMED
FRAGRANCE
LATINOS
OMBUDSMAN
BESTIALIZE

Answers:

Each word conceals the name of a country:

BENjamIN
GREEnpeaCE
CHArmeD 
FRAgraNCE
LAtinOS
OmbudsMAN
BEstiaLIZE

 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

NY Times Crossword
June 17, 2004
Robert H. Wolfe

The first five phrases below are familiar - but something's not quite right about them. Can you tell what it is? The answer can be found in the "reveal" - Clue #6.

1. Revenge on
2. A rise out of
3. The message
4. In one's way
5. The lead out
6. SCRAM

HINTS:
1. Pay back
2. Provoke
3. "Understand?"
4. Be a hindrance
5. Move it!

Answer:

The answer to clue #6 - SCRAM - is GET LOST.  The word GET is lost - or missing - from each phrase:

1. Get revenge on
2. Get a rise out of
3. "Get the message?"
4. Get in one's way
5. Get the lead out!
HEAR! HEAR!
NY Times Crossword
June 27, 2004
Peter Abide and Steve Kahn

The answer to each clue below is a phrase in the form of _______ of _______, in which both words are homophones - thereby making up a bad pun. For example, given the clue Author Bret's deceptive move, the answer could be Feint of Harte (faint of heart). [Bonus: Harte and heart are also anagrams.]

1. Outcry from an eccentric group
2. Cotton pod in Santiago
3. Herb for one at the Round Table
4. Dieter's morning routine
5. Quiet before lions attack wildebeests
6. "Long live the King! Long live the King!"

HINTS:
Homophones of first words:
1. Ball
2. Bowl
3. Time
4. Right
5. Piece
6. Chance

Answers:

1. Bawl of wacks
2. Boll of Chile
3. Thyme of Knight
4. Rite of weigh
5. Peace of gnus
6. Chants of reign 

Homophones: 

1. Ball of wax
2. Bowl of chili
3. Time of night
4. Right of way
5. Piece of news
6. Chance of rain


ROGET AND ME
NY Times Crossword
June 13, 2004
Richard Silvestri

Each answer contains two words which are synonyms, but each of them is also a homophone - a word with another meaning. The clue plays on that second meaning. For example, given the clue DIRTY TOOL, the answer would be SPOTTED SAW.

1. Immovable armada
2. Abandons Congressional aides
3. Exhibition of lamps
4. Sensible tax
5. Makes fun of laceworkers
6. Dependable move for a gymnast

Answers:

1. FAST FLEET
2. LEAVES PAGES
3. LIGHT FAIR
4. SOUND TOLL
5. RAGS TATTERS
6. SAFE VAULT