An Aquatic “creature Of Habitat” Fruity, Meaty, Yeatsy, Ducky! Subtract 3 Letters, Add 10 Years; Flappers, Flivvers, Foxtrots, Firewater, Fitzgerald; “I See By Your Outfit That You Are A Nemesis”


Schpuzzle of the Week:

An aquatic “creature of habitat”

Name a three-word phrase that has lately been in the news. 

Delete its first eight letters and spell the remaining letters backward to form two words:

1. a habitat of an aquatic creature, and 

2. the creature itself. 

What is this phrase?

What is the habitat of an aquatic creature? 

What is the creature?

Appetizer Menu

Puzzley Garden West Of Nod Appetizer:

Fruity, Meaty, Yeatsy, Ducky!

Poetry Class Assignment

1. ??Think of a three-word, 18-letter social gathering you should avoid during this viral time. 

Drop one repeated letter. Scramble the result to get a four-word poetry class assignment requiring the parsing of one poem each by
Edgar Allan Poe, George Moore, William Butler Yeats, Charles Baudelaire, T.S. Eliot, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Verlaine, Paul Valéry, Juan Ramón Jiménez, and Jorge Guillén. 

This assignment might be especially beneficial and even therapeutic to a person who is addicted to ribald limericks written by the likes of Algernon Charles Swinburne, Isaac Asimov and scores of anonymous authors... like the one first published in 1927 that begins "There was a young man from Nantucket..."

What is the three-word, eighteen-letter social gathering you should avoid during this viral time?

What is the four-word poetry class assignment?

Hint: All 18 letters of the social gathering can be scrambled to spell three words associated with religion:

A. The final assumption of Christians into heaven during the end-time,

B. A land west of Nod in the Book of Genesis, and

C. A service of evening worship.

Noël, Noël, Novël! 

2. ??Think of a famous fictional Christmas character in six letters. Move the fourth letter five places later in alphabet. 

Replace the fifth and sixth letters with some meat that is traditionally served at a Christmas meal, especially in Australia. 

The result will be the surname of a famous novelist.

Who are the Chrismas character and famous author?

A Fruity Phrasey Ducky Puzzle

3. ??Think of a nine-letter fruit. Move the first letter 16 places earlier in the alphabet. Add to the end a part of a duck’s anatomy.

The result is a phrase that includes three words (the third one is hyphenated). This phrase signals a warning about a specific place – in an area of a hotel, hospital or other large building, for example.

What is the fruit?

What is the warning phrase?

Hint: If you remove the hyphen from the third word you will form the surname of a real guy first-named Patrick who made shots and a fictional guy first-and-middle-named John Ross who got shot.


Spidey Sensory Slice:

“I see by your outfit that you are a nemesis”

At the Marvel Comics convention an attendee dressed as a nemesis of Spiderman won the competition for best outfit. 

The name of Spiderman's nemesis and the word describing the competition are anagrams of each other that begin with the same letter. 

What are they?

Hint: The name of the Spiderman nemesis is also the name of a resident of a mythical island Homer wrote about, and of an oceanographic vessel a songwriter wrote about.

Riffing Off Shortz And Shteyman Slices:

Subtract 3 letters, add 10 years

Will Shortz’s January 10th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Michael Shteyman, of Freeland, Maryland, reads:

Name a person in 2011 world news in eight letters. Remove the third, fourth and fifth letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a person in 2021 world news. What names are these?

Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Shteyman Slices read:


Take the surname a puzzle-maker in eight letters. 

The first, third and fifth letters spell a synonym of “pigpen.” Remove them. 

Add a hyphen to the remaining letters, to spell a word for a well-built, muscular guy. 

Who is the puzzle-maker?

What are the synonym of “pigpen” and word for a well-built, muscular guy?


Take the three-word name of a person in 1841 U.S. news, in twenty letters. 

Remove all but the first three and final three letters. 

The remaining six letters, in order, will spell the surname of a person in 1913 U.S. news. 

What names are these?


Take the surname of an American novelist in eight letters. 

Remove the second and third letters. 

The remaining letters, in order, will spell the surname of a Poland-born-and-reared novelist. 

What novelists are these?


Take the surname of a U.S. president. 

Remove the first, second, third and fifth letters. 

The remaining letters, in order, will spell an adjective that does not at all describe his successor. 

What presidents are these?

What is the adjective that does not describe the successor?


Take the six-letter surname of a poet and novelist whose most famous title alludes to a wall-sitter who “fell apart” after a fall. 

Remove the second and third letters. 

The remaining letters, in order, will name creature who might perch on a wall but would not fall. It would fly safely away.

These letters also spell the surname of an acclaimed British architect.

What poet/novelist is this? What is the creature? Who is the architect.

Hint: The creature rhymes with the poet/novelist’s middle name. 


Name a major world city. 

Its third and forth letters spell a U.S. state postal code. 

The remaining letters, in order, will name the official state bird of a state that is adjacent to the state designated by that postal code. 

What world city is this?

What is the official state bird of the state adjacent to the “postal-code” state?


Take the surname of an English poet. 

Remove the third letter. 

The remaining letters, in order, will spell the surname of an American poet. 

What poets are these?


Name an English statesman, first and last names. 

The first and last letters of his first name plus all but the first four letters of his surname spell the surname of the pen name of an English novelist who lived three centuries after the statesman. 

Who are these two Britons?


Take the surname of a U.S. founding father.  

Subtract 501 (in ancient Rome) from its interior to spell the name of a member of a fraternal organization of which several founding fathers – like George Washington,

Benjamin Franklin and James Monroe – were members... although this particular founding father claimed he was not a member of this fraternal organization. 

Who is this founding father? 

What is a member of the fraternal organization called?


Take the first and last names of a U.S. president. 

Remove nine consecutive letters, leaving a body part your parakeet has.

Take the first and last names of this president’s successor. 

Remove ten consecutive letters, leaving a place you might keep your parakeet.

What presidents are these?

What is your parakeet’s body part and the place you might keep your parakeet?

Dessert Menu

Jazz Age Dessert:

Flappers, flivvers, foxtrots, firewater, Fitzgerald

Spoonerize a two-word name seen on movie posters during the Roaring 20s to form what sounds like a possible headline seen in newspapers 50 years earlier.

(“Spoonerize,” in this case, means to switch the initial the initial consonant sounds in the two words of the name.)

What is this name?

What is this headline?

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