Out Of Africa, On To Broadway; “You Named Your Baby What!” Alphabetical Balancing Act; Swingers Hook Up In Colleges! When Summer Sports Collide


Schpuzzle Of The Week:
When summer sports collide

Name three words used in the lexicon of one particular summer sport: the first preceding slide, the second preceding drive and the third preceding ball. 
Taken by themselves, these “preceding words” are three terms for equipment used in another summer sport. 
What are these three words?
What are the two sports? 

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Conundrums You Just Cannot Beat Appetizer:
“You named your baby what!”

?1. Name a contemporary business in six letters. Drop the last letter and reverse the first four letters to get a male first name.
?2. Think of a female first name. Double the first letter and read backwards for a term that means “to annoy”.
?3. Think of an adverb referring to innocence in six letters. ROT13 to get a female first name.
Note:  “ROT13” means to shift each letter 13 places earlier (or later) in the alphabet.
?4. Think of a U.S. state capital. Shift each letter four places earlier in the alphabet. 
The result will be a female first name.
?5. Think of a classic movie director, first and last names. 
His first name sounds like the first and last names of the head of a current media empire; his last name contains a male first name in consecutive letters popularized in a classic 1940s film.
?6. I am a common finite ordered sequence. 
The first letters of my seventh through eleventh members spells a common male first name. 
What am I?

From Dark Continent to Neon Lights Slice:
Out of Africa, on to Broadway

Place an African goat breed in front of the name of a larger African animal. 
Change the middle letter of the result to a different vowel to form the name of a Broadway play. 
What is this play?

Riffing Off Shortz And Blau Slices:
Alphabetical balancing act

Will Shortz’s July 28th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Andy Blau (a magician who performs under the name Zoltan the Adequate), reads: 
The word BEVY might be described as “alphabetically balanced.” That is, the first letter, B, is second from the start of the alphabet, and the last letter, Y, is second from the end of the alphabet. Similarly, E and V are each fifth from the ends of the alphabet. Can you think of a six-letter word related to magic that is similarly balanced?
Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz Slices and Blau Slices read:
The word BEVY might be described as “alphabetically balanced.” Can you think of a similarly balanced caption – consisting of words of 3, 7 and 4 letters – for the image pictured here?
Hint: The woman in the picture is the first wife of a poet who wrote a “Love Song” and whose verse inspired a Broadway musical.
The word BEVY might be described as “alphabetically balanced.” 
Can you think of a four-letter title of a similarly balanced song title by a singer-songwriter whose lyrics in other songs spoke of snipers, silver spoons and dirty fingernails?
Hint: The song title is associated with Marion, Virginia.
What do Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico and Rhode Island have in common with Manganese, Ytterbium, Iridium and Hassium?    
The thirteen letter-pairs A-Z, B-Y, C-X... M-N can be defined as “alphabetical complements”  – that is, the letters in each pair are equidistant form the opposite ends (or the middle) of the alphabet. 
Also, the sum of the alphanumeric values of the letters in each pair sum to 27 (see chart above).
Replace the letters of an acronym that identifies a major university with their “alphabetical complements” to spell a word associated with a Shriner. 
The university experienced “One Shining Moment” in 2019. 
What are the acronym that identifies the major university and the word associated with a Shriner?
Consider the surnames of three U.S. statesmen who served their country in the 19th Century. 
One is a four-letter name that is “alphabetically balanced.”
The second is a name with “alphabetically balanced” first and final letters. Its interior letters spell what this statesman did against Horace Greeley to obtain a high office.
The third is also a name with “alphabetically balanced” first and final letters. Its interior letters spell a word this person shouted on the floor of Congress during roughly half his roll-call votes.
Who are these three statesmen?
Take the stage name of a particular magician. Replace the letters of one word in the name with their “alphabetical complements.” 
The average Scrabble value of each letter in this result is 5.875. 
Who is this magician?
Replace the letters in a masculine first name with their “alphabetical complements.” 
The average Scrabble value of each letter in this result is slightly less than 7. 
What is this first name?
Hint: Fictional characters with this name include a bumbling detective and a Shakespearean character.
Note: The following puzzle is an updated version of a puzzle I wrote and posted on Blaine’s Blog before Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! even existed. 
Both Paul and Word Woman solved it in the wee hours of a New Year’s Day. 
Give a three-word description of the woman named Ella Mae Bailey. Name a synonym of that description, in five letters. 
Replace the second letter of that synonym with its counterpart (A/Z, B/Y, C/X, D/W… M/N, as specified in several of this week’s puzzles). 
Rotate this counterpart letter 90 degrees (clockwise, counterclockwise, Fahrenheit, Celsius, Centigrade, Kelvin… any way you want!) to form a new letter. 
Now replace all five letters with their respective counterpart letters. 
The result is significant vis-a-vis the early history of Joseph Young’s Puzzleria!
What is this significant result?

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Two’s Company Two Dessert:
Swingers hook up in colleges!

Write the name of a well-known USA-based company twice. 
Place between these two identical words a third word – a word for  “certain swingers.” 
Reading the result aloud sounds like the names of two institutions of higher learning. 
What are these universities?

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