Slithery, Simmering Synonyms; Shouts Of One Syllable Department; 1 Goober + 7 High-hanging Drupes Plucked From An Upper Branch; Back-gamin’; Making Neo-coms From Retro-coms; The Invisible Man Vs. The Divisible Non-human!P! SLICES: OVER (pe)3 – (e4 + p3) SERVED
Welcome to our July 22nd edition of Joseph Young’s Puzzleria!
Our featured puzzle this week is a clever “sitcom conundrum” by Puzzlerian! patjberry. It appears under our main MENU and is titled “Sit Like A Couch Spud Slice:Making neo-comsfrom retro-coms.”Thank you, Patrick. Also on our MENU this week is an octet (eight, count ‘em, eight!) of Riffing/Ripping Off Shortz puzzles… plus, on our other menus:1 Hors d’Oeuvre involving winners that gloat and “rub it in”;1 Mysterious Morsel that slithers and simmers; 1 Appetizing creation, quite divisible, with labyrinths and joyousness for all; and1 Dessert that defies conventional wisdom… and embraces unconventional “quizdom.”
So, join in the fun. Keep enjoying your July with our jam-packed jambalaya of labyrinths.
Hors d’Oeuvre Menu
Celebrating Overthrows Of Opponents Hors d’Oeuvre:Back-gamin’
Name an indoor sport that is known by a more common name. Spell the less common name backward and divide it in two to describe – in two words, a verb and noun – how participants in another indoor sport might celebrate a tournament victory.
What are the less common and more common names of the indoor sport? How do participants celebrate a tournament victory in the other indoor sport?
Homographic Enigma Morsel:Slithery, simmering synonyms
Name a word beginning with an A that is associated with the word “slither.” Name another word beginning with an S that is associated, figuratively, with the word “simmer.”
Each of the words has a homograph. (Homographs are words that are spelled the same but which have different meanings.) The homographs of these two words are synonyms of each other.
What are these two words?
Creature Feature Appetizer:The invisible man vs. the divisible non-human!
Note: In order to solve this puzzle, you must assign numeric values to the 26 letters of the alphabet: A = 1, = 2, C = 3,… Z = 26 (see image below).
Name a three-word movie title in which the title character is a large creature. Ignore the first word, an adjective. Concentrate instead on the second and third words, which are the first and last names of the creature.
All numbers corresponding to the first five letters in the creature’s name are evenly divisible by a number greater than 1. All numbers corresponding to the remaining three letters in the creature’s name (sixth, seventh and eighth letters) are evenly divisible by a different number greater than 1.
What is this movie title?
Hint: There was a remake of the movie, using the same title.
Sit Like A Couch Spud Slice:Making neo-coms from retro-coms
Name a popular 1980’s-1990’s sitcom with a one-word title. Change the double-vowel that appears in the title to one different vowel. Change a third vowel in the title to a different vowel. Change the letter following that third vowel – a consonant and common abbreviation – to the letter that is its opposite abbreviation. For example, R (Republican) and D (Democratic) are “opposite abbreviations.” The result, if you’ve done everything correctly, is the surname of a well-known 1970’s sitcom family. The consonants in this surname, along with the “double-vowel” (but with its vowels reversed) that appeared in the 1980’s-1990’s sitcom title can be rearranged to form a popular 1990’s-2000’s sitcom title.
What are these two sitcom titles? What is the sitcom surname?
Octet Of Riffing/Ripping Off Shortz And Bass Slices:1 goober + 7 high-hanging drupes plucked from an upper branch
Will Shortz’s July 17th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Ben Bass of Chicago, reads:Name a prominent American politician – first and last names, 11 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you’ll get a country plus the former name of a former country. Who’s the politician, and what countries are these?
Puzzleria!’s “Septet Of Ripping Off Shortz And Bass Slices” reads:
ONE. Name a prominent Midwestern American politician who is a former governor and presidential candidate – first and last names, 11 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you’ll get a two-word phrase – in 4 and 7 letters – that prompted Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics to ask for, and receive, an annual salary of $100,001 in 1965. Who is the politician and what is this two-word phrase?
TWO. Name a prominent Northeastern American politician – first and last names, 11 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you’ll get two words: a body part of one of the characters in a classic Coppertone poster, and another word (a “descriptive noun”) for the critter that is exposing that body part. Who is the politician and what are these two words? THREE. Name a prominent Northeastern American politician – first and last names, 12 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you’ll get a two-word phrase – in 7 and 5 letters – describing a self-possessed assurance that this politician, and others of her gender, aspire to cultivate. Who’s this politician, and what is the phrase?
FOUR. Name a prominent Southwestern American politician – first and last names, 9 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you’ll get an appliance usually used in the bathroom. Who’s the politician, and what is the appliance?Hint: The appliance is sometimes written as one word, but it is also sometimes written as two words (in 4 and 5 letters) or as a hyphenated word.
FIVE. Name a prominent Midwestern American politician – first and last names, 10 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you’ll get a type of 1960s-era demonstration – in 3 and 7 letters – that this politician was likely not a part of. Who is this politician, and what is this demonstration?Hint: Such demonstrations involved ashcans, but it is unclear whether they involved actual ashes (which has been reported anecdotally, but not actually confirmed).
SIX. Name a prominent Midwestern American politician – first and last names, in 10 letters. Add to these letters the first letter appearing after the opening parenthesis that is often is placed directly after the last name, for a total of 11 letters. Change an O in the name to a U and rearrange these letters, and you’ll get the first and last names of a member of a potential First Family. Who’s the politician, and what is the name of the First Family member?
SEVEN. Name a prominent Midwestern American politician – first and last names, 9 letters total. Remove an N from the name and arrange these letters, and you’ll get a two-word description of what the politician might have been in the late-1950s. Who’s the politician, and what is the description? EIGHT. Name a prominent Midwestern American politician – first and last names, 12 letters total. Rearrange these letters, and you’ll get a two-word description – a 4-letter adjective and 8-letter noun – of a rancid condiment a restaurant patron has just poured over her Caesar salad. Now Re-rearrange the 12 letters to describe a remedy lacking in social refinement that the patron employs in an effort to rid the rancid aftertaste from her mouth. The remedy consists of a 4-letter adjective and 8-letter gerund.Who is this politician? What is the rancid condiment? What is the impolite remedy the patron employs?
Dessert Menu Conventional Quizdom Dessert:Shouts of one syllable department
Name collective shouts that might be heard at a political convention, in one syllable. Name collective shouts – also in one syllable – that might be heard a few seconds following the initial shouts.
The initial shouts sound like the plural form of a part of the human body – they are homophones. The secondary shouts sound like the first part of a two-syllable adjective of or pertaining to a body part very near the first body parts.
What are the two shouts? What are the body parts?
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