Word Numbers And Number Words; “One Cheeseburger, Media Rare” ABBA Adds Al 'I Hate Poi' Yankovic Enforcing A Three-drink Minimum; Hope & Crosby, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch & Sundance, Pete & ...


Schpuzzle of the Week:

“One cheeseburger, media rare”

Name a current restaurant chain and an informal moniker of a past communications conglomerate. 

Both contain two words. 

Their second words are the same. 

Their first words – taken in order, one after the other without a space – spell a large city west of the Mississippi River. 

What city is it?

Appetizer Menu

Original Integer Digital Journey Alphanumeric Appetizer:

Word numbers and number words

Note: Here is a brief belated introductory "autobio" of our friend Bobby Jacobs, master puzzle-maker:

I am Bobby Jacobs. I am a math student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). I like pi, prime numbers, and Puzzleria!

I have been solving Will Shortz's National Public Radio puzzles since 2018. 

The crossword puzzle in my logo (above) has 96 words. That is the most words possible in a 15-by-15 crossword that is symmetrical, connected, and every word has at least 3 letters. It is very fun.

Here are my three latest puzzles. Enjoy!

???1. What is a three-letter word such that if you move each letter halfway through the alphabet, then you will get a synonym of the original word?

?2. What is the smallest positive integer whose Engilsh name is an anagram of the name of another positive integer?

?3. What are three digits such that all six 3-digit numbers that use each digit have English names that are anagrams of each other?


Leader Of The Pack Slice:

Hope & Crosby, Bonnie & Clyde, Butch & Sundance, Pete & ...

Take the first four letters of the name of a movie character and a word for a character named “Pete” with whom he often shared

The result sounds like a two-word term for a “dominant male” or “leader of the pack.”

What is this two-word term?

Who is the movie character?

What is the word for “Pete?”

Riffing Off Shortz And Gori Slices:

ABBA Adds Al “I hate poi!” Yankovic

Will Shortz’s May 30th NPR Weekend Edition Sunday puzzle, created by Al Gori of Oak Ridge, New Jersey, reads:

Name a famous city in 10 letters that contains an “S”. Drop the “S”. Then assign the remaining nine letters their standard value in the alphabet — A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. The total value of the nine letters is only 25. What city is it?

Puzzleria!s Riffing Off Shortz And Gori Slices read:


A puzzle-maker’s name, first and last, is very close being the name of a person who was very close to being “Number 43.”

Rearrange the letters in the name to spell the one-word title of hymns composed by Handel, Jenkins, Poulenc and Vivaldi (which is also the title of a garage-rock staple recorded by an Irish band whose name is the objective case of a plural pronoun).

You can also rearrange the letters in this puzzle-maker’s name to spell something mechanics use when checking automotive fluids, in two words.

What is the hymn (and garage-rock) title?

What do mechanics use?

Who is the puzzle-maker?


Name a classic movie title in 10 letters that contains all three consonants in a word for a part of a movie camera, like the one that was used to film the movie.

Remove these three letters.

Then assign the remaining letters their standard value in the alphabet – A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. The total value of the seven letters is only 12. 

What movie is it?

What is the movie camera part?


Name a non-English word that is translated as “union” or “alliance.” The word is familiar to most English speakers.

Assign to the letters in the word their standard value in the alphabet – A=1, B=2, C=3,

The average value of each of the letters is 21.2; in other words, the typical letter in the word is between U (21) and V (22).

What is this non-English word?


Eco-farmer Bessie Brown thought it prudent to put some leafy greens into Ol’ Dobbin’s diet, so she mixed in a handful of ________ along with the “old-school” oats in his _______.

Each word in the blanks contains seven letters.

Assign the letters in second word their standard value in the alphabet — A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. The total value is 30.

Assign the letters in first word their standard value in the alphabet. The total value is 21.

What are the words in the blanks?


Name an article of clothing that enjoyed some measure of popularity in the mid-Twentieth Century, in two words containing eight letters total.

Assign the letters their standard value in the
alphabet — A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. 

The total value of the letters is 145, which works out to an average of about 18.1 per letter, between an R and S.

A jazz bandleader helped popularize the style frequently wearing the outfit on stage, dubbing it “the ultimate in clothes.” 

Assign the 11 letters of his two-word name their standard value in the alphabet — A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. 

The total value of the first five letters is 10. The total value of three of the last four letters is 64.

What is the article of clothing?

Who is the bandleader?


Name a five-letter variant of a four-letter informal word for a “weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person.” 

Assign the five letters their standard value in the alphabet — A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. The total value of the five letters is 107. 

What informal word is it?


Note: The following Entree was inspired by GB, whose “GB’s Bafflers” appears regularly on Puzzleria!

Name a city that ain’t so famous, in two words of five letters letters each, in which an equally “ain’t so famous” puzzle-maker is based.  

The first word in the city contains an “S”. Remove the “S”. Then assign the remaining nine letters their standard values in the
alphabet — A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. The sum of those nine letter-values is a number whose two digits are the same, like, for example, “double-nickels” or “55”.

The sum of these particular nine letter-values is greater than “double-nickels” (55) but less than the product of “double-dimes” (10x10).

Take just one of the identical digits in the sum; it represents the number of letters in the state in which the puzzle-maker is based.

Who is this “ain’t so famous” puzzle-maker?

What are the city and state?

Hint #1: If you divide the name of the state in two unequal parts, the numerical sum of the letters in the first part is “double-nickels,” as is the numerical sum of the letters in the second part!

Hint #2: Invert the two-digit number that is sum of the nine letter-values. The result will be the number of the “Mother Road” or the number on the jersey worn by Mario Lemieux, Yasiel Puig, Ray Nitschke... and, perhaps, The Beast!


Note: The following riff-off appeared earlier this week in a comment posted by our friend jan on Blaine’s Puzzle Blog, where he comments regularly (and brilliantly!).

Take the first and last names of a puzzle-maker. 

Add the next  item in the following series: ST, ND, RD...

Then add the letter with the alphanumeric value of “Lucky 13.”

You will get, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,  “a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem...” kind of like the text of this puzzle!

Who is the puzzle-maker?

What is the “step-by-step procedure for solving a problem”?


In the Riffing-Off-Shortz image that illustrates ABBA adds Al “I hate
 Yankovic, what is the significance of Al Yankovic saying “I hate poi!” in his cartoon bubble?

Dessert Menu

“Make Mine a Cosmopolitan Please” Dessert:

Enforcing a three-drink minimum

Name a non-English-language beverage, in three words. 

Change one of its words to a homophone in that same language.

The result is three different beverages. 

Translated into English, what are these three beverages?

Hint: The initial letters of the three beverages that you translated into English, in order, form a three-letter word that has a peculiarity that makes it interesting to lovers of wordplay. 

Every Friday at Joseph Young’s Puzzleria! we publish a new menu of fresh word puzzles, number puzzles, logic puzzles, puzzles of all varieties and flavors. We cater to cravers of scrumptious puzzles!

Our master chef, Grecian gourmet puzzle-creator Lego Lambda, blends and bakes up mysterious (and sometimes questionable) toppings and spices (such as alphabet soup, Mobius bacon strips, diced snake eyes, cubed radishes, “hominym” grits, anagraham crackers, rhyme thyme and sage sprinklings.)

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