Sunday, August 14, 2016

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 14, 2016): The Cat's Away...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 14, 2016): The Cat's Away...

I'm unable to post the puzzle this week, but I didn't want to leave you without a place to post comments on the puzzle. Somebody help me out by posting a copy here. Then feel free to add your *hints*.

Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any outright spoilers before the deadline of Thursday at 3pm ET. If you know the answer, click the link and submit it to NPR, but don't give it away here. Thank you.

1. Next week's challenge, from listener Kenneth Low of Monterey Park, Calif.: Take the name of a country. Among its letters is the name of part of the human body, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters in order, reading left to right, will name part of an animal's body. What country is it?

Here's Blaine's standard reminder... don't post the answer or any hints that could lead directly to the answer (e.g. via a chain of thought, or an internet search) before the deadline of Thursday at 3pm ET. If you know the answer, click the link and submit it to NPR, but don't give it away here.

You may provide indirect hints to the answer to show you know it, but make sure they don't give the answer away. You can openly discuss your hints and the answer after the Thursday deadline. Thank you.

2. Thanks for taking care of that formality' WW.

1. Of course. Now if I could just solve this part-y puzzle.

3. Have a good vacation, Blaine!

4. One of those puzzles where at the end, once you solve it, it just seems as if the answer is so easy as to have just been given to you. ---Rob

1. Excellent!

2. A plausible clue indeed.

3. Well played.

5. SEYCHELLES This has SHELL + EYES. Remember "a body part" just like "a fruit" can be singular or plural if the body has two or more of those parts. Oh, there is an extra C, you say! Well the SHELL must be a C(SEA)SHELL.

6. Approaching this puzzle backwards made it a lot easier.

7. Ah! You don't get it, do you?

1. But Maizie does.

2. Yes, sometimes using circular reasoning is apt. So apt.

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4. So, is it all about signaling and agents?

5. Another summer rerun. Anyone remember this from some years back?

6. Are you saying WS presented us with this poor offering once before? What a surprise. This hasn't happened in weeks.

7. Just another grand day in Paradise, listening to Pearls of Wisdom celebrating the big VI IV....

8. eco, have a resplendent trip around the sun!

9. Each trip usshers another.

8. Ah! I'm always quiet for the difficult puzzles, but listened to this puzzle on my run along the East River this morning. Solved it! Was really on the go.

9. I printed out my country list, took careful aim at each one in turn and the answer hit me rather forcefully.

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2. Fbve wff hig un krkc ti sr xiex tm mmgxdy zk osa? Ahdf xfvs roet vms rsosa coxd Affgjl livfiip, 11tfwpafq?

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4. Paul, I can never figure out your coded responses. I tried the answer country as the key in a VigenĂ¨re cipher, but no luck.

5. Jan: the key is the name of a singer known for an eighties song that prominently features the capital of the answer country. Without decoding it (and thus giving away the puzzle answer), Paul's comment laments the duration of time it took to solve the puzzle, and then questions the search methods of the prior commenter.

6. My answer has a different name of a singer with a song featuring the capital of my answer country. Hope you reveal answer on Thursday.

7. Natasha, go to Wikipedia, enter the song title, and the resulting page will explain how one performer does the choruses, while another performer does the verses. It's the performer of the verses that's the key to Paul's crypto-post.

Oh, and make sure you're using the OLD VERSION of Sharky's Vigenere Cipher!

8. Paul, it says a lot about the importance of smooshing.

9. Thanks Enya

11. This is about as tough or easy as last week, which, BTW, seems to have fetched pretty small turnout.
I knew mica (ising glass, e.g.) but it is a pretty rare word nowadays.

1. Not so rare to me, MJ. But, then, I must go right (MUSCOVITE) away.

2. You Ukraine girls really knock me out!

4. You should see when geologists short sheet beds with sheets of mica!

5. That rocks.

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13. I know the puzzle is easy, given the finite number of countries and the easy availability of country lists. However, I'm happy that the Sunday Puzzle ran my puzzle!

1. Any easy puzzle is not necessarily a bad puzzle, in my opinion. In other words, I liked it, even though it only took about a minute for me to solve it. What it lacks in difficulty, it makes up for in, I don't know, charm, I guess. The main gripe I have is the angst I'm experiencing trying to think of a hint I can deliver without putting my hoof in my beak.

2. Cloven-hoofed fits, Paul, especially if you have a toothache.

Or you could sip a Jambu Juice, I suppose.

3. WW, your comment is as unsearchable as hen's teeth.

4. Ah, NirvÄna.

5. Ken: We at the Society To Reduce Anagram Puzzles appreciate your entry.

Spoonerize the capital city of that country (as it is known there); the first word is another body part.

14. So, what's the story on Blaine?

At least he isn't missing anything.

15. I got the answer quickly when I realized one of the two words had to be GUN.

16. PUZZle can be solved by finding part of animal's body first.

1. And I guess it goes without saying that the puzzle can be solved by finding part of the human first.

2. At first I thought the parts of human body were jumbled in the country's name. So that would explain why the part of hb had to be found first.

3. part...not parts

17. The following fifteen puzzles are based on names of other countries, nations, or geographical regions. Here I refer to them as "regions"; although most are countries, some have disputed classification. How many can you solve? Blaine's standard reminder applies: so that others may also enjoy these puzzles, please don't post answers. I will provide hints for anyone that asks for them when replying to this thread, and I will reveal the answers in a few days.

Name a region…

1. Among its letters is the name of a human body part, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a profession. What is the region?

2. Among its letters is the name of a type of garment, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name an industrial chemical commonly used in the laundering of the garment. What is the region?

3. Among its letters is the name for an ideologically united group of people, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a type of weapon that the group might use. What is the region?

4. Among its letters is a slang term for a group of educated people, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, answers the question of where they might be found partying. What is the region?

5. Among its letters is the name of an operation that a computer might carry out, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a possible empty result of that operation. What is the region?

6. Among its letters is the name of a system for representing numbers, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name the symbol for a chemical element of the periodic table often used in a device that outputs a number. What is the region?

7. Among its letters is the name of a substance in geology, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a technology company that has its origins in the geological sciences. What is the region?

8. Among its letters is the name for a type of body of water, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name an American city that is known for having droughts. What is the region?

9. Among its letters is the name of an emotion, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name something that this emotion usually affects. What is the region?

10. Among its letters is the name of an architectural feature, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name the two-letter country code for a country with about 3.5x the population of the region. What is the region?

11. Phonetically among its letters is the name of a well-known fictional character, reading from left to right, although not necessarily consecutively. Cross out these letters. The remaining letters, in order, will phonetically name a well-known biblical character. What is the region?

12. Rearrange its letters to name a single member of a common toy in two words. What is the region?

13. Rearrange its letters to name a unit of time and a substance often used to measure it. What is the region?

14. Rearrange its letters to get a two-word phrase for ordinary undergarments. What is the region?

15. Reverse the order of two letters in the middle. The result can be split into a two-word command that indicates a well-known musician should start playing. What is the region?

1. Pisk wa ehbv kotzs, VI?

2. Paul: unfortunately your message is too short for me to figure out the key, but I suspect it contains the abbreviated form of a sport that this week's answer country is known for. I can't get the rest of the key, though. If "VI" is PC, then the key contains gg (or possibly begins and ends with a g), but I can't make that work with the sport abbreviation.

If you're asking for a hint to one of the above puzzles, you'll have to ask again. You can even encrypt it with the same key if you like, but a longer message will ensure I can crack it.

3. As a starting point, all fifteen answers are present on Wikipedia's list of sovereign states. These puzzles were crafted incidentally in the process of solving the main NPR one, so I'm confident everyone else in the blogosphere can solve them as well.

Perhaps I should also cross-post the other puzzle I put on Lego's Puzzleria, as it seems to belong here:

"Advance the first letter of a country by one place in the alphabet and rearrange to get a common English word synonymous with what needs to be done to solve this puzzle. Curiously, there is a sense in which this country has another person stuck in the middle of its family lineage. What is the country?"

I would be interested to know if anyone has solved this yet, or if hints are desired.

18. I assume "a" isn't a body part, after "chin".
Actually it seems that the first syllable of the answer is familiar in this realm.

19. Blaine's title proves prophetic.

20. If you can't solve this you probably failed in your schooling.

1. Or at least a naughty student.

21. I only have number 13. They're tougher than I thought.

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23. Just got number 15. I see why I have yet to get PC's Puzzleria! submission.

1. Allow me to help out. You mentioned on Puzzleria! that you can't view the hints on your Kindle, so I've uploaded an extended version to Pastebin. I will post hints for my country puzzles tomorrow.

Creative, clever, and obscure hints are always fun, and anyone is free to post such references to these puzzles to indicate they have the solution.

24. When asked if I am still waiting to receive my Deluxe edition of Scrabble and the puzzle book, I can only say yes I am.

1. TomR, I posted a very similar comment and was asked to remove it. But I hope you get your Weekend Edition tie pin soon!

2. Jan- are you still waiting for your prizes too? How long does it take? I didn't see your comment that was removed, but I don't know how you would google off of mine. I did receive the pie tin, er tie pin, er lapel pin.

3. I got my prizes within a couple of weeks of my win. The pin came separately from the other swag.

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26. I wonder if Blaine is vacationing in this country?

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28. I've been trying to post hints to my puzzles; the amount of text requires it be split into two posts. But every time I post the second half, the first half (that I've already posted) disappears! Blogger be cray-cray. I don't know what to do at this point.

1. Solution: made it fit in one with a little text compression.

29. Boy howdy, the mice are playing.
And hovering too.

30. I will point out the human body part is not exclusive to humans.

1. And the animal body part is not exclusive to animals.

2. "Hot chicks" populate the country.

Lego'sOneWonderfulHint

31. The gentlemen doth protist too much, methinks.

I suppose it's stating the obvious that humans are animals, some more than others.

1. And women are persons, too. This seems to fit here.

2. If one is charitable one would say the reporter was thinking only about singles play, and that the short shrift was given to doubles tennis, not women's tennis. Reginald Doherty won gold in the doubles in 1900 and 1908, but of course you knew that.

Venus and Serena have only won the single's gold once - slackers.

3. Speaking of slackers. Michael Phelps hasn't won a damn thing today. What gives with that?

4. eco, yet the internet is rarely charitable. Charity never begins at 140 characters or sound bites, I suppose.

5. SDB: Michael Phelps is certainly puzzling [rim shot].

WW: I suppose that's true of the discourse of all persons - I wonder how our ancestors sent angry diatribes in smoke signals? Are you sure you women want to be included in the "persons" group?

6. eco: I agree. Can you even remember the last time he competed? Pathetic!

7. Dye-a-tribes, smoke signals---hmmmm. . .

Let me get back to you on the "persons" group question.

8. Un-diet-tribes tend to be thin natives who are indigenous to where they live and yet they feel right at home.

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33. Horses have both.

1. Some more than others.

2. We might debate this Thursday, MJ.

1. Clearly I'm in the pocket of Big Undergarment (or Comfort-Fit, if that's your style).

2. "In the pocket of Big Undergarment?" Ooh la la.

3. PlannedChaos:

4. I believe the correct response is, Brevity has never been my strong suit.

5. It has severely impacted the sole of my wit.

6. But, there are boxers in this year's Olympics!

7. The IOC is rampant with naked greed, and the news has not demurred from airing dirty laundry.

8. While all this is true enough, you must admit the IOC did not skimp on the Speedos. My screen was bulging with them.

9. I have a confession to make…

I was tuning my guitar's G string at Long John Silver's, when in the corset of business I was told they were no longer stocking my favorite meal, cod pieces, but that I could bikini available appetizer I wanted. They even offered to whip something up on the girdle. But instead, in a slip of judgment I garterbelted the server and socked the waitstaff, and in the hustle and bustle I purloinclothed food from another plate.

All nickered out and not wanting to linger, I exited on the doublet and stashed the booty in my Toyota Cami's trunks in a brassiere attempt to skirt the law. But their corsage of union suits chased after me and I had the groin suspicion I was hosed, so I started legging it, pantying for breath.

Once in custody, my lawyer advised I keep my mouth zipped shut. At the trial I stated it was thong to do what I did and I was negligee of their policies, but that I would never again tear at the fabric of society. The judge dressed me down, but because of my remorse I got a suspenders sentence with 300 hours of community cervix.

10. So in other words, they crotch ya with your pants down.

11. I guess you were a late bloomer.

12. I plead the (Abercrombie &) Fitch. One thing's for sure, we're all Jockeying for attention.

13. You really are tu tu much.

14. Did you hear the hoof-hoof joke about the interrupting cow? It caught the housewife in her muumuu.

15. No, but it does make me think that COWBOY is an oxymoron.

16. I'm Calvin Kleined to stop, but this is too much pun.

17. I heard that Kelvinator.

18. ...but I don't want to steer you wrong.

19. I fear we may have lost the thread.

20. I heard the housewife's favorite band was the Beastiality Boys.

…aaand, now I'm on a government watchlist.

21. Don't needle me with that old yarn.

22. You're just being crochet-y.

23. Maybe we should quilt while we're ahead.

24. I already did. Your beastiality post reminded me of an incident near Seattle about eleven years ago and I was going to post something about it, but when I Googled it and it came up right away I was surprised that it indicated there was a video of the incident, but it is way too graphic and disgusting to link here. I found the short video and now can't get it outta my mind. It has something equestrian to do with a man and the word zoo.

25. Darn, I didn't mean to embellish on Simplicity itself by sewing discord or getting unseamly. If I got down on you and ruffled feathers with that lambasting, it's only because this conversation is zigzagging awl over the place, really bobbin and weaving. Let me change my tack. I may be biased, but I've got a stitch in my side from what I gather are your custom-tailored ranterings, a patchwork appliquĂŠtion of talent that has got me hooked on your notions. I should call it a knit.

26. True story: I spent too much of my weekend extracting a dead rat from my sewer.

But I pleat that we selvage some dignity here; I gusset is forgotten we darted across this pattern April 10+. Gents, we must think of WW (and the other non-persons), we don't want to haberdasher hopes or make her seamstressed.

If we goudet's on this again we'll end up in a bind, eventually holding signs that say "Have needlework for food".

27. Some thoughts this beautiful Tuesday morning :

Hmmm, "Will needle work for food?"

Here at Blaine's: fruit of the loon.

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29. Yes, the rat was in my sewer. Un rat d'ĂŠgout dĂŠgoĂťtant!

Nouveau casse-tĂŞte: penser Ă  un terme de 5 lettres pour quelque chose autour de la maison. Ajouter une lettre Ă  l'avant et Ă  l'arriĂ¨re du mot, et le rĂŠsultat est de savoir comment vous pourriez vous sentir Ă  propos de cette chose. Les deux ajouts sont des lettres consĂŠcutives dans l'alphabet.

30. Just for you, eco:

RATATOUILLE RECIPE

Ingredients

1 medium size rat cubed.
1 onion, sliced thin.
2 garlic cloves, minced.
5 tablespoons olive oil.
1 3/4-pound eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
1 small zucchini, scrubbed, quartered lengthwise, and cut into thin slices.
1 red bell pepper, chopped.
3/4 pound small ripe tomatoes, chopped coarse (about 1 1/4 cups)

31. eco, en franĂ§ais?

32. Le puzzle est en franĂ§ais, mais pas moi. Si je devais en France, je ne serais pas sur Internet.

33. Oui, oui, oui, mais est la rĂŠponse en franĂ§ais?

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35. Oui, bien sĂťr.

36. Je n'ai rien. Conseil?

37. La rĂŠponse est dans cette chaĂŽne si vous regardez attentivement.

I should note that my French is extremely limited, though I think I would have an excellent career as a comedian in Paris. Every time I said something people would laugh.

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39. Il n'y a pas de comptabilisation pour le goĂťt. (better)

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41. My friends laughed at me when I said I wanted to be a comedian. Well they're not laughing now!

42. New puzzle: Name a celebrity chef whose last name is a word for something that might be done while preparing a meal.

43. Martha could trip while holding a pot full of meat and vegetables, flinging the contents against the wall and creating... Stew art.

45. Allow me to reword: Name a celebrity chef whose last name is a word for a procedure that helps prepare certain kinds of meals.

Eco: I'm trying to solve your puzzle. Are the intended answers both English words?

I have an answer, but am not certain it is correct. To find out, I have Vigenere enciphered the sentence in the next paragraph. If I am correct, you will be able to read the sentence using your seven-letter word as the key. If, when decoding, the cipher returns gibberish, that will mean I do not have your intended answer. Please let me know what the result is. Thank you.

Vh a xpf jwtrds jfj "Hrtzr Nwelfd Trme Mbdwff huueebwl" fpc e xghd mlyxz.

46. PC: my intended answers are French words, so I think your cipher wouldn't work so well. But now I'm curious about your solution, you English pig-dog!

WW is 80% of the way there - not bad!

47. I can think of several chefs who can fill the bill of fare.

48. Eco: Ah, well then I won't worry about solving it. My English answer (which seemed questionable to me) is TABLE, STABLER.

49. PC - I came up with the puzzle and I can't speak enough French to get my face slapped, so you can solve it too. You just have to seek it out.... and use Google Translate, er, Duckduckgo Translate, to verify.

It will all make sense Thursday.

50. How's everyone's progress with the fifteen region puzzles? Would anyone like me to dole out more clues?

34. An orchestra conductor.
An Alabama quarter.

35. Well I got number 11, but they sure are tough.

36. Number one just came to me!

37. Number 12 just came to me!

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2. ^ (Blogger problems)

38. Number eight just came to me!

39. Well, I got two of them. Daylight come and me wan' go home.

40. I got two more. I think ecoarchitect just dropped a hint for one of them. Does that mean the system is rigged?

41. A few more clues, PC, if you please. BTW I've solved your P! submission.

1. What specific ones would you like clues for? I'll be happy to oblige. :)

42. I already have numbers 1, 8, 11, 12, 13, and 15. Seems like the toughest part is looking up the regions and trying to find words inside them. I hope you have some easier clues for the rest.

1. Clues for the remaining region's names.

2: Religious, and would place well in the "smallest population" rankings, if only it had a fixed population; 3: warmer than the name implies; 4: sounds like a place Michael Jackson might have liked; 5: known for geology that many osculate; 6: I could go for a bite; 7: shares a maritime border with the nation known for flat pack furniture; 9: an island country with about 0.1% the population of the USA; 10: I once ziplined between this country and the only other country it borders; 14: a hotbed of religious tensions and disputed statehood.

43. I got two more. I think ecoarchitect just dropped a hint for one of them. Does that mean the system is rigged?

1. Any hints I dropped on PC's puzzle were purely unintentional and likely incorrect.

I've solved #1 (2 answers), 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13 and 15.

2. Shouldn't #5 be in the category of "rearrange letters"? I don't think the operation result is in order left to right.

I've also added #14 to my list, and maybe #9, but it doesn't make sense.

3. Eco: You are correct about #5. The operation is in order, but the remaining letters have to be rearranged to get the empty result.

44. I may have a couple of answers, but I'm having trouble parsing one of them out. I just figured out the other one. I now have number five.

45. I now have number four.

46. I now have number six.

47. I've made some progress, but the clues are tough. How am I supposed to know where you ziplined once? Got anything else, PC?

1. I think his operative clue was "the only other country it borders". There aren't that many countries, like Canada, that only border one other country.

2. Also, AFAIK they are the only two countries that have a zipline between them.

3. Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic fit into this category. This got me to thinking that technically neither of them is an island country since they border each other and therefor are not individually surrounded by water. But they are not technically peninsulas either.

4. If you feel the need Wikipedia has a list of countries that border only one other country. Haiti and Dominican Republic are there, as is PC's intended.

5. It lists the Vaticano too, but I always considered it a crime; not a country.

Malaysia is also listed. Is that a country entirely populated by ill people?

6. Historians report Jimmy Carter holds this opinion, even though he never used that word.

7. Didn't he also lust in his heart? I always try and do my lusting in the bedroom. I guess I just prefer a more orderly life.

8. Growing up I was very naĂŻve. I always thought a concubine was a coterie of Cuban confidence men.

48. I'm not really an expert on geography so much as on wordplay, so if you could do a little less on populations, that would be fine.

1. Problem is, the wordplay is already given in the puzzle, and the first round of hints focused on the wordplay, so now all I'm left with is hinting at the country names themselves. You're also free to ignore any hints you don't find helpful. The two times I mentioned populations was to provide an additional check for the puzzle solver that they had the right answer.

2. Here are how many letters are in the country names.

2: two words, four and three letters; 3: seven letters; 7: six letters; 9: eight letters; 10: eight letters; 14: nine letters.

I will publish the answers tomorrow at 3PM ET.

49. I have number two.

50. I have number seven.

51. THAILAND > TAIL & HAND

My Hints:

“So, what's the story on Blaine?” Story = tale > tail

“Or at least a naughty student.” Naughty is hinting at tying knots.

52. Thailand, hand, tail

Last Sunday I said, “I printed out my country list, took careful aim at each one in turn and the answer hit me rather forcefully.” “Aim” as in an anagram of Siam. “Hit me rather forcefully” – banged into me – as in Bangkok.

53. I wrote, "One of those puzzles where at the end, once you solve it, it just seems as if the answer is so easy as to have just been given to you." This had two clues: "at the end" is the tail; and "to have just been given to you" is "handed" to you. ---Rob

54. www.nobleworkscards.com/1689-bangkok-funny-cartoons-merry-christmas-card.html

1. SDB, to make a link clickable, wrap in the following HTML:

<a href="www.nobleworkscards.com/1689-bangkok-funny-cartoons-merry-christmas-card.html">Clickable text goes here</a>.

which, after publishing, becomes this:

Clickable text goes here.

2. Oh, hilarious BTW.

3. PC was correct about Murray Head for the first keyword, and the second does indeed contain "gg": wagging the dog.

4. Thanks for the key, Paul. Makes sense now.

1. France, face, RN (registered nurse)

2. Holy See, hose, lye (ingredient of soap)

3. Iceland, clan, IED (improvised explosive device)

4. Netherlands, nerds, the LAN (Local Area Network, a reference to LAN parties); (sounds similar to "Neverland")

5. Ireland, read, nil (zero); ("geology that many osculate": kissing the Blarney stone)

6. Hungary, unary (base one), Hg (mercury, used in thermometers)

7. Latvia, lava, TI (Texas Instruments)

8. Poland, pond, LA (Los Angeles)

9. Maldives, mad, lives (being angry usually affects the lives of others)

10. Portugal, portal (sounds like porthole), UG (country code for Uganda)

11. Mongolia, Mogli (Mowgli from "The Jungle Book", Noa (Noah)

12. Myanmar, army man (singular of army men)

13. Honduras, hour, sand ("like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives")

14. Palestine, plain tees (t-shirts)

15. Norway, "now, Ray" (Ray Charles)

Advance the first letter of a country by one place in the alphabet and rearrange to get a common English word synonymous with what needs to be done to solve this puzzle. Curiously, there is a sense in which this country has another person stuck in the middle of its family lineage. What is the country? Answer: Suriname, ruminate; there is an "I" in the middle of "surname" (family name).

Name a celebrity chef whose last name is a word for a procedure that helps prepare certain kinds of meals. Answer: Bobby Flay (to remove skin).

1. For #1 I also had B(ah)RAIN, an AH is, of course, an Architectural Historian!.

Nice puzzles PC, good that the actual answer was fairly far back in the alphabet, forcing you to go through a long list. I started my search at "S", figuring Ron had made it through Seychelles without any luck.

56. After I was chided for my "Yes I am" clue (which I deleted), all I had left was a reference to the Weekend Edition Thai pin.

1. When I Google "Yes I am", this is at the top of the list, followed by a lot of Melissa Etheridge links. If I try "yesiam" I get a lot of links for "India's Biggest Reality Show, but at the bottom of the first page, lo and behold!
Of course, the last few times I've tried entering "thailand", the drop-down menu of suggestions prominently features "Thailand zipline", so go figure.

57. THAILAND >>> TAIL, HAND

"You dont get it, do you?" referred to Udon Thani, a city in Thailand.

58. THAILAND >>> TAIL, HAND

"You dont get it, do you?" referred to Udon Thani, a city in Thailand.

59. THAILAND >>> HAND/TAIL
My comment in last week’s blog, “Even with the right country you can still miss the answer,” was based on there being two letters “A” in THAILAND . If you use the first “A” making the word HAND you will miss the answer as the remaining letters spell TILA , not TAIL . My later comment, “…approaching this puzzle backwards made it a lot easier,” addresses this issue and the fact that the TAIL is the part of an animal that goes over the fence last.

60. I got Honduras [banana republic] and then Hungary [tally]. I wonder if they have Macdonald's (sic) in Honduras. Day-o.
Then I got France ["can't speak enough French to get my face slapped"], then Latvia [capital: Riga].
I also got Holy See and finally Portugal, but didn't bother to make up hints.
I didn't make much progress with the celebrity chef puzzle. At a certain point I just didn't Kerr anymore.

61. Puzzle redux: I wrote "Just another grand day in Paradise, listening to Pearls of Wisdom celebrating the big VI IV". The same puzzle was used October 22, 2000; Pearl Jam has an album 10/22/00, a live concert recording at the MGM Grand in Paradise, NV (part of Las Vegas). Celebrating was not for me: according to James Ussher the world was created on Oct 22, 4004 BCE, so the puzzle was on the planet's 6004th birthday. SDB may recoil; I'll take any excuse for cake and ice cream. And yes, the VI should have a line over it, but I have no idea how to do that here, and cut and paste from Word didn't work.

..."failed in your schooling" referred to Singapore swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won the 100m butterfly last week. 3 others, including Michael Phelps, got the silver as they were in "tie-land".

Thai people call their capital Krung Thep; spoonerizing yields "tongue crep". I only used the body part, the full spoonerism sounds like a brunch from hell.

"The gentlemen doth protist too much, methinks" - many little critters in the Kingdom Protista propel themselves with tails, often called flagella. Protists are not animals. I resisted using the term flagellation, too obvious a clue.

Bonus Puzzle (en francais): I wrote about my sewer rat "Un rat d'ĂŠgout dĂŠgoĂťtant!". I noticed that both words had "ĂŠgout", which is French for sewer, and "dĂŠgoutĂŠ" is French for disgusted. My knowledge of this, my puzzle clue, and my correspondence in French with WW was only possible with Google Translate. Know that you will be assimilated!

62. I honestly do hope Blaine and family are having a Great Vacation (look carefully at the picture Blaine posted).

1. Funny that Blaine's default image was a spoiler in a way, since it prominently features a tail.

63. THAILAND, TAIL, HAND
My compliments to PlannedChaos' challenging puzzles, too.

1. Thanks for indulging me. I had a lot of fun playing with you fine folks this week.

64. THAILAND

TAIL + HAND

Just a few of PC's challenges:

-1. FRANCE>>>FACE + RN (Registered Nurse)

-11. SAHARAN (a region)>>>HAN (Solo) + SARA (Biblical Sarah)

-13. HONDURAS>>>HOUR + SAND

-15. NORWAY>>>“NOW, RAY (Charles)!”

65. My Monday hint:
"Hot chicks" populate the country
("Hot chicks" = "Babes") in (Thailand = "Toyland")