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A: MICHAEL PHELPS --> MICAS
Also, from Wikipedia:The word mica is derived from the Latin word mica, meaning a crumb, and probably influenced by micare, to glitter.
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2016 Olympics, home of the zika hickey.MICAS: MIchigan, CAlifornia, American SamoaBody shape: 10,000 hours in the pool, 2000 in the gym
As I’m sure every puzzler in the world knows by now, the answer is Michael Phelps which – without its doubled letters spells micas. This week’s puzzle is destined to be at the top – or near the top – of all correct puzzle answers ever submitted.
MICHAEL PHELPS>>>MICASHELP are the letters to be removed twice.See: Michael Phelps before conception!My hint: America's most popular science magazine, Scientific American or SciAm, anagrams to MICAS. Rearranging MICAS to CAMIS yields a shortened form of CAMISOLES, a sleeveless undergarment for women.MICAS also anagrams to iMacs, Charles' computers.WW's European fruit: CONFERENCE PEAR(PERE)>>>PEER CONFERENCEI had this long before the “Hieronymus BOSCh” clue. A digestif (pousse-café) is served “après (le) repas.”Missios Bonus Puzzle:Dante ALIGHIERI(-I I)>>>RALEIGH, N.C.
MICHAEL PHELPS, MICASAlso, the answer to my puzzle is LEAN ON ME by BILL WITHERS and later CLUB NOUVEAU. Then you insert the B into LEAN ON to get LEBANON.
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?