Sunday, March 11, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 11, 2018): I'm Too Sexy (for my Shirt)

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 11, 2018): I'm Too Sexy (for my Shirt):
Q: Name a common article of apparel in 3 letters and another in 4 letters. Rearrange all 7 letters to name a well-known three-word song title. What is it?
Kudos to the PM for a solid puzzle this week. My hint? I don't care for lime-flavored Jello.

Edit: PM may stand for Puzzle Master, or Paul McCartney. Let it Be is an EP released by American comedy metal/punk act Green Jellö in 1984.
A: TIE + BELT --> LET IT BE

248 comments:

  1. Here's my 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.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Prediction: 2000+ correct entries this week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, took less than 5 min. for me to get the right answer.

      Delete
  3. Will didn't use all the clues on the air today. Here's what's left.

    Drop a letter from the first word to name a category of things. And drop a letter from the second word to name something in that category.

    8. DONG COLLIDE

    9. BOAST CLUTTER

    10. METAL LAUNCH

    11. DRIVER TIMBER

    12. GERM RUGBY

    16. COSMIC CATHAY

    I particularly like #11.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Re: #11: According to Wikipedia, on this day, March 11, in 222: Disgusted with Roman emperor Elagabalus's disregard for Roman religious traditions and sexual taboos, the Praetorian Guard assassinated him and his mother and threw their mutilated bodies in the Tiber.

      Delete
    2. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
    3. I think #12 was on the air.

      Delete
  4. Take the song title, change one letter to the letter that precedes it in the alphabet, and change one vowel to another vowel, rearrange, and you get a word strongly associated with the song.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And repeat a letter from that, rearrange, and you get something else to wear. Dang, now I did an anagram and have to be removed from STRAP!

      Delete
    2. Rob,
      Pulled your Answer out of the Ashes of An Arithmetic rAtio.

      Delete
    3. According to John Lennon: "It came in a vision – a man appeared on a flaming pie and said unto them, 'from this day on you are Beatles with an A.' "

      So out of a flaming pie or Pi came the word Beatles.

      Delete
  5. I have a much harder time with Blaine's clues than the puzzle, but unless his "kudos" are meant ironically he will be permanently banned from the Society To Reject Anagram Puzzles!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Did you know you can rearrange your acronym to spell PARTS, PRATS, SPRAT, TARPS and TRAPS? :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You have written the words of sacrilege. Fire and Fury onto Thee!

      Delete
    2. Rearrange "sacrilege" to get something from the past.

      Delete
    3. Blaine: Yes we knew it, That's the third time someone posted it out recently.

      Delete
  7. The song itself says this will be solved.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Submitted. That was a gimme.

    By the way, did you know that from SUBMITTED you can ANAGRAM to DUMBEST + IT?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All you people doing anagrams are going to "Run Ben Hill". Anagram that!

      BTW Ben, if you saw some of the late conversation last week, the prevailing wisdom is the puzzle entry selected is that which is closest to a "randomly" generated date and time. Submitting early Sunday is an unlikely winning time. Of course all times should be equal, but....

      Delete
    2. You don't need a timetable to know if you are going to burn in hell.

      Delete
  9. Lhw e iweo xh xtm fzrz xubyp xh kqb gsi mmftr zj trabupv lszo gsem lma opig vqkbchxh ng afqxvacf lvmmebf. Cifshm byi psdl scsf xtm apa mmftr, hvbxq wap sy xtm jzvww uv epzxvem bchxv, opnykx szm ypxmid qa lrhxtme zj mlq ebchl, vqiecegkq bup ahvpa lzy gsi pngi, trp iqo whqq xhygmymbvzr ms smg l xamdl fzrz xubyp. Xai xgetgl sr bup xamdl fzrz qqvgtsg xiw bq xai mzgtwmw mafzgbefmq hmml fpr divszl fzrz, ezl jpvx wgvt mc mlq anxi tvfqfe aas eiar xai rqedx lszo.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I suggested this puzzle a while back and he didn't even credit me! WTF, PM? I'm absolutely certain I sent it in, with my name and everything! Will, if you do occasionally comment on this post(and you have), MAKE YOURSELF KNOWN AND EXPLAIN YOURSELF!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cranberry: Maybe WS never got to see your submission as his interns might not show to him.

      Delete
    2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

      Delete
    3. WW: I wonder why not deleted yet?

      Delete
    4. Answers should only be selected from those sent in before WS post on here.

      Delete
    5. Natasha, it takes an intern? ;-)

      Delete
    6. I thought it took a village???

      Delete
    7. MC, this one may take a village of interns ;-). . .

      Delete
    8. No reason to belittle Blaine. Give it a rest.

      Delete
    9. I sent a tweet to WS to remove his post. Not sure he will see it.

      Delete
    10. ron, no belittlement intended toward either Blaine or Will. I was pointing toward the recent answer posting snafu at NPR a couple of weeks ago. Mistakes happen, answers get posted. I was making light of a non-critical situation.

      Delete
    11. That was a surprise! Didn't think I'd have to censor the PM himself. Sorry for not catching that sooner.

      For those that are wondering, Will Shortz essentially explained he came up with it independently.

      Delete
    12. It only takes a child with a match to raze a village.

      Delete
    13. Cranberry, et al, - in case you don't see WS's response before it gets dutifully removed, he wrote "Cranberry-- If you discovered this anagram first (and I believe you), I apologize. I discovered it independently when editing the Puns & Anagrams puzzle for the April 22 New York Times."

      And then Will magically transformed into Harriet...

      Delete
    14. Neither one "discovered" it first. There's a website out there with 7-year-old comments noting this property. . .and it's chiseled on stone tablets before that ;-).

      Delete
    15. Will, I apologize for my earlier comments and using all caps when I did. I thought for sure I'd sent in what I thought was my own original idea, but I wasn't exactly sure. I may have even mentioned the same puzzle on Blaine's a while back, or on Joseph Young's Puzzleria! Whichever it was, I vaguely remember offering a clue which was basically a lyric from the song(which someone else alluded to much more slyly here, I noticed), but I can't recall where I actually posted it. I also apologize for thinking my name had been somehow left out of the puzzle when clearly you had come up with it on your own. And thanks to Word Woman, it would appear this puzzle idea was not mine to begin with, nor was it even yours. I'm also sorry your comment actually had to be removed(Shortz's comment removed? They wouldn't dare!), but above all I'm sorry you had to go through this in the first place. I hope we still remain on good terms, and you'll forgive a puzzler who might sometimes get angry every so often when he gets up earlier than usual just to check the Sunday Puzzle. If I do get angry from time to time, I may still be sleepy, and I totally blame it on that. Clearly this time it had nothing to do with being unable to solve it right away. Unlike others on this blog, I don't mind if it's easier to solve some weeks than others. In this case, it was all too familiar to me, but I should have known someone else would come up with it before me. I also hope no one gets any hints from this comment, as this was never my intention. Again, I sincerely apologize for putting you through all of this. You are the Puzzlemaster, and therefore deserve better.

      Delete
    16. And don't pay attention to WW, she's probably one of those radicals who doesn't think Christopher Columbus discovered America!

      Delete
    17. “Challenge me little man?!?! I’ll explain the answer and ruin it for everybody! MUUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA”

      Delete
    18. Don’t grovel that hard cranberry. It’s unbecoming and hard on the knees. LOL

      Delete
    19. “There's nothing new under the sun - you just get a can of paint out.”
      - Robert Plant

      Few things in this world are unique. Most of what we see as new content, literature, art, puzzles are all copies of things forgotten or variations on a theme. Smart companies don’t ever look at product suggestions because qwhen they come out with something new they get a flood of “I invented that!” And maybe to them they did come to it alone, but they don’t have an exclusive.

      Delete
  11. Replies
    1. jan, certainly some folks become unhenged on this day.

      Delete
    2. True, but they can find some solstice in a job well done.

      Delete
    3. I guess those Brits like to rock around the clock.

      Delete
    4. Giving them equi-knocks, I suppose?

      Delete
    5. And, speaking of circles, one of my SAT prep students from Viet Nam asked me "Who was the roundest knight of the Round Table?"





      "Sir Cumference, of course!"


      We are bad/good(?) influences on each other.

      He wrote to say he was SATisfied with his day yesterday taking the test.

      Delete
    6. But, it's a new one from/to him. Making jokes in one's second language takes great skill.

      Delete
    7. The Brits don't move the stones until March 25.

      Delete
  12. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Replies
    1. I know the answer but I am still trying to figure out Blaine's clue????

      Delete
    2. Monsieur Canard, do you duckduckgo?

      Delete
    3. "Singular Plurals" goosed or geesed, moused or miced, oxed or oxened, that or those?

      Delete
    4. Have never been oxed or oxened. ...actually I have never been moused or miced either.

      ...but then Je suis Mort.

      Delete
    5. Better than being liced and loused.

      Delete
  14. To be honest, Blaine's clue led me right to the answer.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Morning mystery: Type the name of the song in Youtube and select the first option. What do you hear about 5 seconds before the halfway point of the song?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Never heard nuthin like that before!!!

      Bahahahahah!

      Delete
    2. Cannot understand it if i am listening to what you are referring to.

      Delete
    3. There's a connection to the 45 alias, DD, I believe. Maybe eco can echo that thought. . .

      Delete
    4. Hmmmm, I suppose you can connect it to DD, though that seems kind of crass.

      Delete
    5. What I heard started with those same letters; that was the connection.

      Delete
    6. definitely not what I heard. We'll have to reconcile this Thursday.

      As if everyone doesn't know the answer already.

      Delete
    7. I just heard it, if it is in fact the same thing you heard. Either they had to have recorded a different version that gets more airplay, or they obviously had to edit that out. I've also heard another song by this recording act in which, if you listen closely, that same musician says something similar at a certain point, but it wasn't as loud, and they may or may not have removed it before releasing it. The only real connection to DD might be if he's about to give an address and he doesn't realize the mike is on. Then of course, when he's asked about it later, he'll say "FAKE NEWS!", like he always does. He must think that's an easy out for every situation, but in reality it's pretty much the easiest way for the rest of us to know whatever it is he's denying, it's true.

      Delete
    8. Cranberry, I'm pretty sure you heard what I heard, and yes, recordings of other songs have had similar outtakes, never included in the official released version.

      Delete
    9. Did the little guy actually say that?!?!?!

      Delete
  16. I figured it out while I was still on the phone with them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ron,
      According to the NPR transcript, it is "Aaron," but how much credence do we really want to place in that?!
      King Erroneous, you did an excellent job on Will's on-air challenge... really quick and quite unerroneous! I also enjoyed your telling of you tradition of helping your grandfather with the NYT Sunday crossword. Very sweet and inspiring.
      Here is what I have learned from researching and solving Will's fine puzzle this week: Songwriters need to tighten up their text when coming up with song titles! Seven-letter titles are a rarity.
      Attention members of STRAP: None of the 10 puzzles that appear on the current edition of Puzzleria! includes an anagram!

      LegoWhoAddmittedlyDoesOccasionally"Rearrange"TheDeckChairsOnTheTitanicButOnlyWhenBergsIntervene

      Delete
    2. My name is Aaron... but King Erroneous was a nickname given to me by my late stepfather when I would forget something or do something silly. I decided to wear it as a badge of honor.

      Delete
  17. Good to be back. My old computer system more or less died a couple of weeks ago so I’ve had little or no access to the Internet. I finally found the components I wanted and have been spending a lot of time learning three new pieces of hardware and a new (to me) operating system, Windows 10. Didn’t spend any time on puzzles or just about anything else. Anyway, as far as this week’s puzzle goes, the song title includes a verb in the imperative mood.

    ReplyDelete
  18. You know, for three consecutive weeks we have had puzzle snafus. I think today's was the funniest.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rob, it was pretty funny. A good reminder to, well, you know.

      Delete
  19. I just listened to the segment (finally!) and noticed they did include his name and hometown, but did not mention the pin and other wonderful prizes you may, or may not, actually receive.

    Good job, KE.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sdb: I wonder why they leave out prizes. Should not be that difficult to remember.

      Delete
    2. Natasha,
      I am sorry to have to inform you that due to a restraining order I am no longer allowed to divulge why NPR may or may not do whatever they do or don't do. I call this outrageous order: doo doo!

      Delete
    3. Sdb: sorry to hear that. Maybe you should get one of trumps lawyers.

      Delete
    4. They also did not ask what station I listen to NPR on. Is that because I'm not a member?

      Delete
    5. NO! I was asked, and I am not a member.

      Delete
    6. The segment used to be much longer, about 10 minutes as I recall. It's now down to 6 minutes; they cut the "reading of prizes", at one point by guest celebrities, which was silly.

      Since they can't cut the answer, on-air game, new puzzle, or banter with the host, I suppose they have to cut something...

      Delete
  20. Replies

    1. I bet Rex is glad to be out of there.

      But, petrogiant? That's weird without a hyphen or a space. Puh-troj-ee-ant? ;-). Will petrodwarf and petroelf be coming next?

      Delete
    2. I wonder how long it takes Rexus to realize this ongoing nightmare is finally over!

      I sometimes give up on knowing when to use, or not use a hyphen. I just usually leave a space between the two words!

      Delete
    3. The nightmare is not over Rex is just not part of it any more. Sad! He was relatively sane compared to the rest of the yahoos.

      Delete
    4. Yes, sometimes he seemed like the only voice of reason coming from the White House.

      Delete
    5. I do not believe RT is at all happy to be out of his job. He could have quit any time he wanted, but most likely sees himself as an important safeguard to stability. I am not at all a supporter of him, but his leaving is going to be a disaster. There is almost no mortar left to hold the bricks together. It is good when your granola crumbles, but not your government.

      Delete
    6. Yes, I see your point, sdb. His caring about our country likely kept him there. Scary times ahead without that important rudder, Mr. Tillerson.

      Still, it must have been agonizing for RT to try to do his job properly.

      And I hate that 45 is controlling the news cycles.

      Delete
    7. I meant to also say in my above post, that if Rex didn't really want to stay he would have resigned when he was asked to last week.

      I just received this email:

      Climate Hawks Vote

      Donald Trump has fired former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State. Tillerson was a disastrous Secretary of State when it comes to climate.

      His proposed replacement, Mike Pompeo, will almost certainly be worse. Here’s the FAQ on Pompeo.

      Pompeo was a member of Congress before being confirmed as CIA director, where he represented Koch Industries. Well, technically he represented Kansas’ 4th District, where Koch had its headquarters, but he was Congress’ biggest recipient of Koch money during his tenure. So Trump is simply replacing one oil-soaked Cabinet member with another oil-soaked Cabinet member.

      Unlike Tillerson, who paid lip service to the science of climate change, Pompeo is a hardcore climate denier. Pompeo’s climate denial will set the tone at the State Department, which represents the United States on the Paris Agreement details as well as international aid and development -- which matters a lot to climate refugees, to developing nations deciding between coal and renewables, and more.

      Pompeo is a hard right Islamophobe who has at times depicted the fight against terrorism as a war between radical Muslims, on one side, and the Christian faith on the other -- not a good look for America’s top diplomat.

      Pompeo needs Senate confirmation, and we’ll be gearing up to oppose him.

      Delete
    8. Whatever happened to the suicide pact? Don’t Mad Dog Mattis and Cruella DeVille’s husband, Steve Mnuchin, have to fall on their swords now?

      Delete
    9. Rubber swords are not very effective.

      Delete
    10. Thank goodness we still have Betsy DeVos who will soon educate these fools.

      Delete
    11. To echo Mark Twain: MILITARY INTELLIGENCE is an oxymoron.

      Delete
    12. I worry that if crew members keep leaving there won't be anyone left to rearrange the deck chairs in the conference room.

      Delete
    13. Ron, according to last night's Jeopardy!, it was Groucho Marx, not Mark Twain, who saw the contradiction in "Military Intelligence".

      I didn't coin the term "Rexit" for today's top story, but I like it.

      Delete
    14. SDB: rearranging the deck chairs was probably in John McEntee's portfolio of responsibility, along with providing pens, adjusting the clocks for Daylight Savings, and delivering mail off hours. But now that he was escorted off the premises, he will have to do that at Trump Tower.

      Delete
    15. I don't disagree, but the point is, the ship is sinking faster than the Titanic. And by, the ship, I do not mean the Trump administration, but our country.

      Delete
    16. Sad to agree, sdb.

      I like Rexit also, jan.

      Delete
    17. Some will most likely consider the replacement of Secretary of State to be indicating a change in direction, but I think it would be more accurate to consider it like an oil change.

      Delete
    18. Yes, if it is on the internet it must be true.

      Delete
  21. Tillerson was right about one thing: Trump is a moron.
    But Pompeo as Secretary of State is worse than stupid.
    If there was any hope for American international relations, they are gone.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Funnysad. That's the word we need right now. 45 has corrupted "sad."

      Delete
  22. Cribbed from a news report -
    EX-EXXON TEXAN EXEC REX NEXT EX-SEC

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do all those ex's Live In Texas>

      Delete
    2. There will be many more wrecks to come.

      Delete
    3. And the follow-up headline: VOLCANIC SHIFT: POMPEO ERUPTS INTO SEC ROLE

      Delete
    4. I can't wait to read Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "The Last Days of Pompeo". Of course Bulwer-Lytton's most famous novel, Paul Clifford will need its sequel first, tentatively titled Peggy Clifford.

      And in keeping with tradition the new novel will start "It was a Drumpf and Stormy night."

      Delete
  23. When I was a kid I enjoyed going to the carnival:

    o Having no adult supervision;
    o Wandering aimlessly without needing to think;
    o Getting tanned and burned;
    o Consuming cotton candy and other junk that was bad for our health;
    o The meaningless, disparaging, and often abusive entertainment;
    o The Freak Show (okay, that wasn't such a good thing)
    o The House of Horrors, which we knew was fake but were still scared;
    o Going on rides that would throw us back and forth, flipping the whole world upside down;
    o Not knowing that those rides were poorly constructed and actually very dangerous;
    o Seeing little kids crying because they were lost or scared;
    o Listening to the sleazy carnie grifters, who would say all sorts of insulting and outrageous things;
    o Getting ripped off on the midway by the hawkers with their garbage merchandise and barkers with their rigged games, that even if you "won" you got little in return;
    o Barfing all that junk food;

    And for all that we weren't able to leave until the adults showed up to take us away.

    Anybody still like the carnival?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I never left. What makes you think you did?

      Delete
    2. I remember Jan 1977 - Jan 1981 as a time without much of a carnival; maybe not so happy, but the freak show was limited to brother Billy, not brother Billionaires.

      Delete
  24. There are those who believe honey tastes good, and those who do not care for honey. Regardless of what anyone thinks, it is all in the hive of the bee-holder.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You bumbled that one, and your light comment, obviously copied from someone else, was very apiary.

      Delete
    2. You may beelieve I bumbled it, but I did not copy it. I just coined it myself.

      Delete
    3. {^^^ . . .carved on stone tablets}

      Delete
  25. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Sad to hear of Stephen Hawking's death.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Where do you suppose he's holed up now?

      Delete
    2. Yes, I did notice the linguistic humor.

      I do not find it at all sad that Hawking is now gone. I see it as a great triumph that he has graduated and no longer has to live so constricted here.

      Delete
    3. Glad I didn't have to write black hole humour.

      Sad for the world and for his family, I suppose. Smarty pants with a sense of (black hole) humour.

      Delete
    4. Steven Hawking was a great intellect, but I believe it is a tragedy if we take everything he said as some sort of truth. Some of those quotes are ridiculous to me.

      Delete
  27. Shouldn't Forbes compensate Stormy Daniels for helping their magazine get to the bottom of the story?

    I can't wait to watch 60 Minutes this Sunday evening as Stormy Daniels describes how she de-briefed our leader. Trump Rump Exposed Red Handed. Get ready to Jockey for position around your television set or Ham radio for the bare facts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're having a ball with this, aren't you?

      Delete
  28. This post won't win me many friends, but I can't resist posting re: the dog dying in the overhead bin on a United flight.

    I am sick and tired of rude people bringing their adorable dogs into every store they shop in. Some even carry them attached to their chest, giving the appearance of breast feeding their little darling. I do not understand how these people manage to sit through an entire three hour opera without being allowed to bring their mutt. It was not always this way, and more for the better it was too. Ruff!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I had a dog, I'd name it Mudgeon.

      Delete
    2. Logically, I guess the counter argument would be: Arf arf arf grrr arff arf owoooh!!!

      Delete
    3. Who gave you a new leash on life?

      Delete
    4. How could anyone agree to putting their pup in an overhead bin?

      Delete
    5. I don't know, good question. Now the flight attendant says he/she didn't know there was a dog in that carrier.
      I wonder if that dog's name was "Lucky".

      Delete
    6. Did I hear correctly that the flight attendant thought it was an infant? That would explain it. They can be so annoying.

      Delete
    7. I know everyone is waiting for someone to make a tasteless carry-on vs carrion joke, but I shall continue to resist.

      Delete
    8. Perhaps this teacher who fed a puppy to a snapping turtle.

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/science-teacher-apos-feeds-puppy-130200778.html

      Delete
    9. Thanks, jan, we can all carry on quite well without that kind of tasteless humor.

      Delete
    10. Couldn't she have left the dog at home in a pup tent?

      Delete
    11. I'd make a major objection, very loudly. If that didn't work, my pup and I would be headed off the plane.

      Why didn't anyone else on the plane object? Surely others saw what was happening. . .

      Why did no one check on the pup during the flight?

      "Do not put living creatures in here" seems like a hyper-obvious label for those bins.

      Delete
    12. When asked about other possible options that could have been used, the flight attendant only replied "Bin there, done that".

      Delete
    13. Won't this cause United's overhead to increase?

      Delete
    14. Placards in place of common sense have a long history in aviation. Before his big flight, a reporter asked Charles Lindbergh how he planned to avoid going down into the ocean. He replied that he had a placard on the instrument panel that read, “Do Not Land In Ocean”.

      Delete
    15. If you travel with 2 or more, you should place them in a litter bag.

      Delete
    16. I can't (yet?) find the humour in this situation, though. I can decide to never fly United in protest.

      Delete
    17. Maybe the stewardess was pugnacious.

      Delete
    18. Or she may have thought it was tough Shih Tzu.

      Delete
    19. This all reminds me of the January 1977 National Lampoon magazine cover:

      National Lampoon, January 1977 - Beautiful Girl, a Dog, and a Baby ...

      Delete
    20. Yeah, I had a hard time locating my cover. Yours kept coming up instead.

      Coincidentally I had dog biscuits for breakfast today. The dog I used was already dead from a hit and run down the street. Waste not; want not.

      Delete
    21. 68C,
      I don't think that son of a bitch is gonna let any flight attendant put his butt in a compartment, although it kinda looks like he is one already.

      Delete
    22. Just remember, there is a difference between having your puppies shot and having your puppy shots.

      Delete
  29. If Gina Haspel is confirmed to be the next CIA Director, does that mean Mueller should be allowed to waterboard Trump in order to get the truth?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Reduce the deficit by putting it on pay for view, call it "American Numbskull Warrior".

      Delete
    2. Could we also call it trickle down justice?

      Delete
    3. We have a winner!!!!! ;~D

      Bahahahahahahaha!!!!

      Delete
  30. R.I.P. TOYS R US. Hello TOYS WERE US.

    ReplyDelete
  31. So can someone explain to me the "Lime flavored Jello" reference? Have not figured it out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Unfortunately, explaining it might give away the answer. It refers to a certain regional culture in the US, but I can't say more about it until after the deadline. I spent a lot of my childhood in that region, but outside of that culture.

      Delete
    2. I have a different interpretation of that clue and Blaine may well have another one. 4.5 hours and we'll know. . .

      Delete
    3. I found a song by Jennifer Lopez with the same title as an Everly Brothers song.(?)

      Brits have been called "limeys".(?)

      I don't know; I'm just winging it.

      Delete
    4. I'm pretty sure Blaine's clue refers to the punk rock band Green Jellö. I'm still concerned about his giving kudos to an anagram puzzle, I hope he assuages my fears.

      Delete
    5. That's what I thought also, eco (see below).

      And I thought the "solid puzzle" phrase Blaine used referred to jello which is a colloid and can easily go back from the semi-solid phase to the liquid upon heating. In other words, its not always solid. . .

      Delete
  32. I wrote, "Take the song title, change one letter to the letter that precedes it in the alphabet, and change one vowel to another vowel, rearrange, and you get a word strongly associated with the song." Change a T to an S, and change the I to an A, and rearrange to get, well, you know.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And if you repeat the letter T, you get seat belt. Note I said it was something you wear, not necessarily clothes or attire.

      Delete
  33. TIE + BELT → LET IT BE

    My hints:

    “TIMETABLE” (-MA) → LET IT BE.

    “BELITTLE” (-L) → LET IT BE.

    “Give it a rest” = LET IT BE.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Listen to this segment of Let It Be, and what do you hear? Actually listen to the whole song, I think it's one of their best.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. eco, what did you hear?
      That's the version I listened to.

      Delete
  35. BELT, TIE >>> LET IT BE

    "Library"  >>> The first 3 letters of Library correspond with the initial letters of the words LET IT BE.

    eco, I heard "Drop Dead" when I listened to the first listed youtube version of LET IT BE. I got to youtube via duckduckgo.com, though.

    As to Blaine's clue about lime jello, my interpretation is: "LET IT BE" is an EP released by American comedy metal/punk act Green Jellö in 1984.

    Here's the All Beatles anagram site from several years ago that mentions the LET IT BE and BELT, TIE.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And PM could be either Puzzle Master or Paul McCartney.

      Delete
    2. WW: funny, I hear "F***ed It" when I hear the youtube version. Doesn't matter whether you get there via evil Google or nice duckduckgo, it's the same video.

      Delete
    3. Listen a couple more times. I hear, "Muffed it."

      Delete