Sunday, December 09, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 9, 2018): Let's Table This For Now

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 9, 2018): Let's Table This For Now:
Q: Think of a word that can go before "table" to make a familiar phrase. Move the last letter to the front, and you'll have a word that can go after "table" to make a familiar phrase. What phrases are these?
Where's a careless intern when you need them?
A: CRAPS TABLE --> TABLE SCRAPS

143 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.

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  2. Well there is always a "tool's table" and an "alt's table"...

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  3. Take the first word, change two consecutive letters within it, and you get something used on that table.

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    1. Or take the first word, change two consecutive letters in it, and you get where you might find the second word.

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    2. Or take the second word, change two consecutive letters in it to yield an implement used at the original table.

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    3. Well done. Did not help solve but verifies my answer!

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  4. I know this group mostly likes word puzzles, but if you are mathematically inclined, try this connect-the-dots puzzle

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  5. That intern isn't offering an iota of help this week.

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  6. This came to me pretty quickly. Can't decide if I should hint one way or another.

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  7. I am not proud of the most recent (within the past week) evidence of this, but I am beginning to believe I may actually be clairvoyant!

    LegoWhoSeesTheFutureSeizesThePresentAndSneezesAtThePast

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  8. Got it. Nice puzzle, good degree of difficulty.

    Happy Sunday from sunny Denver!

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  9. If you guys would just sleep in on Sundays, you too could get the answers in bed.
    It looks like Blaine's link will fill any time left over this week.
    WW started the blaming the "intern" years ago. Who knows? Lack of openness is not the best part of the enterprise.

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  10. I got it quickly in bed too. Now I'm wondering how many here felt it was much easier to solve than they first expected.

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    2. Cute, but I want to know: Did it come easily?

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    3. (Edited)
      Took a bit of work but I tumbled to the answer fairly quickly.

      Takes me back to a good time woman I used to know. Has since changed her name.

      Didn't have to burn the candle too far down.

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  11. Congrats Brisco on a great job, you can now add sung on national radio to your resume. I noticed the "intern" omitted two of the on-air challenges on the website, __ eat ___ and __ versus __.

    Speaking of interns, their afterlife doesn't look so good.

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    1. Thank you, sir. I was waiting for __Sally__ so I could sing some more.

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    2. Al Green, Wilson Pickett, or Lou Reed? All good choices.

      Really glad he didn't offer __Joey__, arguably the worst song in history. For those who want to suffer click here. But I warned you.

      Brisco, do you remember what day/ time you submitted your answer? There's some question here about their selection method.

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  12. I had problem proving I was not a robot when submitting answer. First time I had to identify buses and cars in pictures. The pictures were blurry and I had to try numerous times to get it right. Almost gave up. Wonder why so complicated this time.

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    1. "The pictures were blurry" is just what a robot would say!

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    2. Maybe I am really a robot. Experience "Does not compute".

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    3. I wasn't even asked if I am a robot. The first time in many months I have not had to prove it.

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    4. "I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. It's not the photographer's fault. Bigfoot is blurry, and that's extra scary to me. There's a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run, he's fuzzy, get out of here."

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    5. This was the first time I had to identify pictures of buses and then cars when I kept failing. I began believing I was a robot and almost did not submit. I still might be. How can I really know?

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    6. Look at yourself very carefully and see if you can locate where batteries may be installed. It will most likely be in an area that is less obvious to those looking at you.

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    7. Sdb: Where are your batteries?

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    8. Jan, What will replace them? I really am annoyed at the pictures. I tried about 10 times to pass the robot screening. I almost was going to write NPR and tell them not to discriminate against robots who play the Sunday puzzle and send them my answer signed A.Robot.

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    9. Natasha,
      Sorry to take so long to answer your question. They were in the charger, so I couldn't. Oh, and you really don't want to know where they are now.

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    10. Jan, True. I still think of 2001 A Space Odessey and Hal.

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  13. Two unused clues in the On Air Challenge this week. Both are pretty easy.

    On-air challenge: Every answer today is a familiar three-word phrase or title in which the first and last words are the same. I'll give you the middle word (and a clue, if necessary). You tell me the phrase.
    Ex. AFTER — Repeatedly --> TIME AFTER TIME
    7. CITY — State capital north of Austin, Texas
    10. JAMES — 007's introduction

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  14. I apologize for not coming up with this one last week, but better late than never.

    Bush sat down to dine.
    Twas to be a fine time, not
    A fête worse than death.

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    1. No need to apologize for not posting it.

      Bonus puzzle riffs are hard this week, I only have one that ties the on-air to the weekly, but giving it might lead to clues about the actual puzzle. So how about a creative challenge?

      Rewrite a Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) carol or song for these times. For example:

      I saw Mueller indict Donald Trump
      Underneath the RICO Act last night.
      He didn't see Bob sneak
      Through his files to have a peek
      Trump thought that he was safe
      With a complicit GOP.

      Then, I saw Mueller convict Donald Trump
      After an embarrassed Stormy fight.
      Oh, what a shout of joy and cheer,
      Will erupt when we hear
      Mueller’s jailing Donald Trump tonight!


      Of course it need not be political, but they are the grift that keeps on grifting.

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    2. A day and in danger
      No fib for his bed
      The little Lord Trumpus
      Laid down his air head

      The drones in the sky
      Looked down where he sat
      The little Lord Trumpus
      On the people he shat

      The prattle is flowing
      The Idiot awakes
      The little Lord Trumpus
      All lying he makes

      I hate thee, Lord Trumpus
      Tweeting from on high
      And stay from my sight
      Till morning and die

      Be from me, Lord Trumpus
      I beg thee to flee
      Far from me forever
      And leave us I pray

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  15. The Little Trumper Boy.

    A shitstorm on Twitter
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    Bob Mueller's on a witch hunt.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    There's no collusion here.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    It's all just so unfair.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump.

    Global warmings a big big hoax
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    Makes 'mericans look like jokes.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    Right now we need more coal.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    Let those old smoke stacks roll.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump.

    Vlad Putin he is my friend.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    The EU we will upend.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    Macron and Merkel have had their day.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    ...as well as pathetic Theresa May.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump.

    I am the greatest prez.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    That's what the whole world sez.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    President Xi gives me my due.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump.
    Netanyahu, he likes me too.
    A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump, A Grumpy Trump Dump.

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    1. "Have A Holly Jolly Festivus",
      sung to the tune of "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas", by Burl Ives

      Have a holly, jolly Festivus
      It's the best time of the year
      I don't know if there'll be prison time
      But have a cup of cheer

      Have a holly, jolly Festivus
      And when you walk down the street
      Say hello to friends while you can
      And everyone you meet
      Oh, ho the missles are stowed
      Hung where you can see
      Kim Jong waits for you
      Kiss him once for me!

      Have a holly, jolly Festivus
      And in case you don't fear
      Oh by golly have a holly jolly Festivus
      This year

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    3. I’m preening for the White Christians
      Just like the ones that used to own
      Where the brown folks scurry and black folks worry
      To see white hoods on the throne

      I’m preening for the White Christians
      With immigration laws I write
      May their wrath be what I incite
      And may all the Christians here be White

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    4. Great idea for a creative challenge, eco. You are the master at coming up with these! It has sparked clever lyrics galore. (But should "preening" be "pining"?)

      LegoThinksWhoThinksThatPeacocksPreenWhileParrots(AndEvergreens)Pine

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    5. Preen: (of a person) devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one's appearance.

      I'm staying with it. I only spent 15 minutes writing it, too lazy to do more.

      Though after thinking about my church clients - who are mostly white and very decent people - the first lyric could be "I'm preening for far Right Christians".

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    6. Tweet dream Trumpy
      Tweet dream Trumpy
      Tweet dream Trumpy
      How long must I scream

      Dream Trumpy got me screamin' tweet screams the whole day through
      Dream Trumpy got me screamin' tweet screams night time too
      I hate you and I'm screaming at you but that won't do
      Dream Trumpy help me stop my screamin', you can't make my dreams come true

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    7. I stand corrected, eco. Sorry. You are not at all lazy, and need no editor!

      LegoWhoIsPining(ButNotPreening)ForTheFjalcons

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    8. No problem Lego, that was the hardest word for me. Unfortunately for all I have several songs in the works, including "O little Trump in Washington", "Silent Night, Stormy Night", "It's beginning to look a lot like Prison", and ...

      We three kings of GOP are
      Bearing gifts we traverse afar
      With no reason, we love treason
      Following Donald’s star

      O star of TV, star of Fright
      Star of Hating, Nazi Right
      Copping, feeling, voter stealing
      Guide us on thy Loveless Fight

      Once a spy in the KGB
      With a tape of Him and pee pee
      Mine forever, I hold the lever
      He owes His wealth to me

      Sycophants to offer have I
      Fox News shills to sing praises high
      Bloating, bleating, lies repeating
      Worship Him, and ethics descry

      Votes are mine, from the Senate floor
      Moron extremists that we adore
      Judges, Agents, Cabinet Heads
      That’s what the Right Wing stands for.

      O star of TV, star of fright
      Star of Hating, Nazi Right
      Copping, feeling, voter stealing
      Guide us to our Nation's Night

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    9. ICE scheming for a White Christmas
      Just like the ones Trump used to know.
      Where cops are wishin' more children be missin'
      Or fear slay shots in the ghetto.

      ICE dreaming of a White Christmas
      With every Illegal's deport they write
      May their days be scary with fright
      And make all our Christmases be White.

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    10. With Brexit coming next Spring, and apologies to Allan Sherman:

      God bless you, British gentlefolk,
      Let nothing you dismay.
      Ms. May has done a rotten job,
      So, what is there to say?
      Let's hope next May is better,
      And good things will come your way,
      And you won't have a feeling of dismay
      Next May.

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    11. After two years in office, the Trump Clan gave to me
      Twelve Russian Mobsters
      Eleven killed at temple
      Tenth Percent happy
      Ninth Circuit hatred
      Eight hours TV
      G7 attacking
      Six thousand falsehoods
      Five friends in jail
      400 orphan kids
      3K Maria dead
      Two nitwit sons,
      And a Pres-i-dent named Pelosi


      We want it to end on a happy note, don't we?

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  16. Similar puzzle: Think of a word that can go before "table" to make a familiar phrase. Now spell that word backwards, and you'll have a word that can go after "table" to make a familiar phrase. What phrases are these?

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    1. Flower POT TABLE → TABLE TOP

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    2. Not bad, but not the answer I had in mind. My solution does NOT require an extra word before it. Hint: It's one of two things that don't wait for anyone.

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    3. Hard for me to say the table + word is a familiar phrase, but I might change.

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    4. STATS TABLE → TABLE STATS

      "POT TABLE" can stand on its own. The POT need not contain flowers...

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    5. I'm pretty sure E&WAF's intended answer was TIDE TABLE and TABLE EDIT - time and tide wait for no (wo)man - and "I might change" = edit.

      My first thought last Sunday was SHOP TABLE >>> TABLE HOPS - what a waiter or gadfly might do.

      Waiter, there's a gadfly in my soup!

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    6. ecoarchitect, you're correct. My intended answer was indeed TIDE TABLE ==> TABLE EDIT (something an HTML programmer might have to do). As for ron's alternative answer, I think the plural, POTS, would be better suited. Oh, question for HTML programmers: Say you're in the middle of a table and you need to bring it to an end instantly - even if you're several nestings in, - what IS the proper HTML code for executing a proper TABLE STOP?

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  17. Glad I don't have to figure out that one.

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  18. I’ve come up with what I think is a solution, but I can’t make heads or tails of the comments posted above. At worst, I’ve come up with an alternate.

    Oh, and a clue, Abbott and Costello.

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  19. "Careless Intern"

    Worst. George Michael song. Ever.

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  20. The "before" word comes in a longer and shorter version: only one of them works.

    It's not:
    a side table.
    or tea table.

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  21. Just back from decorating my front yard evergreens with a smocking gun. . .

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    1. Where there's smock there's ire.

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    2. This morning, Joe and Mika sure had a good laugh over that tweet!

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    3. Headline in today's WaPo: "U.S. embrace of fossil fuels at climate-change conference spurs mockery on world stage".

      They misspelled smockery

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    4. Eco- - I didn't see it, but do you think it was on purpose??

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    5. They didn't actually post "smockery", but it's a good word, right up there with covfefe. Eugene Robinson has an op-ed "What has the president been ‘smocking’?"

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    6. All his tweeting is nothing more than a smock screen.

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    7. That's still pretty good though!

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    8. Trump takes his seat at the idiot's table. (See what I did there?)

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    9. How many would go to his Incarceration Ceremony?

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    10. ron,
      Thanks again for another must watch Chris Hedges video. He is the only one who is telling it as it actually is these days. Of course Noam Chomsky is still doing the same, but his advancing age is getting in the way. Shame on NPR for no longer including these canaries in the dark coal mine that is now our home.

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  22. Musical Clue: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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    1. "Mongrels who ain't got a penny
      Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground"

      Mongrels sniffing for tidbits paints an image of dogs hunting for table scraps.

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  23. After discarding several near misses like "tools table" and "end table" the (or an) answer finally came to me. It seems consistent with many but not all of the hints above. Nice puzzle that does not involve lists or anagrams.

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  24. The Mango Menace, ( aka the Tangerine Terror) is such a smock.

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  25. What's the deal with these brand logos using deceased spokespeople in their ads? I see Jimmy Dean being used on TV ads lately and at the store today, I saw Arnold Palmer on a lemonade box. Plus, I hear James Coburn's voice at the end of a popular restaurant's TV commercial. Oh well...

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    1. Dead people are much easier to negotiate with.

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    2. The Arnold Palmer lemonade and iced tea mix was on the market long before his death. He was even in a commercial (not for that - for something else) where he was seated at a table with Kevin Nealon and someone else. And he says to a waiter. "I'll have another 'Arnold Palmer'". Kevin Nealon replies "...and I'll have a Kevin Nealon."

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  26. Oh shoot! I initially had a different answer provided by a fellow blogger above. This realization sparked my interest in coming back to this puzzle and finding the intended answer.

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    1. Glad to have improved your chances of getting the call this week.

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  27. Geminids meteor shower this week, likely originating from a Palladian asteroid, not a comet from the Oort cloud.

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    1. eco,
      This is very disturbing. I want to know how it is you were able to obtain a photograph of my breakfast room.

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    2. SDB: Maybe you use the same interior decorator as my scullery maid did for her breakfast room?

      Back to the Geminids, Google has an absolutely adorable series of doodles today explaining how they work. Duckduckgo, nothing.

      Isn't it worth giving up our privacy and being harassed by advertisers to get those doodles?

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    3. eco, I prefer my doodles to be labradoodles.

      Looking forward to the peak of the peak of the meteor shower just before dawn tomorrow.

      Maybe we'll find a labradoodle to join us.

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    4. eco,
      You said "interior decorator." Did you mean inferior decorator?

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    5. Interior/inferior desecrator is our term of choice.

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    6. Well, no one could accuse Trump of being an inferior desecrator.

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    7. Didn't he once say: "The manner in which I treat women is so bigamy!"?

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    1. CRAPS TABLE >>> TABLE SCRAP

      “15th century” >>> A synonym for table scrap is ort, a word first used in the 15th century.

      “Orwellian” makes me think of Ortwellian and George Orwell’s Animal Farm and of animals eating table scraps or orts.

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  29. CRAPS TABLETABLE SCRAP

    Rob's Challenge: CHIPS are used on a CRAPS TABLE.

    My challenge: A SCOOP (from SCRAP) for Craps is an implement used at the Craps Table.

    Eco's SCRAP HEAPS (from CRAPS).

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  30. CRAPS TABLE >>> TABLE SCRAP

    Abbott and Costello’s 1941 hit movie, Buck Privates had a scene where Bud tried to teach Lou to play craps. It can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIYTQ8vkKaI

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  31. I wrote, “Take the first word, change two consecutive letters within it, and you get something used on that table.” That’s CHIPS on the CRAPS table.

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  32. CRAPS TABLE, TABLE SCRAP

    > Now comes the shitstorm...

    So, I might not be polite...

    > That intern isn't offering an iota of help this week.

    Refers to Blaine's SCRAP of a clue when CRAPS appeared in the puzzle last year.

    >> 15th century
    > I found a reference to the 14th.

    CRAPS derives from the dice game, "Hazard", mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

    > Geminids meteor shower this week, likely originating from a Palladian asteroid, not a comet from the Oort cloud.

    (Named for astronomer Jan Oort, BTW.) OK, that's a long way to go to get to "ort" = TABLE SCRAP. Speaking of which, Will's New York Times crossword this Tuesday was on the theme of composting TABLE SCRAPs, even though he says he doesn't do that.

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    1. <— Speaking of table scraps here and in The NY Times, I changed my thumbnail to the logo for the organization Slow Food, which encourages growing, cooking, and composting food s l o w l y; hence, the gastropod (decked out for the holidays).

      https://www.slowfoodusa.org/

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    2. In response to Jan I wrote: I'm not betting on it... a too obvious reference to craps table.

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    3. You might like the Gastropod podcast, which my wife sometimes follows, WW.

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    4. Thanks, jan. The Gastropodcast (sic) looks intriguing.

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  33. CRAPS TABLE & TABLE SCRAP

    My Hints:

    “I got it quickly in bed too. Now I'm wondering how many here FELT it was much easier to solve than they first expected.” A craps table is covered with felt.

    “Cute, but I want to know: Did it come easily?” The initial letters of the 4 words in the last sentence (Did it come easily?) spell DICE.

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    1. Isn't there a "come" bet on a craps table, too? Too lazy to Google it.

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  34. I was initially thinking end table den but Lorenzo set me straight (thanks!). So I clued “oh shoot” for shooting craps and used “spark” (ed) in “coming back” since phonetically “spark” is craps backwards.

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  35. CRAPS TABLE, TABLE SCRAP
    Easy puzzle, I thought(once I'd solved it, of course).

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  36. Table Skid turns out to be a thing, at least in the Thingiverse. It's an uncommon term compared to Kid's Table, but I did find one at this odd website:
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3013191

    I didn't submit (my lapel gleams already), but I do wonder if anyone else came up with this highly dubious alternative.

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    1. I came up w that one too but google wasn’t very convincing that it was valid!

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  37. Every time I listen to Chris Hedges and think he has topped himself and he will not be able to do better, he proves me wrong.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj1-47VqgOs

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  38. My comment about a "good time woman" who has since changed her name, is a reference to the Rolling Stones Song that was considered the predecessor to "Tumblin'Dice". ....and the natural location for tumblin' dice is a craps table.

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  39. Good New Yorker xword this week, Patrick Berry! Not enough attention has been given to the fact that Fred from Scooby Doo wears an ascot. What was the point? I don't recall it ever factoring into the gang's mystery solving. Did the men of Williams College in the '60s and '70s all wear ascots?

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  40. Bush Sr. Made a Killing - 50 Miners Buried Alive - Greg Palast
    https://www.gregpalast.com/poppy-strikes-gold-bush-sr-made-a-killing-50-miners-bur...

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    1. I remember that story from his book, which has an enormous array of dark stories. Here's the full link.

      Palast is also a good speaker, presenting here last summer with Jello Biafra, though I could have skipped him.

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    2. I think your link is missing something as it is the same as mine. Do not confuse this with the missing link, however. Lincoln was lanky, by the way.

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  41. Another Legolambda puzzle this week! Congrats!

    This week's challenge: This challenge comes from Joseph Young of St. Cloud, Minn., who conducts the blog Puzzleria. Think of two words meaning "certain groups of females." If you have the right ones, you can rearrange all the letters to name a famous novel by a female writer. The title has 13 letters in total. What novel is it?

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    1. I got this with pretty good speed.

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    2. I have an answer I'm unsatisfied with that has me asking if the two words are both nouns.

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    3. Thanks, jan, for posting my puzzle for the earlybirds in Blainesville (many who are still nestled in their nests) and congrats on your, and Berf's, early solvation. Paul, I am certain, will also soon find a satisfactory answer.

      LegoWhoLamentsThatMembersOfTheSocietyTo'RadicateAnagramPuzzles(STRAP)WillNotBeHappy

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    4. Once I realized they were two separate words, I solved this readily. I initially was looking for a two-word phrase.

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  42. An alternative title for Solzhenitsyn? Embrace your feet! Don't get left behind!

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    1. Musical clue: "Everyone knows it's Windy".

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  43. Exactly 600 responses this week.

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  44. Congratulations Lego! But, I'm afraid you are right and that the members of STRAP will greet this puzzle with titanic indifference.

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