Sunday, October 06, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 6, 2019): People Pile Up Paella

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 6, 2019): People Pile Up Paella:
Q: There are two answers to this one, and you have to get them both. Name two tasty things to eat, each in 8 letters, in which the only consonant letters are L and P.
You end up tasting both answers with your PAPILLAE.

Edit: My hint was "end" as in the last part of a meal being dessert.
A: LOLLIPOP and APPLE PIE

177 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. I found this one pretty easy, and I didn’t have to stick to my search routine for long to find the answer.

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  3. You might have to sing for your supper for this one.

    G'mar Hatima Tova.

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    1. May you be sealed in the Book of Life.

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    2. I will refrain from eating either of these "tasty" foods for all of Wednesday.

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    3. I wonder if we could assemble a minyan. Seems like we’re already half way there.

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    4. Wonder if women accepted now days.

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    5. They are in Refom and most, if not all Conservative synagogues.

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    6. Eco: Did you participate somewhere?

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    7. I don't really know all that much about Hebrew traditions, but I do believe Jewish circumcisions have reached the tipping point.

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    8. Another snippet from SDB, this one came up short.

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    9. I was only trying to shed some delight on a delicate subject.

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    10. Performed early so as not to remember the dismember.

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  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuOvy_Nuy5M

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    1. USS
      Is there anything more American than a good ship?

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  5. Is each answer a one-word answer? --Margaret G.

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    1. Blaine's LA PAELLA is a two-word answer and it's pretty tasty...

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    2. I see multiple images of seafood in Blaine's picture. Must be POLYOPIA.

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  6. One of the items has an alternate spelling...

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    1. Are you trying to say the playing field isn't level?

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    2. William Claude Dusenfield famously advocated unfair treatment of the gullible.

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    3. Dukenfield, not Dusenfield. Sorry.

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    4. Speaking of suckers:

      http://www.jeopardyanswers.net/otis-criblecoblis-was-the-name-he-used-as-a-scriptwriter-of-never-give-a-sucker-an-even-break/

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  8. Writing this from New York in October, with our lovely crisp autumn weather.

    I used to eat PULPO, but then saw a couple documentaries and learned that Octopi are actually smarter than many of us here in Blainesville.

    https://www.pbs.org/video/nova-sciencenow-how-smart-is-an-octopus/

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    1. Interesting -- I had just the same reaction (I no longer eat those guys) from this book:

      https://www.amazon.com/Other-Minds-Octopus-Origins-Consciousness/dp/0374227764

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  9. Not too hard. I had to go to Sheboygan for an answer.

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  10. At least one of these was the title of a hit song.

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    1. Now I cannot get that tune out of my head!

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    2. Natasha - I had a similar ear-worm Sunday Morning with Sheb Wooley's, "Purple People Eater." It was only made worse when I noted that Purple People, only used the consonants P and L.

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    3. Except for that pesky R, eh? ;-)

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    4. Oops, was focused on PEOPLE and missed the R.

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  11. Who could forget the all-women's New Wave band Pulsallama and their breakout 1982 hit "The Devil Lives in My Husband's Body"?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNqhSRJCJuc

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  12. I think a strict reading requires three foods.

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  13. The last part of one of the foods sounds like something you can use to measure both of the foods.

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    1. Now I'm constantly thinking about this

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    2. Pie sounds like pi=3.14159..., which is used to measure circles and other round things like lollipops and apple pies.

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  15. While staring at my computer screen and listening to an old Jane's Addiction record, both answers came easily.

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  16. One could be the flavor of the other... but it may not go both ways.

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  17. Does a two word answer for a food qualify?

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    1. I see nothing in the question that specifies the number of words in the answers.

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  18. I'm sure there were plenty of tasty things at the recent Washington State Fair in PUYALLUP.

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    1. Scones, no doubt, but I haven't been to the fair since I was a kid.

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    2. The also have deep fried snickers bars.

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    1. Why aren't horse owners required to clean up after them the way dog owners are? Their POOP PILEs are much larger.

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  20. A kiss from one answer is sweeter than the other, according to a popular quartet!

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  22. Add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get another tasty food.

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    1. Or add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get something you might see very often but may be hard to get down.

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    2. I agree with Natasha, Word Woman. Excellent riff. "A halo" to you!
      I'm not sure if I've cracked eco's "hard to get down" riff. But I do have a possible 3-word answer...
      And two possibly related riffs of my own doing:
      1. Add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get an Easter "treat" served on a bed of rice 2 wds.).
      2. Add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get something you might see on 71.4% of Easter Sundays (2 wds.).

      LegoMyEasterEggo!

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  23. SKB: Mariinsky Ballet coming to Berkeley, La Bayadere. Cannot wait!

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  24. Bonus riff from this week's on-air challenge:
    Name a well-known fictional character in 5 letters, add 2 letters to get a well-known musician. Note that Beyon, Madon, Shaki, and Rihan are NOT fictional characters.

    As (almost) always, please do not reveal until Thursday 3pm EST. Hints that you have it are welcome.

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    1. Certain people claim he/she is not fictional at all...

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    2. Nasty (but nice) bonus riff, eco.
      Note, however, that Beyon+2, Madon+2, Shaki+2, and Rihan+2 are NOT actually musicians.

      LegoWhoRecallsDuringTheLate1960sThatGroovyBellbottomsModPaisleyPatternsAndBossTweedsWereAllTheRage

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    3. Strap on your crampons, we're all going to hell!

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    4. Crampons in Hell? I only wear mine on ice.

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    5. Well, when S.T.R.A.P. dabbles in the dark arts, hell freezes over!

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    6. This week, at least, STRAP is not violating their prime directive - adding letters is not a cheesy anagram. STRAP deeply regrets last week's bonus puzzle, though it was a pretty cool and timely anagram - IOHO.

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  25. And here's your order for the day: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun.

    Read about it here.

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  26. One of the answers is a little tricky. But then, given Will's sense of humor, why not?

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  28. I was hoping that someone, anyone, would read the clue to mean that there are two answers to the puzzle, one is naming two tasty foods etc.
    The second is also naming such foods, but another pair.
    To get two and only two answers, three words are necessary in the pattern pall and poll, pall and pill and pill and poll.
    If you only have two words, you only have one answer.

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    1. "Name two tasty things to eat, each in 8 letters, in which the only consonant letters are L and P."
      That is the challenge. Of course you have to "name" them both (a very simple task).
      But "There are two answers to this one."
      Actually, contrary to my post, as a result of combining possible answers, getting two answers is impossible, so this puzzle cannot be solved.

      Been quite a while since Will has had one of these.

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  29. I myself prefer one more than the other.

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  30. If we wanted terrible tasting (IMO) food, the answer would be PILE O' POI.

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    1. In Hawaii I actually grew to like poi-especially the well fermented one which has a little bite to it. I also liked the Lillikoi confections there which were very tasty.

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  31. My original answer was wrong because (a) my answer had only six letters and (b) I can't verify Soylent Green is actually tasty.

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  32. If I were a hobo, I would ride the rails for either of these foods.

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  33. Eco: Are you going to be affected by the PG&E outage? Guess I will have to bunk at the Claremont if they have power. Scared of outage.

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    1. Sorry to hear that Natasha, it could be a long time before restoration - 5-6 days even! I live in the flats with the other poor folk (2-3 BR homes only sell for about $1 million), we should not be affected.

      Perhaps PG&E is secretly a Jewish organization, and this is how they prevent people turning on lights during Yom Kippur.

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    2. I'm guessing Mendo Jim is also going to be left in the dark, anyone else? I recall Buck Bard lives in Menlo Park, which is not in the zone. Most importantly for us, I think Blaine is not in a power off place, the video of his house didn't look like it was in the hills, though he did have killer trees.....

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    4. PG&E's web site is having trouble keeping up with the load.

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    5. While we wait for Jan to load his link watch this.

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    6. Wow, that's a big deal. Hope the planned outage is over soon.

      And, eco, thanks for the dogs. . .

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    7. After the windstorm (an annual event) is over they have to inspect all the electrical lines for damage. That's where the 5+ days comes in.

      Similarly, after the Loma Prieta earthquake I didn't have electricity for a day or so, but didn't have natural gas (i.e. heat, hot water, stove) for about a week, as they had to inspect the gas lines for damage and leaks. Cheap Chinese carry-out could make up for the stove, but cold showers.... brrr!

      Dogs are always cute, and maybe they return our affection.

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    8. Well, of course.

      Natasha, hope you are ok. Sending you all our spare electrons.

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    9. WW: That is so kind of you, Word Woman. I am stressed. Have to find flashlights and batteries. I worry about people who have special needs and about theft etc. I believe this is all unnecessary. I want to leave California!

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  34. RBG:

    https://forward.com/schmooze/432897/rbg-is-wearing-a-collar-with-a-torah-verse-on-it-to-hear-lgbtq-rights-case/

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  35. Eco: Glad you are not affected. I think the wind is not as strong as they predicted. Temperature has decreased. What PG&E is doing is very dangerous. I do not think they know the repercussions regarding various types of populations etc. This is very scary for me.

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    1. On the late news last night they said the winds probably won't blow hard around here until noon or early this afternoon - earlier towards the Sierras. They have to play it by ear, or wetted finger raised in the air.

      I've noticed the Doppler radar is very good at predicting when rainstorms will move through ("The storm should hit the 1200 block of First Street around 6:17 this evening...") but I don't think the tools are there for predicting wind patterns.

      And yes, it is very serious for people who need ventilators or other electrical equipment. That equipment usually has a battery backup, but no battery will go for several days. The only good thing for you is they will probably expedite inspections and re-energizing in urban areas like Berkeley and Oakland. Probably takes longer for low population areas like Potter Valley - are you still with us Mendo Jim?

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    2. Eco: Thank you for the information. It helps decrease my stress level. I wonder where I could move that is safe these days.

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  36. Natasha,
    Have you tried booking a room at Mar-a-Lago?

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    1. You might be exposed to state secrets, and women have to worry about attacks from a tiny toadstool.

      A friend moved to southern Michigan, after determining it had the least risk from dangerous natural phenomena - earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, floods. I guess death by boredom wasn't a criterion.

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    2. SDB: I would except I cannot leave my cat Cali and my birds. I do not think they allow stool pigeons there.
      Eco: I am not usually bored so I guess southern Michigan is the place for me. Thanks.
      I got a notice the power is going to be turned off at 8 p.m. Not sure if my house is the target yet. I could do with some boredom.

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    3. No, but they may have quite a bit of pigeon stool on the premises.

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  37. Power off at midnight last night, about 18 hours before predicted high winds. Even at that, local winds are to be 5-8 mph.
    The PSPS idea is one of the worst in history.
    PG&E is privately owned, for (high) profit company; they go into bankruptcy as a business plan in between blowing up customers with natural gas and burning them up with shoddy power grids.
    After two recent long outages from fires, I started planning for this cluster**** about July with the backbone a new Honda generator. The POS would not start yesterday after 20 minutes total running time and I had to go to town twice this morning for service.
    It may go on for five days; hopefully I can keep the house warm and refrigerator and freezer working.
    Internet, email and playoffs may or may last.
    Worst is no water from my well and creek pumps to fight any fire that might approach.

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    1. MJ: my sympathies, total pain.

      I'm guessing you live in that in-between zone, no municipal water, but not rural enough to require a large separate storage tank (1500 gallons min. for CDF). My rural clients use that, with a gravity feed to the house, which reduces the wear and tear of turning the pump on and off. But you need some space, and a hill is better for pressure - one needed a booster pump, they'd get some pressure from gravity, but not enough to make you happy.

      Other rural and semi-rural clients are going with PV systems; one with a battery back-up will keep you going pretty much forever so long as you go into low usage mode - no vacuuming, laundry, major electric cooking, etc.

      Did one urban house with a really small battery backup - (2) 12 volt batteries (Commodore?). About the size of a diesel pickup truck battery, they only weighed around 80# each (I think, I could pick one up easily). And they kept the fridge running, lights, modem, computer and TV/ DVD on overnight.

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    2. After Hurricane Irene in 2011, I bought a 3000 W 12 V DC to 110 V AC inverter, which was very handy when we lost power for several days a few months later during Hurricane Sandy. Backed my wife's car slightly out of the garage, set it idling, hooked the inverter to the battery, and ran extension cords into the house. As eco said, it ran the fridge, lights, modem and PC, and coffee maker. Had to use my wife's car because my Prius doesn't have a 12 V battery accessible.

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    4. Natasha,
      I wish you hadn't removed your above post where you said, "God batteries today." I was going to ask you if they last an Almighty long time.

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    5. sdb: I actually thought about leaving it. Glad to read you saw it before deleted. Great response! LOL.So now it is visible for all. I bet there are other responses.

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  38. Removed post with spelling error. Wishing everyone a safe evening, especially Mendo.

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    1. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Mendo Jim, Natasha and all others who are going through this hell. I am confident that all Blainesvillians are in your corner.

      LegoInSolidarity

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    2. lego: Thank you so much! Power still on. PG&E should be blocked from doing this again. They are crooked and took the profits for themselves instead of upgrading system. Hope are blainesvillians are fine today.

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  39. Pretty sure I have both. The first I got on the first day. The second hit me out of the blue about 3 minutes after I woke up this morning while I was brushing my teeth.

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  40. I hadn't heard of PG&E before this debacle. Does it stand for Plunder, Grab & Escape?

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    1. They're the friendly people who brought us the San Bruno pipeline explosion, and last year's Camp Fire. Who doesn't like singing around a camp fire?

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    2. It it an outage or an outrage?

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  41. Lollipop + Apple Pie

    You might have to sing for your supper for this one. We all know Lollipop by the Chordettes, how many have listened to Travis Scott's Apple Pie? Note it is NSFW, and I'd be surprised if anyone here could take more than a minute or so.

    G'mar Hatima Tova. Not only to wish blessings, but to remind everyone to visit Temple. Anyone else a little creeped out by this? Especially this part. Please don't pull my dress up...

    add one letter ... to get something ... [that] may be hard to get down. I've been struggling with my paper pile for too long.

    Bonus Answer: Santa+na

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    1. "Surely" appears numerous times in scripture. Psalm 23 came to my mind most readily, but, in retrospect, Genesis 28:16-17 may be more relevant.

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  42. LOLLIPOP, APPLE PIE

    "Equus" refers to the racehorse, Lollypop, the namesake for the lollipop.

    "Add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get another tasty food." >>> apple pie + n = pineapple.

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    1. Speaking of Equus, did Jan leave New Jersey, because he doesn't like animal husbandry?

      No stable genius there.

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    2. Nay.

      I'm always relieved when the subjects of these stories turn out not to have been my patients.

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    3. I think there may be more horsing around out my way than back in NJ. Those involved usually insist they are very stable people. Google this:

      Enumclaw horse sex case

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    4. Is a pig in a poke better than a poke in a ... Oh, never mind.

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    5. It was sad because they were on the bridle path.

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    6. Apparently his friends rushed him to the hospital where they dropped him off anonymously because they didn't want to stirrup trouble, and when it came time for him to pony up, he only had half a buck, so they left Chuck waggin'. It didn't turn out well in the end either, as he wasn't able to whinny the poo.

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  43. APPLE PIE, LOLLIPOP

    > Too easy to need a clue

    Easy as pie....

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  45. APPLE PIE & LOLLIPOP not to mention La Paella

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  46. APPLE PIE & LOLLIPOP or LOLLYPOP

    And Blaine's LA PAELLA.

    APPLE PIE + N → PINEAPPLE.

    Eco's Bonus Riff: SANTA → SANTANA.

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  47. I wrote, “I found this one pretty easy, and I didn’t have to stick to my search routine for long to find the answer.” The clues are “easy as pie” and lollipop _stick_.

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  48. " l o double l y pop spells lollypop lollypop, that's the only decent type of candy, the guy who made it must've been a dandy. l o double l y pop you see, it's a lick on a stick guaranteed to make you sick, it's a lollypop, for me!"!

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  49. to the tune of “Harrigan” by George M. Cohan

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  50. LOLLIPOP and APPLE PIE.

    “I had to go to Sheboygan for an answer.”

    Sheboygan was the city where the Chordettes formed. Their 1958 song “Lollipop” has the following lyric: “His kiss is sweeter than an apple pie.”

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  51. Lollipop, Apple Pie. Of course.

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  52. To Word Woman's fine riff: "Add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get another tasty food," (Answer PINEAPPLE),
    I hinted, "A halo" to you! "A halo" anagrams to "Aloha" spoken by people with "pineapples" on their shirts.
    My "Nasty (but nice) bonus riff" comment to eco alluded to the great cartoonist Thomas Nast who created our modern image of Santa Claus and also caricatured Boss Tweed (alluded to in my sign-off). "Nasty" also anagrams to "Santy".
    My incorrect 3-word answer to eco's riff: "Or add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get something you might see very often but may be hard to get down" was "a Peep pill" (after adding an L to apple pie)
    The answers to my two riffs:
    1. Add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get an Easter "treat" served on a bed of rice (2 wds.): PEEP PILAF (add an F to APPLE PIE)
    2. Add one letter to one of the answers and rearrange to get something you might see on 71.4% of Easter Sundays (2 wds.). APRIL PEEP (add an R to APPLE PIE)

    LegoWhoAlasHasPeepsOnHisBrain(AndPineappleOnHisShirt...BecauseHeIsAMessyEater)

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  53. lollipop (or lollypop) and apple pie are my guesses. The clue didn't say it was one word. Apple jumped to mind this morning and then getting the rest was easy as pie

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  54. LOLLIPOP, APPLE PIE
    I'd rather have the latter.

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  55. I was happy no one posted Telly Savalas as a hint. Unless, of course, it was removed by a blog administrator.

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    1. Donny, Mitch, Rudy, Brent, Mikey, and others. Do you want me to go on? (Probably not.)

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    2. So, then...Does anyone want to ko-jak this thread?

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    3. Is that a threat?

      "Greeks don't threaten. They utter prophesies."

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    4. "Beware of Greeks gifting bears."

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  57. Oh, was yesterday Thursday? OOPS!

    Anyway, in addition to Apple Pie and Lollipop, as a home brewer, I was pleased to note that there is a commercial Apple Ale, which can be seen here:
    https://www.reddsapple.com/our-beers/redds-apple-ale

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  58. I just now had a thought. (I know, run for cover.)

    There has been much discussion lately of changing the twenty dollar bill's image to one of a woman. Should Trump decide to replace Jackson with Secretary of Education Elisabeth DeVos would that be then The Likeness Monster?

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  59. Breaking News!

    The Treasury Department has issued the design for the new $20 bill. Secretary Steve Mnuchin stated "We were looking for something the President would want to hold in his hands."

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    1. I liked the Mar-a-Lago background setting!
      Her Loveliness was in Kansas City yesterday. I would've gone to see her but I had just painted my garage doors and wanted to stay home to watch the paint dry.

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  60. My electricity came back on after just short of three days of intentional, essentially pointless denial by a company which is giving its top executives big bonuses. Time to make this utility public.
    I reminded myself of Mr. Magoo as I gathered up all the cables and cords I had to string around the house to distribute the balky new Honda generator's output.
    I think I managed to save all of my refrigerated and frozen food.

    It looks like everyone here is comfortable accepting the PM's clumsy misstating of this week's challenge.
    For once he asks for two answers, but doesn't really mean it.

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    1. Great,on getting power back! That would be so frustrating.
      BTW, did you buy another generator or get the old one working?

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    2. The Honda dealer I bought it from charged me $55 to clean the main jet of "dried gasoline." That was for 30 minutes, which probably means 10.
      It has a one year warranty, but only 30 days on the fuel system, based on what seems to be a design flaw. The go to excuse for most small engine shortfalls is gasohol.
      It worked so-so for the three days.

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    3. Next time get an electric one.

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    4. Many larger backup generators run on natural gas, which won't clog your jets or run out. Until PG&E cuts you off, of course.

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    5. Or get one of the new ones with Wi-Fi.

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    6. I'm guessing MJ is on propane, most of the folks out there are. There are propane generators - more clogging than natural gas, maybe less than gasoline? They're all expensive, but this may be the new normal in an abnormal world.

      We're all just glad the PG&E took the money earmarked for infrastructure improvements to pay shareholders and executives.

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  61. 2,258 correct responses last week. Is that a record? (No new puzzle posted yet.)

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  62. Next week's challenge: Think of an informal term for a beverage. Say it in Pig Latin, and you'll get an informal term for another beverage. What beverages are these?

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    1. Yeah, I think a lot of people will get the answer before getting out today.

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    2. Didn't have to think much for this one.

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  65. The on-air puzzle consisted of familiar phrases of the form "blank to the blank", where Will supplied the word that goes in the first blank. One of them was "cut to the chase", I think.

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  66. Z lans nn bywnir lvnt ezijr't iivtf qmk. M'ld yreq wsfoifu sos elv vesz nnthii.

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  67. Take the formal name for the second beverage. Drop the first part and add a word to name a singer with a hit song whose last word is associated with the two answer beverages. Then, to tie in to last week's puzzle, replace the first part of the singer's name with something else in the same category as the first past of the formal name for the second beverage to name something tasty to eat. Convoluted enough?

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