## Sunday, April 18, 2021

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 18, 2021): "Never Work with Children or Animals" - W.C. Fields

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 18, 2021): "Never Work with Children or Animals" - W.C. Fields
Q: Name a famous actor — 4 letters in the first name, 7 letters in the last. You can change the first letter of the actor's first name to name a bird. And you can change the first letter of the actor's last name to name a mammal. Who's the actor?
No clue, just a picture.

Edit: The color green, for The Hulk
A: MARK RUFFALO --> LARK, BUFFALO

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.

2. Everyone will have easily solved this turkey by Wednesday.

1. Huh. I thought it was a decent puzzle. Not sure I’d call it a turkey.

2. Unless your use of the word turkey was a clue?

3. Agree. Solid puzzle.

4. Right, SDB. No need to even hold off till Wednesday to submit the answer.

5. Umm, Suriname? Something about glass houses...

6. Perhaps a turkey of a clue?

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2. Bravo, Charlie! 👏

3. The actor’s name can be anagrammed to a phrase that might mean someone’s fate if they choose to forgo the COVID vaccine.

1. Interestingly enough, if you enter the actor's name into Andy's anagram solver, Limit each solution to 3 words, uncheck "Include single-character words (a and I)", and finally click "Go do it!", then I believe that phrase you have in mind actually shows up in the resulting list!

2. Enya--I just checked, and you're right. However, I've spent much of this week with our son and daughter-in-law, whom we have not seen, at least in person, for almost two years, and so not much blogging here as a result. Here's to the vaccine. And that phrase--well, it seems somehow fitting.

4. Take the last name of a secondary character the actor plays. Remove any duplicate letters and rearrange. You get another mammal.

1. I believe you mean, "remove ALL occurrences of any duplicate letters", right?

5. Wow.... it's nice to finish up this early. No clue here

6. Musical clue:
Quadrophenia, and My Generation.

1. Are you me?

2. Well all righty.

3. Iris: can you see the real me???

7. Jern Zarwhal is about to take Hollywood by storm, just you wait.

1. LOL. I'm betting on Biwi Bolphin.

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9. Valentine's Day list

10. I think the actor's still alive.

1. Buffalo Bill's defunct, however, as is my ill-conceived variant, which attempted to link King Ghezo with Sally Field's stepdad.
A better mutation, devised by "Unknown", was a bit like mine in that it employed a gender-specific term for an animal.
There's a type of contest involving an interesting mix of luck and skill in which one can win a turkey.
Unless, of course, one prefers winning ham.
And what, exactly, are Buffalo wings?

11. Had a fun experience filming a scene with this actor a few years ago.

I was among the "background talent" and I'm pretty sure I got CGI-ed over in post-production. I've watched the scene frame by frame several times and have yet to find myself in it.

1. You mean that's YOU! Really? In my copy you stand out like a sore thumb!

12. Nice puzzle, Theodore Regan!

1. Are we sure about that 4, 7 part?

2. Ah, too bad. There's a lovely answer that's 4,6.

3. Got it. The 4,6 answer is much cuter, though, and could easily be mistaken for a 4,7.

4. Could it be Buck Maribou?

13. I can verify that Blaine quoted the puzzle correctly.

14. A recent performance by this actor calls to mind a different mammal.

15. This actor has a connection with JFK.

16. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

1. Nice clue, So Far

17. The actor lives in a State with a city that I can't mention.

18. It’s easier to solve these puzzles if you read them correctly. I wasted the better part of an hour anagramming.

1. Take any eight letter word. Replace all eight letters with eight other letters, then rearrange. You get TUNA FISH.

2. Exactly! And that answers the age old question, how do you tune a fish? Well done, Ben.

19. Leo, I crossed that state two years ago, and stopped at two places there, but not in that city.

1. Wolfgang, I live in the State, but have never been to the city.

2. I used to live in your state. The municipalities where I spent most of the time were technically towns, though, not cities. 😉

20. Clue: Black Swan

21. Curious about Blaine’s use of WC Field’s quote as the title of this post. The answer I got wasn’t a child actor.

1. Just tying together actors and animals.

2. Kiwi Verman?

22. But fun puzzle even if it wasn’t a week long stumper.

23. I've said this about previous puzzles. I appreciate a puzzle that doesn't frustrate and anger me. Instant gratification and back to bed on this Sunday morning.

24. Adry Hepburn. 😏

25. I hardly ever can solve these so it is a great feeling to have it done and have a relaxing Sunday in our record heat wave in Seattle

1. I heard that. 78 at Ocean Shores?

2. Grrr.... Had to clear over an inch of snow off my car in Boston on Friday.

3. Jan, I think it's safe to put the snow shovel away.

4. We had 6 inches of snow in metro Denver Thursday and Friday and more in the mountains. I shoveled Friday morning. More is coming tomorrow. Not putting the shovel away just yet!

5. I think putting the snow shovel away a few weeks ago is what brought the snow on.

6. Indubitably.

7. Ahh , yes , WW I think I replied to a short clip of yours on YouTube

26. Fun one! And hidden within the name of one character this actor plays is a five-letter bird.

1. I found a character the actor plays whose name contains a not-so-hidden four-letter bird, in a production based on a book by an author whose name contains a even-less-hidden four-letter mammal.

2. Haha, yep, that's a blatant beast in every sense.

27. Add a letter to the surname to get an award-winning children's book.

28. Podarcis sicula coerulea

29. Famous?
I'm trying to decide if I should feel bad about maybe never having herd the name.

Just before the puzzle, Lulu had a piece about the search for the new Jeopardy host. I hope it is significant that Joe Buck wasn't mentioned. Every entertainment outlet seems to do so.

1. The actor has been in some very big movies. “Famous” is an apt descriptor.

2. I just noticed that another Jeopardy guest host was announced: Buzzy Cohen will host the Tournament of Champions, 5/17-28.

30. If the 4,7 pattern is not helpful, a 5,4 pattern may point you in the right direction.

31. This is my 4th favorite puzzle.

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1. On second thought, that variation just wasn't going to fly.

33. Is that orange as big as a baseball or is that baseball as big as an orange?

1. In the combinatory logic book "To Mock a Mockingbird" by Raymond Smullyan, the formula for a lark is (Lx)y=x(yy).

2. I just saw on a later post that Mark Ruffalo was in a movie called XX/XY. That is a coincidence!

34. Heard as the young soldiers march off to war.

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3. Bye Son --> Bison
Ruffalo --> Buffalo

35. I have asked my generals in the nation's capital for the over-under.

36. Actually saw this actor doing live theater, back in my youth.

37. Entertainer whose first name (10 letters) is a bird and last name (5 letters) is a fruit.

1. He's been around the world, one might say?
pjbThinksTravelingMightGetHimInTrouble,Though

2. He could always be counted on to give a game performance.

38. Luckily, this actor came to mind nearly right away. Definitely someone with a prolific body of work, though not past their prime!

39. I wish Camel was spelled with more letters...and differently.

40. I'm surprised that Wim Wenders never directed his alter ego.

1. Wim (properly pronounced "vim" but I read it as "whim") is a punning reference to "lark." Wenders would translate as something like "turner" but I couldn't come up with any Buffalo connection.

41. The first two actors with (4,7) I could think of were Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin, but neither of their names can be changed to a bird and a mammal. Unless someone knows something I don't about such creatures.
pjbKnowsHeHimselfIsAMammal,ButNotABirdLastTimeHeChecked

1. What about Kate Winslet, Judy Garland, Kirk Douglas, Jeff Bridges, Gene Hackman, Anna Magnani, Fred Astaire, Kurt Russell, Cuba Gooding, Jack Palance, John Gielgud, Vera Farmiga, Hugh Jackman, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Shia LaBeouf, Jane Darwell, Lily Collins, Alan Rickman, Jeff Daniels. Jane Seymour, Keri Russell, Hugo Weaving, Mark Rylance, John Goodman, Mira Sorvino, Brit Marling, Josh Duhamel, Maya Rudolph, Paul Bettany, Bill Pullman, or Ryan Gosling (already a bird!). Nope, not them, either.

2. Nor Faye Dunaway, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts or Greg Kinnear. Now that Jan, Cranberry and I have identified everyone it is NOT, the answer should be obvious.

3. Although the answer is not Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell, there is in fact a SNL connection, through an actor whose career encompasses a wide range of diverse roles.

4. Well Sean could be a marine animal?

5. Wow! There certainly are a lot of Hollywood stars with 4–7 names to go around! Here's another: Gene Milford. (Oh, wait—that's not an actor.) 🤔

42. You could also change the last letter of the actor’s first name and name two mammals.

2. That might be seen together.

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44. Musical clue: Bob Marley

45. Musical clue: Goo Goo Dolls

46. I had a major senior moment with this one! As a matter of it lasted almost 36 hours! I read the directions wrongly and was coming up with a few frustrating answers. Then I realized that the idea is REPLACE the first letter in both names! After re-reading I finally got it. From senior moment to ego boost!

1. Second line: As a matter of FACT...
Oh is it time for my Geritol?

2. Wordsmythe - I had a similar issue, and spent the better part of an hour anagramming four letter names. Maybe we should apply for a bulk purchase discount on Geritol

47. I finally got it late Sunday afternoon, and submitted my answer Sunday night. My knowledge base is in Ornithology and Mammalogy, so that's where I started. I got the bird and actor's first name, then got stuck on his last name. Finally, it came to me.
It would have been embarrassing to not have gotten this.

48. The Capitol Steps did not survive the pandemic, but they can help us remember Walter Mondale's ill-fated 1984 run, which could have gotten us a female veep a generation earlier. (Some of the lyrics are a little hard to catch, and few remember Harold Stassen, but "Hart-broken" a terrific pun.)

49. If I had a nickel for every puzzle I solved this quickly... Well, I wouldn't have many nickels, but I'd have this rare one, that's for sure.

50. I don't know why I was surprised to find out that this celebrity is about five years younger than me. Probably because someone a day or two ago asked if the person is still living. Yikes!
Anyway, this person is from a city that has been in the news lately. Unfortunately for something bad.

51. If you drop the first letter from both first and last names and then rearrange you get 2 words. One names a mammal and the other is a sound made by a different mammal.

52. Amazing that justice has been served in Minneapolis today!

1. Finally,they got it right.

53. Amen. But sentencing won't be for 8 weeks.

1. It doesn't matter because his bail was revoked and he was handcuffed and led away.

2. He kneeded to be convicted.

54. I wonder where he'll be imprisoned. Do you think any kind of protection will be given him?

1. Condoms perhaps.

2. I knew I could count on an SBD quip.

3. No sympathy for him from me. I know cops don’t fare well in prison, and Chauvin deserves whatever treatment he gets from the other prisoners.

4. Yes, but I doubt it will in his case just be for a quippy. Bubba has friends, you know. A friend in kneed, is a friend in...

5. SDB, With anyone other than you, the "K" would be a typo.

6. You're right, it wasn't, but don't go sticking your neck out.

55. i was just telling my officemates that i was having a very hard time with this one and then, like a bolt out of the blue, it hit me....not as hard as i was making it out to be....

1. Once you get the first name the last name is right there.

2. The first name switcheroo was my first try.
I simply don't pay enough attention to the kind of entertainment that would have made me aware of the last name.
Or the face that goes with it.
Asking around has shown I am not the only one.
At least my hint got a pass.

3. There was a hint posted on Sunday that I thought might not survive Blaine's policing, but as of this writing, that hint is still there.

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57. Such a beautiful day, I wanna grab my camera and go someplace scenic. Maybe Martha's Vineyard.

58. The bird and animal are common are here (wherever here might be)

59. Like a blue-eyed boy, the answer is hidden in the light of thought.

60. Mark Ruffalo >>> Lark & Buffalo

My Hint:
"Everyone will have easily solved this turkey by Wednesday." Some people refer to Wednesday as "Humpday." American Bison, a.k.a. Buffalo have humps. Turkeys do not have humps; they have wishbones and I wish we could get better puzzles than this turkey.

1. Well turkey - led me to feathers- which are sometimes Ruffled. Right to Ruffalo.

2. Don't all birds have feathers?

61. Mark Ruffalo>>>Lark, Buffalo

I originally misread the puzzle and spent too much time trying to anagram 4 letter names into birds. Got to Karl/Lark but couldn’t find an actor Karl with a 7-letter last name.

When I read the puzzle – the leap from Lark to Mark was nearly instantaneous.

Bad start – good ending.

62. MARK RUFFALO -> LARK, BUFFALO

> Add a letter to the surname to get an award-winning children's book.

He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.

(Room on the Broom is great, too.)

> I found a character the actor plays whose name contains a not-so-hidden four-letter bird, in a production based on a book by an author whose name contains an even-less-hidden four-letter mammal.

In I Know This Much Is True, based on Wally Lamb's novel, he plays Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.

63. MARK RUFFALOLARK + BUFFALO

Mark Ruffalo played THE HULK in The Avengers (2012)

This week I started with 4-letter birds where changing the first letter yields a first name:

Duck → Buck
Lark → Mark
Teal → Neal
Tern → Vern(on)
Cock → Jock (Mahoney)
Mina (Myna variant) → Tina, Nina

64. I wrote, “Take the last name of a secondary character the actor plays. Remove any duplicate letters and rearrange. You get another mammal.” Ruffalo plays the Hulk, who in his diminished form is Dr. Bruce Banner. Removing the two N letters and rearranging gives “bear.”

65. MARK RUFFALO >>> LARK BUFFALO

"ETA" >>> The title of one of my favorite films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind comes from the Alexander Pope poem "Eloisa To Abelard" (ETA). MARK RUFFALO starred in the film.

"Is that orange as big as a baseball or is that baseball as big as an orange?" referred to two parts of the puzzle: (1) Orange for Clementine, one of the characters in the above-mentioned "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" with RUFFALO and (2) baseball as a nod toward LARK as in the bird LARK BUNTING.

66. MARK RUFFALO —> LARK, BUFFALO

“The actor’s name can be anagrammed to a phrase that might mean someone’s fate if they choose to forgo the COVID vaccine.” —> FLU FOR KARMA

A couple of bison anecdotes: About 20 years ago in North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park, while other bison were violently tussling only a few feet away (it was rutting season), one stray male bison strolled directly alongside our stopped vehicle (I warned our children, who were in the back seat, not to look it in the eye through the open window), and about 15 years prior to that incident my wife was briefly charged by a bison in Yellowstone. Fortunately, that bison suddenly just stopped, seeming to have forgotten its mission or lost interest or perhaps changed its mind.

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69. Mark Ruffalo => lark, buffalo.

These were my clues:

That's "Audrey Hepburn," in a corrupted spelling to make her name fit the 4, 7 pattern. That by itself might have been just a (failed) attempt at cuteness, not a clue. But…

Monday: Gene Milford. (Oh, wait—that's not an actor.)
He was a film editor, who on exactly one occasion edited a movie that starred Audrey Hepburn: Wait Until Dark. "Dark" sounds like "Mark" and "lark."
(On Sunday, I had already posted, in a reply to SDB: No need to even hold off till [= wait until] Wednesday.)

Also Monday: Bravo, Charlie!
"Bravo" and "Charlie" are part of the NATO spelling alphabet. That alphabet also contains "Romeo" and "Juliett." Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet contains Juliet's famous line: "It was the nightingale, and not the lark."

Wednesday: I wanna grab my camera and go someplace scenic. Maybe Martha's Vineyard.
Mark Ruffalo's filmography includes Shutter Island. A camera has a shutter, and Martha's Vineyard is an island.

Also Wednesday: There was a hint posted on Sunday that I thought might not survive Blaine's policing.
The hint I meant was Bobby's post, which read x(yy). I thought that was a not-so-oblique reference to the movie XX/XY, but apparently Blaine didn't think so.
Incidentally, "Bobby" is a nickname for a London Metropolitan Police officer; hence my mention of policing.

70. Mark Ruffalo; lark, buffalo. My clue noted there is a SNL connection relating to an actor whose work encompasses a wide range of roles. The actor is Bill Murray, star of "Where the Buffalo Roam," and the wide "range" was a reference to "Home on the Range," the lyrics to which contain the line used as the movie title.

71. Mark Ruffalo (lark, buffalo)

72. DO NOT MISS THIS WEEK'S PUZZLERIA!
Why? Because, on it, we will debut a new recurring puzzle feature by our friend GB. It is called "GB's Bafflers" and will be uploaded tonight at Midnight PDT.
GB will begin his "Baffling" with a greatly creative puzzle involving the connection between a "blast-from-the-past" and a "bow to the now": that is to say, a classic Science Fiction cinematic experience and how it relates to what our nation is experiencing at present. (This puzzle is rated GB by the Motion Picture Association of America.)
GB's puzzle dovetails beautifully with this week's theme: The Oscars! Nine of our seventeen puzzles this week, including GB's gem, have connections with Oscar.... and we don't mean De La Hoya or De La Renta!
Our Puzzleria! menu also features:
* a Schpuzzle of the Week about an Oscar-winning movie's buzz phrase and its connection to a Grammy-winner,
* a puzzle exploring nicknames in an Oscar-nominated film,
* a fresh-from-the-oven baker's-dozen of NPR-puzzle riff-offs that we've baked up for you, and
* a delicious Dessert that asks you to tweak an Oscar-winning talkie's script.
We'll usher you in to our gold-plated silver-screen and give you the best seat in the house! Sit back and enjoy.

LegoWhoGushes:"AndICan'tDenyTheFactThatYou'llLikeTheseRightNow!(WellActuallyInAFewHoursOrSo)You'llLikeThese!"

1. I am going to have to hit the gym after 12 entrees.

73. Mark Ruffalo - Lark, Buffalo

My references to "luck" and to "prime" were relating to the number 13, as he co-starred in the film "13 Going on 30."

74. No need for me to be angry. I had commented that, referring to how Dr. Bruce Banner turns into the Incredible Hulk when he gets angry, and Mark Ruffalo played those characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I had considered including the line, "and you wouldn't like me when I'm angry," which was a line from the old TV show. In the end, I decided that would be too obvious, and could lead to the removal of the comment.

75. “Podarcis sicula coerulea” = blue lizard of Capri >> Caprese salad >> mozzarella di bufala.

76. Mark Ruffalo --> lark, buffalo

Last Sunday I said, “Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.” Stephen Stills and Neil Young were two of the founding members of the group, Buffalo Springfield.

77. My clue The Goo Goo Dolls from Buffalo NY. Johnny Resnick was a neighbor way back when.
I also came up with clues about Buffalo Wings, but thought it was TMI.

78. I originally thought that the answer was Mark Hammill, which would have involved a literal twist on changing the first letter to "name a mammal," since "mammill" would (orally) serve to name a mammal. Cute! I was then disappointed to discover that the actor spells his name with one m, disqualifying himself as a 4,7. Thinking back inside the box, I quickly discovered the more straightforward answer.

79. Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldier. It was a lazy clue, to be sure. But, not all of us like to come up with a clue that has a 6 degree separation from the answer.

80. MARK RUFFALO, LARK, BUFFALO
At some point I was almost going to provide a clue about 70s TV and 90s TV, and you would have had to come up with "Chips" and "Wings", which are two words that can follow BUFFALO, but I forgot about it until now. Probably would've been too difficult even for this crowd. Oh well.

81. One of my hints above was "I can verify that Blaine quoted the puzzle correctly." In other words, "I know this much is true," the recent HBO series starring Mark Ruffalo >> Lark Buffalo.

82. My other hint - "A recent performance by this actor calls to mind a different mammal" - referred to Wally Lamb, the author of the novel "I Know This Much Is True," similar to Jan's hint above. And, like Lancek, I also amused myself with "Lark Mamill" before it indirectly led me to the intended answer.

83. I've only posted two or three "hints" in the years I've followed Blainesville, so I've not had to explain often.
No one else has admitted never having herd of Actor Ruffalo, but I am proud of sneaking that one in under cover of a typo or poor spelling.

Earth Day would mean more if the day today had not actually seen more damage than any other in history. And will do it again tomorrow.

1. Mendo: i liked the cleve clue.

84. Thank you once again, Blainesville. I speak here for we many who silently pop by on Thursday to find the elusive answer and finally get a full night's sleep. We also stop by earlier in the week for the "famous or not" discussion whenever that word appears. The discussion leaned "yes, famous" this time, so I kept trying.

The closest I came was "Ewan MacKrat." In my dreams, he became the locally-famous star of "Cygnet Hoarders of the Hebrides."

Seriously, thank you and good night.

1. Dan Axtell, would that be your new Cygneture then?

85. My first clue was the Musical Clue: Quadrophenia, and My Generation. The second of those Who albums has the song "The Kids Are Alright", and a snippet of that song shows up also on Quadrophenia. And of course Mark Ruffalo is in "The Kids Are All Right" (respelled!).

It's cool that Word Woman gave a poetry clue, because my second clue, "Like a blue-eyed boy, the answer is hidden in the light of thought," is just two lines from two (of my favorite!) poems: Shelley's "Ode to a Skylark" includes "like a poet hidden in the light of thought," and E. E. Cummings "Buffalo Bill's (defunct)" asks Mr. Death, "what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy"

So, the puzzle was easy, but inspiring. :)

1. Crito, I agree about words of poetry inspiring us this week. "how do you like your blueeyed boy" ~ gossamerandnot.

86. My clue "If you drop the first letter from both first and last names and then rearrange you get 2 words. One names a mammal and the other is a sound made by a different mammal."

MARK RUFFALO, if remove the M and R rearranges to KOALA and RUFF.

87. MARK RUFFALO.

I clued that I "actually saw this actor doing live theater, back in my YOUTH."

It's a true story. Mark Ruffalo first became known in the New York City theater world when he played the lead role in Kenneth Lonergan's THIS IS OUR YOUTH," which I'm grateful to have seen on the stage a few times.

88. jan, are you as hurt and brokenhearted as I am to not being offered this wonderful business opportunity by Unknown?

1. Nah, I'm too busy responding to all the offers in my spam folder to increase my penis size, burn fat, and cancel all my debts.

2. jan, You should try that penis size stuff. It works! Since I've been using it everyone says what a prick I am.

89. SDB, it's most likely a scam, like the old "Nigerian Prince" bit. Oddly enough, my message from Unknown did NOT include the Gmail address. Either way, I'm not taking it seriously, and neither should you.
pjbAlmostLongsForTheGoodOldDaysOfTheChainLetter

1. It has to be legitimate if it's on the internet.

2. Where is Blaine?

3. Blaine is getting ready to join us in this great new business venture.

4. I am offended! Even Lorenzo is in on that proposal, and in Corsican at that! 😮 I want Unknown to include me, and I want that proposal in German! 🤨

(PS: Give Lorenzo's proposal a Google Translate…it's better English than the English version!)

90. Hollywood is now preparing for a movie about Derek Chauvin. It is going to be titled: Remoans of the Day. I understand it will mostly be about a one sided love affair behind bars. Kneedless to say; it will be R rated.

91. My clue: "My 4th favorite puzzle"

The 4th planet is Mars. "My Favorite Martian" co-starred Bill Bixby, who later co-starred in "The Incredible Hulk", a character played by Mark Ruffalo.

92. I have come across Unknown's multiple emails about a business proposal. Blaine, isn't this a misuse of your blog? Does anyone else agree with me?

1. SpamALOT Alert, Sir Blaine.

2. Agreed. I counted 16 consecutive emails from Unknown. Surely, something is rotten in the state of Blaineville.

3. So sad to see those posts.

4. Ironically, Unknown is now known for something: most ineffective phish of all time. I think he (she?) badly misjudged the target audience.

5. I think you're right. I only invested \$3,000.

93. Sdb: Did you purchase the Brooklyn Bridge?

1. Yes, both of them, and they threw in the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge too.

94. A friend's grandfather was architect for brooklyn bridge. I would mot suggest buying from him.

1. John Augustus Roebling.

95. No. David B. Steinman. He updated the bridge in the 1950's. He was architect for Mackinac bridge. Interesting life.

1. I really don't care, it's my bridge now. You can have a discount on your first 12 crossings though.

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98. Fight over the bridge, but I was born in Brooklyn and had very romantic walks on it's boardwalk

1. I will tell my friend,the grandson of Steinman,lives in Berkeley, one of designers. He takes his young daughters on that walk too. Thanks.

99. This week's challenge comes from listener Peter Gordon of Great Neck, N.Y. Think of a person in the news (5,4). The first name and last name each have at least two consonants and two vowels. All the consonants in each name come at the start, and all the vowels come at the end. The letter "y" is not used. Who is this famous person?

100. If my answer is correct, a very timely puzzle.

1. Yes, it might become easier to answer soon.

101. Congratulations to Rudy on his Razzie award for"Actual Proof". I heard SDB got one too?

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