Sunday, June 06, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 6, 2021): Best Picture Oscar Winners

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 6, 2021): Best Picture Oscar Winners
Q: Write down the name of a country plus its capital, one after the other. Hidden in consecutive letters inside this is the name of a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Name the country, capital, and film.
It definitely helps if you put the country FIRST, then the capital. :) Also, didn't we just have a puzzle involving an Oscar winner?

Edit: My first hint was "definitely" and the second was that we had a recent puzzle that was related, not the Chloe Zhao puzzle but instead the Ma Rainey puzzle.
A: BAH(RAIN MAN)AMA

229 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. Remove a letter from the movie title. Rearrange. You get a water locale.

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    1. Which is where you want to be during the heat wave many of us are in! 🌅

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    2. Remove a repeating letter. Hint to the hint.

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    3. Blaine may have just said TMI in his opening remarks!
      pjbReportingAnAccidentAtThreeMileIslandEarlierThanUsual!

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    4. TMI will probably not matter much this week, but I really liked Blaine's post. It was two bridges away from the notorious island when he posted it, so I was sorry to see its subtlety compromised later on.

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    1. Because BISMARCK is the capital of North Dakota, not FARGO, and North Dakota is NOT a country.

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  4. Is it the Land Of The Lost, with its capital of Weekend Falls? 😏

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  5. Anagram the country, and get something a U. S. administration might say about a neighboring country.

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  6. Following the Difficult- Easy-Difficult pattern, this week should have been Difficult.

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  7. Change a letter in the city to name a country.

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    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

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    2. Wordsmythe's clue is too obvious

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    3. WS, please would you kindly remove your two clues?

      Blaine might be busy welcoming fellow Californian Lilibet Diana ;).

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    4. ... who was probably not so named because it anagrams to "Initial Blade", "Nailed Tibia", or "Idle Tin Labia".

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    5. You missed a letter in your second attempt, jan.
      pjbIsALittleSurprisedYouGotTheLOutWhenYouDid

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    6. ALLIED IN A BIT?
      TALIBAN? I LIED!
      pjbInABall,IDiet

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  8. This makes eight consecutive challenges without an anagram, in case you're counting.

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    1. Quiz answer Bahrain Manama --> Rain Man.

      Classic Muppet skit. Manna Manna

      Clue: Manama? Nah!

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  11. Easy because I found a list of countries with the country name followed by the capital city. It didn't take long.
    A balloon lady? A balloon lady?
    Here are two dachshunds humping!

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  13. Per unknown"
    Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the sharpest puzzler of all,
    She is we know so very bright, hiding here in plain sight,
    Very few here know her name- one who knows, perhaps, is Blaine.

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  14. I wanted to sound like Scrooge again, but the puzzle was easier than it sounded at first.

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    1. Do you happen to be a member of any professional organizations?

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    2. I used to be a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Colorado Psychiatric Society.

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    3. Were there too many nuts, therefor you bolted?

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    4. Now all of my crackpots are made of clay only.

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    5. Are they also psycho-ceramics?

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    6. Well they are crazily beautiful. My website is mudmusicstudicstudio.com See what you think.

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    7. Cap, That link does now work.

      Anyway, assuming you do get me to the link, I suspect I will find it to be a feat of clay.

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    8. Cap,
      Okay, I eventually got there via your profile link. I have no idea why Google would not get me there. Anyway I watched your short video which I found most informative as it gave me the answer to a question I have long entertained, and that is, why Charles Marion Russell painted a picture of an Indian giving a buffalo an enema.

      Butt seriously, I liked the pieces.

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    9. PS I'm glad you found the website...I hadn't realized the multiple typos in my giving you the link. It should have read mudmusicstudio.com

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    10. Mike, if I may: Delightful creations and a nice vid. Looks like a fulfilling pastime in a inspirational setting.

      sdb: It is IE that kept you from the link. I like it too, but keep Chrome open for the more and more that IE won't support.

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    11. MJ, I think it was just the typos this time around.

      And, yes, Mike, I've enjoyed your pots for awhile now.

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    12. Post and pots...

      Nice work, Cap/Mike. My wife used throw pots also. At that time we actually had a potters wheel at home. Now we have horses....

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    13. Thanks all of you. The purpose of retirement is reinvention. Now when I screw up it's just mud, not another person's life.

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    14. I think the purpose of retirement is so we will not become stuck beside the road waiting for a tow truck.

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    15. Clark, I was thinking of a different organization, in connection with your Scrooge reference.

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    16. Nodd, I did misunderstand your question. But it did lead me to open a thread that led to nice compliments.
      SDB,I also define retirement as the time when one gets tired a again.

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  15. The first letters of the capital are the last letters of the name of one of the actors.

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    1. True (in a slightly different way) for both leads.

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    2. Oh no, I got that wrong. What I meant was that the first letters of the capital are the first letters of the last name of one of the other actors. I should learn to count.

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    3. True (in a slightly different way) for both leads.

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    4. Nodd was referring to Dustin Hoffman. I was referring to Tom Cruise, ne Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. And "I should learn to count" hints at the casino scenes in the movie.

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  16. Isn't this a great film? I should watch it again.

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  17. Hi Blaine, Is this what you are referring to? February 17, 2019.

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  18. Bonus Puzzle:

    Write down the name of a country plus its capital, one after the other. Hidden in consecutive letters inside this is the last name of a famous character from the stage, screen, and television.

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  19. This country has been mentioned a whole lot in my TV viewing lately, in connection with both pleasant and unpleasant events.

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    1. Interestingly, the general topic of my TV viewing can be found in the letters of a capital followed by its country.

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  20. Something Iris Corona and cranberry don't need this week.

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    1. ...he said, listlessly. The movie title was the first one I thought of, which lead me right to the country. All I had to do next was look up the capital, and sure enough I was right!
      pjbIsProofYourFirstNameDoesn'tHaveToBeTomToBeSwift!

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  21. Those here who know me should not be surprised that I solved it quickly.

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  22. I expected to spend an hour or two poring over lists of countries and capitals. Nope - this was sub-one-minute puzzle

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  24. My tomato plants are getting little yellow flowers on them, but unfortunately also have some brown dots on their leaves. --Margaret G.

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    1. Margaret G, when the leaves toward the bottom start getting poison clip them, they are sapping energy from the healthy parts of the plant. Keeping snipping the bottom weaker leave without buds and the plan will get stronger and stronger.

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  25. I found interesting Lancek's earlier comment about this being eight consecutive NPR challenges that do not involve anagrams.
    I just did a quick check of the current Puzzleria! Only one of our 15 puzzles involves anagrams.
    Our best three best puzzles this week (created by Bobby Jacobs in his "Puzzle Fun" package) are anagramless. For those of you who (Yoohoo!) have a yen for further puzzle-solving, that trio by Bobby is the reason you may want to visit Puzzleria!
    Our Schpuzzle of the Week is proving to be easier than I expected, according to early returns.
    But the 9 riff-offs of last week's Addis Ababababababa NPR puzzle, as well as our Dessert and other Puzzle Slice, may prove to be tougher to chew.

    LegoLatelyNotSoAnagrammatical

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    1. My puzzles #2 and #3 involve anagrams.

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    2. Yes, indeed they do, Bobby, as does the first riff-off puzzle. Sorry about that. So, 20% of our current puzzles (3 out of 15) involve anagramming... and there is nothing wrong with that!

      LegoThankingBobbyForSettingTheRecordStraight

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  26. Easy puzzle again this week. Didn't click right away but easily workable.

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  27. Also of interest, if you widen the Oscar category to include Best Foreign Language Picture, you can easily accommodate 17 more solutions!

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    1. True enough, Paul, but not the film I had in mind.

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    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIGcy92U5a4

      See skydiveboy or Natasha for de-tales.

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  28. There are 4 more Oscar winner titles that appear in country+capital names sequentially but not consecutively

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  29. There is a movie that was nominated for best picture, but did not win, that contains, in order, all the letters of a well known country.

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    1. I don't believe that 2014 movie, which I never heard of before, was one of the nominees for best picture.

      Hint: The movie I am suggesting is contained fully within the title of the film.

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    2. It was nominated for BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY.

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    3. I said "one of the nominees for best picture."

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    4. SYRIANA was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 2005.

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    5. 1. America America, Elia Kazan, 1963.
      2. A Passage to India, 1984.
      Both nominated for Best Picture.

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    6. The country is WITHIN the title of the film. In other words, the beginning and ending letters must be removed to reveal the country.

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    7. If none of those, it must be PYGMALION, nominated for Best Picture in 1938.

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    8. Also the name of the country is NOT a word of the title, but contained with a word or words.

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    9. Nope. It works though. It is a country that is well known to all. I doubt Mali is well known to most of the idiots who live here.

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    10. SDB, we are known by the company we keep. I assume that you are referring to Disraeli.

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    11. THE IRISHMAN, nominated for best picture in2019.

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    12. Howie Roark:
      Yes, Disraeli, a 1929 movie, is the answer. Your lapel pin is already in the mail.

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  30. I hope I'm not giving away too much, but the answer to this week's puzzle was also mentioned in a puzzle about a month ago.

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    1. Probably TMI. See my comment near the end of last week’s thread.

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    2. Twice in one day: Wordsmythe, please remove.

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    3. Blaine, there will probably be 2,600+ entries this week. I agree with Dr. K & WW. I think a little curation is in order.

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    4. Dust & Clean as they say in the medical profession.

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    5. strange the way this symbol posts.

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    6. Natasha,
      I know what you mean. I am listening to Offenbach right now.

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    7. Watching kennedy awards and chabot space center video at same time. Missed chabot live sat. nite. Love astronomy.

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    8. But you are familiar with Tales..., aren't you?

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    9. Yes. Of course. But may not get what you are saying. Not that knowledgeable...or forgot. Please explain.

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    10. Symbol is changed . Correct now. Wonder how that happened.

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  31. Solved. As I suspected, the movie was not 12 Years a Slave. Now that I have found the answer, I have a musical earworm stuck in my head.

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    1. The answer, of course, is RAIN MAN, pointing to MANAMA, BAHRAIN. The earworm for me was the old Muppets song, Mahna Mahna. While I realize the pronunciation is different, the visual of MANAMA was enough to put the song in my head.

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  32. I always wondered about taco Tuesday.

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  33. The first 2 letters of the capital remind me of a person who reminds me of the country.

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    1. The first 2 letters of Manama are "Ma", which is like Ma Rainey, which rhymes with Bahraini, the nationality of Bahrain. We recently had a puzzle about this.

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  35. After getting the answer, I thought of my ISP's name change

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  36. Nice to have a tractable puzzle that doesn't drive one crazy all week!

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  37. Definitely TMI in one clue. But at least I don't have to spend all week on it.

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  38. This puzzle reminds me of more than one puzzle we've had over the past few months.

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    1. Thank you! I knew I could not be the only one who saw the correlation!

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  39. While I am very grateful that we aren't being given yet another anagram, it does seem like a lot of Will's puzzles concern movies/actors and/or countries/cities. It never feels that satisfying to arrive at an answer only after consulting lists of names.

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    1. Agreed. I prefer a 1st, 2nd, 3rd type puzzle to this 4th-rate one.

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    2. I prefer cardinal to ordinal sins.

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    3. As did his parishioners in Manila: https://tl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaime_L._Sin.

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    4. Ah, yes, Cardinal Sin. I remember him vividly. I used to see him occasionally on TV decades back and always thought his title and name amusing.

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    5. What about Cardinal Law? That was unpleasant.

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  40. I saw the movie in a theater and enjoyed it.
    It did well in pretty much all measures of success.
    I did have a tough time this morning remembering the (avoiding TMI) person who played the third lead.

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  41. Musical Clue: MEN WITHOUT HATS

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    1. Boy, does that bring back memories. Funny how we can always remember the things we never forget.

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    2. That is so true. I remember back when I was... Hold on a sec while regain my train of thought.

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    3. I was quoting lyrics from 'Things in My Life' by Men Without Hats that also has the refrain "walking through a forest in the rain".

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  42. By the way, as long as we find ourselves wasting time on FILMS with NATIONAL CAPITALS embedded in the title, I'll take this moment to offer that you might waste your quality hours watching a new film that I worked on, called "Oslo," which just opened on HBO and HBO Max.

    Oslo, which stars Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott, is a diplomatic thriller that tells the story of a Norwegian couple who guided the back-channel talks and secret negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords. It's a true story.

    I also worked on the marketing of the play, "Oslo," which opened off Broadway in 2016 in New York City and ended up winning the Obie Award for Best New Play. It then transferred to Broadway and ran for a year at the Lincoln Center, where it swept all seven of the best new play awards, including the 2017 Tony Award for Best New Play. It also opened in London at both the National and the Harold Pinter theater.

    It's a good play and movie and I hope you'll get a chance to see it.

    Also be advised that Norway's capital, Oslo, is the full title of the work.

    No comments about Oscars here. And no clues are contained in this post.

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    1. The play ran at the ACT Theater in Seattle, Washington October/November 2018, directed by John Langs, with Avery Clark and Christine Marie Brown as the lead performers.

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    2. Happy birthday Ben. You sexy dude. Say hi to Anna for me.

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    3. Ben, looking forward to seeing it soon. It sounds suspenseful!

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    4. Very good, Ben. I look forward to seeing it.

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    5. Plantsmith! Happy Birthday to you, belated! I'm sorry I missed it as I was in a drunken stupor, but I hope you had a great day.

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  43. This week’s answer definitely doesn’t involve an Uma Thurman rom-com

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    1. They didn't happen to find that it was buried beside a saddle did they? Just asking.

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    2. Cool. "Dinosaurs find you." Thanks for sharing, jan.

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    3. I recall taking a whole class in Dinosaurs at UC Berkeley. The professor wore a tee shirt with a different dinosaur picture on it for each lecture. Love paleontology classes. Great news Jan! Thanks.

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    4. Jan, that cartoon pretty much sums up US response to any crisis. I love it

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    5. TyrannosaurUS, ApatasaurUS, AbelisaurUS, StegosaurUS, CompsognathUS. . .

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    6. Does new dinosaur sound strange?

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    7. I don't think it is polite to comment on other's attire or lack of.

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  45. I have been hearing all day about this new Alzheimers drug that probably does not even work being approved for us to abuse. They are very clear that it does not cure or prevent this awful disease and that all it may do is to slow its growth. My question is why would anyone want to prolong this horrible decline? If I had it I would want to transition out ASAP. Same thing with someone I cared about. Why are so many people so eager to prolong suffering? Of course provisions must be made so that we may take our dollars with us. After all, isn't that what we came here for?

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  46. When I grew up my parents had planted a pear tree in our back yard along with apple, plum, walnut and others. We did not do much with the pears for some unknown reason, but I do recall being awaken on occasion by squirrels or rats eating the fallen fruit. Would this be classified as being pear annoyed?

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  47. Marital disharmony is as old as time. I understand Joseph had an ongoing complaint about Mary riding his ass. And you can’t argue that she wasn’t supported by his donkey as they went together to pay their taxes. So I guess we all have our burdens to deal with.

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    1. As a Catholic i find the above remark a little blasphemous and offensive. But what can you expect.

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    2. I have no doubt God, if she is monitoring this blog, is super proud of you sticking up for Her and Her darlings. You have really scored points and may now discard your precious rosary beads, as you will no longer need them to atone for your minor indiscretions. You know; like supporting a pedophile cult. But, of course, that is your legal right and privilege and I respect your right to do so; but I do not have any respect for your religion nor the choice you have made. And why wouldn't I feel justified in speaking ill of it when it has no restraint when it comes to condemning me?

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    3. But you would never make such a disparaging remark about someone in the O.T.? Moses perhaps. Or Nathan and the talking donkey? Or would you?

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  48. According to National Geographic, the world a new ocean.

    https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/antarctica-southern-ocean-new-national-geographic-16233165.php

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    1. That seems strange to me because I have long heard that their are seven oceans. North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Southern. I always thought it a bit ridiculous as in reality there is only one ocean, but I do agree with the seven geographical distinctions in order for us to better understand our planet before we destroy it further.

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    2. Evidently, the Blog’s “Publish” function also has a covert “Edit” function. Somehow, “has” didn’t make the cut. In any case, the NOAA agrees with sdb: “There is only one global ocean,” although it also agrees that “for a variety of…reasons,” most countries recognize five “named oceans.” And, Jan, if we can’t forget Billy, then we also can’t forget Frank.

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    3. Decades ago I thought there were eleven oceans.

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    4. I think the Ocean of Storms is out of this world.

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  49. BAHRAIN, MANAMA, RAINMAN

    "Difficult, Easy, Difficult pattern" reminded me of some of Rainman's characteristics.

    "Mikaela Shiffrin" >>> A Snow Woman vs. a Rain Man.

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  50. Bahrain and Manama >>> Rainman

    My Hints:

    “Dust & Clean as they say in the medical profession.” And “I am listening to Offenbach right now.”

    Dust & sounds like Dustin and Offenbach composed The Tales of Hoffmann. Put Dust & Hoffman together to get Dustin Hoffman, the star of Rainman.

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  51. BAHRAIN, MANAMA, RAIN MAN

    “Anagram the country, and get something a U. S. administration might say about a neighboring country.” Bahrain—> Bah Iran

    The May 2nd puzzle’s answer was “Ma Rainey” and “Bahraini.”

    There will probably many correct responses this week.

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  52. Bahrain, Manama, Rain Man

    Last Sunday I said, “I am reminded of Scrooge.” He was fond of saying, “Bah...humbug,” as in Bah[rain].

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  53. BAHRAIN, MANAMA, RAIN MAN

    > I'll be quick: 5

    The U.S. Fifth Fleet is based in Manama, Bahrain.

    > Something Iris Corona and cranberry don't need this week.

    The (other) Gulf states and the southeast are getting plenty of rain, man.

    > New dinosaur discovered in Australia.

    It was discovered in Queensland. The Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services has never had a (jet) crash.

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  54. BAHRAIN MANAMARAIN MAN (1988)

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  55. Manana, Bahrain – Rain Man

    My comment that Craig a pseudonym would find this an easy puzzle is based on his being a psychiatrist, i.e., a Brain Man.

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  56. I wrote, “Remove a letter from the movie title. Rearrange. You get a water locale.” RAIN MAN – N rearranges to MARINA.

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  57. Bonus Puzzle:

    Write down the name of a country plus its capital, one after the other. Hidden in consecutive letters inside this is the last name of a famous character from the stage, screen, and television.

    PALAU NGERULMUD gives you UNGER, as in Felix Unger of "The Odd Couple".

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    1. As a Philly Cinephile, I guess you recall the heydays of Mr. Movie on Saturday night radio.

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    2. He used to come into the video store where I worked. He was pleasant and unassuming, unlike some of my coworkers...

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    3. I always liked Steve's movie discussions. He was an encyclopedia for sure. IMDB before IMDB. I was lucky enough to call in once and get to talk with him. Sounds like he was the same in person as on the air.

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  58. I think it was sometime Tuesday that Blaine's "definitely" hint became apparent to me.
    I also enjoyed the Muppet references.

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    1. I do not get the definitely hint.

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    2. I believe it is a reference to a scene in Rain Man, whereDustin Hoffman's character keeps saying that the hotel room is "definitely not my room."

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  59. You are in for another true treat on this week's Puzzleria!
    Patrick J. Berry (screen name, "cranberry") had concocted another of his amazing Cryptic Crossword Puzzles for your solving pleasure.
    All of cranberry's cryptic crossword puzzles are very challenging... but also very fun. And you always learn something from them.
    We upload Puzzleria! in the wee Friday morning hours, Midnight PDT.
    Also on our menus:
    * a Schpuzzle of the Week that requires you to misspell a word,
    * a Slice that involves vehicles and Not-Ready-for-Prime-Time Players,
    * a Dessert filled with "soggy cob-webs," and
    * 13 riff-offs of Matthew Leal's "Bahrainy-day-man" NPR puzzle.
    Come get wet with us, !

    LegoWaterlogged

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  60. Wouldn’t Algeria, Algiers —-> Gigi also qualify as a correct answer?

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  61. I was going to post a clue to the effect "I get irritated when the puzzle pattern of switching between hard and easy ones gets disrupted" (Raymond "definitely" would get irritated), but Word Woman posted something similar first.

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  62. The movie was pretty much a two-man show, but Tom Cruise had a girlfriend.
    I had to look her up. Anyone name her without doing so?
    Lots of movies and many awards.

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    1. Yup, I can name her without looking it up! 😉

      At one point, she kisses Raymond (!), and he reports that later, saying her name.

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  63. BAHRAIN, MANAMA, RAIN MAN

    I clued (Musical Clue) THE BREEDERS because I'm pretty certain that the puzzler did that other puzzle a month ago (MA RAINEY, BAHRAINEY), and saw the capital, and bred this puzzle from that last one.

    But I digress.

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  64. Valeria Golino. I've seen the movie recently.
    Yes, I got Bahrain, Manama in about five minutes.
    Now here is what I don't they ever got really got right in the movie Rain Man. I say this because my training an background is in music therapy, and also because I have an autistic brother, now deceased. The song I Saw Her Standing There was NOT a good choice for the song because:
    It wasn't even that popular. It is now to all of us culture Mavens in retrospect, but it didn't even make the top 20.
    Second, the melody is rather monotone, and the lyrics are abstract. "Well she was just seventeen, and you know what I mean,"
    Are we really supposed expect someone with to get that subtlety?
    No Rock and Roll long haired talentless moron jokes here, please.
    I think a more melodious folk song would have been more believable and more touching. I have spent many hours playing music to the physically handicapped and they just simply love melodious songs

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  65. Valeria Golino. I have recently seen the movie.
    I got this in five minutes. I just found a list of Countries of the world and their capitals.
    They were arranged country first, then capital. Easy. It only takes a list, or a database, and if you're really sharp, an SQL query. But I've never had to go that far.

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    1. What that story didn't tell is that the driver has been fined $300 because the dog was not wearing its seat belt. ICE has also been investigating. Anyway, thanks for shearing.

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    2. jan: Sort of interesting, if true. Border Collie?
      Chasing or herding?

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    3. Are you implying they may be pulling the wool over our eyes?

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  67. My 4-year old granddaughter was playing pirate. The couch cushions were rearranged to make a pirate ship, one piece of construction paper was rolled up into a spyglass, another decorated and taped to a broom for a pirate flag, another became a treasure map. After the treasure was found, she announced that we were going to hurt people. When my wife asked why were were going to hurt people, she replied seriously, "Isn't hurting people part of pirate culture?"

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