moderated Rogue Riddle #973 - Winner Declared and Answers Revealed

Lars Hanson



    This week’s winner is Chris Gross followed by Kirk Miller and Jim Ertner.   Chris will host next week’s Rogue Riddle, #974.


  The answers to this week’s Rogue Riddle are included below.




Rogue Riddle #973

Potpourri II


    It is Memorial Day weekend, so it seems appropriate to have a series of riddles which memorialize an unbroken chain of rogue riddles. In that light, today’s riddles are completely unrelated, but represent a sample of the various types of riddles which have been created over the past eighteen-and-a-half years.


    No samples are provided, as the variety of riddles precludes any particular example being relevant for all.  The riddles include plain puns, a limerick, some Spoonerisms, a word split, a daffynition, and one instance in which the syllables of one answer are reversed to obtain the other answer.


    Both the punned and unpunned answers are required for full credit for answering any riddle (except for the limerick).


    N.B.: The use of the word BLANK does not indicate how many words are involved, only that there is a blank space which must be filled by one or more words.  Also, if the word “blank” is preceded by “a”, that does not indicate that the word or words being sought begin with a vowel.


    There are twenty riddles below.  Because of the Memorial Day weekend, the Rogue Riddle will run until midnight EDT on Wednesday, 29 May 2019.  As usual, the first person to solve all the riddles will be declared the winner.  If no one has solved all the riddles by midnight EDT on Tuesday, the one with the most correct answers will be declared the winner and will host Rogue Riddle #974 next week.


    Now, on to the riddles….




1.  What is the difference between the Hagia Sofia and an annoying summer buzzer?
      (6, 6 / 9)
       TURKEY MOSQUE / MOSQUITER  (Syllables in reverse order)


2.  What is the difference between a baseball team and one who likes to find Chinese cookware?
      (5, 3 / 5, 4)
      One are the WHITE SOX, while the other SIGHTS WOKS.  (Spoonerism)


3.  The restaurant chef was eager for a raise, but could not get the owners attention.  Finally he began arranging striking arrays of cookware with notes requesting his pay be increased.  These displays truly were BLANK.
      (3, ‘1’, 5 / 9)


4.  Speaking of baseball, when he tells people who his team is, they ask why he likes bugs?
      (4 / 5)


5.  A cleric of note he has been
     In the islands Philippine.
     To an unfortunate name
      He has to lay claim --
      The famous BLANK BLANK.
       (8, 3) 


6.  Is it true the ancient BLANK were only a one-season people?
      (9 / 10)


7.  The Zionist dream BLANK.
      (2, 4 / 6)


8.  They thought he was from Babylon, but actually he’s BLANK.
       (1, 6 / 8)


9.  What’s the difference between the names of Greer and an ancient king?
      (6 / 6)
       GARSON / SARGON  (Spoonerism) 


10.      There was a long line at the mountain, causing many to wonder if would they would BLANK.

            (4, 4 / 7)
           EVER REST / EVEREST   (Split word) – This mountain was in the news this past week, as several people died waiting in line to reach the summit for photos.


11.      What is the difference between the armed ships of a Persian Gulf country and a United States armed vessel?
           (5, 5, 5 / 5, 5, 6)
           One is the QATAR COAST GUARD, while the other is a COAST GUARD CUTTER.


12.      Speaking of mountains, getting to the top can be BLANK difficult.
           (6 / 4, 4 or 8)
           SUMMIT / SOMEWHAT


13.      In baseball, there are those who can pull quickly, and those who are the recipients of such jerks.  The latter are known as BLANK.


14.      What is the difference between a cervine species and a drunken cetacean?
            (9, 4 / 5, 5, 4)
            One is a WHITETAIL DEER, and the other is a TIGHT WHALE, DEAR.   (Spoonerism)


15.      What is the difference between a beamy, gaff-rigged small boat and a vestment for a flying mammal?
           (7 / 3, 4)
           CATBOAT / BAT COAT (Spoonerism)


16.      The arrangement for the ocular transplant was perfect.  Yes, the BLANK was BLANK.
           (3, 4 / 5)
           EYE DEAL / IDEAL


17.      What is the difference between a particular amphibolic mineral and the sound of a brass quartet?
           (10 / 4, 5)


18.      It looks as though this ancient warlike nation of southwest Asia consisted of backwards men.  Could that have been so? 
           (4 / 4)
           ELAM / MALE


19.      BLANK:  A country of single men.  (Of course, nothing much ever happens there!)
           STAG NATION / STAGNATION  (Split word)


20.    Outside the bar, the man clung tightly to the square column for support.  Clearly he was BLANK.
          (10 / 9)



    Thanks to those who played this week.  My sincere apologies to the rest of you who found this week’s set too difficult.

    Take it away with Rogue Riddle #974 next week, Chris!

    Have fun!





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