Not sure where everyone has been this week, but there were only two players. The standing remains as before: Jim Ertner was first out of the blocks, then Kirk Miller struck with thirteen clean kills to take the lead. No more guesses since Sunday morning. Kirk will provide Roguew Riddle #789 next week.
Only four riddles were not solved: numbers 11, 12, 13, and 15.
The answers are revealed below.
Rogue Riddle #988
Trees a Crowd
In the wake of Kirk’s inspired riddle set last week, this week’s Rogue Riddle is a collection of twenty riddles riffing on the names of trees, and each has two answers. Each riddle should bring to mind a word puns on an unpunned answer. For instance:
Q: This tree sounds like a man with a breast fixation.
A: CHEST NUT / CHESTNUT
The riddles include a final non-arboreal pun.
Both the punned and unpunned answers are required for full credit for answering any riddle (except for the last riddle).
The Rogue Riddle will run until 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, 10 September 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 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the one with the most correct answers will be declared the winner and will host Rogue Riddle #989 next week.
Now, on to the riddles….
1. A tree one might long for.
PINE / PINE
2. A corral for donkeys might be made of this tree.
ASS PEN / ASPEN
3. According to this tree, if I borrow I BLANK.
WILL OWE / WILLOW
4. Celebrants dance around this tree to celebrate the coming of summer.
MAY POLE / MAPLE
5. A pelt.
FUR / FIR
6. A pronoun.
YOU / YEW
7. This tree is generally well received.
POPULAR / POPLAR
8. One might be abandoned in this tree.
LURCH / LARCH
9. After a close call, one might invoke this tree to say one is okay.
I’LL LIVE / OLIVE
10. Sight the tree?
SEE DER TREE / CEDAR TREE
11. A tree found on a foot, perhaps.
BUNION / BANYAN
12. A handy tree.
PALM / PALM
13. Perhaps WW I aircraft might be made from this tree.
PLANE / PLANE
14. This tree harbors a flying pest.
LOCUST / LOCUST
15. This tree aims to brew a beverage.
TEAK ETTLES / TEAKETTLES
16. A happy tree.
CHEERY / CHERRY
17. A tree found by the seaside.
BEECH / BEACH
18. This tree sounds like two.
PEAR / PAIR
19. This tree reminds one of a famously suicidal rodent.
LEMON / LEMMING
20. Shakespeare’s direction to attend an annual festival in Austin.
GET THEE TO A PUNNERY (Hamlet, Act 3, scene i.)
Thanks to Jim and Kirk for playing.
Take it away, Kirk, with Rogue Riddle #789 next week.