moderated Rogue Riddle 1003 - 'Tis the Season - Status 5 - #RogueRiddle

Lars Hanson


    My sincere apologies to Gary Hallock for undercounting his successes by one.  The corrected standings are as follows:

    Cyn retains the lead with ten clean kills (50%), followed closely by Gary Hallock with 8½ (42.5%), then Chris Gross with eight (40%) kills.  Jim Ertner and One Sagan are also in the race.

    It appears most are tied up with holiday preparations, as there has been little activity today.

    Currently I am on the Acela, bound for New York City for the holidays.  I am away from the computer, but will be checking in regularly via smart phone.

    Happy and safe holidays to all!




On Dec 23, 2019, at 11:09, Lars Hanson <parkersan2001@...> wrote:



    Jim Ertner joined the fray overnight, but other than that there has been no activity.  Must be the holidays!  ;-)

    Herewith another set of clues. Cyn retains the lead with ten clean kills (50%), followed closely by Chris Gross with eight (40%) kills, then Gary Hallock with 7½ (37.5%) kills, Jim Ertner , and One Sagan.


The riddle status is as follows:


5 correct – 1:   14

4 correct – 1:  1

3 correct – 1: 2

2 correct – 6: 4, 6, 9, 15, 19, 20

1 correct – 5:  3, 5, 7, 8, 11

0 correct – 6: 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18


Note:  As a reminder, for full credit, two answers are required for each riddle:  both the punned and the unpunned answer.


Clue Set #1:  Letter counts for the six unanswered riddles are provided below.


Clue Set #2:  Letter counts for the six  least answered riddles are provided below.


Clue Set #3:  Letter counts for the riddles only two have answered are provided below.





Rogue Riddle 1003


‘Tis the Season


    The holidays are close upon us, so what better topic for this week’s Rogue Riddle?


    As usual this week’s Rogue consists of twenty riddles, all on the same theme.  In each case the word “BLANK” is used simply as a placeholder – it does not necessarily indicate the number of words involved in the answer.



Q:  Robert E’s king?

A:  LEE’S MAJESTY (lese majesty or majesté)


The riddles include straight puns, daffynitions, and Spoonerisms.  Which is which is up to you to determine.  Full credit for all of these requires both the punned and unpunned answers.



    As always, remember that the wording of each riddle generally has been carefully chosen both to provide clues and to avoid the use of any words in the answer.


    The riddle will run until 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday.  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 1004 next week.


    Now, on to the riddles.






2.  Because she had no real singing voice, this famous actress intoned the season’s songs rather than singing them.  Who was she?


3.  The serial killer loved the thought of this particular traditional winter activity.  What was it?

       (4, 5 / 6, 5)


4.  Part of the contracts for all the North Pole workers required them to be of sound mind.  Of course, this provision was known as the BLANK.

       (6, 6 / 5, 5)


5.  What actress was noted for trimming trees?

      (4, 7 / 4, 7) (Same answer for both)


6.  The season is celebrated with plants with red petals and trees with red berries and spiky leaves.  Perhaps that is why the end of the year is called the BLANK.

       (5, 4 / 8)


7.  The sheep approaches the year’s final celebrations.  Yep, BLANK BLANK.

      (3, 5 / 3, 4’1)


8.  If you can imagine it, a traditional display for the season is a dance by overweight plumbers called BLANK.

      (11, 6 / 10, 6)


9.  A dozen noblemen were keeping vigil that eve, but only two managed to remain awake for the night.  Indeed, by dawn there were BLANK.

       (3, 5, 1-8 / 3, 5, 1-7)


10.  The colt was born, but the mare could provide no milk, so human had to step in.  In Christmas tradition, that colt became the BLANK.

        (6, 4 / 5, 4)


11.  When he was very young, the man who eventually was to become a noted Confederate general had a very eventful Christmas. His father, a sailor, was home, decorating the tree when the dog hit the ladder he was on and all came tumbling to the ground.  And thus BLANK.

        (4, 3’1, 4, 3 / 5, 7)


12.  One song honors blackbirds.  Yes it is BLANK.

        (3, 6, 5 / 4, 6, 5)


13.  George spent his life as a gravedigger.  He dug holes, then filled them back in, day after day, week after week, year after year.  It seemed he had always done so, from the time he was very young.  Perhaps it was George’s pail he always carried around as a child, along with his little shovel.  No one knew exactly why he got into this, but everyone in his town knew they would not have gotten along without him.  So great was his fame that Hollywood made a movie about this dedicated man and his toils in soils.  Quite naturally it was called a BLANK.

            (3, 4-6, 4 / 9, 4)


14.  Each year the apparition wrapped itself around the seasonal door decoration.  That was only natural, as the spirit was a BLANK.


15.  If athletes get athlete’s foot, and tennis players get tennis elbow, what do rocketeers get?

       (7, 3 / 9)


16.  The German was old and he was developing dementia.  He often forgot to put his clothes on and would wander about naked.  Each year people would sing a carol to him – BLANK. 

    (2, 5, 3 or 2, 5, 6, 3 / 3, 4, 2, 5, 9)


17.  What well known carol asks faithful people to give talks at vegetarian eateries?

         (7, 4, 5 / 6, 7)


18.  What is the difference between a fireplace component and an ornate chair for the lead movie actor?  One is a BLANK and the other is a BLANK.

        (11 / 4, 6)


19.  During the season, Der Crosby used to keep his hair in place with what products?

        (6, 4 / 6, 5)


20.  Although it has since become a classic, the movie about George initially was a failure when it was released.  Perhaps it was regarded as just too tritely maudlin.  The reason might well have been the astrological sign under which it was released.  It seems it as just dismissed as a bit of BLANK.

         (5, 4 / 9)




    As always, it would be great to see more new faces this week, whether or not you want to host next week’s Rogue Riddle!  Please remember to tell me on your first guesses whether or not you are willing to host.


    The purpose here is just to have fun, so wade in!


    Please remember, do not hit REPLY, but instead address all guesses, surmises, suppositions, estimates, conjectures, SWAG’s, stabs, pokes, and other such directly to me at:




    Merry Christmas and happy and safe holidays to you all!


    Have fun!





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