Bilingual (Sort of) Rogue #1024

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Bilingual (Sort of) Rogue #1024


Ponerse Al Dia

(Spanish for “Punners of the Day”, or maybe “Update”)


One Sagan, James Ertner, and Joseph Harris have joined the game, all with respectable showings. There is still plenty of room in this Juego de Palabras for more players. Or maybe you have a bilingual pun you would like to throw into the mix?


Proof of Concept Provided

Lars is first out of the gate with a clean sweep of all seven puns solved perfectamente’ (which is Spanish for “these mints are perfect”).  However, he declines to host next week, so the honors are still available. But his solutions prove that the puns are solvable by persons other than moi (which is French for “a kiss on the cheek").

As Lars noted, some of these are très vieux (which is French “older than Gary Hallock”). True. Only three of them are original with me. But not all of us have been punning forever, so probably not everyone on the list has seen them. Or some of us may be old enough to have already forgotten them.

No hints yet. Enjoy! (Which is English for “I am an annoying waiter who can’t think of anything else to say when I bring your food.”)


Since Gary (Sort of) sprung Rogue 1024 on me, I am releasing it (Sort of) later than usual. It is also (Sort of) bilingual. The first four below mix up Spanish and English. The last three mix up French and English. The Spanish and French words are common enough that most folks should be able to get them easily, even if they never studied the language. The BLANK may contain one or more words, depending on whether you are giving the English or foreign (Spanish or French) answer. The pun may be on either be the English or foreign word(s).

The rogue will run till someone gets all seven, or until Tuesday evening.

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1.       The Mexican magician waved his wand, said ‘Uno, Dos,” and disappeared without a BLANK.

2.       Outside my window I had a vine-like bush with fragrant clusters of purple flowers. But it died. When I cut it down, I said “Hasta la BLANK, Baby.”

3.       “Are you going to the country to see your mom?” “No, I am going to the city to BLANK”

4.       Did she kick her sister with her foot? No, she hit her brother with BLANK.



1.       The waiter in Paris asked “Would you like two eggs in your omelette?”  I replied “One egg is BLANK.”

2.       There were three cats on the Titanic. Do you know what happened to them?  BLANK

3.       I got a new lawn mower, so now I can BLANK.


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