moderated Rogue Riddle 1034 - #RogueRiddle - Status 2 and Clue Set 1 #RogueRiddle

Lars Hanson



    This week's Rogue Riddle is off to an excellent start.  So far Jim, Gary, Aaron, and Marilyn all have scored kills.  Now it is time for some hints and clues.




    For the newcomers here, perhaps a quick explanation is in order.  Usually (but not always, depending on the host), complete answers are used.  This eliminates any necessity for the host having to make any assumptions about what may or may not have been intended.


    Also, over the 22-plus years we have been doing this, some other conventions and customs have arisen which help in solving these.  Such usages will become apparent over time.  It is useful to keep the various forms in mind:

Homophones:  Same word or phrase but spelled or use differently, as in the example provided in this week's introduction:  

Q:  She decided that pennies, too, should have knurled edges.  Thus did BLANK   become the first person to BLANK.


Spoonerisms:  Like Marilyn's riddles last week in which the initial letters or sounds of something are exchanged.  The something may be a word or a phrase:  A well-brushed equine is a CURRIED HORSE while rapid teaching makes for a HURRIED COURSE.  A Spoonerism often is indicated or signaled by a question beginning with, "What is the difference between...?," but not always.

Daffynition:  A daffy definition of a word may be provided or asked for (either way).  In the case of the word being defined, a one-word answer usually suffices, and there will not be two answers to the riddle.

    With my setups, I usually take some pains to incorporate all the necessary information in the setup (the text of the riddle), and to minimize any extraneous information.  Obviously, this cannot always be achieved, but I do try.  Thus, with my riddles, it pays to look at the wording carefully.  Others tend to be less specific.


    Reading the introduction to a Rogue Riddle set almost always helps.  If there is a theme, it may be identified there or in the title.  In addition, some special requirements may be identified there as well.  For instance, in this week's introduction it is noted that the word BLANK may refer to one or more words in the answer.  (This is not always the case. Sometimes each word in a multi-word answer may be replaced by a BLANK.) 


    Finally, the way to get further clues usually is to submit guesses.  With the responses to guesses normally (but not always!) come additional clues.


Clue Set #1:  Letter counts for the first ten riddles are provided below.  (Yes, the inclusions of apostrophes are intentional.)




Rogue Riddle #1034
Another Potpourri
    This week’s Rogue Riddle consists of twenty riddles.  Each riddle has two answers which sound similar.  Both answers are required for full credit.   There are Spoonerism, homophones, and a few daffynitions thrown in for good measure. As an example of homophones:
Q: She decided that pennies, too, should have knurled edges.  Thus did BLANK   become the first person to BLANK.
    One “BLANK” is used for each answer, where needed. Note that the indicator BLANK may stand in for one or more words.  Also, note that the BLANK may be preceded by the article “a.”  This provides no indication of whether or not the word or words the BLANK replaces begins with a vowel or silent “h.”
    As always, effort has gone into the setup wording to provide necessary clues.
    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. EST on Wednesday, the one with the most correct answers will be declared the winner.


Hint:  As always, be sure to read the set-ups carefully and try to use all the information contained in them.

    Now, on to the riddles.
1.  They lived next to a church whose bells rang the time regularly, so they always knew the hours because the bells BLANK them.

       (6 / 4)
2.  Whenever the inmates went out to work growing vegetables, there were men to watch over them to make sure none escaped.   They were BLANK in BLANK.

     (7’, 3, 9 / 3, 9’, 6)
3.  BLANK – Lost in a convoluted hedge.

     (1-5 or 6)
4.  The Scotsman asked his pupil, “Laddie, dinna ye kin what they call that wee bit that sticks up on a sundial and casts a shadow?”  Quite naturally, the boy replied, “BLANK.”

    (2, 3 / 6)
5.  In what is perhaps the most famous photograph of Marilyn Monroe, her skirt is lofted upward.  Could it be there was a BLANK BLANK?

      (6, 5, ‘2)
6.  When Theodore and his husband moved into the development the residents were very happy.  They all thought that security had been enhanced now that they lived in a BLANK.

       (3, 3, 9 / 5, 9)
7.  Down Under the language is quite different to elsewhere.  Many find listening to BLANK to be a BLANK.

      (6 / 6)
8.  What is the difference between a vitreous classic penny loafer and a particular Scotsman?  One is a BLANK and the other is a BLANK.

       (5, 6 / 10)
9.  The song and dance about Mother Brown calls for a BLANK, which sounds like a distinctive English dialect.

      (6, 4 / 7)
10.   What happens when reciting a collection of Walt Whitman’s poetry to a sad young lady?  One reads BLANK, while there BLANK. 

         (6, 2, 5 / 7, 1, 4)
11.  What is the difference between a monster’s home and an arrow with no notch for the bowstring?  One is BLANK, while the other is BLANK.
12.  Why are Dutch flowers like what one kisses with?  Both are BLANK.
13.   Why are ghosts so often drunk?  It’s because of all the BLANK.
14.   He was a poor student, always arriving late to school.  The teacher naturally asked his parents. “What time does the BLANK?”
15.  What is the difference between a drapery support and solid bit of soured milk?  One is a BLANK, while the other is a BLANK.
16.  What is the difference between a diploma and an inexpensive pelt?  One is a BLANK while the other is a BLANK.
17.  What is the difference between a fellow lead actor and something to put under a glass?  One is a BLANK, while the other is a BLANK.
18.  There are just two major aircraft manufacturers, so when we are flying there are times when a BLANK will BLANK from one place to the next.
19.  What is the difference between a pantomime game and something to help one blacken a surface by burning?  One is a BLANK, while the other is a BLANK.
20.   BLANK – A cheap fog.
    As always, it would be great to see some new faces this week!  
    Please remember to ensure your answers are directed to me.  You should be able just to hit “Reply” (thanks, Norm!),  but to be sure you may address all guesses, surmises, suppositions, estimates, conjectures, SWAG’s, stabs, pokes, and other such directly to me at:




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