Just four players this week – the two Gary’s, Jim, and Chris.
Gary R. came in remarkably strongly right off the bat, solving eleven of the riddles in his first guesses, just ten hours after the riddles were launched. Our Learless Feeder followed shortly thereafter, at the eleven-hour point, killing nine of the riddles in his first worksheet. Jim came in just eleven minutes after Gary H. with nine kills, followed at the fourteen-hour point by Chris, with eight kills in his first set of guesses. Gary H. persisted and took the lead, eventually scoring 15 kills, for a final score of 75%.
Gary H. will host Rogue Riddle #1108 next week.
The final riddle status is as follows:
4 correct – 6: 1, 2, 3, 8, 17, 20
3 correct – 3: 7, 15, 19
2 correct – 2: 5, 9
1 correct – 5: 4, 12, 13, 16, 18
0 correct – 4: 6, 10, 11, 14, Bonus 1 and Bonus 2
Unattempted – 1: 10, Bonus 2
One-quarter of the riddles – five riddles – were solved by every player within 14 hours of the Rogue Riddle launch, just six minutes into the New Year.
Rogue Riddle #1107
A New Start
This is the first Rogue Riddle of the year, and as such .
This week’s Rogue Riddle consists of twenty riddles, but in a different mix from past Rogue Riddles.
Because of the recent resurgence in interest in limericks, and in a nod to the recent riddle format of our founder, Gary Hallock, this week’s Rogue Riddle set consists of fourteen limericks, and will be posted both on PUNY and on the Limericks ‘n’ Haiku list (which I began back in 1998).
The fifteen answers to these fourteen limericks can be rearranged to form two sentences appropriate to this week’s Rogue’s theme. These two sentences form bonus riddles.
To round out the number of riddles to the usual twenty, five more riddles have been added to the fourteen limericks. Each of these riddles has punned and unpunned answers, each of which must be provided for full credit.
The riddle will run until 5:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday. 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 and will host Rogue Riddle #1108 next week.
As with previous riddle sets, the word BLANK can replace more than one word. In other words, seeing the word BLANK does not indicate how many words should replace the word BLANK. Further, the article preceding the word “blank” will always be “a,” never “an,” regardless of the punned word.
The hoop’s a piece of jewelry gear
An adornment there or here.
While some suppose
It’s best in the nose,
Some others lobe the BLANK.
The scared coven of witches
Was overcome with serious twitches:
They learned the crowd
Had been allowed
To harry them with BLANK.
The creature really was new,
Resembled no other I knew.
A wilder beast
Come from the east --
They tell me its called a BLANK.
Yet another West End day,
At a truly cunning play,
Whose clever capper
Elicited a dapper
And very English, “BLANK!”
5. BLANK: A surprising divine or supernatural disclosure reached after a night of noisy carousing.
6. BLANK: To purchase something to give to a particular actress.
BIFURCATE / BUY FOR CATE
The clue given was: “I hear the purchase could involve a split.”
BUY FOR CATE sounds like BIFURCATE, hence the “I hear.”
The headman’s axe’s not for free –
Its victim pays the BLANK.
Ask not for whom
The empty tomb –
It takes a toll of BLANK.
FEE / THEE
They say that those who sell
Their souls for gain are fell.
Among the worst,
And vilely cursed --
And they shall go to BLANK.
9. When faced with a homeless person behaving quite strangely and irrationally, why might trimming his fingernails help settle the person down? Because it’s a BLANK.
MANICURE / MANIC CURE
10. BLANK: Something usually carried on the bottle of rich, sweet wine.
PORT AGE / PORTAGE
Expressing the year in one-six,
The number is easy to fix –
A simple relation:
They founded the nation
In 17 BLANK.
7E6 / SEVENTY-SIX
This one requires some explanation, obviously.
In schoolyard: “Are not! And you
Alone won’t force me to!”
Anyone can see
That he’s with me --
And thus I reply, “Am BLANK.”
13. The two musicians, who played the same instrument, had been competing while playing in their orchestra, to the detriment of the music. They finally reached an agreement. Naturally, that quickly became known by the name of yet another instrument – the BLANK.
HARPS ACCORD / HARPSICHORD
A curious impediment was met
The answer provided was set.
She offered the sod
To lie on a cod –
He replied he’d rather a BLANK.
There once was a man who could tell
That all was going just swell
The reason, you see,
Was simple to see
Just look at the ending: it’s “BLANK.”
16. BLANK: The cloak worn by Superman to get away from danger.
S CAPE /ESCAPE
There once was a rabbit named Poppy
Whose motion was quite hard to copy --
No walking at all,
And never a crawl.
Indeed that bunny was BLANK.
A computer geek to the core,
Gave a doubly good talk on the floor.
His colleagues amazed,
The world he dazed –
He’d managed a base of BLANK
At the plate old Casey took a stand
His trusty bat within his hand.
But with bases loaded
Their hopes exploded --
When the inning was done he’d BLANK.
The carpenter’s on the ball,
He knows when arguing a call,
To make a point
Within this joint
One really needs a BLANK.
Bonus questions: What two appropriate sentences might be formed from the fifteen answers to the fourteen limericks?
These seemed appropriate for the first Rogue Riddle of the New Year, which was launched on New Year’s Day 2022.
Thank you all for playing!
Looking forward to Rogue Riddle #1108.
Take it away, Gary H.!