Rogue Riddle 1107 - Winners Declared and Answers Revealed


Lars Hanson
 

All,

 

    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.

 

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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.

 
    There is a theme, which should become obvious as one begins to solve the riddles.
 
    Now, on to the riddles.
 

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        1.

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.

 

EAR

 

2.

The scared coven of witches

Was overcome with serious twitches:

They learned the crowd

Had been allowed

To harry them with BLANK.

 

SWITCHES

 

3.

The creature really was new,

Resembled no other I knew.

A wilder beast

Come from the east --

They tell me its called a BLANK.

 

GNU

 

4.

Yet another West End day,

At a truly cunning play,

Whose clever capper

Elicited a dapper

And very English, “BLANK!”

 

I SAY

 

        5.  BLANK:  A surprising divine or supernatural disclosure reached after a night of noisy carousing.

 

             REVELATION

 

         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.”

 

7.

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

 

8.

They say that those who sell

Their souls for gain are fell.

Among the worst,

And vilely cursed --

And they shall go to BLANK.

 

HELL

 

         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

 

11.

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.

 

Line one talks about “Expressing the year in one-six.”  The clues given were:

  • This is the tricky one!  Read it very carefully to get to first base for the punned answer and to get the target.
  • In particular, read the first line carefully.

    The current year, 2022, expressed in base 16 (octal), is 7E6

    That fills in the blank in the last line. 

 

12.

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.”

 

TWO

 

       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

 

14.


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.

 

BET

 

The key here was the swapping of the letters D and T in words related to bedding.  Thus “cot” became “sod,” and “bed” became “bet.”  The letter switches allowed the rhyme to work and also got the correct words for sue in the bonus answers.  A bit abstruse, but the answer being sought, BET, was indicated clearly by the rhyme scheme..  One player got the punned answer correctly. 

 

15.

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.”

 

WELL

 

        16.  BLANK:  The cloak worn by Superman to get away from danger.

 

                S CAPE /ESCAPE

 

17.

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.

 

HOPPY

 

18.

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

 

FOUR

 

19.

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.

 

FANNED

 

20.

The carpenter’s on the ball,

He knows when arguing a call,

To make a point

Within this joint

One really needs a BLANK.

 

AWL

 

Bonus questions:  What two appropriate sentences might be formed from the fifteen answers to the fourteen limericks?

 

HOPPY GNU EAR TWO AWL/

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

 

BET SWITCHES FOUR I SAY FANNED HELL FEE, WELL THEE 7E6

BEST WISHES FOR A SAFE AND HEALTHY, WEALTHY 2022

 

   These seemed appropriate for the first Rogue Riddle of the New Year, which was launched on New Year’s Day 2022.

 

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    Thank you all for playing!

 

    Looking forward to Rogue Riddle #1108.

 

    Take it away, Gary H.! 

 

    Aloha,

        Lars

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