Kirk continue to plug away at this week's rogue riddle. This set of clues should open the thinking for at least some of you. In order to give everyone a bit more of a chance, I am extending this week’s riddle one more day, until tomorrow, Wednesday.
· Answers have not been used in posts to PUNY, nor are any words in the answer to a riddle included in the set-up for that riddle. For instance, my mention of corsets / core sets is not contained in any of the answers.
· There is a pattern here which, when discovered, will provide valuable clues.
· Why might there be 26 riddles this week? Does the number 26 ring a bell?
· Pay close attention to the wording of each set-up. As usual, that wording had been chosen to provide clues.
Clue Set #1: The letter counts for the first five riddles are given below.
Clue Set #2: The letter counts for the second five riddles are given below.
Clue Set #3: The letter counts for the third five riddles are given below.
Clue Set #4: The letter counts for the next five riddles are given below.
Clue Set #5:
· The letter counts for the last six riddles are given below.
· Clues for riddles 4, 5, 20, 24, 25, and 26 are provided as well
Clue Set #6:
· Initial letters for each answer – There are 26 letters in the alphabet. The initial letters for each answer are the letters of the alphabet, in order.
· Clues for riddles 6, 11, 15, 17, and 22 are provided as well.
Clue Set #7: Clues for riddles 7, 10, and 12 are provided below.
There must be some new players out there as well as the usual suspects. Where are you all?
Rogue Riddle #1018
Paronomasiacs, punsters, play with similar sounds of different words or phrases to wrest new meanings from them, which often leaves those not so inclined feeling wrest-less. Wordplay has been around for centuries, perhaps even millennia. Shakespeare’s plays are replete with puns and double-entendres, often lascivious verbal twists which Elizabethans loved and listened for.
Puns often do not do was well in writing unless the reader is a punster. With autocorrect and voice dictation apps, seeing “to” instead of “too” or “two” all to often is regarded as a typographical error rather than a pun.
Nevertheless, for the past 19½ years the Rogue Riddles have persisted. (For those inclined to mark lands, Rogue Riddle 1044 will mark 20 years.) And before them were three or four years of round-robin riddles, passed from one riddler to the next.
This week’s Rogue Riddle consists of twenty-six riddles, each of which has two answers which sound similar. For instance:
Q: She decided that pennies, too, should have knurled edges. Thus did BLANK become the first person to BLANK.
A: MILLICENT / MILL A CENT
Note that the word “BLANK” may stand in for one or more words. Also, note that the word “BLANK” may be preceded by the word “a.” This provides no indication of whether or not the word the “BLANK” replaces begins with a vowel or silent “h.”
As always, effort has gone into the setup wording to provide necessary clues. There are one or two obscure words in the mix, for reasons which will become more obvious as the riddles are solved. Consider these the “4.0 busters” in the mix.
The riddle will run until 5:00 p.m. EST 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 Tuesday, the one with the most correct answers will be declared the winner and will host Rogue Riddle #1019 next week.
Now, on to the riddles.
1. To defend his cornfield against avian predators, the agile BLANK swung at them with BLANK.
(7 / 1, 4, 3)
2. In an attempt to dissuade attackers from their siege, the castle’s defenders threw candies down at them from the walls. Yes, the defenders bombarded the enemy with BLANK thrown down from the BLANK.
(6, 5 / 11)
3. The feline’s muzzle was bloodied from its prey. Looking at its face, the pet’s owner wondered whether BLANK might be a new BLANK of horror film.
(3, 1-4 / 8)
4. With results BLANK, the chances for success appear BLANK.
(3, 5 / 6)
Were they larger, things might appear more optimistic.
5. The starving man was so hungry that when he came to a field and found no horse therein, he BLANK instead and found it quite BLANK.
(2, 1, 4 / 6)
A very hungry person might claim to be so hungry he could . . . .
6. When so BLANK, farming becomes BLANK.
(3, 4 / 6)
What do farmers do to prepare their fields?
7. He was supremely frustrated by Churchill’s walk spoiled. "What’s BLANK," the BLANK wondered.
(4, 3 / 6)
8. Hoarding reduces the supplies for all. Markets are responding by limiting purchases. For instance, at one market the limit was one BLANK BLANK.
(3, 3 / 6)
9. When a soldier has a bad BLANK, it is difficult to march BLANK.
(6 / 2, 4)
10. Off the coast of Israel one can see a BLANK for BLANK.
(3, 4 / 7)
What would one do offshore? Who would be doing it?
11. Among the BLANK, company generally will be offered a BLANK at dinner.
In people in northeastern Iraq and southeastern Turkey, for instance.
12. The diver’s BLANK revealed a BLANK.
(4, 3 / 7)
Imagine the diver under water at night.
13. Doctors are being suspended or even fired for speaking out during the current Covid-19 crisis. There is great concern that this BLANK will result in shortages of BLANK personnel.
(5, 4 / 7)
14. It is the mesh, the BLANK, with makes the BLANK.
(7 / 3, 4)
15. Was that BLANK delivered by Labour BLANK.
(7 / 2, 1, 4)
If one is not Labour, then one is a . . . .
16. Rote memorization guarantees consistency in acting, but occasionally actors have to ad lib. This raises the obvious question of whether they will BLANK BLANK on any given night.
(7 / 3, 4)
17. In medieval times, when housing was full, the BLANK would block entrance with a BLANK.
(8, 5 / 12)
That which was being used to block the entrance was held in the hands.
18. Despite his concerns about having trouble getting repaid, the man decided to BLANK and BLANK his nephew money.
(6 / 2-4)
19. Inspectors need to examine products to determine whether or not quality is being maintained. Nationally, one might see uncle BLANK a BLANK for evaluation.
(3, 4 / 6)
20. Before one elects to BLANK, one best ensure this horned creature is in fact BLANK.
(5, 1, 4 / 9)
The answer here is instructive.
21. The baseball league would cremate a BLANK in a BLANK.
(6 / 3, 4)
22. The maker of women’s undergarments devised one to help with posture and named it accordingly. “The BLANK will keep your BLANK aligned,” the ads proclaimed.
(5-3 / 8)
23. She became despondent easily, and when her lover was not BLANK she would BLANK.
(4, 3 / 6)
24. North African mariners often succumb to BLANK and call of the BLANK.
(2, 4 / 5)
Not a felucca, but a . . . .
25. With a fierce look, the Turkish warrior drew his BLANK BLANK.
(8 / 3, 5)
What sort of thing might a warrior draw?
26. The North African natives drove a BLANK into their BLANK.
(5 / 6)
The second BLANK might be of bushes or wood.
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 if you win.
The purpose here is to have fun, so
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