There were five players this week: Jim Ertner, One Sagan, Gary Hallock, Gary Reeves, and Chris Gross, in order of joining the game. Very early on, Gary Hallock swept the board, nailing all twenty riddles plus the bonus riddle in under 32 hours. Chris Gross also swept the board, tenacious to the very last minute.
The final standings were as follows:
Gary H – 100%: Clean sweep
Chris Gross – 100%: Clean sweep
One Sagan – 85%: 17 correct, missing only 6, 18, and 19
Gary R – 62.5%: 1, 4, 7-9, 11, 12, 15-18, 20, plus a partial on 13
Jim E –- 25%: 1, 5, 11, 13, 15,
Final riddle stats (5 players):
5 correct – 4: 1, 8, 11, 15
4 correct – 8: 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16, 17, 20
3 correct – 6: 2, 3, 5, 10, 14, 18
2 correct – 2: 6, 19
1 correct – 0:
Each riddle was answered by at least two people, and 5 of the riddles fell to all. Eight more riddles fell to the remaining four players after Jim’s initial foray, and all bit Jim got the bonus question as well, several of the players solving it early, well before they had solved enough of the other riddles to see the answer. Doing so provided clues – starting letters – for the unsolved riddles as they went along.
I hope that you all enjoyed this week’s Rogue Riddle.
The answers to the riddles are included below. Instead of listing them after the riddle, I have embedded the answers within each riddle. The initial letters are listed in red after each riddle to show how the bonus riddle was solved.
Rogue Riddle #1022
What’s in a name? Many things. To simplify things, initially one might well look for the bonus answer, particularly in this potpourri. Something to keep in mind while attacking this week’s offering . . . .
This week’s Rogue Riddle consists of twenty riddles plus a final bonus. Each riddle has two answers which sound similar. Both answers are required for full credit And there are six Spoonerisms 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.
A: MILLICENT / MILL A CENT
One “BLANK” is uses 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.
Now, on to the riddles.
1. Why is house cooling like preparing one’s offspring to take over after one has gone? Both are AIR CONDITIONING /HEIR CONDITIONING.
2. What is the difference between a WW II amphibious vehicle and a sneaky landfall by a pirate? One is a LANDING CRAFT while the other is a CRAFTY LANDING.
3. What is the difference between a post office locker and tastier smoked salmon? One is a LETTER BOX while the other is BETTER LOX.
4. It turned out he sewing simply was not strong enough, so the garment opened up revealingly, to the embarrassment of the wearer. It appeared the SEAMSTRESS had not adequately allowed for SEAM STRESS when sewing the garment.
5. The artistic chef liked to create visually stunning plates of food. For one memorable meal he arranged various greens in the shape of a castle donjon, and then carefully arranged croutons to represent the surrounding battlements, thus becoming the first to create a WALLED-OFF SALAD / WALDORF SALAD.
6. Women can be sensitive about their figure, as many a man has learned through experience. This posed a problem for the husband, who was asked to buy EXERCISE outfits for his wife, but was afraid to ASK ‘ER SIZE.
7. During World War I, this famous Brit in the Middle East was famous as a landlord who never charged his tenants very much. Indeed, the LOW RENTS of LAWRENCE were well known throughout the region.
8. The big cat had a habit of resting sprawled across the warm macadam roadway, blocking the narrow street. This impeded foot traffic as many were afraid to disturb the LYIN’ LION.
9. The artistic chef had watched in fascination as people filled glasses to various levels, then ran moistened fingers along their rims to produce musical notes. The notes differed depending upon the sizes of the glasses and how full they were. He decided he might be able to achieve the same effect with a baking dish, and finally succeeded, becoming the first person to TUNE A CASSEROLE / TUNA CASSEROLE.
10. The container woven of stiff fibers in Montana had the unfortunate name of HELENA HANDBASKET.
11. In an effort to improve his aim, the archer carefully studied ARROW DYNAMICS / AERODYNAMICS.
12. The bird fanciers were capturing shorebirds, but alternated among themselves in doing so. They were TAKING TURNS TAKING TERNS.
13. Tennis player Chris was searching in her capacious tennis bag. Her difficulties caused EVERT to EVERT the bag.
14. The young bird was snuggling cozily in its arboreal abode. It could be described as a NESTLING NESTLING.
15. What is the difference between a soft ice cream store and a college official charged with responding to questions? One is a DAIRY QUEEN while the other is the QUERY DEAN.
16. What is the difference between a winter installation and convenience shop in a college residential building? One is a STORM DOOR while the other is a DORM STORE.
17. What is the difference between a type of boot and a tattletale? One is a WELLINGTON while the other is a TELLING ONE.
18. What is the difference between the tympanic membrane and a pirate’s cherished beverage? One is an EARDRUM while the other is a DEAR RUM.
19. In her beau’s eyes, she seemed to shine, to glow, but seeing her the morning after a drunken party she had LOST ‘ER LUSTER in his eyes.
20. He was a strange young lad, always getting into mischief in the kitchen. He was particularly intrigued by smearing animal fat all over the pantry. Yes, he had become a LARDER LARDER.
BONUS: Use the first letters of the answers above in order to spell the title of an appropriate Shakespearean play.
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
Many thanks to our five contestants this week for playing.
Gary may or may not decide to host a new rogue (#1023 if he does) next week.