Archive for August, 2009

Answers to Puzzle#17 Word Pyramid III: Bing Bong!

August 31, 2009

If you haven’t tried the Word Pyramid puzzle, then do so.  If you need answers, they are after the break.


Puzzle#17 NYC Word Pyramid III: Bing Bong!

August 28, 2009

This week features the return of the word pyramid to Puzzling New York City!  This time around, the subway will provide the inspiration for the tip and the base of the pyramid.  A little rusty on how to solve a word pyramid?  Here’s the 411.  Each answer in a word pyramid adds a letter to the last answer.  Every letter from a previous answer is used in the next one, but it is legal to rearrange the letters in anyway.  For example: A, AB, and BAT are acceptable answers for the first three spots on a word pyramid.  If you need a little help with this one, the answers to the train line that starts this puzzle and the terminal stop that ends it will be provided after the jump.  Happy Puzzling!

1. __

2. __ __

3. __ __ __

4. __ __ __ __

5. __ __ __ __ __

6. __ __ __ __ __ __

7. __ __ __ __ __ __ __

8. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

9. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

10. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

11. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

12. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

13. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __


1.  The ___ Train

2. Ronettes smash ____  My Baby.

3.  Hizzonor  ___ Beame.

4.  Bull adversary according to the WSJ.

5.  Mostly known for hauling garbage around NYC.

6.  What supermodels “bravely” do in this September’s issue of Harper’s Bizarre. (2 words)

7.  Madison Ave. plea: “_____ ______ while supplies last!” (2 words)

8.  What Adam found in himself when Eve showed up. (3 words starts with the word “A”)

9.  What Marcello Giordani is right now at the Met.  (3 words, starts with the word “A”)

10.  What the orthopedic surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery can do for you (3 words)

11.  Sonny’s ex boating around New York Harbor? (2 words)

12.  Washing behind the ears of my little boy in our Brooklyn apartment. (2 words)

13.  The last stop on the clue #1 train. (2 words) 


The End of the Five Borough Tour

August 26, 2009

Cryptic Crypt

Well I have finished my cryptic clue five borough odyssey, and what have I found?  I found that people don’t really dig the cryptic clues.  Message received, I will be moving on to other types of puzzles.  Now I’m not saying the cryptic clues will be completely phased out as I still happen to like them, but they will return sparingly and in traditional form.  That is half the clue wordplay and the other half a straight up cross word clue.  I admit that what I did was too hard, but like all people starting out at something new, I am finding my way.

I hope to keep my puzzles engaging, fun and informative.  I hope to inspire you, the puzzler, to go and experience some of the New York things that I have found and made answers to my puzzles.  I too have a list of things to do and see that I discovered through research for these brainteasers, and I will report on that in the future as well.

As for the present, my Internet connection still acts up, and I still can’t get either computer in my home to read my digital camera.  I will do what I can with what I got, and maybe this is just the tech Gods way of saying, “Time to upgrade, mortal!”  We shall see.

Thanks to everyone who has come by and checked me out, and I hope to keep you coming back, get back some those you I lost, and to also get more eyeballs here.  All in the name of puzzling fun.  Friday will be another word pyramid, probably a little teaser for the holiday weekend and then some new stuff for September.  See y’all Friday!

Other Thoughts on Five Boroughs of Puzzles:

There are so many great things in New York to give shout outs to, and yet space and ease of puzzle construction dictated a lot into what made my nine clues for each borough.  For instance, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge is a magnificent structure, but a real bear for wordplay.  In all honesty the wordplay I created for the Outerbridge Crossing (the Buick La Sabre of bridges to the Verrazano’s Roll Royce) came to me in a flash, and I was about to scrap that bridge answer as well.  Of course the longer the word (or amount of words for that matter) in an answer, the more challenging to create a clue without too much “puzzle speak”.  It is a fine line for me to pushing through to “get” the clue for an answer and scrapping the answer and moving on to an “easier” answer to construct.  I have wasted time in fruitless efforts, and yet I still wonder if I had just gave it five more minutes I could have uncovered a great puzzle clue.

Having said that, there is a great satisfaction in unlocking a puzzle from the box of a word or a phrase, and I must admit that I am having more fun making puzzles then I have solving them.  I hope my joys of discovery are coming through in the puzzles, and I hope some clues have brought a smile to your face as well.

Answers to Puzzle#16 Wordplay: Staten Isalnd Sights

August 24, 2009

Here are the answers to this week’s Richmond County puzzle.  If you haven’t played it you can go here.  If you need some answers, just click read rest of entry.


Puzzle#16 Wordplay: Staten Island Sights

August 21, 2009

We have finally come to the end of our five borough cryptic clued word puzzles with the borough whose Little Leaguers are representing the Mid-Atlantic region at the Little League World Series as you read this: Staten Island.  This puzzle is like the previous four borough puzzles in that there will be nine sights in Staten Island in nine cryptic clues.  Each clue is a little word puzzle unto itself, so watch for all kinds of linguistic trickery.  The numbers  that appear in parenthesis after each clue is the number of letter in each word of the answer.  If these are a bit too tricky for you, I will put a list of the answers after a break so that you can reverse engineer each clue.  Happy Puzzling!

1.  Atlantis snoozed then got shook up.  (5,6,3) 

2.  To pay a bridge fare, go around the beginning of Down Town with a short cheerful greeting.  (4,4)

3.  Staten Island Railway stop goes around the Capital of Virginia…  (3,8,4)

4.  An army post for whats inside Henry Longfellow.  (4,9)

5.  Her skills are a mess and get an “F”.  (5,5)

6.  The union of a TV waitress from Phoenix and a TV doctor from Princeton is separated by Emma’s author.  (5,6,5)

7.  Revealing another to be gay involves um, a card game and a crucifix.  (11,8)

8.  The patron Christian of England goes to a place found among health eateries.  (2, 6,7)

9.  Mr. C. Doyle is sick in the end, sick.  (6,4)


Answers to Puzzle#15 Brainteaser: A,E,I,O,U and Screw You Y

August 17, 2009

My answers for this weeks little brainteaser follow the break.  While it took me a while to find five answers that met the criteria for the puzzle(place/thing/people, one representative from each borough,  must contain each vowel only once), I am sure there are many more that I missed.  Feel free to add any in the comments field.


Puzzle#15 Brainteaser: A,E,I,O,U and Screw You Y

August 14, 2009

So technical issues still abound (I will neither deny nor confirm the fact that I am posting this from my work computer while I am at lunch), so I am putting forth a little snack of a puzzle this week.  Brilliant stratagem to combat my woes this week or yellow bellied cop out?  You decide.

Anywho, here’s this weeks headscratcher:  Name five things/places/persons associated with the five boroughs of NYC, one from each borough, that contain all five vowels only once.  For example, the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University contains all five vowels with no repeats.  You can use a place or structure’s colloquial name for this puzzle.  So can you get one for each borough (there is at least one more for the Bronx)?  Happy Puzzling!

We Are Experiencing Technical, Physical, Secretarial, and Emotional Difficulties… Please Stand By

August 13, 2009

Technical:  Computer can’t find camera to upload pictures and online connectivity problems…

Physical:  I have hurt my back and my son was under the weather…

Secretarial:  I am on the Board of a Co-op building, apartment closings et al…

Emotional:  A bit bummed and overwhelmed by all this, thanks for the concern…

So, Tuesday’s post got flushed.  I hope to have Friday’s puzzle out, but the Internet Gods are angry my friends.  We shall see.

Answers to Puzzle# 14: Wordplay Queens

August 10, 2009

Here are the answers to puzzle #13.  No triskaidekaphobia here, as I have not had any problems with this post (or at least no more so than usual).  The answers are below the break in case you haven’t tried the puzzle yet.


Puzzle# 14 Wordplay: Queens Sights

August 9, 2009

I had a great beach day with Max and mommy, thanks for asking.  Here’s this weeks puzzle a day late but thankfully not sunburned.  This week I am returning to the cryptic clue five borough tour with a stop in Queens.  Below you will find clues to nine famous sights/places in Queens county.  Once again the clues will be in cryptic form, or each clue will be its own little word puzzle.  Look for puns, words hidden within words, anagrams etc.  I am also going to include a list of answers after a break in case of major stumpage so that you can reverse engineer some answers.  As always the number of letter for each word of the answer will appear in parenthesis after each clue.  Happy puzzling!

1.  Taken from illicit items and filed incorrectly. (4, 5)

2.  Purging with Tony and Carmella’s daughter and her clone.  (8, 7)

3. Messed up Punisher stands atop Everest. (9)

4.  The Italian Guard at English Aeropurto. (9, 7)

5.  Mr.  Hudson is gone to the shore.  (8, 5)

6.  Male Monarchs Mates Menagerie.  (5, 3)

7.  Informal Beuraguard, he-man with myself meets with former gameshow host Monte.  (8, 4)

8.  The biggest isle in the Continental USA with Carrie Bradshaw’s sex partner.  (4, 5, 4)

9.  Plato’s pal, a carved likeness and a baseball field.  (8, 9, 4)