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Answers to Puzzle #33: Wordplay: Poltergeists II: Theeeey’re Baaaack!

February 8, 2010

I hope you enjoyed the return of poltergeists!  If you didn’t try the puzzle yet you can find it here.  You can find the answers to this phantasmagoric puzzle below.  Also, two quick notes to wit:

1.  Friday’s puzzle was my 100th blog post.  Hurray!

2.  There is probably not going to be a post tomorrow due to a family matter.  Boooo!

And now, the answers: (more…)


Puzzle #33: Wordplay Poltergeists II: Theeeeey’re Baaaack!

February 5, 2010

This week we have another infestation of poltergeists!  Below is a list of seemingly random words, but each of them has extra letters in them.  If you remove these “ghost” letters, and read the remaining ones in order, you will get the name of a street in New York City.  The number of poltergeists in each word will appear in parenthesis next to said word.  For example. GRAY (1) would become GAY Street when the one poltergeist is removed.  As an added help, all the street names below are really streets in New York.  No Avenues, Boulevards, Roads, Ways, Alleys, Parkways, Highways, Lanes, Places, Terraces, Loops, Rows, or Concourses etc.  (Think Lower Manhattan and Outer Burroughs)  Happy Puzzling!


1.  BLANK (1)

2. CRANIAL (2)

3. GARLAND (2)

4.  ASPIRING (2)

5.  SWATTER (2)

6.  FAIREST (2)

7.  DURANTE (2)

8. BREADED (2)

9.  WAYBILL (3)

10.  MUNITION (3)

11.  GROWLED (3)

12.  MOSTEST (3)

Answers to Puzzle#31: Word Jumble: Imperious Rex!

January 26, 2010

 Well that didn’t help.  If you tried Friday’s word jumble and solved it, you’ll know what I mean.  If you don’t know what I mean, well click below to see the answers and find out.


Puzzle #31: Word Jumble: Imperious Rex!

January 22, 2010

This week’s puzzle is a Word Jumble.  You will find below six clues to six answers.  Fill in your answers to the clues in the blanks provided below.  When you’ve done that, take all of the letters that fall on a red blank, and rearrange them to spell out the two rallying cries that are the final answer to this puzzle.  I will include after each set of blanks, the number of words and total letters in parenthesis just in case this doesn’t translate well to your computer screen.  Happy Puzzling!  This one’s for you Dad.


1. Planes do this on a runway or Jets do this in an end zone.

2.  Priority one in an airport or two points.

3.  Old NYC set soap or a head coach’s desire.

4.  He or she hurts rushing in an airport or he helps rushing on the football field.

5.  Nickname for legendary QB or a Theatre District cup of coffee?

6.  _______ pattern or _______ penalty.


1.  ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ (1 word, 9 letters)

2. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ (1 word, 6 letters)

3.  ___ ___ ___ ___‘ ___     ___ ___ ___ ___

(2 words, 9 letters)

4.  ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ (1 word, 5 letters)

5.  ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___     ___ ___ ___

(2 words, 11 letters)

6.  ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___  (1 word, 7 letters)


___ ___     ___ ___ ___ ___!

___ ___ ___ ___     ___ ___ ___ ___!

(4 words, 14 letters)

Answers to Puzzle #30 Wordplay: Gone but Not Frgttn

January 18, 2010

If you tried Friday’s puzzle and could not come up with the answer for number 2 on the list, it is because I really blew it.  The lost NYC fixture that was the answer for number 2 was incorrectly done, spectacularly incorrect in fact.  The puzzle was to figure out the names of famous New York institutions that are no longer with us, in which I removed the vowels from each said institution.  Well, for number two I completely brain farted and removed all of the consonants.  IAAI!!!!!!!!  I was enamored with my own cleverness of providing nothing but an apostrophe for a clue, and failed to realize that I had COMPLETELY REVERSED THE PREMISE OF THE PUZZLE.  Sigh.  No matter, like the ancient Persian rug maker, I shall incorporate my mistake into my puzzling tapestry in the form of a bonus puzzle.  To wit:  Can you figure out the New York City iconic place that recently disappeared where if you removed all the consonants you would be left with a sole apostrophe?  The answer for this will appear tomorrow.  The answers for the eleven solvable puzzles can be found by clicking below.


Answers to Puzzle #29: Word Pyramid VI: Sports Section

January 11, 2010

Welcome to the answers for the first puzzle of ’10!  If you didn’t try the puzzle, then go here.  Click below for the answers. (more…)

Puzzle #29: Word Pyramid VI: Sports Section

January 8, 2010

Hello to all!  I truly hope that you and yours had a great holiday season.  I had a wonderful holidays with friends and family.  I must also add that I have a great wife and son.  Both were just fantastic dealing with all of the holiday traveling and stresses as well as being great fun during the festive and relaxing parts of the Yuletide.  I could not be a luckier husband or father.

So with the vacation aside, I am back with the first Puzzling New York offering for 2010.  I have returned to the word pyramid, and this time it is New York City sports themed.  remember a word pyramid is a puzzle which starts with a one letter answer and adds another letter to every subsequent answer.  The letters can be rearranged from one answer to the next in any order you like, but no letter is ever dropped.  For example, A, AT, TAB would be an acceptable first three answers to a word pyramid.  Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Puzzling!


2. ___ ___

3. ___ ___ ___

4. ___ ___ ___ ___

5. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

6. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

7. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ 

8. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

9. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

10. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___


1.  A letter you will find on a scorecard at Keyspan Park if a pitcher is going good that day…

2.  Joe Louis did this to Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 1938.

3.  Nickname of famous Knick Charles.

4.  What a rain delay or a concession stand at Yankee Stadium can do to you.

5.  New York sports reporters can not be afraid ___ ___ the tough questions.  (2 words)

6.  An average average (2 abbrev.)

7.  What the basketball game needs when St. John’s ends the second half 68-68. (1 word, 1 abbrev.)

8.  What the Rangers do when the hit their playing surface. (2 words)

9.  Anti-DiMaggio hitting futility? (2 words)

10.  …and what the letter on the top of the pyramid stands for. (3 words, first word”a”)


Answers to Puzzle #27 Wordplay: Yr n Rvw

December 14, 2009

If you didn’t take the puzzling trip down the memory lane that was 2009, well then give it a try.  If you’re puzzling-mobile broke down on said thoroughfare, then click below for the answers. (more…)

Answers to Puzzle #26 Word Ladders: The Sidewalks of New York

December 7, 2009

Streets.  Roads.  Avenues.  Parkways.  Lanes, Ways, Boulevards and Expressways.  You name ’em, NYC’s got ’em.  Friday’s puzzle was inspired by six such thoroughfares in the  borough-wheres.  Want to try the three word ladder puzzles?  You got it.  You need the answers to said ladders?  Click below.


Puzzle #26 Word Ladders: The Sidewalks of New York

December 4, 2009

This week we will be traveling the streets of New York on ladders…  Word ladders that is.  I have three word ladders which will transform one famous New York thoroughfare into another.  Word ladders are puzzle in which one word is turned into another by changing one letter at a time without rearranging any of the letters.  For example, CAT can be changed to DOG thusly:





This week I have three such puzzles: a three-letter ladder, a four-letter ladder, and a five-letter ladder.  The five letter puzzle contains many steps and on archaic word, so I will include the ladder with clues after a break.  Oh, and as usual I will tell you the number of steps (or should that be “rungs”…) that it took me to complete the ladder.  If you can do better, drop me an email at puzzlingnyc gmail <dot> com.  Good?  Good.  Happy Puzzling!


Can you turn GAY Street into the BQE?  I did it in five steps (with no other abbreviations ‘sides BQE). 


Can get from WALL Street to PARK Avenue?  Sure you can, sell derivatives.  Or try to do it as a word ladder.  This one took me four steps.


Can you go from FIFTH Avenue in Manhattan to the GRAND Concourse in The Bronx?  This ones a doozy as it took me 12 steps (insert recovery joke here)!  If you need a little help click below.