For explanations of NPL-style puzzles and their solutions, you may refer to the online Guide to the Enigma.

Solutions



303. OVERLOADED HOMONYM (5, 4)

Sex and violence don't belong in cinematic arts.
I'm sick of all those films that feature bloody BANG-BANG parts.
(May 2006)


304. REVERSED LETTER SHIFT (5)

A creature had a PM deemed,
By Debussy and Mallarmé,
Divine. But TENS, to me it seemed,
Were just a NEST with DNA.
(May 2006)


305. METATHESIS (3) (ONE = abbr.)
LETTER SHIFT (2 2)

An asteroid could bring us to our knees—
One 65 ONE TWO have Aed the Bs.
(May 2006)


306. OVERLOADED DELETION (7)

Having a pacemaker's sometimes a pain.
But if it were missing, it's perfectly plain
I'd suffer. I'd long for its timely return.
You could say its absence would make my heart YEARN.
(May 2006)


307. REVERSED FIRST-LETTER CHANGE (5) (PILOT = NI3)

Sukkoth comes but once a year.
We're shopping for some cheap supplies. . . .
Look! Palm PILOTs, five bucks, dear—
That's good TO LIE: a nice surprise!
(May 2006)


308. SPOONERGRAM WE NEVER FINISHED READING ([*4 *5], 4 5)

Casper bought a home
In the ritzy part of Nome. . . .
(May 2006)


309. LETTER BANK (6, 7, 9) (SHAVE, HEAVES, SHEAVES)

In my violin teaching,
I'm always beseeching
My students: "Please stay with the SHEAVES!"
As their SHAVE and their guide,
I try to stress pride
In good discipline. They cry: "It's HEAVES!"
(June 2006)


310. PHONETIC BEHEADMENT (7, 4)

If you're playing Leporello,
Keep your distance from the fellow
That you're serving. Else the bellow
From that LOW'll give you an 'ELLO.
(August 2006)


311. PHONETIC DOUBLE-CROSS (5, 5, 4, 5-6)

From Kmart to Wal-Mart to Walgreens I go,
Through thunder and lightning and blizzardy snow.
Why has this quest perilous fallen to me?
My kid wants C-3PO under the tree!
To make dreams come true for my eight-year-old son,
I'll THREE through a TWO for a little FOUR ONE.
(August 2006)


312. LETTER BANK (9, 14)

Velikovsky wrote a book in 1950,
Which many bought and thought was really nifty.
But scientists who bought it didn't "buy" it.
They quite denied wild, sky-wide TIDIED DIET.
(September 2006)


313. SECOND-TO-THIRD CHANGEOVER (5)

If you're ten feet eight,
But your total weight
Is one hundred two,
You're a real CUTE CLUE.
(September 2006)


314. SIXTH-SOUND CHANGE (9) (RED HAWK = not MW)

It's the norm in our dorm to commandeer a common door
And swap dandy little candies through the crack.
It's not fair not to share—wouldn't dare hoard your store!
Give a RED HOT to your RED HAWK, get one back!
(September 2006)


315. PHONETIC BEHEADMENT (6) (LAD)

MADD and SADD
Came to be
'Cause a LAD could ADD
You or me.
(October 2006)


316. ENIGMATIC REBUS [*4 *5]

     N F major

A sweet young girl shares
Her short life upstairs.
We're all in SOL's debt.
Let us never forget.
(November 2006)


317. OVERLOADED HOMONYM (4, 5) (4 = NI3+)

My horse has rhinitis and walks with a limp—
I'd best have the vet take a look at his CHIMP.
(November 2006)


318. REVERSED PALINDROME DELETION (5 4, 4)

"Those newts in your painting are dead!"
"Yes—this is my ^DEEPER with ^RED."
(November 2006)


319. FIRST-SOUND CHANGE (6, 5) (SILK, TILQUE)

I like to dunk my donut in my milk.
It soaks it up 'cause it's a quite SILK TILQUE.
(December 2006)


320. ENIGMATIC REBUS (^4 ^4: ^3 ^4 ^10) (BOO)

                                B         
     D1024T    Homo  Canis

Clue:
New
Crew. . . .

Clue
2:
Q. . . .

BOO!
(Who
Knew?)
(January 2007)


321. PHONETIC FALSE PLURAL (10, 7) (WON = NI3)

A town was circled roundabout
By jungle—no roads in or out.
A WON dropped in and cured the sick.
. . . That seems a TOO! So what's the trick?
(February 2007)


322. TRANSPOSAL (5)

The bloodhound's SECOND sniff away,
And very soon it FIRST its prey.
The cops close in and THIRD the creep.
(That's how the bloodhound FOURTH its keep.)
(February 2007)


323. WELDED TRANSPOSAL (*5 *5 2 8) (*5 *5 = not MW)

The Cougars beat the Bruins in '68.
The Houston papers had these words to state:
"FIVE FIVE TWO EIGHT! His basketball's first-rate!"
(February 2007)


324. FIRST-TO-LAST CHANGEOVER (5)

Most bears will stand by what they do:
You'll hardly ever see ONEs TWO.
(February 2007)


325. ENIGMATIC REBUS (4 2 3)

     Muggle-Wump

The Muslim prayer, though set to tunes in C,
Was chanted by a holy man in B.
I winced and asked, "My goodness—is that ME?"
(March 2007)


326. FIRST-TO-SEVENTH CHANGEOVER (8)

Let the flutes, oboes, ONE, and the clarinets in.
TWO they're set, let the woodwind rehearsal begin!
(March 2007)


327. LETTER BANK (8, 3 5 9 2 3 8) (RIPE PEPPER SWIPERS = not MW*)

One of my sisters
Despises tongue twisters.
Count her among WIPERS
Of "RIPE PEPPER SWIPERS."

* A different rendering of the phrase is more common, but this version is also Web-findable.
(June 2007)


328. LETTER BANK (5, 8) (ONE = phrase usage)
(with apologies to Ogden Nash)

Come crown my brow with leaves—ONE myrtle.
I know the TWO's part of a turtle.
(June 2007)


329. BEHEADMENT (7)

I'll hit the beach and get a tan.
I'll get a good one AN it's MAN.
(July 2007)


330. DELETION (6) (SPRAY)

Biologists are currently determining the sequencing of elf, dwarf, fairy, imp, sprite, troll, and goblin DNA.
This follows the announcement of a week ago that scientists at NIH had totally decoded the SPRY SPRAY.
(July 2007)


331. SECOND-SOUND CHANGE (5, 3 3) (EAT, EVE)

If Sweeney Todd had worked in Tel Aviv,
His "Little Priest Steak" might have been EAT EVE.
(July 2007)


332. LETTER BANK (9, 4 12) (ROSE TREES = not MW)

The world beat a path to my door
'Cause I did it! I built me a STORE
That was better than any before.
Now a bit of advice, if you please:
When you bait it, use firm, solid cheese—
Not some kind that will melt at ROSE TREES.
(August 2007)


333. PHONIGMATIC REBUS [4 6]

                                      my wage = 3.14

It fooled those prospectors again!
They thought it was gold; it was TIN.
(October 2007)


334. LETTER BANK (9, 15) (SESSION = NI3)

The SESSION gives orders to all the violinists.
(The SESSION's the boss, not just "one of the boys.")
One SESSION, who used to boss folks in an office,
Learned how to talk loud speaking over the NOISE.
(October 2007)


335. THIRD-LETTER CHANGE (8, 3 5) (TWO = NI3)

Jeez, it's Eddie the Eel. Boys, a hit job this gory,
ONE-style execution? I'd say Salvatore
The Shark. Stuck his air bladder. Skewered poor Ed. See?
Went right through his TWO. Now this lake is the Red Sea.
(October 2007)


336. ENIGMATIC REBUS (11)

                     B
         James Fenimore

The writing of combiflats
Requires a lot of HATS.
(October 2007)


337. PALINDROME (4, 2'1 5, 2)

"So quiet here near Hudson Bay."
"OH HO? Damn right—no noise, you say?"
(October 2007)


338. OVERLOADED FREEWHEELING DELETION (1 5, 5)

The actress, to every last tittle and jot,
Had patterned herself after Garbo. The thought
Of varying slightly from Greta was not
An option. Her motto: "I want to be HOT."
(November 2007)


339. OVERLOADED CURTAILMENT (5)

When my big water bird
Saved a small duckling's life,
I exclaimed, "Oh, my word!
I'm so proud! What a WIFE!"
(November 2007)


340. ENIGMATIC REBUS (6)

         XXL

The tools of a sculptor comprise
One hammer and one SUPERSIZE.
(February 2008)


341. OVERLOADED CURTAILMENT (*1*1*1, *1*1) (GOD) (both parts = abbr.)
CURTAILMENT (*1*1, *1) (GOD) (longer part is the same as shorter part of OVERLOADED CURTAILMENT)
TRIPLY OVERLOADED FIRST-SOUND CHANGE (*1) (one part is the same as shorter part of CURTAILMENT)

My dentist doubles as a priest. No fool,
He made the dean's list every year in school.
His wisdom comforts me. It's nice to know
That GOD's report card never had a GO.
(September 2008)


342. HOMONYM (2 3, 6) (DUG, DOUG)

When you purchase a rug,
You have DUG for that DOUG.
(October 2008)


343. HETERONYM (*1 2 2 *1, 6) (CLOSE, C LOSE)

Some singers at a songfest sang a soporific glee.
The weary hearers soon commenced to snooze.
Two listeners tried focusing by guessing at its key:
"Is it in CLOSE?" "Who knows? It's just C LOSE."
(January 2009)


344. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*8, 3)

There's so much good that could be said about him,
This TWO of ONE. We make no cents without him.
(January 2009)


345. PALINDROME DELETION (*9, 3) (not MW)

"The Laugh Revue." Took my daughter Helen.
ONE splattered TWO with a watermelon.
(February 2009)


346. (Picture flat)
FREEWHEELING LETTER BANK (5 2 1 *1, 3 *7 ^8) (*1 = abbr.; *7 ^8 = an IMDb-findable phrase)

(Click here for image.)
(March 2009)


347. PHONETIC CURTAILMENT (4 4, 7)

Eggs (sometimes fried and served YEN)
Start out in the YEAH of a hen.
(March 2009)


348. REVERSED DELETION (6, 2 3) (TWO WORDS = not MW)

The poor, exhausted fish from Spain swam up the stream to spawn.
"TWO WORDS!" the ONE WORD cried. His strength of will was all but gone.
(March 2009)


349. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^5 ^4 ^2 ^2 ^6?, *4) (not MW)

I hope that I shall never see
A PM ad-lib on TV.
If Harold SHORT appeared on LONG,
He'd have to sing a funny song.
(April 2009)


350. PHONETIC PALINDROME (7 2 *7) (*7 = not MW)

Fans in Detroit stood and yelled, "Go, Bird! Go!"
They lustily PACK A CAP struck out a foe.
(May 2009)


351. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*4 *5 *5, *8; *1*1) (SHORT PART = abbr.)
(can be sung)

On a clear day, you can look at LONG PART,
From the great Gateway Arch.
In the SHORT PART, french fries, Belgian waffles,
Canneloni, and strudel are sources of starch.
(May 2009)


352. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*8 *7, *8; 4) (CLEAR CRICK INN)

As you leave CLEAR CRICK INN and head west for Pikes Peak,
The altitude may cause your engine to LEAK.
(June 2009)


353. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION WE NEVER FINISHED READING (*12, *7; 4)

For 500 miles, drivers zoomed through the slush. . . .
(June 2009)


354. LETTER BANK WE NEVER FINISHED READING (7, *6 *8) (longer part = not MW, Wikipedia-findable)
(can be sung)

O mio babbino caro!
The tenor has run away!
Run after him! Tomorrow
He sings the matinee. . . .
(June 2009)


355. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*3-*3 *6, 4) (not MW)

Padawan, tiptoe past your Master's bed!
Anakin, you don't want to AD REREAD!
(July 2009)


356. TERMINAL DELETION WE NEVER FINISHED READING (*6)

In northern Alaska, it's brutally cold,
And so nonfat milk is infrequently sold. . . .
(July 2009)


357. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (4 4 2 4, *3) (both parts = not MW)

A teen by the name of Michelle
NIB teed off with the male pros as well
As the girls. Fellows teased her,
Which rather displeased her.
That's par for the course. NELLIE BELLE.
(August 2009)


358. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION WE NEVER FINISHED READING (3 6, *1)

I did a project on cayenne just last
Semester. It was bad. I barely passed.
(August 2009)


359. FREEWHEELING SECOND-SOUND CHANGE ([4 4], 3 1 6)

Mark well what I say:
Skullcap? This thing here? Uh-uh.
I.e., ONE: it's TWO.
(August 2009)


360. PALINDROME DELETION (8, 2)

The violinist thought:
"That note has got a dot,
NOT I must play DID NOT."
(January 2010)


361. THIRD-TO-FOURTH CHANGEOVER WE NEVER FINISHED READING (*5, 5)

The Rangers, Stars, Cowboys, and Mavs,
Spurs, Astros, and Rockets. (Not Cavs!)
(January 2010)


362. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^7 ^5 2 ^9, *1*1) (not MW; SHORT = MW-findable)

She must have been SHORT just before she was "LONG"
(The latter according to Hammerstein's song).
(March 2010)


363. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*5 2 *12, *1*1) (not MW; GTE = abbr.)

If the company brass like a southwestern site,
They might move the corp's GTE to BIG BITE.
(July 2010)


364. REPEATED BIGRAM DELETION (5, *1)

My breath is atrociously foul — beg your pardon.
MA ate a TOMATO that grew in my garden.
(October 2010)


365. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (10 11, 2) (NI3, 11C-inferable)

Designing circuits is my forte:
I'm very good TO RAPPAPORT.
(October 2010)


366. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (7 11, 3) (11C-inferable)

"When I eat butter, milk, or cheese,
I feel discomfort in my gut.
Your diagnosis," he asked, "please?"
"Well, you have NEUTERED DRESSES, NUT."
(November 2010)


367. OVERLOADED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (6, 3)

Creationist writers would have us surmise:
Biology textbooks are laden with lies.
Their Bible's account is the literal truth.
The righteous choose Scripture; all others choose YOUTH.
(November 2010)


368. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*4 *6, 3) (not MW) (TWO = NI3 confirms usage)

Most composers are hims — that cannot be denied.
But the viewers of Beresford's film known as Bride
Of the Wind
know that ONE, wife of Gustav et al.,
Was a TWO: not a guy but a musical doll.
(January 2011)


369. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*7 *9, 3) (not MW)

Like father, like son:
Woody's dad, namely ONE,
Was a TWO. Both spent years
Behind bars. Got it? Cheers!
(January 2011)


370. HOMONYM WE NEVER FINISHED READING (6, 4. . . *4) (*4 = not MW)

The '80s tennis player seemed resigned:
He'd lose his match, despite his robot mind.
(April 2011)


371. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^4 ^6, 4) (YUD = +)

The GOOD GUY, masquŽ, gallops off on his horse.
The bad chaps all end up in YUD – but of course.
(May 2011)


372. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*7, 3)

At the Robin M. Williams Film Fest,
His Awakenings drew crowds the best.
But cartoon films? The numbers were sad:
The DAN BENNETT attendance was BAD.
(July 2011)


373. HETERONYM (12, 3 5 4)

"The life preserver (one that girds
My waist) has been my friend,"
The man said. Or, in other words:
PORTEND, it's been PORT END.
(July 2011)


374. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^3 ^7 ^4, 3) (not MW)

Turner Classic Movies TWOed a film called ONE this past
Week, with Cooper, Malden, Schell, and others in the cast.
(July 2011)


375. PALINDROME DELETION (8, *1*1) (NI3+, not 11C but has an entry at m-w.com) (AD = abbr.)

Dear Mum and Dad,
I met a lad, went to his pad. Ooh — we were bad! What fun we had!
'Bye, Mum and Dad!
AD. I'm SO SAD. Please don't get mad.
(July 2011)


376. REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*5, *1*1*1)

The LONGs are known for wandering.
But wand'rers can get lost!
A purchase well worth pondering
For LONGs? SHORTs! Worth the cost.
(September 2011)


377. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (9, 5)

Check your houses for C — it's a clear, toxic gas.
Make your annual test a June 1 MAMA CASS.
(November 2011)


378. PALINDROME DELETION (8, 2)

My companion and I heard a rock group last night.
Now our hearing's impaired: those guys gave WHITE BOBWHITE.
(January 2013)


379. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^5 ^11 ^3 2 ^5 ^6 ^8, *4) (not MW)

The titular guys from a '65 movie,
THE HEAT, could now touch down at A! Ain't that groovy?
(February 2013)


380. PALINDROME DELETION (*8, 2) (not MW)

MOMMY landed on MY isle
And was stranded for a while.
(April 2013)


381. REPEATED BIGRAM DELETION (5 5, 4)

If you toot your own TWO all the time, folks will say
You're a self-centered, arrogant brat. Listen, son:
Let your efforts just speak for themselves. That's the way
That you'll earn some respect. That's just good, solid ONE.
(September 2013)


382. FIRST-LETTER CHANGE (*9, 9) (PLOWER, FLOWER) (FLOWER = NI3)

After a shower, a Texan, a PLOWER,
Tilled through the soil till he found a big FLOWER.
(March 2014)


383. PALINDROME DELETION (^5, *5!; 3) (not MW; *5 = part of an 11C entry but not MW usage)

I'm in the mood for a Broadway show.
GRID — looks like GRIEVED is onstage! Let's go!
(May 2014)


384. METATHESIS (6)

Last week a bully WAS on Steven.
Steve, SAW drawn, would soon get even.
(May 2014)


385. PALINDROME DELETION (9, 5)

People lacking proper GOAL
Manners make me cross and WHOLE.
(June 2014)


386. LETTER BANK (10, 15)
(Can be sung. With apologies to June Hershey.)

The flowers at night
Are big and bright. . . .
Deep in the heart of Texas:
The fireflies light
And shed INSIGHT. . . .
On all the THINGS in Texas.
(August 2014)


387. LETTER BANK (8, ^9 2 *7) (LONG = not MW)

Tonight's guest SHORT on What's My Line?
Is LONG's Meg Ryan. (Don't say "Ryne.")
(September 2014)


388. LETTER BANK (7, 11) (LONG = not MW)

Drew Barrymore, a cute blonde kid, just barely four feet tall,
But cursed with a destructive power: the SHORT LONG of them all.
(September 2014)


389. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^5 ^4, 3) (ONE = NI3; TWO = abbr., not MW but findable in Urban Dictionary, Online Slang Dictionary, etc.)
REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^5 ^4, *1*1*1) (ONE, THREE = abbr.)
(Both ONEs are the same.)

The Pajama Game was given by an amateurish crew.
Their singing was horrendous. "ONE" was so pathetic. (TWO)
Next month they're doing G&S's show THREE Pinafore.
But I'll be staying home. No way I'm going back for more.
(January 2015)


390. LETTER BANK (5, 8)

You can eat delicious BAN on our terrific diet plan: a
Tasty way to drop some pounds without becoming, well, BANANA.
(January 2015)


391. DELETION WE NEVER FINISHED READING (6) (for British solvers, this might be a SECOND-TO-THIRD CHANGEOVER WE NEVER FINISHED READING (6))
BEHEADMENT WE NEVER FINISHED READING (4)

When a foe wields a foil or a saber or such,
I might need new undies, it scares me so much.
(April 2015)


392. REVERSED PALINDROME DELETION WE NEVER FINISHED READING (7, *2.)

An article written by Steinem appeared in her magazine (what is its name?)
Called " 'Feminist,' 'Libber,' or 'Equal Rights Advocate': Are All Their Meanings the Same?"
(May 2015)


393. FOURTH-TO-LAST CHANGEOVER (5)

I tried to get a tan.
It didn't come out right.
I now hope that I can
Get used to my WHIST WHITE.
(May 2015)


394. REPEATED-LETTER DELETION WE NEVER FINISHED READING (7, *1 4) (*1 4 = NI3, 11C-inferable)

Thomas Brady, uncontrite one,
Struck a black key (not a white one).
(May 2015)


395. LAST-SOUND CHANGE (7)

From female GLUE an egg descends,
Then gets expelled . . . or not: depends
On if it's fertilized. If so,
She'll end up pregnant, and she'll GLOW!
(May 2015)


396. TRANSDELETION (7, ^6) (EARTH, HEAT)
LETTER BANK (7; ^4 ^2, *4) (EARTH, HEATHER) (HEATHER = not MW; *4 = part of an 11C entry but not MW usage)
(Both EARTHs are the same.)

Take Broadway musicals. If we
Sit down and try to list them,
Put HEAT . . . and HEATHER. It would be
A big EARTH if we missed them.
(June 2015)


397. REVERSED PALINDROME DELETION (8, 3)

Before one swims in the TWO so blue,
One ONE undercurrents, and checks the depth, too.
(June 2015)


398. PHONETIC METATHESIS (*6, 6) (KEEL, LEAK)

On Shabbos she goes to the Temple.
She has a job during the week
Maintaining the pipes for the city:
That KEEL helps take care of our LEAK.
(August 2015)


399. INTERLOCK (*10, 4, 3-3)

When planes flew o'er
New Jersey's shore,
They dive-bombed LONG,
But they aimed wrong:
A chicken run
Lost several ONE.
The farmer, who
Got mad, fired TWO.
(August 2015)


400. LETTER BANK (6, 6, 9)

In LONG, teddy bears are a quite common sight,
But real ones might cause the tots terrible fright.
So don't leave out food—tell the kids and their teachers—
To SHORT ONE they're safe from those big SHORT TWO creatures.
(August 2015)


401. LETTER BANK (7, 11, *7 *4) (THREE = not MW)

THREE, who plays second base for the Ran-
gers, rode TWO on the subway in Spain.
Then he shouted olés
At the myriad ways
That a matador ONE would remain.
(September 2015)


402. FIRST-LETTER CHANGE WE NEVER FINISHED READING (7)

The witch plied his craft from the shore to the shoals,
Each paddle held fast in its place by its tholes.
(September 2015)


403. LETTER BANK (3, 7) (LONG = +)

"What length dashes in this letter?
Long or short?" "LONG SHORT are better."
(October 2015)


404. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*8, 2) (LONG = not MW usage)

Give me a fancy new LONG car. I'll flaunt it!
My SHORT says, "I want it! I want it! I want it!"
(October 2015)


405. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (7, *1*1*1)

You can't catch AIDS from fish-lime stew.
So eat your ONE sans fear of TWO.
(October 2015)


406. LETTER BANK (4, *1 ^2 *6) (STATE = not MW; *6 = not MW)

Miss Yousafzai's book is terrific! It's great!
So order from Amazon: they can EAST STATE.
(October 2015)


407. REVERSED REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*2-*3, 3) (ONE = not MW)

It'll make you run
When you quaff a brew
If they slipped some ONE
In your keg of TWO.
(October 2015)


408. REVERSED PHONETIC DELETION (6, *4) (TWO = not MW usage)

An arrogant track star was sure he could outrun a horse.
He laced up his TWOs, raced a ONE — and lost badly, of course.
(October 2015)


409. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*8 *7, 2) (LOOSELY = not MW)

You hated your role in Star Trek: TOS?
Oh, say it ain't YES, LOOSELY. Say it ain't YES!
(November 2015)


410. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (5 6, 4) (LET DAD LOOK = MW-inferable)

As soon as you turn 50,
Be sure to make a date
With a gastroenterologist,
'Cause LET DAD LOOK is KATE.
(November 2015)


411. LETTER BANK (7, 10)

We never dine out.
We stay home to eat.
It's not in our BET
To try out a BEET.
(November 2015)


412. REVERSED REPEATED-BIGRAM DELETION (*8, 4) (ONE = not MW)

Is politics making you look
For some respite, as each loudmouthed schnook
TWO his views down your throat
As he pleads for your vote?
Switch the tube off, and go get a book!

My favorite story—bar none—
Is where Beren (with help) cuts a ONE
From foul Lord Morgoth's crown,
Then a wolf gobbles down
Beren's hand once the brave deed is done.
(November 2015)


413. LETTER BANK (6, 9)

"Hey, man! How many joints have you got in your hands?"
"Are you speaking of reefers, or GANGLAND to GLANDs?"
(December 2015)


414. INTERLOCK (6, 3, 3) (WHOLE = 11C-inferable, TWO = abbr.)

Deanna Troi's a WHOLE:
She feels what's in your soul.
If your stomach starts to growl
While you're talking to that gal,
She'll commence a ten-TWO run
To Ten Forward, starved, to ONE.
(December 2015)


415. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (4-2 5, 4) (ONE = not MW but has an entry at merriam-webster.com)

A ONE (ad-hoc fallacy) can't be proved true,
Though you'd swear it in front of a judge and a TWO.
(December 2015)


416. SPOONERGRAM (*4 *5, 4 2 3)

The boxer ONE, in the maternity ward,
Asked, "Is that TWO?" "Yes. You may now cut the cord."
(December 2015)


417. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (5 4, *1*1*1) (ONE = not MW)

Pssst! Last night at the bar, heard some gossip: they're saying
Some big movie star left some joint without paying.
He left them a TWO and took off at a run.
I don't know if it's true, but it's hot in the ONE.
(January 2016)


418. PHRASE SHIFT (6, 4)

In a science-fiction classic, Valentine and her brother
Are of opposite THE ANSWER parents as one another.
(January 2016)


419. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*3. *8, *1*1*1) (neither MW; *8 = 11C but not MW usage)

What does the graduate, now back home, do, once all of his classes are done?
Well, there's plastics, or running computers for TWO . . . or maybe just fooling with ONE.
(January 2016)


420. LETTER BANK WE NEVER FINISHED READING (8, *11'1)

Fairfield and Hartford and Litchfield and Windham,
New Haven, New London — no, no, that's not all — and
Another one, Middlesex — now, then, I've thinned 'em
Way down, to just one, and that last one is Tolland.
(January 2016)


421. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (6 3, *1*1*1) (TWO = abbr.)

Eli Whitney made a ONE.
An animated film was done
With high-tech processes, like TWO,
To bring his life and world to view.
(January 2016)


422. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^5? ^5 2'2 5 2 3'1 4 5, 3) (ONE = not MW)

The last line of Back to the Future, a box-office TWO,
Was "ONE." (This foreshadowed the sequel, which showed cars that flew.)
(January 2016)


423. REVERSED PHONETIC CONSONANTCY (6, *1 4 *3) (LAUGH, FLEE) (FLEE = not MW, *3 = not MW)

"Ha!" hissed the hag in the pointed hat.
"Bah! I ain't disappointed that
Old Adlai lost!" She LAUGHed "Tee-hee!"
And pointed at her button: "FLEE."
(February 2016)


424. FIRST-SOUND CHANGE (4, 5) (FLU, GLUE)

A golfer saw a sports shrink
Because she'd had the FLU.
Dx: hypoglycemia.
Rx: some fish and GLUE.
(February 2016)


425. DELETION (7, ^6)
REVERSED SECOND-LETTER CHANGE (*5, 5) (SCALY, Y-LAWS)

Postprandially, an Israeli
Craved MONTH. "My mouth's dry as the SCALY
MOTH!" Friends offered cheesecakes.
"Oy! I can't eat these cakes —
I'm Y-LAWS! (I miss dairy daily!)"
(March 2016)


426. LETTER BANK (6, *9) (BARNYARD = not MW, but has entries at Dictionary.com, The Free Dictionary, etc.)

David gets randy
As BARNYARD BRANDY.
(May 2016)


427. CURTAILMENT (4 2, 5)

A spaceman, knocked cold by a thump from a BOOT,
BOOTHed with space ice all over his nice pressure suit.
(May 2016)


428. LETTER BANK (*3, 5 5 5) (HAISE = not MW usage)

Miss HAISE sang, "Que sera, sera:
Whatever . . .," . . . whatever . . . I SEE! AHA!
(May 2016)


429. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^3 ^5 ^8, 4) (ONE = not MW)

In the fifth Star Trek film, which was subtitled ONE,
Some crazed guy tells the Enterprise crew
They'll find God. They don't find Him, nor does that crew run
Into angels, each wearing a TWO.
(May 2016)


430. LETTER BANK (3'1, 4, 8) (NIGHT, THING, THINNING)

Does lying make NIGHT THING get longer?
THINNING! Things don't get much wronger!
(May 2016)


431. LAST-LETTER CHANGE (*7 *5, *7 *5) (neither MW)

ONE flew on a shuttle, STS-43.
TWO played Lindsay Gardner on TV's The O.C.
(June 2016)


432. LETTER BANK (5, ^3 ^2 ^2, 8, *5 *4) (FIVE, THREE-TWO-TWO = not MW)

A teenage girl in Germany
Had such a crush on Elvis P.
"Er FIVE mich!" Then "Er FIVE mich nicht!"
Would daisies grant the wish she wished?

The other girls would tease and EIGHT her
Dream of being Presley's mate, her
Future as a Southern wife:
The FIVE-FOUR as her home for life.

She soon outgrew her puppy crush:
She moved on to the thrill and rush
Of "Penny Lane" and "THREE-TWO-TWO."
Her future with The King was through!
(June 2016)


433. CONSONANTCY (6, *4 *4) (TWO = not MW)

I'm a spy, like my ONE,
TWO. She's proud of her son.
(June 2016)


434. FREEWHEELING REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (3 3'1 4, 3 4 4 4; [*1*1*1])

Don't you dare fool around
When your wife's out of town,
With "When LONG" as your rationale.
She'd find out — eh, capiche?
Then the rage she'd unleash
Would make SHORT look like nothing, pal.
(June 2016)


435. THIRD-LETTER CHANGE (^6, 6) (DUD, DUE)

The violinist asked his prof,
"Should I play Bruch or Glazunov?"
"Both fine. Or get a cellist. You
Might find the Brahms DUD would be DUE."
(June 2016)


436. TRANSDELETION (6) (TWO = NI3)

The ancient Greek intoned sad TWOs:
"I'm ONE. Forgive my base boo-boos."
(June 2016)


437. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (8, 3)

If you were SHORT Brexit, congrats on your win.
Be gracious in victory: don't rub it in.
You're anti? The way it turned out may feel wrong.
Accept it. Keep smiling, mate: don't be a LONG.
(July 2016)


438. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (10, *1)

In cello class I played on pitch.
My good PITCH-PEEP earned me an ITCH.
(July 2016)


439. REVERSED SECOND-LETTER CHANGE (*5, *5) (HAIR = not MW usage, RICH = not MW)

Some RICH, folks from (old) Star Wars III
(Now VI), found they just loved to ski!
They'd drive up to HAIR,
Vermont, rent a pair,
And schuss down the mountainside. Wheeeeee!
(August 2016)


440. FREEWHEELING METATHESIS (*6, 3 3) (*6 = not MW)

When Rachel ONE was young, before her leftist show was on,
Did Rachel's mother cut the grass, or did her TWO the lawn?
(August 2016)


441. LETTER BANK WE NEVER FINISHED READING (7, 8, 4-*8)

The guys at the prison watched Cabaret twice
In one afternoon. Afterwards there was a nice
Long discussion on one of the film's central themes:
Persecution of Jews was increasing, it seems.
(August 2016)


442. LETTER BANK (7, *6 *6) (TWO = not MW)

Those two are divorcing.
Their marriage is through.
He keeps the Pathfinder,
And she ONE the TWO.
(August 2016)


443. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (*5 2 *10, 3 *1) (ONE = a form is 11C, TWO = 11C-inferable)

We saw ONE, which my young son was in.
(He played Tweedledum, Tweedledee's twin.)
From our great seats, in TWO,
We could easily view
Every tooth in the Cheshire Cat's grin.
(August 2016)


444. LETTER BANK (5, 5-*1 3) (LONG = not MW)

"These are not LONGs!!" The diner SHORT with fervor,
Berating his beleaguered breakfast server.
(September 2016)


445. REVERSED MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^3 ^4 3 ^4 2 3 ^5 ^5, 4) (LONG =not MW)

In William Shirer's LONG, we learn
How Hitler, that accursèd German,
SHORT, deceives, and lies to turn
Good people into Nazi vermin.
(September 2016)


446. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (^7 ^8 ^4, *1'1) (ONE = not MW)

As we trek towards the bright rising sun,
TWO resetting my watch to show ONE.
(September 2016)


447. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (5 11, 5) (LONG = not MW)

Hey! LONG to us! Our marriage now is 50 (wow!) years old!
Too bad my skin breaks out in SHORT whenever I touch gold.
(October 2016)


448. LETTER BANK (*5'1, 10) (SPREAD = not MW)

Just after dinner, Stacy grabbed and punched a fellow—hard!—
Who tried to steal a scrumptious bite of SPREAD strawberry SPARRED.
(October 2016)


449. LETTER BANK (9, 1 9 2 1 4 4) (TWO = not MW)

The last week of December,
Then each day up through 1/5,
TWO would be ONE my true love's hands
For mine (one hopes, alive!).
(October 2016)


450. LETTER BANK (7, *11)

In fifteen hundred fifty-two,
A DUDE dude died from taking DUE.
(October 2016)


451. FIFTH-LETTER CHANGE (6)

A man from New Orleans
Was caught molesting teens.
He was, as hatred grew,
A ONE throughout his TWO.
(November 2016)


452. LETTER BANK (9, 12)

Kids from Goa to Delhi dropped balls
To see which were the LAST in the STALLS.
(December 2016)


453. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (9 2 3 5, 1) (GO-GO PANTS = not MW)

Ventured Frank: GO-GO PANTS
Exchange many PANTS glance.
(December 2016)


454. LAST-SOUND CHANGE (8, *4 *2'1) (WRITE, RIPE) (RIPE = not MW)

Bloody Mary's song is getting tons and tons of hype —
I've never seen them WRITE a song the way they're doing "RIPE."
(January 2017)


455. PHONETIC BEHEADMENT WE NEVER FINISHED READING (6, 5)

His gear aboard,
The engine roared.
The truck began to move.
"Someday," he thought,
"They'll pay a lot.
My art will fill the Louvre!"
(January 2017)


456. MULTIPLE REPEATED-LETTER DELETION (12, *1*1)

A man's performance flagged, so he set up a doctor visit.
A SHORTER took his vitals, then he asked the doc, "What is it?"
The doctor said, "We'll run some tests. But I believe I know
Already what the problem is: your LONGER level's low."
(February 2017)


457. DELETION (5)

Next to Nessie, there swam
A CLAM in the CAM.
(February 2017)


458. PROGRESSIVE BEHEADMENT (5) (TWO = abbr.)

The League of Limnobiology
Demands the return (with apology)
Of a huge, massive THREE. In a FIVE,
It was stolen. We hope it's alive.
6 TWO wide—yet in spite of its FOUR,
Those crooks moved it and fled out the door.
(March 2017)



Back to Puzzles, July 2003–June 2004
Back to Puzzles, July 2004–April 2006


Back to my home page.
Back to my main links page.