Hints for February 2016 Puzzled Pint
Hints for February 2016 Puzzled Pint: Shel Silverstein
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Location — Spaghetti
- There seems to be various strands of spaghetti.
- Follow each strand from start to finish.
- Each strand seems to be spelling something.
- Each strand is almost a type of pasta dish.
- Each strand is missing one letter.
- The missing letter can be scratched off from the confetti, left over letters spell something.
- AnswerANSWER: POET
1. Eighteen Flavors
- Cut out the ice cream scoops and put them in groups according to the poem.
- Pay attention to all of the clues you are given! (point out the "produce aisle" line).
- Repeating flavors will give you a hint of how the groups chain together.
- The top scoop is the only flavor without a price tag on it.
- The bottom scoop is the only one not mentioned in a group.
- Order solutionThe order is:
- The price tags will help you turn the list of flavors into a phrase!
- Take the Nth letter of the ice cream flavor to get a message.
- The message is "Three-in-one ice cream"..... What ice cream do you know that has three flavors in one?
- AnswerAnswer: NEAPOLITAN
- Each clue is missing ‘a’s.
- Each answer follows a pattern.
- The pattern is: two words…
- … where the first word starts with G and …
- … has a single ‘a’ in it.
- Clue solutions
- Once you have all phrases, use the position of the ‘a’ in the first word…
- … as an index into the second word.
- The extraction is: SPELL INCANTATION, which is a hint for…
- Answer… ABRACADABRA, a word that would, in fact, be very different without the As.
- Count the lines in the poem. Count the number of body parts in the Shel poem.
- Each line in the poem corresponds with a body part in the Shel poem.
- Many of the words are very peculiar: gemelli, placeholder, flambeau…
- Think: poetry
- One word in each line rhymes with a body part from the Shel poem.
- Clue solutions
linger → finger
shipwreck → neck
thin → chin
shake'll → ankle
flambeau → elbow
cappuccinos → toes
gemelli → belly
chai → eye
feminist → wrist
quantum → bottom
oui → knee
compose → nose
appeal → heel
placeholder → shoulder
hereby → thigh
instead → forehead
- The number of band-aids on each body part is important.
- The number of band-aids on each body part is an index.
- Use the number of band-aids on each body part as an index into the word that rhymes with it. E.g. "Nine on my toes" => CAPPUCCINOS => N.
- TOES and NOSE both rhyme with CAPPUCCINOS and COMPOSE, but only CAPPUCCINOS can match with 9 ON MY TOES, since COMPOSE isn't long enough (i.e. it doesn't have 9 letters).
- Once you have the 16 extracted letters, arrange them in the order of the original poem.
- EYE and THIGH both rhyme with CHAI and HEREBY, so their match-ups are ambiguous. Try swapping their answers if you don't quite have the answer yet.
- AnswerThe answer is LOCAL ANESTHETICS
4. Fourth Place
- Some items seem to have things in common. Can you group them?
- The sets should seem similarly-sized. How many in each set?
- All items can be divided into sets of four items sharing something in common. Some things these commonalties relate to: what the things are made of, their initial sounds, an encoding. Notice anything interesting about any of the sets? Keep the poem in mind.
- There are only three "winners" in each contest and one "loser". After you've identified some of the "losers" you might notice something about them.
- Each set of four has three items that have an additional thing in common and one that does not. A lot of the commonalities involve wordplay.
- The losers all begin with a different letter. Look for a pattern there.
- Order losers by first letter, which are all different, A-M. Then index.
- CATEGORY NAMES
Countries that start with C
Foods from a Chinese restaurant
Length of Nme
Letters of the NATO Alphabet
Phrases that contain the name of a season
Phrases that start with the sounds of "aisle"
Things that have sand
Types of hats
- Turn to the flavortext again to find index. Use an idea again in a different way.
- Take the "fourth place" of each word to get a clue phrase. It tells you directly where to get the final answer.
- The fourth letter of each loser taken in order of the first letters spell "ALL OF LINE FOUR".
- AnswerAnswer: "I WAS SO SURE I'D WIN IT"
Bonus — Invisible Boy
- The numbers indicate the length of string(s) of shaded boxes in the row or column. Eg. (6,4) implies there will be a string of six shaded boxes, and a string of four shaded boxes, with at least one empty box between them. There could be empty boxes on either end too.
- Ignore the letters until the very end of the puzzle
- Finding which boxes are shaded: Start with shading the boxes you know for sure are shaded. Check out the last row, for example...
- ... and then look at the last number in each column....
- try x-ing out boxes that are for sure empty
- When you are finished, you should have a picture of a boy and a mouse in a house. But where is the cheese?!
- Read the unshaded letters for a message. No need to unscramble, just read left to right and top to bottom.
- Hidden message
The cheese in this puzzle remains invisible
But don't let that fact make you miserable
Take some time to think
Of a cheese that stinks
Around Belgium it's traditional
- The answer is the #1 google result for stinky cheese
- AnswerAnswer: LIMBURGER
Meta — Where The Sidewalk Ends
- Each sidewalk is a specific number of squares. How does this relate to your answers from the night?
- Fill in each sidewalk with appropriate letters from answers skipping over the footsteps.
- Use the foot direction to help determine a logical path of your letters.
- Place the sidewalks over the 10 x 9 grid trying to locate your answers from the night. You can rotate pieces, but no need to flip them.
- Each sidewalk will have extra letters that appear at the foot steps.
- Spell out a message in order of the footsteps.
- MessageThe letters under the footsteps spell GO ONE MORE STEP PAST.
- AnswerGoing one more space past the each sidewalk phrase spells HOLE.