December 27, 2009

Gift Wrap & Clues 09

Hanukkah 09 - gift wrap

This year, my habit of saving all the tissue paper and ribbons from presents I get and the things I've bought really paid off in fun wrapping for the many books we got as presents for the large annual Hanukkah party!

The clues were yet again awesome (if I do say so myself) - each was a riddle that clued one word from the title (or the author) of the book. Play along if you'd like (the answers are at the bottom):

1.
My first part is what a snake may shout
My last part is neither lager nor stout
Put them together to make how a ship gets about

2.
My first part is a God of War
My second part is a toddler
My last is Lara’s favorite letter
Put them together to make a philosopher

3.
My first part can go through a canal
My last part is an Australian pal
Put them together to make the people
Who boarded the Mayflower from the same rationale

4.
My first part is the flatware whence food steams
My last part is when an infection pours out of the seams
Put them together to make one of the five extant monotremes

5.
My first part is brought to a picnic
My last part is where Cinderella watches the clock tick
Put them together to make a sport played with no stick

6.
My first part is why people oft give public speaking a pass
My last part is how the optimist views half a glass
Put them together to make an emotion we’d all like to surpass

7.
My first part is what the Red sympathizers were called by the McCarthy committee
My last part is the third person feminine possessive pronoun (meaning “belongs to she”)
Put them together to make the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University

8.
My first part is a stomach sculpted by Bow-Flex
My middle part is red wine on white carpets’ effects
My last part is hard working insects
Put them together to make the safest sex

9.
My first part is the cost of stuff that shoplifters took
My middle part is another word for a criminal or crook
My last part is the medium about superheroes with a unique look
Put them together to make the title of this fascinating book

10.
My first part is the grade you get for a 66 due to your “quick wit”
My last part is what people dream of having in white picket
Put them together to make who stops you on 3rd down to kick it

11.
My first part is how a Jamaican ends every phrase-y
My last part is when you’re trapped inside, how you go crazy
Put them together to make a creature that makes your hair raise-y

12.
My first part is what a snake may roar
My middle part is another word for a building floor
My last part is the letter that M comes before
Put them together to make a person who chronicles events of yore.

13.
My first part is the top of the iceberg that shows
My last part is the noise a sonar uses to expose
Put them together to get what a penurious restaurant diner forgoes

-or-

My first part is what the line before “Total” on a restaurant check allows
My last part is the noise that a sonar makes while it’s set on browse
Put them together to make what hicks do to cows

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Answers:

1) Sail = S + Ale
(Billy Collins – Sailing Alone Around the Room)

2) Aristotle = Ares + Tot + L
(Cathcart & Klein – Aristotle and an Aardvark go to Washington)

3) Shipmates = Ship + Mate
(Sarah Vowell – The Wordy Shipmates)

4) Platypus = Plate + Pus
(Cathcart & Klein – Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar)

5) Basketball = Basket + Ball
(Bill Simmons – The Book of Basketball)

6) Fearful = Fear + Full
(Audrey Niffenegger – Her Fearful Symmetry)

7) Pinker = Pink + Her
(Stephen Pinker – The Stuff of Thought)

8) Abstinence = Abs + Stain + Ants
(Tom Perrotta – The Abstinence Teacher)

9) Freakonomics = Free + Con + Comics
(Levitt & Dubner – Freakonomics)

10) Defense = D + Fence
(Michael Pollan – In Defense of Food)

11) Monster = Mon + Stir
(Austen & Winters – Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters)

12) Historian = Hiss + Story + N
(Kostova – The Historian)

13) Tipping = Tip + Ping
(Gladwell – The Tipping Point)