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Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 1:05 PM


This was a tough puzzle but well written. Actually, you had some pet names there that I also had and had forgotten about them! Shame on me!

Good puzzle.

Daveguth  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 1:11 PM

Yep, well written and very tough. Tortured myself with one--pink screen and over 10 letter guesses--after I thought I had it with 4 letters. Thought it was a misspelling, but turned out to be my stubborn-mindedness.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7740)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 1:24 PM

You have some pets that must be great companions and protectors based on some of your phrases.
No wimps in your household detected on my part.
Tough but fun to solve. [almost fun anyway].

Yeah, it was fun-- didn't lose any points. Thanks for writing it.

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 5:15 PM

Very challenging and well-written puzzle. When it's over, there is one factual issue I'd like clarified...

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2292)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 6:57 PM

Really liked this one. Very tough.

Agree with Suz. There is a mistake; not in spelling but in facts.

Apology accepted in advance!

Digs  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 812)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 7:19 PM

Excellent puzzle Johnbtv.
I didn't think it was any harder than the other "pet puzzles" although I did get the dreaded "pink screen" TWICE!!
I've enjoyed all of them. Thanks, keep 'em coming!

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2498)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 8:21 PM

Definitely hard but enjoyable.


Johnbtv  (Level: 276.5 - Posts: 206)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 8:54 PM

Once again, I thank everybody for your comments.

All ten puzzle solutions can be found below.

Two puzzle takers noted a factul error in one of the puzzles. That is correct and it is one that I SHOULD have caught while writing the puzzle. The correction is that the punk band, Fluffy, actually performed in the 1990s, not the 1960s as the puzzle indicated. Not too many punk bands around in the sixties!

I DO hope that was the error referred to...otherwise, there may be more than one!

So sorry for that bit of sloppiness.


Title: JOHNBTV's Petpourri

Phrase 1: yakety sax musician randolph or dora the explorer talking monkey
Clue 1: Boots

Phrase 2: professional wrestler massaro or furniture company in arcadia wisconsin
Clue 2: Ashley

Phrase 3: a type of drywall fastener or a nineteen ninety nine duigan film
Clue 3: Molly

Phrase 4: cerberus appearing in a harry potter novel or the punk band of the sixties
Clue 4: Fluffy

Phrase 5: german world war ii mission operation or mccullough novel let the dice fly
Clue 5: Caesar

Phrase 6: actress daughter of lucille ball and desi arnaz or port st a florida city
Clue 6: Lucie

Phrase 7: a monopodal dwarf of narnia or slang for a peddler of cheap merchandise
Clue 7: Duffer

Phrase 8: nineteen ninety nine bob woodward book or two thousand one star trek novel
Clue 8: Shadow

Phrase 9: composer of tannhauser richard or nyc fifties and sixties mayor robert
Clue 9: Wagner

Phrase 10: light welterweight boxer smith or lakota singer songwriter primeaux
Clue 10: Verdell

Daveguth  (Level: 269.7 - Posts: 1636)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 9:03 PM

I used to know it, and now I will certainly remember it, but I just wouldn't let it sink in that:

It's the LAKOTAS, not the Dakotas, who live in the Dakotas.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.6 - Posts: 6812)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 9:23 PM

some well constructed clues but duigan in clue three seems unfair (its OK if you put in a first name too but no one could get that without googling) -- it could so easily be an adjective not the directors name.


Tresgatos  (Level: 217.9 - Posts: 4468)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 10:24 PM

I enjoyed your word puzzle a lot, John! It was an interesting challenge, and I learned lots of trivia tidbits, so thanks! I've also enjoyed the various styles the authors have used in this series for their phrases.

I hope you'll tell us about your pets!

-- Geri

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.5 - Posts: 206)
Mon, 28th Sep '09 11:59 PM

OK, for those who want to know about them...

BOOTS was our family dog when I was a teenager.

ASHLEY was a solid black cat with a tail that drooped like a question mark when viewed from the rear. My wife and I adopted her in 1985. She lived to be almost 17.

MOLLY is one of our cats, adopted in 2003. She is a black and white domestic short hair. Molly is a bit slow and we joke that, because of the size of her litter (7), she was shorted a few brain cells. By the way, this litter of seven was four females and three males. The Humane Society had dubbed them "The Brady Bunch" and given them the names of the Brady kids and Alice.

FLUFFY was my wife's childhood cat. She lived to be about 18.

CAESAR was a cat that belonged to one of our friends. He was a gray domestic short hair.

LUCIE is our other cat. We adopted her in 2002. She is a brown tiger and is most definitely the Alpha cat of the household.

DUFFER was a dog that belonged to my wife's cousin. He was a Cairn Terrier.

SHADOW was a dog that belonged to a friend. Not certain of the dog's breed.

WAGNER was a dog that belonged to my aunt and uncle in Florida. He actually was named after New York City Mayor Robert Wagner.

VERDELL was the pet dog belonging to Greg Kinnear's character in the movie "As Good As It Gets."


Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 2:19 AM

I also protest Duigan as a director of last-name-only status. He ain't no Hitchcock.

Elephants have gestated their babies in the time it took me to get "Yakety Sax."

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.5 - Posts: 206)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 8:25 AM

Even elephant gestation periods are faster than it took me to solve some of the Welsh-words puzzles a couple of years ago!

To those who found Duigan to be tough...I do apologize and promise not to use him again for at least six weeks!


Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 7:39 PM

Just wondering about the Fluffy = sixties punk band phrase. I know there was a punk band in the nineties with that name, but I haven't been able to find one from the 60s. Any sources or references on this one?

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.9 - Posts: 4468)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 8:03 PM

Susyq -- See John's post above. He explained that he goofed, and he intended to say the nineties, not sixties.

-- Geri

Susyq  (Level: 49.9 - Posts: 112)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 8:06 PM

Thanks, Geri -- I missed that in his post.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.4 - Posts: 3942)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 8:24 PM

Kids, don't write word puzzles while standing on your head. Bad things can happen.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4183)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 8:38 PM

Thanks for the puzzle! Writing them is not easy!

Johnbtv  (Level: 276.5 - Posts: 206)
Tue, 29th Sep '09 11:05 PM

Thanks for the sage advice, Ken!


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