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Part IX: Twenty-five Words

Answer the 25 definitions [01]-[25] below.  Each is a single English word or a name, save one foreign word and two abbreviations, but all are called Words even after scrambling later.  In the later sections, this list will be referred to as Words, underlined and capitalized but not bold.  Cross-referencing precludes their being solved in order.  Hint I: With one exception, these 25 answers are in alphabetical order!  Hint II: Definition: Definitive U.S. stamps (as opposed to commemoratives), often called regular issues, are sometimes issued in large sets piecemeal over many years.  Most references list them together at the date the series began, so later additions to the set may appear earlier in the catalog than their actual issue date, which is still properly noted.  U.S. stamps are at http://album.dweeb.org/

[01] First word of the title of a film in which a W named [03] portrays himself, where W anagrams both first names of the actors in the scene, from a film made ε years earlier, with the line: "I haven't got much time, so if you love your country, if you're a patriot, you listen and you listen hard."

[02] USPS abbreviation of the state seen in [Fig 3]  Hint: The town name initial is in the [Fig 7] logo.

[03] First name of the author of The X Elements of X Success, where X is the adjective in the title of a leap year film whose title character is played by the actor who, the next leap year, played the part of YBIL in a film whose title is a familiar β-word catchphrase first uttered by a man with the same name as the title character in a film whose cast includes the actress made popular by her role of Jill (with co-stars playing Kris and Sabrina) and one of the actors seen on a coin in [Fig 4a] (and also [Fig 4b]) on the birthday, the year his age became both a square and a cube, of the eponym of the structure in [Fig 5], from which RBCBVPIB Island can be seen, looking south on a clear day

[04] Surname of [03], spelled backward, which is still a word

[05] Thing seen on a KUT stamp whose Scott catalog number is the product of the numbers of the two of these 25 words which appear consecutively in one of the titles mentioned in [23] 

[06] One-word title of film with the last starring screen role (she did some later TV and voice work prior to her death) of the actress who had once portrayed the wife of a character, portrayed by the actor on the coin in [Fig 4b] touching the one referred to in Clue [03], in another film, whose cast includes two major Hollywood stars (each born over 100 years ago but in the 20th century, which began in 1901) with first names almost the same except that, for each, the first letter is that of the other's surname (such as Joe Miller and Moe Jones)  Hint: One of the two letters is in the logo in [Fig 7].  See also Clue [11].

[07] Subtitle of work by composer whose birth year is that of the person mentioned in [21] with two digits interchanged, cataloged with a G number that is the ZIP code, with the odd digits removed, of a place DKVBO is closer to than to NVCKI or DYVKM

[08] First word of title of a Shakspeare play whose characters include twins, one of whom is named GPKVB 

[09] Contributing cause of SPVANX (8 letters)   

[10] German for the English word that is the last syllable of the surname of the W referred to in [01]   

[11] RKEENN division of the maker of a popular TIBRL whose name is the longest word in the title of an animated short film that won that category's Oscar exactly δ years after the year the two Hollywood stars in Clue [06] both received Best Leading Actor Oscar nominations, and one of them won! 

[12] Palindromic wedge shaped shelter type, sans floor 

[13] Top word in the standard solution to the puzzle using these letters, based on a popular 1880 sliding block puzzle:


║ P ║ L ║ A ║ Y ║


║ D ║ R ║ U ║ M ║


║ I ║ N ║ T ║ O ║


║ E ║ A ║ R ║


[14] The surname of probably the most famous ______, with two halves interchanged, becomes that of the actress known for portraying INVVPN in the film with the debut of another actress whose more recent roles include characters named JPIQ-JPIQ and MPKZ-MPKZ. 

[15] Word immediately preceding the only previous occurrence of the last word, in the entire poem excerpted in [16]  Note: A key reference has a critical typo.  Try another source if stymied.

[16] Denomination (spelled out) in cents, of a U.S. definitive stamp honoring an important American leader whose birthplace is in Nebraska, who died on the ζth birthday of the American poet who wrote this apparent description of a burglary:

...two could creep:

One hand the tools, the other peep      

To make sure all's asleep.

[17] αth word in the entire literary piece excerpted on a U.S. definitive stamp depicting a female face, issued the date of death of the film actress who portrayed Zelma La Claire

[18] In the referenced quote, [24] is the αth word following it.

[19] The generic Hamilton Beach item whose model number is the ZIP code of the southernmost town in the northernmost county in the easternmost state bordering the westernmost state bordering the state part of whose flag is seen in [Fig 6]

[20] Last word of the title of the sequel to the film in which a female character's surname is that of a male character (played by an actor whose monogram is in the obscured logo in [Fig 7]) in a Law & Order TV episode that first aired on the (posthumous) birthday of one of the four composers of: Elijah, Oratorio for Choir and Orchestra (op. 70); 6 Trio Sonatas for 2 violins and basso continuo (op. 1); Cantique de Jean Racine, for chorus and orchestra; and Liturgy of St John Chrysostom for a capella choir (op. 31), when the year ended in the same two digits as the sum of the ages of that composer and one of the other three (on his most recent birthday)

[21] Item seen on the stamp of SNMPRK whose Scott catalog number is the year of the γth birthday of the person depicted on the U.S. stamp whose catalog number is half that of the stamp depicted in [Fig 8] 

[22] Word following these two: last half of [23], [17] in a formerly ubiquitous telephone message

[23] First word inside parentheses in the titles of Rhonda Graphics Top Ten Maya Tips & Tricks

[24] Word preceding "...the Y of Z." in a speech in the work referenced in [08], with Y and Z being two nouns (one plural) that anagram the three words immediately preceding the phrase "the influence of VPCYKCOKDYPR QOKZIAXBCNO" in an abstract that is published on the internet.  All but one of these 25 answers have fewer letters than the singular noun Y.

[25] The two letters blacked out in two places in [Fig 9]

Checkpoint: The total letter count for the 25 Words is 128.  Only two Words start with vowels.  There are no double letters in the list.



Is the blank in [14] intentional?

Posted by: Alan Lemm | Jan 18, 2007 5:15:49 PM

For [21], do you want the word in English?

Posted by: Alan Lemm | Jan 18, 2007 6:22:50 PM

Yes, the answer to [14] is the word that fits in the blank.

[21] Yes, in English. The only foreign answer is [10].

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 18, 2007 6:30:08 PM

So the answer to [14] is not the surname?

Posted by: Alan Lemm | Jan 18, 2007 7:04:19 PM

Correct, it is not the surname. It's the word that fits in the blank, ZOMBIE, MAILMAN, TELEVANGELIST, LIVERPUDLIAN, etc, whatever the individual is.

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 18, 2007 7:51:26 PM

Re [21]....HA!

Posted by: Stephen | Jan 18, 2007 9:15:46 PM

"Cross-referencing precludes their being solved in order."
Just to make sure, does this mean that this is the one place where we can cross-reference instead of solving them in order? I don't see anything that would get "messed up" by not doing them in order, but I want to make sure I stay on track.

Posted by: Paula | Jan 19, 2007 12:05:30 PM

Ignore my previous comment - as I proceded I realized the necessity of cross-referencing.
I would like to ask for clarification on [13] though.
I'm particularily confused about "the standard solution". I'm familiar with the puzzle and what its solution looks light, but I don't see how it is translated into these letters.
Perhaps that is the challenge. If so, I'll keep trying.

Posted by: Paula | Jan 19, 2007 1:18:29 PM

I was just stating the obvious, for example, you need to find the answer to [03] in order to solve [01], so they can't be solved in order.

The reference in [13] is to the commonly called-for solution using those letters, which I anagrammed into the arrangement given.

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 19, 2007 1:42:19 PM


Posted by: Paula | Jan 19, 2007 1:58:57 PM

Thanks for the prompt about [14]. I've got that figured out now.

But I'm confused about this part of [20]:
"when the year ended in the same two digits as the sum of the ages of that composer and one of the other three (on his most recent birthday)"

Recent posthumous birthdays? Ages even though they may be dead? Age at death? Any help appreciated.

Posted by: Brad | Jan 19, 2007 10:10:20 PM

Year of death and age then are irrelevant. A composer born in 1807 would have his 200th birthday this year, even though dead. Most or all of the birthdays involved are posthumous ones.

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 19, 2007 11:11:04 PM


I pretty sure what I have is the correct word, but can you confirm or deny that the town in question in [19], in fact, has two ZIP codes assigned it per USPS? Thanks.

Posted by: Stephen | Jan 20, 2007 12:09:22 AM

I had the same result as you did, Stephen.

Posted by: Brad | Jan 20, 2007 1:08:32 AM

Perhaps I should have said ''...model number is a ZIP code...'' Yes, there are two, one of which is a HB model number.

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 20, 2007 1:26:11 AM

Is anyone else getting two answers out of alphabetical order?

Posted by: Brad | Jan 20, 2007 9:37:53 AM

Not me! :-)

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 20, 2007 5:51:26 PM

Is anyone else stuck on the six easy words and feeling like an idiot?

I have (I think!) everything in the following three sections, but something's screwing me up on the allegedly 'easy' words...

Posted by: DJ | Jan 20, 2007 5:58:10 PM

Figured it out, Bob! :)

Posted by: Brad | Jan 20, 2007 6:10:01 PM

I just figured it out, too.

Posted by: Alan Lemm | Jan 20, 2007 6:10:57 PM

Regarding [20], does "Law & Order" refer only to the original series, or can it refer to the other shows in the franchise, like SVU or CI?

Posted by: Alan Lemm | Jan 22, 2007 7:21:36 PM

May be any of the varieties.

Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 23, 2007 1:08:59 AM

In [03], I'm losing the context of the end of the clue starting with "on the birthday . . . ." What prior event mentioned in [03] happens on one of that person's birthdays? Is it the first utterance?

Posted by: MartinD | Jan 23, 2007 1:20:06 PM


Posted by: Bob Lodge | Jan 23, 2007 1:27:18 PM

I'm clear now on [03]. Now if I could just get past [20]. Let's see, where to start . . .

First, I'm finding different sources with different composers for "6 Trio Sonatas for 2 violins and basso continuo (op. 1)." The other three pieces have distinctive enough names to allow them to be differentiated, but this one is producing conflicting names.

Second, I'm confused on the wording after the four pieces are named. Is the "year" referred to there the year of the Law & Order episode? Is the age of "that composer" his age on his most recent birthday or in the year of the Law & Order episode? Also, based on the composers I'm finding, it seems as if the "sum" referred to consists of more than two digits as well (could this also be worded ". . . when the year ended in the same two digits as the last two digits of the sum of the ages . . ."?).

And if this will give away too much at one time, please only provide hints as you deem necessary. Thanks, Bob!

Posted by: MartinD | Jan 23, 2007 9:31:06 PM

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