Archive for August, 1997

I: Hybrid Vigor

When the '90s began, some people were quick to come up with new paradigms for the new decade... New Crossbred Isms for the '90s by Ranjit Bhatnagar (8/21/90) Blaspheminism. "Take the patriarchy and stuff it up your Messiah." Antisocialism. "The heart of the Nation is the worker who works alone." Intercommunism. "The proletariat shall not […]

H: Apian Patellae (Reader Comments and Addenda)

Apparently I liked the "biking Viking" one so much I needed to list it twice. Oops. Arthur contributed some more hinks: Alternate answers for "hink-pink: seafood spread": bream cream, or perhaps ship dip. Hink-pinks: Where to get your fix while you're on shore leave? Tar bar. [Or the related "smack shack." —JEH] A little cream […]

H: Apian Patellae

A hinky-pinky is a clue, definition, or riddle, the answer to which is a pair of rhyming words. For instance, the clue Hinky-pinky: a Norseman on wheels could be answered "biking Viking." The phrase "hinky-pinky" is part of the clue; it declares that the words of the answer are each two syllables. Other phrases are […]

G: Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Ulysses Simpson Grant and his wife (née Julia Boggs Dent) are both entombed in Grant's Tomb, but technically speaking nobody at all is buried there. Or so I hear. In something of the spirit of that old chestnut, here are some other trick-question riddles that, without resorting to Marxism, contain the seeds of their own […]

F: She Likes Puzzles

Besides introducing me to Ubbi Dubbi, Zoom (see also column u) provided a game called "Who is Fannee Doolee?" The cast members would say things like "Fannee Doolee. She likes doors but she hates windows." The idea was to find out why Fannee Doolee liked some things but hated other similar things. For instance, these […]

E: Circumlocutions

"Circumlocution" derives from Latin roots meaning "around" and "talk." "Euphemism" is from the Greek "euphemia," meaning "use of good words." Apparently we spend so much time trying to say unpleasant or socially unacceptable things pleasantly that we need two words to talk about the process. Everyone is familiar with certain euphemisms used to swear in […]