So You Think You Can Think: Puzzle #2

Hi again, fellow Avocadiles! Time to take that brain out for a stretch and do some word puzzles with me, your furry old pal Prestidigititis.

First of all, here are the answers from last week’s puzzle, which you can still find here if you’d like to take a crack at it.

Answers

1. MET A CRITIC
2. DISCO VERY
3. TO READ OR
4. PROVO KING
5. CHAMP AGNES
6. RED ACTED
7. END ANGER
8. PROSE CUTE
9. EXPO SABLE
10. COLOR A ‘DO

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Today we’re bumping up the difficulty level just a bit with some telescoping triplets. Each clue’s answer will consist of three words. The gimmick here is the words are adapted anagrams of one another. The longest word is an anagram of the middle-length word, plus one letter. And the middle-length word is an anagram of the shortest word, plus one letter. So to get from shortest word to longest, you add a letter and scramble their positions each time. (Be thankful I only stuck with three-word answers.)

In order to aid you, there’s the obtuse clue, of course. I’m also giving you the lengths of the three words involved, and which order they should go in, indicated in the brackets at the clue’s end.

For instance, if the clue were: Too bad about Franken’s condiment [4,3,5], the answer would be Alas, Al’s Salsa.

Once you get one word, it’ll help you figure out the rest…hopefully. In any case, have fun with them! Don’t forget to SPOILER your answers in the comments! Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week.

NOTICE: I’d left an incorrect clue in my list, and forgot to replace it before posting. The old Clue #5 has been replaced, hopefully with one that actually works! Sorry for the confusion. (Well…the unintended confusion.)


    1. Exacting Instructions for French dish [7,5,6]
    2. An outrageous ethnic redbird [7,6,8]
    3. Parade procession for lefty politician’s associate [7,8,9]
    4. Professional hockey player studies mudslinging [8,6,7]
    5. Holds the most acerbic leg-wear [6,7,8]
    6. Broadcaster’s grooming is rather dry [4,5,6]
    7. A cute, old mathematical proof [6,7,8]
    8. Mexican food stuffed with shaped beef and warm breakfast [8,7,6]
    9. Noticing brilliance of each person who made “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” [6,7,8]
    10. Determine, by God’s will, our most geeky world leader [10,8,9]