Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday's New York Times puzzle solved: February 11, 2018

My time: 34:07, slower than average.


This puzzle, by Matt Ginsberg, is titled Paronomasia, which is a rhetoric device that means using words that sound the same but have different meaning to use a pun.  In other words, they're oronyms, a word that was featured in the February 6 puzzle.

Here is a partial list of the many, many paronomasiac answers: "Raised some vegetables?" is GROUPIES [grew peas].  "Opposite of a strong boil?" is DULCIMER [dull simmer].  "Decrease in the number of people named Gerald?" is GERIATRICIAN [Gerry attrition].  "Narrow passages for killer whales?" is ORCHESTRATES [orca straits].  "Belts for a Chinese leader?" is MOUSETRAPS [Mao straps].

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