Another weekend has arrived as we edge closer to the Christmas Holiday with Hanukkah (or however the spell checker on your word processing program approves the spelling) beginning at sundown last night, so let's get right to this weekend's puzzling gifts.
At the end of the classic holiday special Frosty the Snowman, just HOW many times did would be magician Professor Hinkle have to write an apology before Santa Claus would consider bringing him a Christmas gift?
THE LETTER SHUFFLE
This week, how many words can you make out of FESTIVAL (of Lights)?
The results will appear next weekend.
But for now, let's open THE ANSWERS BOX for the results of last weekend's puzzles.
Number 4 ("Please Christmas, don't be late") is actually a line from the holiday classic The Chipmunk Song.
All the others ARE actual holiday tunes!
1. Mele Kalikimaha (Hawaiian for Merry Christmas) was recorded by Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters in 1950.
2. Suzie Snowflake was recorded by Rosemary Clooney in 1951.
3. Christmas Time Is Here is actually the official title to the opening number of A Charlie Brown Christmas. (1966) AND
5. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas was recorded by Gayla Peevey in 1953.
Although always celebrated to some extent every year before that, Christmas was OFFICIALLY declared a holiday in the United States by then President Ulysses S. Grant just in time for the holiday season of 1870.