Saturday, December 3, 2011


The Christmas Season is now upon us, and The Puzzle Corner will be celebrating between now and the December 24th edition.
First up: A lot of beloved holiday specials will be shown and reshown once more this season.
Can you match the narrator of these classic Christmas Rankin-Bass productions with their special?
NOTE: Not every narrator appeared on screen or in character, and both lists are in alphabetical order.

a. Fred Astaire
b. Shirley Booth
c. Jimmy Durante
d. Greer Garson
e. Andy Griffith
f. Buddy Hackett
g. Burl Ives
h. Roger Miller
i. Red Skelton
j. Jonathan Winters

01. Frosty The Snowman (1969)
02. Frosty Returns (1992)
03. Frosty's Winter Wonderland (1976)
04. The Little Drummer Boy (1968)
05. Jack Frost (1979)
06. Nestor, the Long Earred Christmas Donkey (1977)
07. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
08. Rudolph's Shiny New Year (1976)
09. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970)
10. The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974)

We'll reveal all next weekend. But for now, let's open THE ANSWERS BOX and deal with our Thanksgiving leftovers from November 26's Puzzle Corner.

If you "Come on in, it's around the back. Just a half a mile from the railroad track." You would find yourself at Alice's Restaurant, according to Arlo Guthrie.

Out of the letters in the word THANKSGIVING, you can make the following words:
A, aging, ah, akin, an, angst, as, at, gag(s), gain(s), giant(s), gat(s) <old 1930's slang for guns>, gig(s), gin(s), gist, git(s) <Hillbilly slang for scram/get>, giving, hag(s), haggis <a Scottish delicacy>, hang(s), hat(s), having, hi <short form of "hello">, hiking, hint(s), hit(s), I,  ink(s), in(s), inn(s), is, it, its, kin, king(s), kit(s), knight(s), knit(s), nag(s), nigh, night(s), sag, saint, sank, sat, saving, sight, sighting, sign, signing, sink, sinking, sin, shin, shining, Shiva <Hindu deity>, sit, skit, snag, stag, staging, stain, staining, stank, sting, stinging, stink, stinking, tag(s), than, thank(s), thin(s), thing(s), think(s), this, vain, vat(s), visit, Viking(s), (AND) vista.

Other words besides the 108 above might be possible.  But IV did not count since it is a (medical) abbreviation. The Roman numerals II and IV are debatable. It's did not count since there is no apostrophe mark in THANKSGIVING, and the cuss word for human waste is not listed since this is a family oriented E-zine.

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