Can you solve it? Brilliant brainteasers by the wizard of witty wordplay


He is the sultan of spoonerisms and the Aga Khan of anagrams. Today’s phrase puzzles are set by Frank Paul, a legend in the environment of quizzes and puzzles.

Paul is recognised to British Television set viewers as a winner of Only Link, and was co-host of Channel Four’s Remedy Lure. He is also a good artist, the son of artists Celia Paul and Lucian Freud.

Paul is a genius in the area of wordplay. I hope you find the pursuing puzzles as joyous as I do.

1. Silver spoonerisms

A spoonerism is when two consecutive text (or elements in the identical phrase) swap their original letters or appears. Rephrase the following sentences using a pair of spoonerisms.

Instance: Fragile followers greet gents from France. Reply: Frail henchmen hail Frenchmen

a) Hummus ingredients select dairy products.

b) Orangutans and gorillas consumed fruits which improve on vines.

c) Food brought to university failed to make an impact.

d) Rodents suppress feline fury.

e) Infants building a noise preventing off a illness.

2. Tri-anagrams

Rephrase each of the adhering to sentences using 3 phrases which are anagrams of each individual other. The variety of letters in the anagram is in brackets.

Example: Nimblest members of the clergy do not give up (7). Answer: Spriest priests persist

a) Reptile in attendance expresses regret (6)

b) Keeps more uncomfortable parts of eyeballs (7)

c) An operatic heroine provides toppings to Mexican foods (5)

d) Laid squander to most resistant strands of fibre. (7)

e) Business which sells goods at a decreased cost initiates occasions of prices staying decreased. (10)

3. Double blanks

Fill in the blanks in the next sentences. Each blank area has the same sequence of letters, in the similar get, whilst they could be punctuated in a different way or contain spaces. The sentences are all coherent, if at times surreal!

Illustration: Children’s books really should feature straightforward-to-read _______________ minor animals and a charming atmosphere, and I think we must _______________ any children’s writer who explores far more sinister themes, producing them make clear by themselves to a jury of outraged mom and dad. Response: the to start with blank is “prose, cute”, the second is “prosecute”

a) Her fiancé remaining her soon following proposing when he found out she had offered _______ to get some pickled _______

b) I was detailing, “The purpose of ________ to retailer information,” when a scholar yelled out, “I refuse to find out nearly anything about biology that isn’t stated in the Guide of ________!”

c). My superstitious roommates, who maintain wishing on what they presume to be a shooting star ahead of exploring that it is in truth a _______________ their bad luck loudly while I am seeking to snooze, wailing that if it had been a taking pictures star their dreams would have _______________.

d) I have a robust suspicion that selected users of the film crew I invited to my house have been thieving Japanese food items: it is definitely no coincidence that as soon as the _______________ _______________, sushi and katsu curry commenced to go lacking.

e) “How really should the gentle that refused to believe in refraction be _______________? It ought to be thrown in prism!” As quickly as I read this _______________ tears of laughter.

I’ll be back again with the answers at 5pm United kingdom. SPO NOILERS, I imply NO SPOILERS!

Alternatively be sure to suggest your favourite spoonerism pairs and triple anagrams.

The Twelve Quizzes of Christmas by Frank Paul Photograph: Oneworld Books

If you enjoyed today’s puzzles, you will like Paul’s hottest reserve, the Twelve Quizzes of Xmas, which is out on Thursday. Alan Connor of this parish calls him a “21st century Lewis Carroll.” You can preorder at the IPGCE Bookshop or at other stores.

I established a puzzle in this article just about every two months on a Monday. I’m generally on the seem-out for good puzzles. If you would like to suggest a single, e mail me.

I give faculty talks about maths and puzzles (on the net and in particular person). If your school is intrigued be sure to get in touch.


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