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Cryptic fill-in-the-blank

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Here's a kind of puzzle I've dreamed up. Someone might have thought of this already, but I don't recall seeing anything quite like it before.

Each item in a puzzle is an obscure or cryptic phrase. Your job is to insert the first and last name of a famous person into the phrase so that it becomes two familiar names or phrases. Watch out for homonyms, elisions, and downright nasty puns.

Let me know if you can solve any of these. Each puzzle has a theme, but telling you the theme would make it too easy.

PUZZLE 1

1. Doubting Airplane

2. Henry Avenue

3. Super Indians

4. By League

5. John, Arizona

6. Justice the Right Place

7. George Vacuum

8. Dirty Show

PUZZLE 2

1. Darling Buds of Wing

2. Cash and Wood

3. Block on the Keys

4. County Play

5. L.M. Hanger

6. Edmund Austin

7. Captain Fir

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I won't mention the topic for the first set, since it's pretty obvious once you figure a couple out.

1:

Thomas Jefferson

.

2:

James Madison

.

3:

Grover Cleveland

.

4:

George Bush

.

5:

Calvin Coolidge

.

6:

Warren Harding

(my favorite).

7:

Herbert Hoover

, I guess, although I don't understand the first half (unless it's referring to

the dude in no. 4

).

8:

Laundry Television

. I mean

Harry Truman

.

I'll look at the second set later.

Dale

Edited by M. Dale Prins

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Nice job, although I'd have thought a big tough handbell composer like you would know his 17th-century Welsh poets better. Maybe that one should've been Victor Vacuum ... more up your alley. Oh, and you left out #5.

Edited by mrmando

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Yes, Mr. Iowa MathCounts, the puzzle has 8 clues and you posted only 7 answers.

Edited by mrmando

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Here is a third puzzle:

PUZZLE 3

1. Jack Reed

2. Hey and Order

3. Raul Rules

4. James Tease

5. Apple Ball

6. Last Cats

7. Dill Grapes

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