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Dave, John, Cara, Robbie, and Kate are five budding inventors. Their newest inventions? Each has combined a popular ingredient with a drink! Figure out who’s who, what their “mix” is, and when they each invented their product.

  1. The five inventors are Dave, Ms. Roberts, the “Potato Man”, the July inventor, and the one who added an ingredient to lemonade.

  2. No one’s first name is similar to their last name.

  3. Kate made a peanut smoothie.

  4. Winter in the Northern Hemisphere seemed to be a “hot” invention time - both John and Cara concocted something then!

  5. Marshmallows were incorporated into Kay’s creation. Chocolate was in Davidson’s.

  6. Banana Vodka was a spur of the moment brainstorm.

  7. April just happened to be “chocolate season”, at least for Robbie.

  8. Believe it or not, potato cocktails were very popular in January!

Answer –

Dave Kay, Marshmallow Soda, October
John Cora, Potato Cocktail, January
Cara Roberts, Banana Vodka, February
Robbie Davidson, Chocolate Lemonade, April
Kate Johnson, Peanut Smoothie, July


I can’t.


oooh. i didnt see this matrix puzzle. give me until tomorrow at least to work on it when i get done with some other things. :pinch:
EDIT:** actually too much missing information to solve. would require knowledge of drinks, and for me that is milk and pepsi with straight liquor. i don’t drink mixed drinks (unles it is just leftovers in a bottle making a suicide out of them) or things like smoothies… (what is a smoothie?)

Robbie Davidson April Chocolate ?
Dave Kay ? Marshmellow ?
John PotatoMan January Potato Cocktail
Cara ? ? Banana Vodka
Kate Roberts July Peanut Smoothie

not sure if chocolate is an additive or the drink itself, so no idea if marshmellow or hocolate got added to lemonade

4 winter months means i have no idea which 2 are the missing ones…

too many what-ifs in this one.


Sorry, I picked a bad one! I’ll have to make up for it. In the meantime, I’ll post the answers anyway.

Try this one for now -

When you curtail a word, you remove the last letter and still have a valid word. You will be given clues for the two words, longer word first.

Example: Begin -> Heavenly body
Answer: The words are Start and Star.

  1. Greeting word -> Hades; place of torment
  2. Company symbol -> Tree trunk piece; written record
  3. Large stringed instrument -> Small room; prison
  4. Vote against; forbid -> Pet doctor
  5. Jewellery or stone carved in relief -> Arrived; moved toward something
  6. Champion; type of sandwich -> That woman
  7. Rope with a sliding loop at one end -> An unmarried young woman
  8. Exhibition of cowboy skills -> Was carried on the back of an animal

Answers -

1. Hello -> Hell
2. Logo -> Log
3. Cello -> Cell
4. Veto -> Vet
5. Cameo -> Came
6. Hero -> Her
7. Lasso -> Lass
8. Rodeo -> Rode


it happens, sometimes they are themed and miss the people not knowing that theme…

1. Hello, Hell
2. Logo, Log
3. Cell, Cell
4. Veto, Vet
5. Progresso, Progress ? (Hey that soup tastes like stones to me!)
6. Hero, Her
7. Lasso, Lass
8. Rodeo, Rode


Answers posted!

Thanksgiving Calamity

It was an odd holiday, yessiree… The Sewtnof siblings planned a potluck Thanksgiving dinner at one of their houses, however, none could cook well. Each planned to make two items. Four of them had dramas causing them to be late. All in all, it was the start of a rough holiday and everyone was in a sour mood, but once they discovered what their meal would be, they giggled at life’s irony and got over themselves.

Each ruined one of their recipes and successfully prepared one. Determine what the Sewtnofs finally ended up with for dinner, who made what, who ruined what, why each was late (or on time), and where each was in the age lineup.

Siblings: Johanna, Emily, Jacob, Ali, Rosie

Age range: Oldest, 24, 21, 19, 17

Recipes attempted: Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, Buns, Gravy, Stuffing, Green Salad, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Apple Pie, Mashed Potatoes

Calamities: Overslept, Ran out of gas, Had to run to store for one last ingredient, Argument with boyfriend

  1. Johanna did not burn her buns because she didn’t bake any. She did bake a pie, however.

  2. Jacob turned off the oven and left his bird half cooked at home, hoping to be not too late. His other item required no heat to prepare, thankfully.

  3. You might think the Sewtnof parents would stop having kids once they had a boy, but no, they went on to have one more child.

  4. Being the host doesn’t automatically ensure timeliness; also, the gardener was a very early riser, allowing her plenty of time to ruin one item, & successfully prepare another on time.

  5. Sad she burnt her buns, Emily’s sister was extra careful to make sure her cranberry sauce turned out okay.

  6. The sister who didn’t make stuffing hosted the dinner, because she’s the only one with a big enough table. Johanna, her younger sister, was not the host.

  7. What a day for Ali’s little sister! Not only did her stuffing take forever to come out right, but she had to run to the store at the last minute to ensure her pie had fruit in it!

  8. Rosie, who was not the youngest, was not the family gardener who grew main ingredients for both of her food attempts.

  9. When the first arrival showed with pumpkin pie, the host was still in the shower because she had overslept.

  10. The middle child was late because her boyfriend argued that he didn’t feel like driving.

  11. Jacob did not stop at the store; Ali didn’t attempt to cook green beans, but the person who did, also ruined her gravy.

  12. The person who attempted cranberry sauce did not grow the cranberries.

  13. The gardener grows root vegetables and squash, but not fruit.

  14. Emily is older and younger than at least one other sibling, and Ali is not the middle child.

  15. The one who overslept is older than Emily, and the teenagers’ names both start with the same letter.

  16. The five are the person whose gravy was too salty to bring, Emily who did not have any arguments, Jacob, the host, and the person whose stuffing was delicious.

Hint (if you really need it)

Jacob is the only male. Don’t assume that one food grid is all ruined items. Potatoes are root vegetables and pumpkins are squash.

Answer -

[spoiler]The strange Thanksgiving dinner consisted of: Stuffing, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, and Salad

Johanna made stuffing, ruined apple pie, store, 17
Emily made pumpkin pie, ruined potatoes, was on time because she’s an early riser (gardener), 24
Jacob ruined turkey, made salad, ran out of gas/petrol, 19
Ali ruined buns, made cranberry sauce, overslept (host), oldest
Rosie ruined gravy, made green beans, argued with her boyfriend, 21[/spoiler]


nope. too angry at it trying to parse the info…

this is all i got and not sure it is right.


who made ruined late age
Johanna stuffing apple pie store 17
Jacob salad turkey out of gas 19

ruined buns, made cranberry
ruined gravy, made green beans

on time and made or ruined: pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes

21 year old got into arguement, maybe emily?

so i quit on this one.


Okay, I think I’ll stay away from those for a while!

Answers -

1. First person singular
2. Add insult to injury
3. Elevator out of order
4. Cubed steak
5. No two ways about it
6. It’s a small world
7. The odds are overwhelming
8. High seas
9. Getting it all together
10. Jai alai
11. A break in custom
12. Mad about you
13. Teetotaler
14. Singing in the rain
15. The good, the bad, the ugly
16. Call it a day


1. one person above all others
2. adding insult to injury
4. cube steak
7. over whelming odds
8. the 7 seas
9. getting it all together
11. broken custom
16. a big day


OK Wicca, I’ll try – and I just can’t get #12

  1. A person above all persons
  2. Adding insult to injury
  3. Broken Elevator
  4. Cube Steak
  5. No 2 ways about it
  6. Small world after all
  7. Overwhelming odds
  8. Seven seas
  9. Getting it all together
  10. Jalai (or Hi alai) :stuck_out_tongue:
  11. Broken Custom
  12. Argh! I can’t figure this one out
  13. Tea Totaler
  14. Singing in the rain
  15. The good, the bad, and the ugly
  16. Bold Day or Dark Day


Answers -


1. rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
2. silent night holy night
3. little town of Bethlehem
5. joy to the world
6. hark, the harold angels sing
7. we three kings
9. angels we have heard on high
12. dreaming of a white chrsitmas
13. 12 days of christmas
14. it came upon a midnight clear
15. frosty the snowman
16. all i want for Christmas is my two front teeth
17. i saw mommy kissing santa claus
18. walking in a winter wonderlanmd
19. deck the halls

:huh: i just dont get some of them. might be ones i never heard before.

got stuck on #14 and was trying to go with

once upon a midnight dreary

and i had to ponder as i am weak and weary over some old forgotten lore. :lol:


I’ll post the answers this weekend. But, here’s something else to keep you busy. :evil:

Word Hints:

Answers -


Answers -


candy cane
christmas tree

how did i miss one? :pinch:


:laugh: Already? I have to find something harder for you!


never give a D&D player a puzzle to solve because they are trained to do it quickly so they can open the door the puzzle was blocking to get on to the fight or treasure in the next room. Maybe i have just surpassed your level of puzzles “Antoinette”, Queen of Puzzles. :wink:


(now we know who to cast you in for Phi-Brain is ever another TAN casting call is done.)


:laugh: I think I can handle you! As for a cast, why not give it a try? We do have a severe lack of casting directors. And the couch is ever so comfy!

In the meantime, although I won’t put the answers up yet to the last one, you can try your hand at this one:

Answers -

1. Jingle Bells
2. Walking in a Winter Wonderland
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
4. Joy to the World
5. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
6. O’ Come All Ye Faithful
7. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
8. Oh, Christmas Tree
9. What Child is This?
10. We Three Kings
11. Deck the Halls
12. I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
13. O’ Holy Night
14. Noel
15. Away In a Manger
16. The Twelve Days of Christmas
17. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
18. All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
19. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
20. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
21. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
22. Silent Night
23. O’ Little Town of Bethlehem
24. Silver Bells


1. jingle bells
2. waking in a winter wonderland
4. joy to the world
5. rudolph the red nose-reindeer
6. oh come all ye faithful
7. im dreaming of a white chritmas
8. Oh, christmas tree
13. o holy night
14. Noel
15. a way in a manger
16. 12 days of christmas
17. i saw mommy kissing santa claus
18. all i want foir christmas is my two front teeth
19. chestnuts roasting on an open fire (aka the christmas song)
22. silent night
23. oh little town of bethlehem

ok so a few this time stumped me. :stuck_out_tongue:


1. Jingle Bells
2. Walking in a Winter Wonderland
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
4. Joy to the World
5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
6. Oh Come, All Ye Faithful
7. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
8. Oh Christmas Tree
9. What Child is This?
12. I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)
13. Oh Holy Night
14. (The First) Noel
15. Away in the Manger
16. Twelve Days of Christmas
17. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
18. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
19. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
20. (I really want this to be “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, but I can’t figure it)
21. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
22. Silent Night
23. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem