Friday Five

July 28, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Just for fun, and to follow up on yesterday’s riddle, here are five riddles, of varying difficulty, on a common theme:

  1. I’m dead and buried now, lying in a giant’s shadow. But unlike my kin, who lives just across the street, I never had to sleep in the doghouse. What am I?
  2. I was an oasis in the city. Which way to go was my visitors’ only plight. Today the biggest hazard is blight! What am I?
  3. In my youth I danced with Hollywood’s biggest stars. The 70’s were cruel to me, but I’ve cast those ugly days aside. Tommy was my friend for a day; do you think he’ll ever come back? What am I?
  4. In my day my best friends were jerks. Today, my good name is sullied by “friends” of a different sort. What am I?
  5. My first is a moth that may drive you mad. My last is easily surmised with a little common sense. Just ask Thomas! What am I?

And the bonus question: What’s the common theme?

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foxspit July 28, 2006 at 4:14pm

1. ?
2. Capitol Beach amusement park?
3. The Stuart Theater?
4. A soda fountain?
5. ?

Mr. Wilson July 28, 2006 at 4:35pm

2. Nope, but that’s not a bad guess.
3. Yep!
4. Nope. Looking back on this one I probably should have added one more hint to the riddle. Oh well.

Keep going!

And to the rest of you, start guessing! I can see that people are viewing this post, so I know foxspit isn’t the only one working on these. Don’t be shy!

foxspit July 29, 2006 at 3:26pm

5. Miller and Paine building?

Bonus: The common theme is “Buildings?”

foxspit July 29, 2006 at 3:28pm

2. Wyuka?

Mr. Wilson July 29, 2006 at 3:42pm

2. Nope. But you’re getting warmer…

5. Yep! This one was my favorite. Did anybody else like it?

Bonus: Not quite. I think you’ll see the pattern soon.

christopher July 29, 2006 at 4:02pm

Common pattern: Thigns that don’t exist in Lincoln anymore (well they do, but just under different names)

foxspit July 29, 2006 at 8:49pm

Yeah, I liked the Miller and Paine one too.  The first couple of times I looked at it I couldn’t make heads or tails of the clue, then I started breaking it down into pieces.

2. Antelope Park? (I’m grasping now.)

Mr. Wilson July 29, 2006 at 9:10pm

Christopher: Yep! Well, close enough, anyway. I was going for Lincoln icons that have faded away.

Sorry foxspit, Antelope Park is wrong, too.

This is where we are now:

1. No guesses
2. Not Capitol Beach amusement park, Wyuka, or Antelope Park
3. Stuart Theater
4. Not “soda fountain”
5. Miller and Paine

I suppose it’s time for some hints:

1. Give me a dollar and I’ll tell you the answer.
2. It didn’t whiten your teeth.
4. It helps to be bilingual to solve this one.

Remember the common theme: Lincoln icons…

foxspit July 30, 2006 at 6:59pm

It’s weird how something just pops out at you sometimes.

4. Kings, now Amigo’s.

Still no idea on #2 and #1, but your hint makes me wonder if #1 is the Union Bank depot.

huskerpilot July 30, 2006 at 11:57pm

#2 has to be Cool Crest the best place ever!

Mr. Wilson July 31, 2006 at 12:00am

That’s a big yessir on #4, foxspit. On the topic, does anybody know if Amigo’s actually bought the rights to the King’s name, or is King’s Classic just their little take on it?

And huskerpilot scores with #2, all the way from his temporary home in Mississippi.

As for #1, that trail won’t take you far, foxspit. Anybody else care to bat around some ideas?

huskerpilot July 31, 2006 at 12:03am

#1 is the Buck!

foxspit July 31, 2006 at 12:13am

Is Cool Crest the miniature golf place?

I can’t believe I missed The Buck!  I had season tickets and spent a lot of time there, even saw the last game played there.  What was I thinking?

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