GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution – Homophones, Heteronyms, and Oronyms – Oh my!

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This past week’s puzzle:

Nora_restaurantWe have been eating dinner out a lot lately, due to an in-progress kitchen remodel. During one such culinary expedition, Nora mentioned that she wanted to help my wife Allison make her delicious, healthy brownies by grating zucchini.

“Nora,” I said, “the zucchini isn’t just GREAT, it’s AMAZING!”

“No, Daddy,” she replied. “G-R-A-T-E, not G-R-E-A-T.”

And, thus, this week’s puzzle about homophones, heteronyms, oronyms, and homographs was born.

Below, please find a list of unlikely sentences or descriptions that can be summarized by a set of homophones, heteronyms, or oronyms. Please respond with the proper words summarizing each, along with the type of set the summary contains.

Example: Banana splits in the Sahara : A desert dessert (oronym)

  • Cutting two fruits
  • Mercy killing of young folks on other continents
  • Capturing audio on vinyl
  • An exemplified specimen unit of ovum
  • To turn down trash
  • A less sensate figure
  • The premiere Pb
  • To make farm goods
  • Run, Siphonaptera!
  • Magnitude of sad breaths
  • Revealing the gift
  • “My name is Xmas paper and I am here to say…”
  • When the true falsehoods dawn on you
  • A clothed boy placed house numbers on postcards
  • 2:00 or 2:01-ish PM
  • Planter of certain conifers
  • An agressive book introduction
  • Used for cleaning Eastern Europe

Congratulations to Tom Melia, winner of this week’s ThinkGeek $50 Gift Certificate.

The overall solution set (as there were some new and interesting twists!) appear below.

  • Cutting two fruits – Paring a pair of pears (homophone)
  • Mercy killing of young folks on other continents – Youth in Asia euthanasia (oronym)
  • Capturing audio on vinyl – Record a record (heteronym)
  • An exemplified specimen unit of ovum – Example egg sample (oronym)
  • To turn down trash – Refuse refuse (heteronym)
  • A less sensate figure – A number number (heteronym)
  • The premiere Pb – The lead lead (heteronym)
  • To make farm goods – Produce produce (heteronym)
  • Run, Siphonaptera! – Flee, flea! (homophone)
  • Magnitude of sad breaths – Sighs size (homophone)
  • Revealing the gift – Present the present (heteronym)
  • “My name is Xmas paper and I am here to say…” – Rapping wrapping (homophone)
  • When the true falsehoods dawn on you – Realize real lies (oronym)
  • A clothed boy placed house numbers on postcards – A dressed male addressed mail (oronym)
  • 2:00 or 2:01-ish PM – A minute minute (heteronym) or a minute or two to 2:02 (homophone)
  • Planter of certain conifers – Cedar seeder (homophone)
  • An aggressive book introduction – Forward foreword (homophone)
  • Used for cleaning Eastern Europe – Polish polish (heteronym/capitonym) or War Soap Act Warsaw Pact (oronym)

Thanks to everyone that submitted a solution, and thanks once again to the fine folks at ThinkGeek for offering a tantalizing prize each week. Special thanks to Gus Sterneman, who posited Dracula contemplating his neighbor: He mulled over Muldova. Happy puzzling!

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