GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution — Daycare Was Mad

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This past week’s puzzle:

As Nora and I were reading through the recent 2015 Oscar Award / Academy Award nominees, we noticed that a few of the names and movie titles could be arranged into funny phrases. Even the “Academy Awards” themselves had a fun anagram — “DAYCARE WAS MAD.”

academy_awards Below, please find 20 funny phrases that also happen to be anagrams for one of this year’s Academy Award nominees in the following categories:

  • BUTTER SPICE – Best Picture (5)
  • TOTES CRAB – Best Actor (3)
  • SECRET STABS – Best Actress (3)
  • OBSTRUCTING A STOPPER – Best Supporting Actor (3)
  • CURBING A PESTS PROTESTS – Best Supporting Actress (3)
  • MINUTER DATABASE FEET – Best Animated Feature (3)

The rearranged phrases are as follows:

  1. A DEPENDABLE GHOST TRUTH
  2. A DROWN RODENT
  3. A TEENS MOM
  4. ARMADILLO CITRON
  5. AW SHH LIP
  6. BOXIER SIGH
  7. DRY ROE PLACEBO
  8. EMIT GOAT THIAMINE
  9. EXTOLL BROTHS
  10. HA THANK EWE
  11. HEY RATLIKE KING
  12. HOGS OF SENATE
  13. MALES
  14. OOH BODY
  15. READ ULNAR
  16. RICH CUB TABBED CEMENT
  17. SHEENIER TOWROPES
  18. SPOKEN RADIUM
  19. SVELTER LACE
  20. VALOR BLURTED

The nominees in their appropriate categories are:
BUTTER SPICE – Best Picture
A DEPENDABLE GHOST TRUTH – The Grand Budapest Hotel
AW SHH LIP – Whiplash
EMIT GOAT THIAMINE – The Imitation Game
MALES – Selma
OOH BODY – Boyhood

TOTES CRAB – Best Actor
DRY ROE PLACEBO – Bradley Cooper
RICH CUB TABBED CEMENT – Benedict Cumberbatch
SVELTER LACE – Steve Carell

SECRET STABS – Best Actress
ARMADILLO CITRON – Marion Cotillard
SHEENIER TOWROPES – Reese Witherspoon
SPOKEN RADIUM – Rosamund Pike

OBSTRUCTING A STOPPER – Best Supporting Actor
A DROWN RODENT – Edward Norton
HA THANK EWE – Ethan Hawke
VALOR BLURTED – Robert Duvall

CURBING A PESTS PROTESTS – Best Supporting Actress
A TEENS MOM – Emma Stone
HEY RATLIKE KING – Keira Knightley
READ ULNAR – Laura Dern

MINUTER DATABASE FEET – Best Animated Feature
BOXIER SIGH – Big Hero 6 (Six)
EXTOLL BROTHS – The Boxtrolls
HOGS OF SENATE – Song of the Sea

Congratulations to Danny Bakker for not only correctly unscrambling the nominees, but for also being chosen at random from among the correct (or at least reasonably well-reasoned) responses submitted. A $50 Gift Certificate will be on its way shortly!

Thanks to ThinkGeek for sponsoring our puzzles in 2015 as well as to everyone that entered.

Happy puzzling!

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