Remember how Mrs. Doubtfire got her name from a newspaper headline? Robin Williams's character, desperate for an alias, searched the room till he spotted the article âPolice Doubt Fire was Accidental." And the rest is history. Weird, weird history. But did you know? There are many other famous people who coined their names after jamming two words together. In this week's puzzle, you'll determine who they are.
Each sentence below includes the first name of a famous figure and a blank where two words (that happen to sound spell that celebâs last name) can fit to make a complete sentence. Careful, because pronunciation may change! For example, in the first clue, you can put OLD MAN, as in GARY OLDMAN
1. Even when Gary is an ____, he will still maintain his youthful spirit.
2. Clint noticed that at lumberyards in the ______ was more expensive than in the
3. Jimmy knew the floor was slippery, so he took care not to _____ his rear end.
4. "What exactly can oat _____ for my diet?" wondered Marlon.
5. As a summer counselor, Neve's job was to ring the _____ every morning to wake
6. In hunting season, Ryan will just ____ a rifle over his shoulder and head out the
7. Isaac came home from Lowe's with a brand _____ of bricks to line the patio.
8. Robert had a lot of cars, but his favorite was his poppy _____ Mustang.
9. Norman's band was known to _____ past midnight.
10. Kristen liked to paint with thick soups and goulashes; she called it _____.
11. Michael was a little like Frankenstein because he had a _____ his neck.
If you like funny puzzles like this one, you'll have a great time trying more like this on your next scavenger hunt in Dallas. Find out more about what sort of hunts we offer and how we can even create custom puzzles just for you.
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1. OLD MAN
2. EAST WOOD
3. FALL ON
4. BRAN DO
5. CAMP BELL
6. GO SLING
7. NEW TON
8. RED FORD
9. ROCK WELL
10. STEW ART
11. BOLT ON
As a host, Buzzered! is the kind of event you go into not really knowing what to expect. You see, Buzzered! is a hilarious game show style event that tests knowledge, wits, and of quick thinking. When you show up as a host, you’ve got a list of questions in front of you, and (industry secret) the answers as well. But what you can’t anticipate is how the teams will actually respond. But in the end, aren’t the wrong answers way more fun than the right ones? If you value creativity, they are!
We recently joined Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco for an uproarious edition of Buzzered! that was full of questions that tested their medical knowledge. When you hire us, we create a custom experience full of questions all about your industry. Well, kind of. Teams were (pleasantly?) surprised to learn they’d be answering questions about topics like the game of Operation (don’t forget the breadbasket!), and famous doctors like Phil, Jekyll, and Pepper.
As they finished their desserts, (yet offered none to their host), two teams faced off at a private room Urban Crust in Plano, battling to ring in before the other team could. The game pitted bosses against employees, millennials against Gen Xers, all in the spirit of good fun, team building, and camaraderie!
In the end, Team Awesome emerged victorious, while Team Winner Winner Chicken Dinner proved gracious in defeat, recognizing the irony in their team name. (Not just because they’d lost, but because they’d eaten pizza for dinner). It was a great time for everyone, and we look forward to another checkup soon.
Interested in booking a game show event for your team? Contact us and see what questions await!
It's MLB opening day, and the Rangers just took the field in Arlington. There's a lot about baseball that appeals to puzzlers like us. First of all, you know we love outdoor competition. Secondly, there's something about a game built on statistics that gets our nerve endings firing.
In celebration, we created a puzzle that's all about baseball, by which I mean it's just barely about baseball. Check it out.
A lot of movie titles include the names of Major League Baseball teams. The films clued below only include SINGULAR versions of team names. So for example, if there was a movie called How to Train Your Yankee, I would have used it. As a hint, I’ve given you the year and two of the stars. How many movies can you name?
1. Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh (2000)
2. Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin (1990)
3. Gene Hackman, Gwyneth Paltrow (2001)
4. Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal (1989)
5. Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington (2004)
6. Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston (1999)
7. Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson (2012)
8. Nicolas Cage, Sean Bean (2004)
9. Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire (1976)
Scroll on down for the answers, and if you like solving puzzles, try a scavenger hunt with us!
1. Crouching TIGER, Hidden Dragon
2. The Hunt for RED October
3. The ROYAL Tenenbaums
4. When Harry MET Sally
6. The Iron GIANT
8. NATIONAL Treasure
Quick! This is it, this is our chance to get outside. What are some things to do in Dallas outdoors? We’re so glad you asked.
Have an adventure!
Get into nature at Lakeside Park or White Rock Lake, or get into a roller coaster at Six Flags. Just depends on whether you wanna move slow or really, really fast.
Don’t you think it’s time for a photoshoot? Pose among the Blue Bonnets. Find a mural in Deep Ellum. Flex in front of the Fair Park mammoth. They call it an Instagram feed ‘cause it’s hungry! Go out there and fill it up.
Go Al Fresco
Eat at one of Dallas’ outdoor restaurants. There’s way too many to list, but in our family we like Chicken Scratch at the Foundry, Rodeo Goat, and Hat Creek. (It helps when there’s a playground). We might even stop by Katy Trail Icehouse after a hike, if only for some chips and queso. There are many other Dallas outdoor bars and restaurants worth exploring, so get moving.
Quick side list of foods that taste better outdoors
Discover a neighborhood!
No better way to learn about your town than through a scavenger hunt. There’s outdoor art to admire, history to uncover, and people to see! DFW Scavenger Hunt lets you be outside while challenging your brain. With weather like this, how can you resist? If you’re looking for Dallas outdoor events, a scavenger hunt can’t be beat.
Plant a Garden!
What are you doing buying your tomatoes at Tom Thumb when you could harvest better ones yourself? Homegrown tomatoes are delicious, and now is the time to get them in the ground. Now’s the time to find out if you’ve got a green thumb.
What’s that? You’re not quite ready to go outside just yet? Fine, here’s a puzzle that you’re welcome to complete indoors or outdoors.
The answers to the following questions all share something in common.
1. What band had a 1972 hit with “A Horse With No Name”?
2. Similar to a sit-up, what abdominal exercise shares its name with a Nestle candy
3. What animal appears in the logo of Qantas airlines?
4. What title character did Alexander Gould voice in a 2003 film?
5. What boxing punch is performed by turning the back and swinging a bent arm in a
6. What is the lowest ranking face card in a typical deck?
7. Instrumental in the creation of US Steel, what was the last name of American
financier John Pierpont?
8. What company that started as Timely Publications did Disney acquire in 2009?
9. What Scottish word for church is also the first name of the star of Spartacus?
Ready for the answers? Scroll waaaaaay down. Then get outside, will ya?
Answer: They're all "Captains"
You know that feature in Google autocomplete that reveals what people are searching for? You type the letter J and suddenly it’s all jiffy lube? jonas brothers? jason momoa? Like, thank you, but gimme a second! It’s a little unnerving, but also pretty revealing. I thought it’d be fun to see what sort of Dallas-related questions came up, and do my best to answer a few of them. Ready? Off we go!
What does the name dallas mean?
Well we looked into this last time, and didn’t find out much. OK, we are off to a bad start.
What does a dallas cowboy cheerleader make?
This one is tough to find out as the team is pretty vague about it. But most estimates put it around a low, low $100 a game. It’s typically not a full time job!
What is dallas known for?
Anyone who’s gone on a scavenger hunt in Dallas can tell you how much they’ve learned about the art, the architecture, and the history. Anyone who’s ever hung out after a scavenger hunt can tell you about the food. But mostly, Dallas is known for one thing: slapping stars on everything in sight.
What is dallas time zone?
Central, which means we don't have to stay up till a horrible hour to watch Monday Night Football, or even Saturday Night Live.
When will dallas warm up?
I get it, I get it, but let’s enjoy this cool while we can, before Mother Nature turns on the heat lamp and has us all roasting like a pre-made fried chicken sandwich.
Where is dallas located?
5,6000 miles SE of Rome, Italy.
Why are dallas drivers so bad?
Ever think maybe you’re the one that’s bad, and we’re just trying to keep away from you? That, and everyone is texting and driving. Cut it out, y’all!
Why does dallas stink?
I am not sure what you mean. This might be a comment on the Cowboys’ quality of play, but if it’s actually about the aroma? You wrong. Dallas smells like a mix of burnt ends, pecans, hairspray, Corny Dogs, queso, and whatever Vineyard Vines polos smell like. Though if you buy one of those Dallas Homesick Candles, it apparently smells like Grapefruit, Bergamot, Leather, Smoke. Ah, bergamot. Quintessential Dallas, right?
Why does dallas not have heb?
Great question! We get Central Market, HEB’s bougie sibling, but the closest HEB is down in Waxahachie. Road trip anyone?
So there you have it! What everyone is asking about Dallas. And some of the answers!
Inspired by that little exercise, I put together a quiz. The answer to each of the following clues are among the top suggestions that pops up for a single word entered into Google. (Minus that word, of course.) Can you figure out the word I typed? For example, if you saw BOOK, NEW DEAL, and BAY PACKERS, you'd answer GREEN. Can you (auto) complete the rest?
Want more fun like this? Consider a puzzle hunt in DFW! Scroll down when you're ready for the answers.
Here's a weird thing about Dallas. No one knows how it got its name. The city of Dallas has no answer, and founder John Neely Bryan didn't leave us any clues. He's said to have claimed to name it after his buddy Dallas, but no one is quite sure who that buddy is. Vice President George Mifflin Dallas? Maybe, but did Bryan know him? It's doubtful. (Either way let's be glad he didn't go with "Mifflin.")
Weirdly, most people are pretty confident that Dallas County was named for VP George Mifflin, but they're not convinced about the origin of the city's name. Even others suggest, inspired by Bryan's eventual commitment to a psychiatric word, that the friend he referred to wasn't even a real person.
Others have cited potential suspects as Alexander James Dallas and Trevanion (!) Barlow Dallas. And we can be sure it's not named for Bryce Dallas Howard, as that was the other way round. And I will bet $30 that it isn't named for the character played by Todd Farmer in the 2001 horror film Jason X, despite his appearance on a Wikipedia list of famous people named Dallas.
Meanwhile, there are several Dallases in the world named for a small town in Scotland, so there's potential there was an influence there, but again, it's all inconclusive!
So there you have it. An article that opens with a question and closes by not answering that question. You're... welcome?
Want a chance to actually learn something about Dallas? With educational, entertaining quests through the DFW a rea, DFW Scavenger Hunt combines his tory, culture, and brain teasers into a competitive race!
I suppose I owe you a puzzle for your trouble, and this one's inspired by, what else, the name of our fair city. Each clue below leads to a word that can be spelled using only the letters of DALLAS. Numbers in parenthesis indicate word length. Can you identify them all?
1. It completes the Simpsons quote "You don't win friends with..." (5)
2. "Oh woe is me!" (4)
3. Young fellas (4)
4. Spots (3)
5. Word that can follow CURE or AFTER (3)
6. Like someone who says "Oh woe is me!" (3)
7. Green or Gore (2)
Scroll on down for the answers to these questions, at least!
This Valentine's Day, we're devoting some time to broken hearts. Well, not broken exactly, but changed, at least. Each of the following clues can be answered with a word made from scrambling the five letters of HEART and adding one more. For example, "Soap suds" leads to LATHER, or HEART + L. We'd love it if you gave this puzzle a shot!
2. What's passed through a sewing machine
3. Come together
4. Enemies, or really anyone who suggests the slightest criticism
5. Use a microwave, perhaps
7. December door decor
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As a Dallas resident, you're probably wondering how to watch the big game between the Patriots and the Rams on Sunday. There are a few ways to do so:
Want to sulk because Dem Boys didn't make it to Atlanta? Go right ahead! It's your right as a proud Dallasite. What are you going to do, pull for the Patriots? Haha. The Rams? Not a chance. Let your hate flow through you. Bring out the old Aikman jersey and try not to burn a hole in your TV with your anger-focused eyes.
2. Covered in Wing Sauce
More wings are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day, by me at least. It doesn't matter if the Bills are playing or not, (and they are almost certainly not), I'm gonna rep Buffalo. And it doesn't matter whether you like bleu cheese or ranch, even though bleu cheese is the superior dip.
3. For the Commercials!
Just kidding, watch the good ones on YouTube the next day like everyone else. Besides, the Hobbs and Shaw trailer came out already, what else do you need?
4. At One of Dallas' Many Fine Sports Bars and Restaurants
Or pretty much anywhere with a TV!
5. While Planning Something to Do in Dallas
Watching the game got you itching for some competitive activity? Book a scavenger hunt with us and plan your next fun outing!
OK, that settled, here's an NFL-themed puzzle.
The answer to each of the following will include the (singularized) name of an NFL team, (Think "Steeler," rather than "Steelers"). The team name may sometimes be hidden within another word. Numbers in parenthesis indicate word length.
1. Drink endorsed by Billy Dee Williams (4, 2)
2. Cheetah Girls star Symone (5)
3. Region of south Asia on the Ganges delta (6)
4. Printer type (6)
5. Pirate Edward Teach’s nickname (10)
6. Game show that Terry Crews once hosted (3, 5, 2, 2, 1, 11)
7. Hagar the Horrible, for example (6)
8. British car manufacturer (6)
9. Doomed ship captained by Edward J. Smith (7)
10. He played Thomas Whitmore in Independence Day (4, 7)
11. Flipper, for for one (7)
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1. COLT 45
6. Who Wants to Be a MilLIONaire
10. BILL Pullman
People want to be better. It's my philosophy that everything you do should be in service of helping them achieve that. In work, you have a responsibility to the people you manage and the people you mentor to guide them on a path of improvement. What's both essential and inherent to this process is that you're making yourself better at the same time.
Need to teach someone how to, say, lead a meeting? Better make sure you're darn good at it yourself. The fortification that's required to pass on knowledge inevitably leads to self-improvement. Meanwhile, you're setting good examples, you're modeling good behavior, and you're showcasing the skills you're aiming to pass on.
Be confident in your skills and your experience, but at the same time, be cautious. There is a danger to assuming you have everything to teach and nothing to learn, and it can often create situations that are best described by words ending in "-splaining." Lead with kindness, openness and curiosity.
Remember that being better can come from just having a better day. Never ruin someone's day in service of a lesser goal. Create environments that foster betterness, respect, and opportunity. And if I may be so bold, fun! Team building activities are a great way to have fun, learn, and be better.
Speaking of fun (ahem), here is a puzzle.
I took a bunch of celebrities, replaced their first name with their first initial, and their last name with a synonym. Because I’m nice, they’re in alphabetical order by their real last names. WHO ARE THEY?
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I've been thinking a lot about team building lately, both as a philosophy and a practice. What does it mean to "build a team?" Any manager understands that it's not as simple as throwing a bunch of folks with good resumes together. But most of the time, like it or not, that's the team you end up with.
How do you build a perfect team? You find a set of folks who complement each other -- in their skillset, in their personalities, in their work style. Oh, what's that? You don't get to build a team from scratch? You have to hire the CEO's nephew? That candidate for the open position got another offer? Oh, and there's that one fella on the team who's been around for years and isn't going anywhere?
So there's option two -- you shape your team into perfection. As anyone who's done a puzzle knows, (and we've done a lot of them) brute force isn't going to make those pieces fit. But there are ways to change the shape of the pieces, at least in this metaphor.
Actual change happens at a team level, not at an individual level. In order to create and preserve the balance of an effective team, this must happen all at once. It's under the pressure of a challenge that teams are truly molded. Call it the Play-Doh philosophy, emphasis on PLAY.
Now work isn't fun. That's why they call it work. That's why play, within the right framing, is so effective. It's weird! It's different! It's a relief! The kind of play we offer at DFW Scavenger Hunt is challenging! And call it sneaky, but it's also a learning experience. Solving these challenges leads to team bonding, and team bonding leads to team building. It's only natural.
Here's a challenge that illustrates how working together can prove far more fulfilling. So grab a couple of colleagues before you try it.
Each entry in the list is represents a member famous team, but the letters -- and the teammates -- have been scrambled. Unscramble the words in each column, then reunite the teams.
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BACON, LETTUCE AND TOMATO
LARRY, MOE AND CURLY
PETER, PAUL AND MARY
ALVIN, SIMON AND THEODORE
HUEY, LOUIE AND DEWEY