I inadvertently confused Denverites (an actual kind of person that exists) with Detroitites (not a real thing) in a Tuesday Trivia question a few months back. And now here I am in Colorado surrounded by actual Denverites, reminding me of my shame. If this fair city is your home, I’m talking about Maphead and signing copies of same at the Tattered Cover Book Store on Colfax Avenue tonight at 7:30 pm.
Thanks to everybody who showed up in Salt Lake City last night. The bookstore literally ran out of books, which is a classic piece of good news/bad news for an author. (For readers, mostly bad news. Sorry.)
Wordplay Wednesday! (Returning after a long absence.) Two quick questions.
- Studies have shown that “moist” is the English language word that makes people the most uncomfortable–and yet there are lots of five-letter words that end with -oist: foist, hoist, joist, etc. But can you think of a common six-letter word that ends in -oist? I can think of two that are usually capitalized, and two that aren’t.
- Take a word for something that a guitarist might do, and add to the end of it the surname of a 1980s vocalist. Divide this set of letters, in the same order, in a different place, and–voila!–you’ll have the surname of a 1980s guitarist, followed by something a vocalist might do! Who are the artists in question?
Edited to add: Quickly solved (in a team effort) on this message board thread. (Highlight the invisible text there to read the answers.)