Puzzle #56 Solution and Puzzle #57, “Preposition Cook”

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Last week’s puzzle, “Foreign Cinema,” asked for a movie title and gave you six theme entries:

DANISH PASTRY
SPANISH RICE
ZULU RELIGION
IRISH GOODBYE
GREEK OLIVES
GERMAN EMPIRE

These don’t have anything to do with cinema (well, not cinema you’ve ever heard of – there’s this and this), but they do involve foreign things – specifically, foreign languages. Successful solvers had to literally translate each phrase – that is, find the Danish word for “pastry,” the Spanish word for “rice,” and so on. While translations can sometimes be ambiguous, I figured the typical solver’s approach would be to turn to Google translate, so that’s what I did when choosing the theme entries. According to the Oooooooracle:

Danish for “pastry” is BAGVÆRK
Spanish for “rice” is ARROZ
Zulu for “religion” is INKOLO
Irish for “goodbye” is SLÁN
Greek for “olives” is EΛIEΣ
German for “empire” is REICH

The first letters of these (reading the Greek epsilon as an E) spell out BAISER, which Google will again helpfully inform you is the French word for “kiss.” So, working the theme idea in reverse, the movie we were looking was the 1995 Meg Ryan/Kevin Kline rom-com FRENCH KISS.

Next up is puzzle #57, “Preposition Cook.”

057_prepositioncook.puz

The answer to the metapuzzle is a word you might hear in a French restaurant. Submit your answer using the contact form by 11 pm Pacific Time on Monday, April 27. The puzzle gods willing, I will publish a new puzzle next Tuesday. Uncertain times …

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