June 2013 Puzzle Solution

Each three-word phrase clues a word of the form ?OR? or ?OR?OR?. Clues for words of the form ?OR?, like TORE, show up exactly twice. Clues for words of the form ?OR?OR?, like CORPORA, show up exactly three times.

The key aha is that "TORE" is really "'T' or 'E'", and "CORPORA" is really "'C' or 'P' or 'A'", etc. TORE stands for T in one of the two places in which its clue appears, and E in the other, and so on. With some trial and error, you can choose the right letter from each pair (or triplet) to form words.

  • SOR(A) COR(P)ORA (T)ORE
  • TORPOR(S) BOR(U) (B)ORU (G)ORO WOR(E) (N)ORA (R)ORO DOR(E)
  • (O)ORT (F)ORLORN
  • ZOR(I) WOR(N) (S)ORE CORPOR(A) DOR(N) TOR(E)
  • (C)ORPORA FOR(L)ORN GOR(O) (W)ORE (N)ORI
  • TOR(P)ORS ROR(O) (S)ORA (S)ORI SOR(E)
  • NOR(A) FORLOR(N) (D)ORN
  • (T)ORPORS (W)ORN NOR(I) (Z)ORI OOR(T) SOR(I) (D)ORE

The APT SUBGENRE OF (the musical groups) INSANE CLOWN POSSE AND TWIZTID (yes, that is the correct spelling!) is HORRORCORE.

(At one point, we considered taking the puzzle one step further by adding four large ?s at the bottom, with each one intended to represent H or R or C or E, for a musically apropos answer of CHER.)


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