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What do we need to buy for our glorious Christmas dinner? Create a shopping list of all the things to get by deciphering the rebus puzzle. Bonus question: Find out what is broken and needs to be replaced.

rebus puzzle


Partial answer.

Fully solved:


One kilo of beef or pork

NO symbol backwards + (+1 = LIKE) backwards + O = ONE KILO. off=OF. bbbb=b4=BEEF OR. Morse code P + double bar OR operator, and Morse code disguised as a smiley face K = PORK.

h/t M Oehm, somebody & LOTGP

Nine fish

N in E F is H.

Two new veneer chairs

toe=two, gnu=new. ve<->=ve near=veneer. ch + “air” + s = chairs.

h/t M Oehm, somebody & No Name

A bone to give the dog

LANRETE with backwards arrow under it spells ETERNAL. It is colored like the Swedish flag. Swedish for 'eternal' is 'evig'. 'Evig' backwards is 'give'. There is an A bound to it. Word THE is THE. The flags are semaphores for the letters D O G. A bound to give the dog.

h/t M Oehm & somebody

Many vegetables

Person whose head is male symbol = MAN. A Y on him makes MANY. V-edge tables = vegetables.

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Dozen sugar canes

Someone taking a doze, his snores are Ns instead of Zs. The backwards flag of US is SU. The coordinates point to a town in Brazil called Garca. Adding that to the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) and subtracting ie (internet explorer) and respacing yields DOZEN SUGAR CANES(S)

h/t M Oehm & somebody

Ten puddings

Tungsten - tongues (puddle rings) - ruler’s 3rd 4th and 5th letters.

Forty cookies

Four ties Braile C O O keys.

Not solved but some ideas


8 pounds of potato ????

Eat past tense is ate or EIGHT. p oz = p ounce which sounds like POUNDS. Pot+A+arrow to = POTATO.

The last symbol says “nautical storeroom” and is striked-thru. On a ship, the storage area for cargo is called the “hold”. Areas for storing ship-equipment might be called lockers, such as sail locker, bosun’s locker, etc. The colors behind the symbol in question has the coloration of the national flag of Spain but is also the International Maritime signal flag for the number 1. Spanish words for nautical storeroom are "bodega" or "pañol". user168715 has found the word 'tilla' which could be used to form tortilla. Could also have something to do with marina/marinate

h/t M Oehm, somebody & user168715

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    $\begingroup$ Very good. Some more ideas in rot13 for maximum pre-Christmas secrecy: (1) Cerggl fher vg fgnegf jvgu "bar xvyb bs S...: "ab" naq "yvxr" onpxjneqf + bss. (3) Jung pbzrf orsber gur "ab anhgvpny fgberebbz" vf "cbgngb". (5) Rgreany vf Fjrqvfu vf rivt. Gurer'f nyfb na N punvarq gb gung. Tvir punva gb qbt? Uz. (6) Fheryl gurfr ner I-rqtr gnoyrf. (7) Gur VR zhfg or erzbirq sebz Arffvr. Ab vqrn nobhg gur ortvaavat, gubhtu. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Dec 5 '21 at 12:07
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    $\begingroup$ more ideas: (1) oooo znl or "oo dhrhr", ohg ea vgf n fgergpu. (5) znlor gur jbeqvat vf "n punva? gb tvir gur qbt" (4) ... cnpzna, oebjfre uvfgbel vpba... pnc c bhapr??? vs gur ebgngvba vf gnxra zber yvgrenyyl... q bm (ra)? sbe "anhgvpny fgberebbz", znevan xvaqn pbhagf, naq vf inthryl sbbq eryngrq (3) gur navzny vf n jvyqrorrfg. gur nafjre pbhyq or "srfgvir punvef" ohg ntnva n fgergpu ngz. gur neebjf zvtug uryc, gurl zvtug pbqr sbe nabgure jbeq. (7) gung ybbxf yvxr gur hf gjvggre rzbwv, juvpu onpxjneqf jbhyq or whfg "fh" $\endgroup$
    – somebody
    Dec 5 '21 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ @somebody a jvyqrorrfg is also called a tah, just fyi $\endgroup$
    – No Name
    Dec 5 '21 at 19:53
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    $\begingroup$ hm. (4) abfl = ab p? juvpu znl ghea phss vagb hss? uvfgbel + cnpzna = onpx cnp???? abg n dhnagvsvre. (3) gbr tah = gjb arj?????? $\endgroup$
    – somebody
    Dec 6 '21 at 4:13
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    $\begingroup$ I think 5 is just rot13(n obar gb tvir gur qbt -- "N obhaq gb ...") and 3 might be rot13(gjb arj fbzrguvat punvef). Oh, and 7 is rot13("n qbmra fhtnepnarf -- n qbmr + A + jung'f nyernql gurer). $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Dec 6 '21 at 6:58

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