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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


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Thanks to a comment from 1357924680a this puzzle from 2021 is now 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

Eight pounds of potatoes

Eat past tense is ate or EIGHT. p oz = p ounce which sounds like POUNDS. Cuff (nosy = no C) = uff or OF. POT + A + arrow TO + (español - pañol (spanish for store-room) = ES) = POTATOES.

h/t M Oehm, somebody, user168715 & 1357924680a

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.

h/t M Oehm

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.

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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, 2021 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, 2021 at 17:30
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    $\begingroup$ @somebody a jvyqrorrfg is also called a tah, just fyi $\endgroup$
    – No Name
    Dec 5, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 at 6:58

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