These are clues to two-word phrases that all have something in common:

  1. Sustainable power
  2. Fair-haired countess
  3. Nice bull’s-eye
  4. Furious swashbuckler
  5. Quiet spoon
  6. Peculiar heirloom
  7. Understated whiskers
  8. Supervisor of Jesus's crib
  9. Violet fruit processors
  10. Bug-free iPads
  11. Beautiful waves of arrows
  12. Weird igneous rocks

For the brave, these are clues to three-word phrases with the same property plus a space:

  1. Toner for Yankee photographers
  2. Explosive rodent path
  3. Huge sleepy rodent #14
  4. Menacing desert ptarmigan
  5. Underground batters for the 40th Pres.
  6. Calvinist singer of "Toxic"
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    $\begingroup$ It may help to clarify what the question is asking. Are we looking for each of the two-word phrases? Or the common property of the group? I guess figuring out one will lead to the other $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 21:54

2 Answers 2


Okay, I have most of the 2-word phrases, haven't started work on the 3-word phrases yet.

The rule is the following:

The second word is an anagram of the first word with one additional letter

So you have the answers:

1. Green Energy
2. Noble Blonde
3. Hot Shot
4. Irate Pirate
5. Silent Utensil
6. Quaint Antique (thanks to Len for "quaint"!)
7. Subtle Stubble
8. Manger Manager
9. Purple Pulpers
10. Stable Tablets
11. Lovely Volleys
12. Strange Granites

This was a blast, looking forward to tackling the 3-words!

Edit: Got 'em all! Thanks to Ben for the extra help!

1. American Camera Ink
2. Volatile Vole Trail
3. Dormant Mondo Rat (thanks to Ben)
4. Dangerous Sand Grouse
5. Subterranean Reagan Bunters (thanks to Ben)
6. Presbyterian Britney Spears

  • $\begingroup$ #3 could be "dormant mondo rat" $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 23:48
  • $\begingroup$ And I think #5 is "subterranean reagan bunters" $\endgroup$
    – Ben
    Commented Mar 31, 2015 at 23:50
  • $\begingroup$ Very nicely done! I have a different answer for "Nice bull's-eye", but yours works just as well. As for "Huge sleepy rodent #14", I hesitate to accept your answer because it doesn't cover all parts of the clue (that is, "#14" is a relevant part of it.) That being said, that clue is one of the hardest and maybe the most forced. If nobody gets it I'll award you the win anyhow. $\endgroup$
    – Luke
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 1:12
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    $\begingroup$ "Nice bull's-eye" could also be "Great Target". As for "Huge sleepy rodent #14", it might be "Enormous Dormouse N" (N is the 14 letter of the alphabet). It certainly fits the "forced" category :P $\endgroup$
    – Volatility
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 6:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Volatility, nice, that's right! $\endgroup$
    – Luke
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 11:57

Here's my best guesses so far for the meanings of the phrases. I keep feeling that the title of the riddle is a hint too.

2-word phrases:

1. Renewable Resource
3. Good Shot
4. Angry Pirate
8. Mother Mary
9. Purple Juicers
11. Pretty Projectiles

3-word phrases:

1. New Yorker Ink
6. Reformed Britney Spears

In terms of what the common property is, the riddle's mention of a property and then that same property plus a space makes me think of this:

"alliteration" and "all iteration"

But if that's the case then some of my guesses above are definitely off.


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