Mid-Month Mousy Mindboggler – November 2013



If you subscribe to the AllEars® Weekly Newsletter, you’ll know that we run a little game called the Mousy Mindboggler. Sometimes it’s a word game, sometimes it’s a riddle, sometimes it’s some other brain-teasing challenge — but it’s always fun!

Once each month, in the AllEars® Bits and Bites issue, our friend James Dezern (known as “dzneynut” around several Disney discussion forums) supplies us with a puzzle of his own design. The puzzles have some sort of Disney theme, of course, but will not be restricted to the Disney theme parks. The type of puzzle is up to James. Also up to him? The bestowing of a prize — a collectible Disney pin from his extensive collection.

Around the middle of each month, James also Shares the Magic in another way — by posting a puzzle here in this AllEars.Net Guest Blog. Again, the subject of the puzzle will vary, and James will award the winner of the challenge a collectible Disney pin!

Here’s the link to this month’s puzzle:


So… Think you know Disney inside and out? Put on your thinking cap!

This month we are starting a completely new series on the early cartoons of the traditional Disney characters. Where else would we start but with the Big Cheese himself, Mickey Mouse?

The object is of course to have fun, BUT if you want a chance to win a Disney collectible pin, arrange the letters that are circled in the puzzle to come up with the answer to the bonus question, which relates to the puzzle theme.

There is a word bank for this puzzle, but beware, ALL of the words in the word bank are NOT used in the puzzle.

Send your resulting answer IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF AN EMAIL addressed to [email protected]

Send the bonus term or phrase no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 7, 2013. All correct answers will be entered into a random drawing, and the winner will be awarded a Disney pin. The answers and drawing winner will be posted in this Guest Blog, along with a new puzzle, in mid-December.




Here is the answer key to last month’s Mid-Month Mousy Mindboggler:


As many of you knew (171 in fact), the bonus clue answer was Safari Village, the original name of the central area, or ‘hub’ of the Animal Kingdom. The name was changed sometime in 2000-2001 to Discovery Island, which was also the name of the small zoological island in the middle of DIsney’s Bay Lake that closed in 1999. Discovery Island, which is surrounded by the Discovery River, is home to Animal Kingdom’s icon, The Tree of Life.

Greg and Mary K., whose entry was picked at random from all of the correct responses, won this month’s Disney collectible pin.

Thanks for playing, everyone!

We hope you enjoy this Mousy Mindboggler, and we welcome any comments or suggestions. And if you have an idea for a puzzle theme that you’d like to see, drop James a line at [email protected]. Thanks!

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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