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  •  SPOILER for 6: the answer, and how to deduce it (3+ / 0-)
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    science, Villanova Rhodes, pucklady

    This one is hard, and it's not going to be an answer most of you will know. So to save frustration on the part of anyone who spends a lot of time trying to figure it out and then isn't happy with the answer, I'm going to reveal it in this comment.

    I believe the answer can be deduced (with the help of tools such as Wikipedia). So if you want to give a try at figuring it out for yourself, you can stop reading this comment now. But this comment is here anytime you decide trying to crack this one isn't worth the effort.

    So: here's the path to the answer.

    (1) I said there were two and a third comics related answer. You've found two (Nth Man and Red Mist). That means this clue must have the one third...

    (2) ... which fits with the clue. There are 3 elements to it: James, Roderick, and RJ. Each of them must represent something, and the answer is the plural of that something  (like the french spoon and sparkling toilet clues).

    (2-a) ... which means the comma between Roderick and RJ is deceptive and should be ignored. RJ must be someone's initials.

    (3) Okay, we have two first names and a set of initials. So we're probably looking for a last name they have in common. And the last letter is made up of the letters A, B, D, E, N, and R (with an S at the end to indicate a plural).

    (4) Go to Wikipedia. James is too common a first name to be useful, so put that aside. But Roderick is a bit less common. Type that into the search box...

    (5) Nope, too many Rodericks. Okay, try RJ instead...

    (6) Hmm, still too many things coming up for us to get a list of all the possibilities. But we know the last name has to start with either A, B, D, E, N or R. So type in A after RJ...

    (7) Much better! Only 2 possibilities, neither of which works. Now try B...

    (8) And BINGO! First suggestion Wikipedia offers is RJ Brande! That's got exactly the right letters!

    (9) So click RJ Brande in the suggestion list to go to that page. Yep -- RJ Brande is a comic book character (the funder of the Legion of Super-Heroes).

    (10). So go to Wikipedia's Brande page to see if there are James and Roderick Brandes. And -- yes, there are! So the answer to the clue is BRANDES. Puzzle solved.

    [Now lets see if someone else already figured this out and posted it in the time I was typing this comment up...]

    9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

    by Nova Land on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 01:40:33 PM PDT

    •  oops, slight correction to the logic steps (1+ / 0-)
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      pucklady

      We're fine up to step 10. But when you got to the Wikipedia BRANDE page you'll find James and RJ but not Roderick.

      So: (11) Google Roderick Brande. Aha! It's not Roderick Brande, it's Brande Roderick.

      But each of the 3 clue elements -- James, Roderick, and RJ -- is a Brande. So the answer still works -- it just takes another step than I initially listed to confirm the answer works.

      ... And now I'm off to get some work down outdoors while it is day.

      9 out of 10 of Republicans have never visited Sunday Puzzle

      by Nova Land on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 01:51:34 PM PDT

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    •  Not in a million years, but for grins ... (2+ / 0-)
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      Nova Land, pucklady

      I found two ways to get to "Abs Nerd" -- which works in the puzzle, but neither line of reasoning seemed strong.

      First, I figured "rj" might mean to transpose james roderick to roderick james. That got me to thinking about Rick James, which got me to the Marvel Comics Rick Jones/Rick James swap in the "What if" series, here: What if Rick James had become The Hulk?

      Alternatively, I found Roderick James McMahon is the progenitor of the WWE McMahons, arguably abs nerds, but I couldn't find a comics connection.

      Glad it was nothing so weak! Thanks for the puzzle, Nova Land. Too much time out of what I should be doing, but great fun and a lovely tribute.

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