Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Tuesday's Puzzler Other Side



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A Frog from Hell? Alien?

Make a guess if you dare,
Later today, you will be made aware...
8:30 EST UPDATE: THE PUZZLER ANSWER IS : The crushing plate of a black drum.
Black Drum are a common saltwater fish in the South. They are heavy eaters of clams, oysters, and other mollusks. The drum will cruise the bottom using it's sensitive chin barbels to locate a clam which is then taken in whole. In the back of the drum's throat, the clam shell is crushed by the pharyngael teeth. The clam body is swallowed while the shell fragments are expelled through the gill openings.

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22 comments:

Rurality said...

It looks like the calcified remains of an evil jumbo snail!

The Fat Man said...

Ah Heck, everybody knows that's a rare albino twin horned horney cephlopod... ;-)

Thunder Dave said...

I can make a hat, or I can make a broach, or......

Floridacracker said...

Puzzlerites,
Keep thinking...

Rexroth's Daughter said...

A weird fortune cookie from the sea.

The MacBean Gene said...

A troglodite gizzard?

Thunder Dave said...

Oh man, you didn't catch my comedy reference.

Thunder Dave said...

Oh man, you didn't catch my comedy reference.

Xariklea said...

Part of a shell, some kind of conch, I think...my Audobon Guide is packed away....

Laura said...

i'm going to go with what the fatman said!

Floridacracker said...

More clues...
bone, not shell.

there was something in the sockets in the bottommost pic, but they are missing.

aquatic.

very fond of Mercenaria mercenaria.

Likes2mtnbike said...

Well, mercinaria mercinaria, as I found out is a kind of whelk used to make wampum (Dang, these internet searches are hard!). I don't know much but..uh, maybe a skate of some kind?

Likes2mtnbike said...

But, then, ThunderDave's IS the best use of an Airplane reference... What's that Lassie? Timmy's stuck in the well?

OldHorsetailSnake said...

It's a clam, giving me the finger...twice!

Anonymous said...

i think it is some kinda back bone tmart

Floridacracker said...

Okay, y'all gave it a good shot. The answer is posted, but you still get a response from me. So here goes...

Rurality,
A snail to match you alien deer.

Fatman,
Those cephalopods are so randy...

Thunder,
It's true...it went right past me.

Xariklea,
Welcome first time commenter! Not a mollusk, but it eats them.

Laura,
Come on gal, I bet you catch these on the VitaminSea.

Likes2mtnbike,
You get extra credit for doing research.

Hoss,
They do that just before you eat them at the raw bar.

Tmart,
Come on fish dude...you are the expert fisherman. Actually...you were the closest. Pretty good for an 8th grader!

The MacBean Gene said...

I was close with the gizzard guess. Had I seen the mercinaria clue I would have got it for sure (maybe)(or maybe not).

The're related to the opjyozd are'nt they?

Floridacracker said...

Mac,
I'm sorry! I skipped you when I responded...blame it on post work carelessness. Sorry bud.

The MacBean Gene said...

No problemo. It's kind of an optical illusion. Can't really tell if they're convex or concave.

thingfish23 said...

Thunder Dave - Don't worry, buddy. I saw "Airplane" like 1,000 times when I was a buzzmonger in HIGH school.

"...And Leon's getting laaaarrrrrgerrrrrr!"

I thought this was part of a conch shell.

By the way, Floridacracker forgot to tell you guys how ansolutely damned delicious balck drum are - until they get big.

Then, they're yuk.

"nrdxayea" - nerd-EX-ah-yeah - The feeling of relief one feels when one exits the bus full of nerds after a long road trip on the byways of Florida's Nature Coast.

Laura said...

I would never have guessed! I'm going to try this out on my hub and see if he can guess. I'll have to hold my hand over the answer. lol

Floridacracker said...

Thing,
You are right, the big ones are wormy, but the puppies are delicious. Love the blogger definition!

Laura,
It's probably a sure win for you...