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From the archives 2022

Answers to Spotlight PA’s 2022 Thanksgiving Day Scrambler, Riddler, and trivia puzzles

by Colin Deppen of Spotlight PA |

Parade participants wave from a turkey-shaped float at the 98th Annual 6ABC Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Jessica Griffin / Philadelphia Inquirer

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Rather than making you wait until next week, we’re providing answers to the Thanksgiving Day Scramblers, Riddlers, and PA Local trivia here. You’ll find the clues recapped up top and the answers below. We hope you have a great holiday, and we’ll get back to the news next week.

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  1. N R D I A I T O L T A

  2. A I E P T T E P

  3. I A P R A E N I T P O C

  4. O V R O S I C E T N A N

  5. S O G U R L O N U A


Case No. 174: What country name, when uncapitalized, becomes the name of a food?

Case No. 175: What three single-digit numbers give the same result when multiplied and added together?

Case No. 176: Your last good ping-pong ball fell into a narrow metal pipe embedded in concrete one foot deep. All you have is a ping-pong paddle, shoe laces, and a bottle of water. How do you get it out?


  1. Which Pennsylvania city is known as Christmas City?

  2. The smiley-face emoticon : - ) was invented at which Pennsylvania university?

  3. Pennsylvania’s state dog is the Great Dane. True or False?

  4. What tiny town calls itself “the icebox of Pennsylvania”?

  5. The term “Black Friday” can be traced to what Pennsylvania city?


  1. Traditional

  2. Appetite

  3. Appreciation

  4. Conversation / Conservation

  5. Languorous


Case No. 174: Turkey

Case No. 175: 1, 2, and 3

Case No. 176: Float the ball to the surface by pouring water from the bottle into the pipe.


  1. Bethlehem is “Christmas City” and has a tree worthy of the title.

  2. The smiley-face emoticon was invented at CMU in Pittsburgh.

  3. True: Pennsylvania’s state dog is, in fact, the Great Dane.

  4. The town of Lopez (Sullivan County) is Pennsylvania’s icebox.

  5. The term “Black Friday” can be traced back to Philly.

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