1. @ Maggie – I didn’t think “Emmentaler’s Witnesses” or the “lithp” panel were that difficult (replace the “th” with “s” to see what they were actually saying). I did enjoy the “Alphabet Soup” of initials, but I just can’t quite place the antecedent (it’s got to be the title of a TV show). By my count #7 is the military heroes coming home to “roost” on the statue of a pigeon (payback is fair game).

    P.S. None of the older ones seemed faimilar at all, but if they were ever posted, the server meltdown erased them completely. The current CIDU server only goes back to January 2018.

  2. I generally see the site via Word Press Reader mode, which uses its own formatting and ignores most of what comes from any site’s Theme and stylesheet. In this case, the “featured” New Yorker panel was not at the top, as it is in the regular browser view of cidu.info . (I checked.) So I’m not sure whether to count it in Maggie’s numbering.

    Without `counting that “featured image” , the 7th comic would be the scene in a park with a statue of a pigeon, and old-fashioned military men lounging around and sitting on the statue. The joke is just in the turnabout from the real world situation, where we have statues of old-timey military men, and pigeons lounge about on it, sitting there and often defiling it due to their calls of nature. Thankfully we didn’t have to see the equivalent scene in the turnabout cartoon.

  3. …on T Mobile to someone in the C-suite about the U-turn of her H1-b status, listening to some N Sync K-Pop and watching F-Troop on her c-drive while on the L-train with her X (not P Diddy or R Kelly).

  4. I really like the simplicity/starkness of “Pro-Volone / Anti-Pasto”. Note that Wayno is credited, but apparently as guest, not the ongoing partner he became.

    Also interesting is the final one, apparently a Sunday, which does a take on office life, not too often a topic for Bizarro. BTW, is there an additional name in the signature area? I can’t really make it out.

  5. Oh, thanks! I’ve enjoyed those alphabet-puzzle Bizarros when he does them.
    Looking over today’s list, Harris is also credited in the Hollywood Alphabetical panel.

  6. …and now that we have Cliff Harris tagged in this post, it turns out he has been tagged at CIDU before, for the “Dermatologist of Dorian Grey” Bizarro.

  7. I use Reader Mode, so we probably see it the same way.
    The most confusing of these was ‘Hollywood Alphabetical’. I don’t keep up, but that one doesn’t make sense.

  8. @ Maggie – The only gag in the “H.A.” panel is the long series of single-letter abbreviations, hence the word “alphabetical” in the title, which is probably a parody of “L.A.” and/or “Hollywood Confidential“. Both movies are over 25 years old, so “keeping up” is not really the current issue, it’s now more like a case of “entertainment archeology”. Of course, the comic itself is 11 years old, so perhaps the parody was more easily recognizable back then.

  9. Kilby’s Bizaro took me a while, because of the confluence of “enemy” (N-M-E) and “an Emmy” (N M-E); 11 to be read “won one” instead of “eleven”, whereas 10 was not “one zero” but “ten”, also hindered me. I can’t complain too much about the font, 1 and I were differentiated…

  10. Heh heh, that’s a fun one. It’s worth noting that he is speaking one of those “r-less” dialects, so that R can be “Ah”. And of course the Z works as “zed” where “zee” would not have.

    Though I hadn’t seen this clip before, or don’t remember it, a portion of the dialogue was familiar from a puzzles & jokes book I had at one time.

    … and I forget how they got to ordering the MNX

  11. I’ve always been a big fan of Dan Piraro. Not so much Wayno. Anyhow, the New Yorker one is priceless.

  12. A joke from my Dad:

    A B, C D puppies?

    L, M N O puppies.

    O S A R puppies! C M P N?

  13. What five letters describe a dangerous criminal nabbed while waiting to use the lavatory?

    P, Q, R, S, T.

    What five letters tell you your German aircar is grounded?
    V, W, X, Y, Z.

    (See, its fly is down…)

  14. X Y Z … there’s an obscure blast from the past! I wouldn’t have gotten it if you hadn’t said “its fly is down.”

  15. @Bostonians — wow, I did not get that last part from Dave’s comment at all, and picked up on it only now with Mark’s comment.

    For anyone not following this, “XYZ” was a coded remark one gentleman could say to another to tell him his fly was down.

    I remember an episode of the Dick Cavett show where they came back from advertising break and Dick said (paraphrased from memory) “I’ve always wondered how I would handle it if this ever came up. … [Then to the guest:] Let’s both stand up and turn our backs to the camera and audience. …. Now — one of us needs to adjust his fly.”

  16. @ Dave – Just to make them sound trickier (but in actuality easier to solve), the conditions for both of those puzzles could specify “…five consecutive letters…”

    P.S. For those members of the lucky ten thousand who have not heard it before, the acronym “X-Y-Z” stands for “eXamine Your Zipper“.

  17. P.S. If you click on the image, it will expand to about as large as your browser window will allow.

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