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Commencement Speech

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Oh no! MSP University’s graduation ceremony starts in just a few minutes, but the commencement speaker Valerie Valencia is nowhere to be found! Fortunately, she left a copy of her notes behind, and it might have some initial clues about where she is. Can you take an initial look and figure out her location within San Francisco?

 

Welcome, graduates; we at this school are nor pupils neither teachers for the West, we are disciples of God and teachers for ourselves.

Having said that, the first thing I want to say is don’t be scared–all the giddy excitement you feel (and that I feel with you as you graduate), my guess is you’re also feeling a little uncertain today–to tell the truth we always feel unsure.
One must realize that fear is stupid (so are regrets), and one must expect to feel afraid but not retreat.
So go forth and “x-cel” in all the things you try to do, for the biggest thing is to have a swagger when you take the field, to walk like you belong with the best, go up to the plate like you know you belong with the best.

Actually, to make a point your school may not endorse, universal education through schooling is not feasible.
In my own work, in which I needed to create a piece of art that’s fresh and new, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.

Don’t seek to outdo your peers with unrelenting pride–life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavours and family/community.
Every adult, whether he is a follower or a leader, a member of a mass or of an elite, was once a child, whether he’s a lieutenant colonel, king, or even Pope.
And of course the road ahead will have its kinks; at times you have to struggle a bit, hustle a little, and be willing to go bankrupt.
Come to terms with that fact, and remember all the ways to be a friend, given that when we talk about having a life of significance and meaning, it’s not about fame or money or resources; it’s about people and lives and hearts.
Heroic, perfect lives may seem the norm–actually, though, perfect isn’t normal, nor is it interesting.
Quaintly, to take a look around the room today, everyone thinks that we’re perfect; please don’t let them look through the curtains, so to speak.

Understand that, the older you get, the more you are aware that (my choice of words is very careful here) everybody has a certain way of seeing things, which they have to honour.
Old age can bring about many other insights, like this cliché that often guides my way: the older you get, the more you realise it’s not what happens, but how you deal with it.
Truthfully, whatever else happens in life, I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my loved ones, young and old, and at least once a year we get together for a formal family photograph.
Eventually I think you have to let go of this idea that you can be precious about everything, and let it be the abstract mess that it is.

 


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Mixing Drinks

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Dudley lo[v]es \m/aking m[i]xed {d}\r/inks f<o>r parti<e>s, “a”nd <h>e has se{v}en sp“e”cial (j)uic(e)s tha“t” he a<l>{w}ays ma<k>es. (B)ut a [p]art<i>c(u)larly [s]trong \g/ust of wi{n}[d] bl\e/w awa“y” his reci\p/es, and \n/ow he (c)an’t re(m)ember “h”ow man\y/ of e{a}ch in{g}redient he
nee“d”\s/! <C>an yo\u/ hel“p” recons<t>r<u>ct the <r>ecipes {b}ased on hi(s) fra(g)mented recollection“s”–(a)nd then fig[u]re o{u}t the Sa[n] [F]rancis\c/o locati“o”“n” w{h}ere Dud[l]ey migh{t} [b]e hangi(n)g out?

 

Bowls of Juice Made for Each Party

  • For any given party, Dudley made a different number of bowls of each type of juice, but never more than 6 bowls of any single type of juice. (That is to say, Dudley made a total of 21 bowls of juice for each party: 0 bowls, 1 bowl, 2 bowls, 3 bowls, 4 bowls, 5 bowls, and 6 bowls of each type of juice, in some order.)
  • For any given juice, Dudley made a different number of bowls of it for each party. (That is to say, Dudley made a total of 21 bowls of each type of juice: 0 bowls, 1 bowl, 2 bowls, 3 bowls, 4 bowls, 5 bowls, and 6 bowls for each party, in some order.)

 

  • For the afternoon tea party, Dudley used 97 cans of coconut juice, 115 shots of gin, 98 limes, 112 oranges, 96 strawberries, and 148 shots of tequila.
  • For his best friend’s wedding, Dudley used 83 cans of coconut juice, 104 shots of gin, 71 limes, 78 oranges, 90 strawberries, and 120 shots of tequila.
  • For the costume party, Dudley used 105 cans of coconut juice, 109 shots of gin, 109 limes, 86 oranges, 96 strawberries, and 136 shots of tequila.
  • For the housewarming brunch, Dudley used 82 cans of coconut juice, 74 shots of gin, 112 limes, 97 oranges, 128 strawberries, and 113 shots of tequila.
  • For the lawn concert, Dudley used 80 cans of coconut juice, 96 shots of gin, 88 limes, 127 oranges, 122 strawberries, and 111 shots of tequila.
  • For the memorial day BBQ, Dudley used 62 cans of coconut juice, 106 shots of gin, 89 limes, 113 oranges, 108 strawberries, and 110 shots of tequila.
  • For the office party, Dudley used 100 cans of coconut juice, 89 shots of gin, 105 limes, 80 oranges, 116 strawberries, and 123 shots of tequila.

 

Juice Ingredients Per Bowl

 


Submit final puzzle answers to answers@missionstreetpuzzles.com with your team name!

Stuck? Email help@missionstreetpuzzles.com, or check out our Beginner’s Guide.

Once again, we’re offering T-shirts for the winning teams (Fastest Solver, First Photo, Best Photo) and a randomly chosen team! If you’ve already won a T-shirt, you’ll receive another color after five wins.

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Announcing… T-Shirts!!!

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We’re stoked to announce that Mission Street Puzzles T-shirts have arrived! The winning teams for the upcoming week’s puzzle will receive T-shirt prizes, as will a randomly selected team that submits a correct answer this week. Tune in at 7:00 p.m. tonight to get started on the puzzle!

 

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Mother’s Day Gift

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It’s May 10th (J), which means that Mother’s Day 2017 (N) is just a few days away, and I don’t even have a gift ready yet! I’m not sure which of these jewelry gifts she’ll like best–can you help me narrow them down? Fortunately, Mom has been dropping hints throughout the year. I’d really like to take my mother to one of her favorite San Francisco places too–where should we go?

  • On the birthday of one of the Sensational Six classic Disney characters, Mom said, “Some people call their mothers on Mother’s Day each year, making it the biggest holiday for phone calls.”
  • On the first Sunday of the month, Mom said, “A Mrs. Hunter from Los Angeles was pregnant with triplets for some days, the longest human pregnancy on record.”
  • On the third Wednesday of the month, Mom said, “A prolific Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia gave birth to some children in her lifetime.”
  • On an Ohio-born President’s birthday, Mom said, “Dr. Dana Suskind, a surgeon and mother, founded an organization called the Some Words Initiative to encourage parents of all socioeconomic backgrounds to talk to their babies more.”
  • On the birthday of one of the Jonas brothers, Mom said, “African elephant mothers are pregnant for some weeks, the longest gestation time of any mammal.”
  • On a day when I splurged, Mom said, “In the first two years of a baby’s life, the average mother changes some diapers.”
  • On a day when I was bald and free, Mom said, “In the U.S., some percent of mothers with school-age children hold a job.”
  • On the birthday of an actor in the main Friends cast, Mom said, “Justin Bieber’s mother stands some inches tall.”
  • On the anniversary of a NASA tragedy, Mom said, “Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, had some daughters, one of which won a Nobel Prize of her own.”
  • On the anniversary of an M-state’s admission to the Union, Mom said, “Polar bear mothers gain some pounds during their pregnancy.”
  • Forty years before a solar eclipse, Mom said, “New mothers in the U.S. are some age on average (as of 2016).”
  • On the birthday of one of the Beatles, Mom said, “The oldest mother on record is an Indian Mrs. Kaur, who gave birth at some age.”
  • On one of the top five most-observed holidays, Mom said, “The record for shortest interval between two consecutive births to the same mother is some days.”

2017 “Jewelry of the Month” Catalog

$2 Amethyst Bead
$3 Bronze Pendant
$4 Glass Brooch
$7 Onyx Earrings
$10 Pearl Earring
$12 Moonstone Charm
$18 Platinum Chain
$21 Emerald Ring
$26 Garnet Bracelet
$29 Ruby Bracelet
$31 Onyx Necklace
$35 Silver Chain
$41 Jade Statue
$47 Emerald Brooch
$50 Gold Watch
$56 Topaz Pin
$69 Diamond Brooch
$70 Pearl Ornament
$75 Opal Ring
$92 Topaz Earrings
$120 Jade Bracelet
$131 Silver Necklace
$150 Gold Locket
$176 Emerald Bracelet
$208 Turquoise Collar
$333 Jade Carving
$375 Garnet Pendant
$450 Emerald Necklace
$750 Topaz Crown
$1505 Aquamarine Bracelet
$2004 Turquoise Necklace
$3030 Silver Tiara
$5000 Ruby Bracelet
$7300 Pearl Necklace
$12,000 Diamond Ring
$19,000 Sapphire Necklace
$95,000 Amethyst Necklace
$105,000 Garnet Statue
$7 million Gold Crown
$17 million Aquamarine Necklace
$30 million Peridot Collection
$40 million Ruby Collection
$77 million Emerald Collection
$122 million Sapphire Ring
$210 million Alexandrite Collection
$2 billion Opal Necklace


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