coverOn Friday I posted this puzzle. If you have not tried to solve it, have a go now. For everyone else, the answer is after the break.

An odd one this week…..

There is a small town in California called Yreka. There is a little bakery in town that opens at 8.30am and closes at 5.30pm. The bakery is world famous. Why?

Because the ‘Yreka Bakery’ is a perfect palindrome! Did you solve it?

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    1. @Eddie : letters R, E, K and B look different when seen in a mirror.
      So if that’s what a “perfect palindrome” is, then “Yreka Bakery” is NOT a perfect palindrome…

  1. Yep, cheers, Richard, got that one straight away; although is Yreka Bakery a perfect palindrome? It’s essentially palindromic, but isn’t a true palindrome one word that’s identical backwards, rather than a word combination? I don’t want to sound like I’m nit-picking, it’s a straightforward open question and I just wondered. Anyway, perfect palindrome or not, it’s still a good one, so thanks for another delightful puzzle for the weekend 🙂

  2. No, I did not get it, and whilst it’s a palindrome, it’s not perfect in my mind being 5 and 6 letters words respectively. This is perfect: “Able was I ere I saw Elba”

  3. This one confused me – that it was a palindrome was obvious, I was struggling to work out why it was world famous as a result. I assumed that was the real puzzle, but It’s just a marketing gimmick.

    I agree, it feels like the well is running dry, and it was better when the comments on Friday were not allowed so that smart alecks couldn’t spoil it for those who hadn’t solved the puzzle (a decreasing number I suspect given how easy they have become).

    1. I second that. I hadn’t heard it before and I was quite pleased when I figured it out. And like working things out anyway, easy or hard

    2. I third it! I’d worked it out straight away, which is unusual for me if I’m honest. None the less, if the place is or was a real place, I found it very interesting.
      I look forward to the Friday Puzzle each week and lomg may they continue.

  4. I didn’t solve it because I was concentrating on the name of the bakery itself, just “Yreka”, saw the partial palindrome, but was probably just too lazy to add “Bakery.”

    1. I don’t know but wonder if a perfect palindrome might be words like mum or oxo, which are also symetrical while dad and radar are not.

  5. That it is a palindrome does not actually answer the question “Why?”.
    It is “World” famous because Mark Twain wrote about the town.

  6. On the album Permanent Damage by the GTOs, which was produced by Frank Zappa, there is a song called The Eureka Springs Garbage Lady.
    It is not a palindrome, however, and is about another, homonymous place in California.

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