Solution - Isle of Dogs
ANSWER – DOGSTAR

Each of the bottom sentences contains a reference to a movie and a breed of dogs, and the solver must realize that each describes a movie title containing a dog breed pun. The blanks above help give enumerations of the titles and are in alphabetical order.

The movie title puns are:

1.After a newly-wed actuary finds his wife cheating on his honeymoon, he finds himself falling in love with a Scottish herding dog.ALONG CAME COL[L]IE
2.A small foxhound nicknamed "Beagle on steroids" repeatedly encounters his old college classmate and debates whether men and women can ever be just friends.WHEN H[A]RRIER MET SALLY
3.A pointed ear and bushy tailed Alsatian is entangled in a murder investigation involving his former mistress and his driver in post World War II Berlin.THE GOOD GERMAN [S]HEPHERD
4.A large, fluffy white dog with an intellectual disability and a brusque lawyer help each other become better parents.I AM [S]AMOYED
5.A British spy faces off against a notorious assassin whose signature weapon is a large, long yellow haired dog known for fetching hunted animals.THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN RETR[I]EVER
6.A moonlighting master thief pulls off the heist of a large German domestic dog traveling from London to Folkestone.THE GREAT DAN[E] ROBBERY
7.A middleweight boxing champion with a wrinkled face and a pushed in nose deals with a violent temperament both inside and outside the ring over a twenty year career.RAGING BULLD[O]G
8.An Italian cleaner bred to look like the crest of a German town cares for a twelve year old girl from a dysfunctional family, who becomes his protege.LEONBE[R]GER: THE PROFESSIONAL
9.A black spotted dog travels overseas and struggles to fit in with her boyfriend's extremely wealthy family and his disapproving mother.CRAZY RICH DALMATIAN[S]
10.A deadbeat Welsh dwarf dog who Got Plenty o' Nuttin' falls in love with a drug-addict and protects her from the local bully.CORG[I] AND BESS
11.A literature major enters a contractual relationship with a business magnate involving a tall, slender, smooth-coated racing dog.FIFTY SHADES OF G[R]EYHOUND
12.An aspiring actress and a jazz pianist meet and pursue their dreams together in the city of the smallest breed of dogs.CH[I]HUAHUA LAND
13.A short-muzzled, curly tailed dog leads a group of misfits and his colony against a gang of marauders in this animated flick.A P[U]G'S LIFE
14.A first year jazz student is pushed to his limits by an abusive music instructor when he rehearses a song about the fastest accelerating dog in the world.WHIPPETLA[S]H

When a pun is put in the appropriate blanks, the pawprint highlights one letter per pun. Taking these letters and ordering by the description order reveals a clue phrase: LASSIE OR SIRIUS. Lassie is a famous canine movie star and Sirius is nicknamed the “Dog Star”, so the answer is DOGSTAR.


Author's Notes

  • This puzzle is actually a replacement puzzle for one of the puzzles we used during the actual potluck. That puzzle (called Wera Te Island…) involved identifying things that rhymed with DOGS and STARS and a reference to the popular Twitter account weratedogs and the less popular Twitter account weratestars. This puzzle turned out to be much better :)
  • We are especially proud of the puzzle title here, since it is a movie reference, a dog reference, an island reference, and a pun.
  • Our goal was to have at least 100 teams solve this puzzle. It’s awesome to see so many more solve it!
  • Some other fun puns we came up with while writing:
    • BEAGLE EYE
    • CROUCHING TERRIER HIDDEN DRAGON
    • EDDIE THE BEAGLE
    • FANTASTIC MR. BOXER
    • FROM HUSKY TILL DAWN
    • LABRADOR DOGS
    • PLANET TERRIER
    • THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED
    • THE BOONDOCK SAINT BERNARDS
    • THE BOXERTROLLS
    • THE BULLDOG MONTY
    • UNDER THE HUSKY SUN

Stats

  • 189 solves
  • 275 incorrect guesses
  • Most common incorrect guess: LASSIEORSIRIUS (guessed 50 times)
  • First solve: Cat Face Emoji in 10 minutes and 13 seconds