A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 27, 2017
“How can a lighthouse, rose trellis, windstorm, dune & Halloween costume make something tasty?”

The “BLT” (bacon, lettuce and tomato) is one of America’s most popular sandwiches. A riddle has been cited in print since at least 1994:

Q:  How can you use a lighthouse, a rose trellis, a windstorm and a dune to construct a tasteful image?
A: How about a beacon, lattice and tornado sand ridge?


A slight change—with “sand ridge” replaced with “sand witch”—was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on October 13, 2001:

Q: How can you use a lighthouse, rose trellis, windstorm, dune, and Halloween costume to create something tasty? 
A: Make a beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch.



13 January 1994, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “10 more ‘winners’ the punslingers have groan to love” by Clarence Peterson, sec. 5, col. 5:
The story came to light, as such stories do each year at this time, thanks to John S. Crosbie, chairman of the International Save the Pun Foundation and publisher of the foundation’s monthly newsletter, the Pundit.

The foundation battles illiteracy by, for example, asking Pundit readers, “How can you use a lighthouse, a rose trellis, a windstorm and a dune to construct a tasteful image?” Readers thus rendered more literate would reply, “How about a beacon, lattice and tornado sand ridge?”

Google Groups: rec.arts.tv.mst3k
A challenge to ikaros
Jamie Plummer
3/30/95
What do you get when you cross a lighthouse, a trellis, a cyclone, and a dune?
(...)
why, of course, you get:
A beacon, lattice, and tornado sand ridge!

Google Books
December 1997, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 61, col. 3:
Burke: What do you get when you mix together a lighthouse, a rose trellis, a windstorm and a sand dune.
Kurt: What?
Burke: A beacon, lattice and tornado sandwich. — Stephanie Allen, Elgin, Ill.

Google Groups: alt.callahans
Puns of the Weak 12-3-99
Stan Kegel
12/4/99
(...)
324. If you saw a rose trellis and a dune by a lighthouse in a windstorm, what would you actually be seeing?
(...)
ANSWERS:
324. A beacon lattice and tornado sand ridge (By Stan Kegel)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 10/12/01
Stan Kegel
10/13/01
(...)
How can you use a lighthouse, rose trellis, windstorm, dune, and Halloween costume to create something tasty? Make a beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch.  (Daily Groaner)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak 03/15/02
Stan Kegel
3/16/02
(...)
If you saw a rose trellis and a dune by a lighthouse in a windstorm, what would you actually be seeing?
A beacon lattice and tornado sand ridge (Stan Kegel)

Google Groups: alt.jokes
Groaners of the Weak 08-14-04
Stan Kegel
8/14/04
(...)
If you saw a rose trellis and a dune by a lighthouse in a windstorm, what would you actually be seeing?
A beacon lattice and tornado sand ridge (Stan Kegel)

Twitter
Lamepuns‏
@lamepuns
How can one use a lighthouse, a rose trellis a windstorm and a dune in a tasteful pun? HOW ABOUT A BEACON LATTICE AND TORNADO SAND RIDGE?
5:46 AM - 3 Nov 2010

Twitter
Nicole Aguiar‏
@_nicoleaguiar
Make a beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch
4:53 PM - 12 Nov 2011

Twitter
Lucky the Beagle‏
@LuckytheBeagle
How can a lighthouse, rose trellis, windstorm, dune, & Haliween costume make something tasty?
A beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch.
4:36 PM - 27 Nov 2011

Twitter
barry scott‏
@BarryBangbang
what do you get if you mix a lighthouse, rose trellis, windstorm, dune and Halloween costume?
a beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch!
2:36 PM - 9 Dec 2012

Twitter
Randolph The Brown Nosed Reindeer‏
@FixedAtLast
How can a lighthouse, trellis, windstorm, dune, & Halloween costume make something tasty?
Make a beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch.
7:09 PM - 12 Sep 2014

Twitter
Henry Rousseau‏
@manfromroto
To make a tasteful image from a lighthouse, a rose trellis, a windstorm and a dune, make a beacon, lattice and tornado sand ridge.
8:34 PM - 21 Oct 2015

Reddit—Clean Jokes
What do you call it when a lighthouse, rose trellis, windstorm, dune, and Halloween costume get together? (self.cleanjokes)
submitted December 28, 2017 by chacham2
A beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch.

Twitter
LOL Tweets™‏
@lolmgco
What do you call it when a lighthouse, rose trellis, windstorm, dune, and Halloween costume get together?
A beacon, lattice, and tornado sand witch.
12:11 PM - 28 Dec 2017

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