Sunday, August 13, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 13, 2017): Watching Two-word TV Show Adds Character

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 13, 2017): Watching Two-word TV Show Adds Character:

Q: Name a long-running TV show in two words. Add a C and rearrange the result to name another long-running TV show also in two words. What shows are these? And here's a hint: Both shows are currently on the air, although the second one was most popular the past.
The NPR website had last week's puzzle but now it's fixed! :)

Sunday, August 06, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 6, 2017): Inauguration Anagrams

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 6, 2017): Inauguration Anagrams:
Q: The word INAUGURATION contains the letters of GNU, GOAT, IGUANA, and AGOUTI, which are all animals. The name of what 9-letter animal can be spelled from the letters of INAUGURATION?
The 9-letter words I'm getting are RUINATION, URINATING and RATIONING. Other words are IGNORANT, RAINING, RANTING, RIOTING and ANGINA.
A: ORANGUTAN

Sunday, July 30, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 30, 2017): Acirema fo Setats Detinu

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 30, 2017): Acirema fo Setats Detinu:
Q: This puzzle might require a little research. There is a city somewhere in the United States with a population of about 24,000 people. Change the last letter in the name of its state. If you now read the name of the city plus the altered name of its state together, the result is a palindrome — that is, it reads backward and forward the same. What city is it?
Edit: The only tricky part was realizing that part of the repeated letters came from the state name so that the city name was shorter than the state.
A: ZION, ILLINOIS

Sunday, July 23, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 23, 2017): Pat Sajak and Vanna White

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 23, 2017): Pat Sajak and Vanna White:
Q: What common three-word expression — 14 letters in all — has only N and G as consonants, and otherwise is all vowels?
I'm not sure Will Shortz has hit a homerun with this puzzle.

Edit: Some announcers might say this as the ball is heading over the wall.
A: GOING, GOING, GONE!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 16, 2017): A Novel Approach

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 16, 2017): A Novel Approach:
Q: Name a U.S. city and its state — 12 letters altogether.

Change two letters in the state's name. The result will be the two-word title of a classic novel. What is it?
I was thinking the answer was a city in Florida until I pulled the correct answer out of the recesses of my brain.

Edit: The city I was thinking of was St. Petersburg, but I guess it wasn't the one in Florida. The other hint was pull being the opposite of push.
A: EUGENE OREGON --> EUGENE ONEGIN by Alexander Pushkin

Sunday, July 09, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 9, 2017): Synonyms and an Antonym

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 9, 2017): Synonyms and an Antonym:
Q: Take a certain 7-letter word. Remove the first letter and you get a 6-letter synonym of that word. And the letter you removed is an abbreviation for the opposite of both words. What words are these?
A: FACTUAL and ACTUAL --> F (False)

Sunday, July 02, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 2, 2017): Girls and Cars

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 2, 2017): Girls and Cars:
Q: Think of a common girl's name. Write it in all capital letters. Rotate one of these letters 90 degrees and another of the letters 180 degrees. The result will name a make of a car. What is it?
And if you take one letter in the make of a car and turn it 90 degrees and another letter is turned 180 degrees the result is a fish.

Edit: A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
A: WANDA --> MAZDA

Sunday, June 25, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 25, 2017): Deranged Kim Kardashian

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 25, 2017): Deranged Kim Kardashian:
Q: Take the name KIM KARDASHIAN. Rearrange the letters to get the last name of a famous actress along with a famous one-named singer. Who are these people?
My hint this week --> HfHN:AGBfER

Edit: Both actress and singer appeared on Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief.
A: (Nicole) KIDMAN and SHAKIRA

Sunday, June 18, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 18, 2017): Putting Your Best Foot Forward

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 18, 2017): Putting Your Best Foot Forward:
Q: Think of a familiar two-word phrase starting with T and ending with S, in which the interior letters name part of the human body. Remove the first and last letters of that word, and what remains will name another part of the human body. What's the phrase, and what are the body parts?
I can tell you it isn't a knee.

Knee was a hint to NEA which is the National Endowment For The Arts
A: THE ARTS --> HEART --> EAR

Sunday, June 11, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 11, 2017): Charmed by Chinchilla Fragrance?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 11, 2017): Charmed by Chinchilla Fragrance?:
Q: Consider this sentence:

Benjamin, the Greenpeace ombudsman in the panorama, was charmed by the chinchilla fragrance.

This sentence contains seven words of seven or more letters. They have something very unusual in common. What is it, and can you think of an eighth word with the same property?
I think I may start my week with a folded tortilla.

Edit: The phrase "Monday Taco" would work if two-word phrases were allowed.
A: Drop one or more letters from the middle of the word and what remains is the name of a country (Benin, Greece, Oman, Panama, Chad, China, France). There are many other words you could name (Chamomile, Chipotle, Childlike, Childcare, Indicia, Ironman, Niggler, Nightclubber, Nightcrawler, Turnkey, etc.)