Sunday, December 10, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 10, 2017): Put Your Vehicle In Reverse

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 10, 2017): Put Your Vehicle In Reverse:
Q: The name of what vehicle, spelled backward, becomes phonetically a four-word phrase identifying another vehicle?
Parallel parking requires you go backwards but if you've gone back more than 3 times, you're doing it wrong.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 3, 2017): Get Out Your World Map

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 3, 2017): Get Out Your World Map:
Q: Take the singular and plural forms of a particular noun. Remove the first two letters of the singular form and you'll name a country. Remove one letter from inside the plural form to name another country. What words and countries are these?
Not to be petty, but doesn't this mean yet another lapel pin for LegoLambda?

Edit: Hint: a naval petty officer...
A: YEOMAN --> OMAN, YEOMEN --> YEMEN

Sunday, November 26, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 26, 2017): C'est la Vie

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 26, 2017): C'est la Vie:
Q: Think of a familiar French expression in three words, containing 3 letters, 2 letters, and 5 letters, respectively. Then take its standard translation in English, which is a two-word phrase. If you have the right phrases, the first words of the two phrases said out loud will sound like a world capital. What is it?
Not the way I say it.

Edit: I'm used to hearing the first P distinctly pronounced, but the other pronunciation where the P is silent is acceptable.
A: NOM DE PLUME = PEN NAME
"NOM PEN" sounds like PHNOM PENH, the capital of Cambodia

Sunday, November 19, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 19, 2017): Dare to be Different

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 19, 2017): Dare to be Different:
Q: Here is a list of six words. Besides the fact that each word contains the letter E, what highly unusual property do they share?
  • ADIEU
  • AMAZED
  • BUREAUS
  • ELATES
  • HEAD-ON
  • SIENNAS
  • I could add SOLUTE and ABASE to the list, but I really don't care.

    Edit: Happy Thanksgiving! Removing the letter E from CARE, you get CAR.
    A: All the remaining letters in each word (after removing the E) can be rearranged to name a car maker. AUDI, MAZDA, SUBARU, TESLA, HONDA and NISSAN. My additional two form LOTUS and SAAB.

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 12, 2017): State Capital and World Capital --> State Name

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 12, 2017): State Capital and World Capital --> State Name:
    Q: Take the name of a U.S. state capital. Immediately to the right of it write the name of a world capital. If you have the right ones, the name of a U.S. state will be embedded in consecutive letters within that letter string. What three places are these?
    Rather than wasting my time looking through several different lists; I feel I have to watch YouTube instead.

    Edit: YouTube --> video --> Montevideo
    A: DENVER or DOVER MONTEVIDEO = VERMONT

    Sunday, November 05, 2017

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 5, 2017): Fall Back to a List of Directors

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 5, 2017): Fall Back to a List of Directors:
    Q: Think of the last name of a famous film director. The first two letters and last two letters in order spell a word. And the remaining letters, rearranged, spell a synonym of that word. What film director is it?
    I have two answers -- a third if you want to include an Academy Award winning composer.

    Edit: Along with the Huston family, the Coppolas are notable for having three generations of Academy Award winners: grandfather Carmine Coppola (best score), father Francis Ford Coppola (best film, director, screenplay and writing) and daughter Sofia Coppola (best screenplay).
    A: (Francis Ford / Sophia) COPPOLA --> COLA + POP

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 29, 2017): Metal Nationalities

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 29, 2017): Metal Nationalities:
    Q: This week's challenge sounds easy, but it's a little tricky. Name a well-known nationality. Drop a letter, and the remaining letters in order will name a metal — one of the elements on the periodic table. What is it?
    A person from Oman is an Omanganese, right?

    Edit: Omanganese hints at the greek letter OMEGA.

    Update: I included a better clue in the comments about whether Will Shortz ever tests these puzzles. Software companies will often release a BETA version of their software to let customers test features before the final version is released.

    A: TIBETAN, remove β (BETA) and you get TIN

    Sunday, October 22, 2017

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 22, 2017): Two Week Challenge: Move Two Numbers

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 22, 2017): Two Week Challenge: Move Two Numbers:
    Q: This is a two-week challenge. Write down the equation:
    65 – 43 = 21.
    You'll notice that this is not correct. 65 minus 43 equals 22, not 21. The object is to move exactly two of the digits to create a correct equation. There is no trick in the puzzle's wording. In the answer, the minus and equal signs do not move.
    Keep it up; you still have another week to solve this.

    Edit: My hint last week was "I used to be an advocate...". I guess you could say if I'm no longer a proponent, I must be an ex-ponent. :) This week's clue is a hint to raise the numbers up.
    A: 65 - 4³ = 1² --> 65 - 64 = 1

    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 15, 2017): Two Week Challenge: Move Two Numbers

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 15, 2017): Two Week Challenge: Move Two Numbers:
    Q: This is a two-week challenge. Write down the equation:
    65 – 43 = 21.
    You'll notice that this is not correct. 65 minus 43 equals 22, not 21. The object is to move exactly two of the digits to create a correct equation. There is no trick in the puzzle's wording. In the answer, the minus and equal signs do not move.
    I used to be an advocate of more challenging number/math puzzles. But this one is not worthy of a two-week challenge.

    Sunday, October 08, 2017

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 8, 2017): What did Henry Ford Do?

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 8, 2017): What did Henry Ford Do?:
    Q: Take the name of a country. Insert an E somewhere inside it. You'll get a phrase that answers the question: What did Henry Ford do?
    Not to repeat myself, but I just like saying the name of the capital.

    Edit: This puzzle wasn't that different from the "Just add Z" puzzle from 2014.
    A: MADAGASCAR --> MADE A GAS CAR