Sunday, February 07, 2016

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 7, 2016): The Cat's Away (again)...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 7, 2016): The Cat's Away (again)...

I'm unable to post the puzzle this week, but I didn't want to leave you without a place to post comments on the puzzle. Somebody help me out by posting a copy here. Then feel free to add your *hints*.

Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any outright spoilers before the deadline of Thursday at 3pm ET. If you know the answer, click the link and submit it to NPR, but don't give it away here. Thank you.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 31, 2016): Middle East Cities and Countries

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 31, 2016): Middle East Cities and Countries:
Q: Take the name of a country and a well-known city in the Middle East — 12 letters in all. Rearrange these letters to name another country and another well-known city in the Middle East. What places are these?
To clarify, the cities and the countries may not correspond but everything is in the Middle East.
A: BAHRAIN, DUBAI <--> IRAN, ABU DHABI

Sunday, January 24, 2016

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 24, 2016): Three Phrase Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 24, 2016): Three Phrase Puzzle:
Q: Take these three phrases:

  • Turkey breast
  • Ski slope
  • Cash drawer
  • What very unusual property do they have in common?
    I suppose you could hire a private escort to help you get to where you need to be with this puzzle.

    Edit: If you anagram the second word in private escort you get private sector.
    A: In each phrase, the second word can be anagrammed to complete another common phrase:
    Turkey breast —> turkey baster
    Ski slope —> ski poles
    Cash drawer —> cash reward

    Sunday, January 17, 2016

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 17, 2016): Three Letter Category

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 17, 2016): Three Letter Category:
    Q: This one is an extension of the on-air puzzle where the example was vegetable --> leek or lettuce.

    Think of a category in three letters in which the last two letters are the first two letters of something in that category. And the thing in the category has seven letters. Both names are common, uncapitalized words. What are they?
    I was going to make a pun, but it was unfunny.
    Edit: And you would have liked it... it was a real gem. :)
    A: GEM --> EMERALD

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 10, 2016): Does this Puzzle Measure Up?

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 10, 2016): Does this Puzzle Measure Up?:
    Q: Name a unit of measurement. Remove two consecutive letters. The letters that remain can be rearranged to name what this measurement measures. What is it?
    Wouldn't this be easier if we switched to metric?

    Edit: We still use the same units of base-60 time even in the metric system.
    A: MINUTE - NU --> TIME

    Sunday, January 03, 2016

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 3, 2016): The Cat's Away...

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 3, 2016): The Cat's Away...

    I'm unable to post the puzzle this week, but I didn't want to leave you without a place to post comments on the puzzle. Somebody help me out by posting a copy here. Then feel free to add your *hints*.

    Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any outright spoilers before the deadline of Thursday at 3pm ET. If you know the answer, click the link and submit it to NPR, but don't give it away here. Thank you.
    A: By adding/subtracting a letter each time, you can go from WHOLE to HEART in six steps. WHOLE —> HOLE, HOE, HOER, HER, HEAR —> HEART.

    Sunday, December 27, 2015

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 27, 2015): The Duck Says "Quack"

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 27, 2015): The Duck Says "Quack":
    Q: Name a famous actress who has four letters in her first name and four letters in her last name. Add one letter, and rearrange the result to name an animal and the sound this animal makes. Who is the actress, what is the animal and what is the sound that the animal makes?
    Personally I'd say the sound is more like the last name with a letter removed.

    Edit: GRR!
    A: TERI GARR + O --> TIGER + ROAR

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 20, 2015): Four Six-Letter Words Ending with the Same Five Letters

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 20, 2015): Four Six-Letter Words Ending with the Same Five Letters:
    Q: Think of four common six-letter words that all end in the same five letters, in the same order. And the first letters of these four words are consecutive consonants in the alphabet (like B, C, D, F). No other common six-letter words end with these five letters. What are the words?
    And the five letters (without the starting consonant) sound like another word that would have fit in the sequence.

    Edit: Without the starting consonant, the remaining letters sound like OCEAN which would have fit into the sequence at O.
    A: LOTION, MOTION, NOTION and POTION (alternate BROWNS, CROWNS, DROWNS and FROWNS but Will was less enamored by the use of plurals.)

    Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Christmas Puzzle for 2015

    Our annual Christmas puzzle is available now.
    As in prior years, the reward for solving is a video Christmas card, but you'll need to figure out the password by solving the puzzle first.

    Note: If you need some help, the full answer is posted here, but try solving it without help first... it's more fun that way.

    Feel free to add a comment below to let us know that you successfully figured it out (without giving away the answer to others). We are always looking for new ideas for next year's Christmas puzzle, so submit those too.

    Sunday, December 13, 2015

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 13, 2015): Character of TV, Movies and Comics

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 13, 2015): Character of TV, Movies and Comics:
    Q: Name a well-known character of TV, movies and comics. Two words. Replace the 8th, 9th, and 10th letters with an S. Then rearrange the result to name a well-known actor who played this character on film. First and last names. Who is it?
    I incorrectly assumed that each of the letters were replaced by an S (for a total of three Ss). Apparently that is not correct.

    A: GREEN HORNET --> GREENHO(S)T --> SETH ROGEN