Sunday, March 01, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 1, 2015): Phonetic Phun

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 1, 2015): Phonetic Phun:
Q: Name a city whose name ends in a long-A sound in which that sound is not spelled with an "A." Change the sound to a long-O and phonetically you'll name a famous person whose name does not contain the letter "O." What city and famous person are these?
I won't say what I really think of this puzzle.

Two hints: "Say" is phonetically the last syllable in the city. And it also is a clue to being a mime.
A: MARSEILLE (France) --> (Marcel) MARCEAU

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 22, 2015): The Oscar Goes To ...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 22, 2015): The Oscar Goes To ...:
Q: Actor Tom Arnold goes by two first names — Tom and Arnold, both male, of course. And actress Grace Kelly went by two first names — Grace and Kelly, both female. Name a famous living actress who goes by three first names, all of them traditionally considered male. The names are 5, 3 and 6 letters long, respectively.
Do you think her middle name was for her mother?
A: JAMIE LEE CURTIS

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 15, 2015): Sounds of the City

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 15, 2015): Sounds of the City:
Q: Name a major U.S. city in two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically to get the cost of attending a certain NBA game. What is it?
Unless they get rid of that cost.

Edit: Maybe they'll nix the fee...
A: PHOENIX --> KNICKS' FEE

Sunday, February 08, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 8, 2015): Knock! knock!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 8, 2015): Knock! knock!:
Q: Name someone who's the subject of many jokes; two words. Remove the space between the words. Insert the letters O and N in that order — not necessarily consecutively — inside this string of letters. The result, reading from left to right, will be two words of opposite meaning that this someone might say. Who is it, and what are the words?
Who's there?

Edit: My hints this week were to arriving at the pearly gates hoping to enter. As for the discrepancy in the wording regarding the missing period in ST. PETER, that didn't bother me. Knowing that the puzzle's creator (Peter Collins) as well as Will Shortz are cruciverbalists, they would both be familiar with fitting a name like ST. PETER into a crossword answer as just STPETER
A: ST PETER --> STOP ENTER

Sunday, February 01, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 1, 2015): Oh, the Places You'll Go

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 1, 2015): Oh, the Places You'll Go:
Q: Think of a well-known place name in the U.S. that's four letters long. Switch the second and third letters to get a well-known place name in Europe. What is it?
This year I've bet on both teams in the Super Bowl, to increase my odds of winning!

Betting twice was a hint to "doublin'" my bet or "Dublin". And "odd" was a hint to "eerie".
A: ERIE (Pennsylvania, or Lake, or Canal) --> EIRE (Ireland)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 25, 2015): Welcome, now Go Away!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 25, 2015): Welcome, now Go Away!:
Q: Name someone who welcomes you in. Insert the letter U somewhere inside this, and you'll name something that warns you to stay away. Who is this person, and what is this thing?
I initially thought of a Siren and a siren, but there's no U added. I'll let you take it from here.

Thinking of the ocean and warnings should hopefully have led you to bell buoy, but if not, "let you take it from here" was a hint to a bell boy.
A: BELL BOY --> BELL BUOY

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 18, 2015): Mixed up Mammals

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 18, 2015): Mixed up Mammals:
Q: Name two animals, both mammals, one of them domestic, the other wild. Put their letters together, and rearrange the result to name another mammal, this one wild, and not seen naturally around North America. What mammal is it?
A: DOG + GNU = DUGONG

Sunday, January 11, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 11, 2015): Nine minus six is...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 11, 2015): Nine minus six is...:
Q: Think of a U.S. city whose name has nine letters. Remove three letters from the start of the name and three letters from the end. Only two will remain. How is this possible, and what city is it?

Both ******* (from The Simpsons) and ******* (from Gilligan's Island) should be able to answer this.

Edit: The fictional characters Rev. Lovejoy and The Professor went to Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, TX.
A: Fort Worth (Texas)

Alternate answers also accepted by Will:
Flatwoods, Wentworth, Pontoosuc

Sunday, January 04, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 4, 2015): Capital and Country Mixup

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 4, 2015): Capital and Country Mixup:
Q: Name a world capital. Change a letter in it and rearrange the result to name a country. Then change a letter in that and rearrange the result to name another world capital. What names are these?
Sorry about the delay. No time to post a clue, but I'll leave that to everyone else today.
A: BERLIN --> BRUNEI --> BERUIT

Sunday, December 28, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 28, 2014): Those Barbarians Ambush Heavier Fiancees

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 28, 2014): Those Barbarians Ambush Heavier Fiancees:
Q: Take the following 5-word sentence: "THOSE BARBARIANS AMBUSH HEAVIER FIANCEES." These 5 words have something very unusual in common. What is it?
You deserve brownie points if you can figure out other words that even broadly fit.

Edit: Brownie sounds like "brow-knee" and also has a hidden body part of BONE. Point hides PIT, and broadly hides BODY.
A: Reading every odd letter you get body parts TOE, BRAIN, ABS, HAIR and FACE.