Sunday, August 24, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 24, 2014): The 1960s vs. the 1990s

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 24, 2014): The 1960s vs. the 1990s:
Q: Name a world leader of the 1960s — two words. Change the last letter of the second word. Then switch the order of the words — that is, putting the second word in front. The result will name a hit song of the 1990s. Who is the leader, and what is the song?
For once I'm up early. Maybe it's a sign I should start my morning routine.

Edit: The hints were up early/morning (a.m. = Alanis Morisette), sign (Burma Shave roadside signs) and morning routine (shaving = Burma Shave)
A: U THANT (Secretary General of the U.N., from Burma) --> THANK U (by Alanis Morisette)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 17, 2014): Target Practice

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 17, 2014): Target Practice:
Q: You have a target with six rings, bearing the numbers 16, 17, 23, 24, 39, and 40. How can you score exactly 100 points, by shooting at the target.
Finally a math puzzle, but then it has to be one that isn't very challenging. If you are having trouble, just keep firing arrows; you'll hit it eventually.

Edit: You'll need the full complement of 6 arrows.
A: 16 + 16 + 17 + 17 + 17 + 17 = 100

Sunday, August 10, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 10, 2014): What Does the Fox Say?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 10, 2014): What Does the Fox Say?:
Q: Name a well-known movie of the past — two words, seven letters in total. These seven letters can be rearranged to spell the name of an animal plus the sound it makes. What animal is it?


Edit: The hint is the arrow in the picture...
A: LA BAMBA --> LAMB, BAA

Thursday, August 07, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 3, 2014): People, Places and Things

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 3, 2014): People, Places and Things:
Q: Take the name of a modern-day country. Add an "A" and rearrange all the letters to name a group of people who used to live in the area of this country. Who are they?
Shall we debate whether the 4th letter of the country should be included?

A: NETHERLANDS + A --> NEANDERTHALS

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 27, 2014): On Vacation

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 27, 2014): On Vacation

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, July 20, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 20, 2014): In Summer

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 20, 2014): In Summer:
Q: Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? (HINT: the second thing is a form of the first thing.)
What are you waiting for? A clue to this ridiculously easy puzzle?

Edit: My hint was "what are"...
A: WATER --> SWEAT

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 13, 2014): A Watched Pot Never Boils

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 13, 2014): A Watched Pot Never Boils:
Q: Think of a popular TV show about cooking. I guarantee it's a show everyone has heard of. Remove the second and third letters of the first word and insert them after the first letter of the second word. You'll get a phrase for a different kind of cooking. What is it?
The only thing I can bring to the table this week is to think outside the box.

Edit: My hints were table and box. We have the periodic table of elements made up of boxes, and the "Breaking Bad" logo has Br and Ba inside boxes representing elements. Box also refers to a bread box as well as truly thinking outside the box for other ways of "cooking".
A: BREAKING BAD --> BAKING BREAD

Friday, July 11, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 6, 2014): If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 6, 2014): If You Cut In The Middle, Go To The End Of The Line:
Q: Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has 5 letters. Move the middle letter to the end to name another famous actress of the past. Who are these actresses?
Or, add T and rearrange to name a famous actor.

This was a variation on a puzzle given in the comments a few months back. Answer: (Humphrey) BOGART.
A: (Greta) GARBO --> (Eva or Zsa Zsa) GABOR

Sunday, June 29, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 29, 2014): If You Don't Want It, Can I Have It?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 29, 2014): If You Don't Want It, Can I Have It?:
Q: Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. The names start with the same letter of the alphabet. The boy's name contains the letter R. Drop that R from the boy's name and insert it into the girl's name. Phonetically, the result will be a familiar two-word phrase for something no one wants to have. What is it?
I'm sorry I don't have much of a clue, but you are a resilient bunch and I'm sure you'll manage to figure it out.

Edit: Resilient is an anagram of Listerine.
A: BRAD + BETH --> BAD BREATH

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 22, 2014): Autopilot Engaged

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 22, 2014): Autopilot Engaged

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.

Q: Think of a 10-letter adjective describing certain institutions. Drop three letters from this word, and the remaining seven letters, reading left to right, will name an institution described by this adjective. What institution is it?
Edit: My hints, in the comments were "luau attire" and "smiling". The letters that are removed are LEI leaving a toothpaste brand.
A: COLLEGIATE - LEI = COLGATE