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.)

Sunday, June 04, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 4, 2017): Another Two-Word Cities Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (June 4, 2017): Another Two-Word Cities Puzzle:
Q: Name a well-known U.S. city with two words in its name. The second word sounds like the last name of a famous 20th-century writer. The first word is something found in virtually every work of this author. What is the city, and who is the author?
I'd say the first word describes the complete works of this author, not just most.

Edit: corpus (n.)
1 : the body of a human or animal especially when dead.
2 : all the writings or works especially the complete works of an author.
A: CORPUS CHRISTI --> Agatha CHRISTIE and CORPUS

Sunday, May 28, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 28, 2017): Fancy Math?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 28, 2017): Fancy Math?:
Q: If ELI is 173, and LOIS is 5,107, how much is LESLIE?
The first person who says it's a little more than 5.3 million is getting banned.

Edit: Turn the name upside down and you get the number, but not 5,318,008.
A: LESLIE = 317,537

Sunday, May 21, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 21, 2017): Creature of the City

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 21, 2017): Creature of the City:

Q: Name a creature in 9 letters, 2 words. Drop the consecutive letters 'UR' and what remains when read in order will be the name of a major US city (in 7 letters).
It's no time to tucker out on this puzzle.

Edit: Tucker was the name of a sea turtle recently rescued by the Seattle Aquarium.
A: SEA TURTLE --> SEATTLE

Sunday, May 14, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 14, 2017): Morning and Evening Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 14, 2017): Morning and Evening Puzzle:
Q: Take the brand name of a product that's usually consumed in the morning. Drop the first two letters and read the remaining letters backward. You'll get a word associated with the evening. What is the brand, and what's the word?
Personally I like french toast for breakfast.

Edit: "French" was a hint to the second word (SOIRÉE) and "Toast" was a hint to part of the first word (CHEERS --> CHEERIOS).
A: CHEERIOS --> SOIRÉE

Sunday, May 07, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 7, 2017): Medical Procedure Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 7, 2017): Medical Procedure Puzzle:
Q: Name a familiar medical procedure in nine letters. You can rearrange these letters to name two people who might get this procedure. The answer consists of informal names for these people. Who are they?
Using an anagram solver, I came up with an alternate pair of names. I'll tell you more next week.

Edit: The word "anagram" was a hint. And the alternate answer it came up with was MOMMA and GRAM.
A: MAMMOGRAM --> GRAMMA + MOM

Sunday, April 30, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 30, 2017): Billboard Hot 100 Creative Challenge (cont.)

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 30, 2017): Billboard Hot 100 Creative Challenge (cont.):
Q: It's a two-week creative challenge. The object is to mashup the titles of past No. 1 hits on the Billboard 100 pop chart to tell a story. For example: "I Shot The Sheriff" "The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia." "The Morning After" "I'll Be There" "Leaving On A Jet Plane."

Wikipedia has a list of the Billboard No. 1 singles from the Hot 100 era, 1958 to present, which you can use. Your story can include up to seven song titles. Entries will be judged on cleverness, naturalness of reading, memorableness of the songs and overall elegance. You can send up to three entries and the best one, based on Will's opinion, will play the puzzle on the air in two weeks.
Week two...
A: Winning entry: Thrift Shop! / What Goes Around Comes Around. / Rag Doll, / Good Luck Charm, / Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, / It's All In The Game. / I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For!

Runner up: Sugar, Sugar / I Heard It Through the Grapevine / (You're) Having My Baby / I Gotta Feeling / It Wasn't Me / The Stripper

Sunday, April 23, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 23, 2017): Billboard Hot 100 Creative Challenge

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 23, 2017): Billboard Hot 100 Creative Challenge:
Q: It's a two-week creative challenge. The object is to mashup the titles of past No. 1 hits on the Billboard 100 pop chart to tell a story. For example: "I Shot The Sheriff" "The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia." "The Morning After" "I'll Be There" "Leaving On A Jet Plane."

Wikipedia has a list of the Billboard No. 1 singles from the Hot 100 era, 1958 to present, which you can use. Your story can include up to seven song titles. Entries will be judged on cleverness, naturalness of reading, memorableness of the songs and overall elegance. You can send up to three entries and the best one, based on Will's opinion, will play the puzzle on the air in two weeks.
Get those creative juices flowing...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 16, 2017): A Runny Variety of Cheese Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 16, 2017): A Runny Variety of Cheese Puzzle:
Q: A spoonerism is when you change the initial consonant sounds of two words in a phrase to get a new phrase. For example, "Tames Jailer" is a spoonerism of the singer James Taylor. "Spark Mitts" is a spoonerism of the swimmer Mark Spitz. The name of what famous entertainer — first and last names — has a two-word spoonerism meaning "A runny variety of cheese"?
I got caught up on "entertainer". That's not the first word I'd used to describe this person. Anyway, back to getting dressed for Easter.

Edit: My pants are a little loose, so I made sure to wear a black belt.
A: BRUCE LEE --> LOOSE BRIE