Sunday, September 17, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 17, 2017): Back to School Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 17, 2017): Back to School Puzzle:
Q: This puzzle is for the new school year. Think of two antonyms, each in three letters. Set them side by side. In between them arrange the letters of TRY TO ACE in some order. The result will name someone at school. Who is it?
Don't make the mistake I did.

Edit: I originally thought all the letters had to be anagrammed, not just the ones in the middle. It was much easier to solve after that. And my hint was a reference to the quote, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" (or any of the numerous variations of that quote).
A: HISTORY TEACHER

Sunday, September 10, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 10, 2017): Go Nab a Cab

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 10, 2017): Go Nab a Cab:
Q: Think of a famous quotation with 8 words. The initial letters of the first 4 words themselves spell a word, and the initial letters of the last 4 words spell another word. Both words rhyme with "jab." What quotation is it?"
As Yoda would say, "Do or Do Not, There is No Try."

Edit: It's a famous 8-word quote, albeit not the answer. Yoda usually urges against aggression saying things like, "A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack."
A: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" - Muhammad Ali

Sunday, September 03, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 3, 2017): The Cat's Away...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 3, 2017): 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.
Q: Rearrange the 15 letters of COOL HIT FARE IN L.A. to name a famous song that's appropriate to the given phrase.
A: "Hotel California" by the Eagles

Sunday, August 27, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 27, 2017): All Signs Point To Sequoias

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 27, 2017): All Signs Point To Sequoias:
Q: This week's challenge is a common two-word expression. The expression consists of 8 letters and uses all five vowels — A, E, I, O and U. It has only three consonants, one of which is repeated. The first word in the expression has two letters and the second has six letters. What familiar expression is it?
I saw a sign that said "Sequoias", but that's one word, not two.
A: AU REVOIR

Sunday, August 20, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 20, 2017): Don't Stare Directly at this Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 20, 2017): Don't Stare Directly at this Puzzle:
Q: Think of two synonyms — one in 5 letters, the other in 4. The 5-letter word starts with S. The 4-letter word contains an S. Change one of these Ss to an A. You can rearrange the result to name a group of people, in 9 letters, that ideally have those two adjectives describe them. What group is it?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 13, 2017): Watching Two-word TV Show Adds Character

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 13, 2017): Watching Two-word TV Show Adds Character:

Q: Name a long-running TV show in two words. Add a C and rearrange the result to name another long-running TV show also in two words. What shows are these? And here's a hint: Both shows are currently on the air, although the second one was most popular the past.
The NPR website had last week's puzzle but now it's fixed! :)

Edit: My hints were the symbols ! and :) representing the exclamation point in the first show's title and the word "Smile" in the second shows tagline.
A: American Dad! and Candid Camera

Sunday, August 06, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 6, 2017): Inauguration Anagrams

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 6, 2017): Inauguration Anagrams:
Q: The word INAUGURATION contains the letters of GNU, GOAT, IGUANA, and AGOUTI, which are all animals. The name of what 9-letter animal can be spelled from the letters of INAUGURATION?
The 9-letter words I'm getting are RUINATION, URINATING and RATIONING. Other words are IGNORANT, RAINING, RANTING, RIOTING and ANGINA.
A: ORANGUTAN

Sunday, July 30, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 30, 2017): Acirema fo Setats Detinu

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 30, 2017): Acirema fo Setats Detinu:
Q: This puzzle might require a little research. There is a city somewhere in the United States with a population of about 24,000 people. Change the last letter in the name of its state. If you now read the name of the city plus the altered name of its state together, the result is a palindrome — that is, it reads backward and forward the same. What city is it?
Edit: The only tricky part was realizing that part of the repeated letters came from the state name so that the city name was shorter than the state.
A: ZION, ILLINOIS

Sunday, July 23, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 23, 2017): Pat Sajak and Vanna White

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 23, 2017): Pat Sajak and Vanna White:
Q: What common three-word expression — 14 letters in all — has only N and G as consonants, and otherwise is all vowels?
I'm not sure Will Shortz has hit a homerun with this puzzle.

Edit: Some announcers might say this as the ball is heading over the wall.
A: GOING, GOING, GONE!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 16, 2017): A Novel Approach

NPR Sunday Puzzle (July 16, 2017): A Novel Approach:
Q: Name a U.S. city and its state — 12 letters altogether.

Change two letters in the state's name. The result will be the two-word title of a classic novel. What is it?
I was thinking the answer was a city in Florida until I pulled the correct answer out of the recesses of my brain.

Edit: The city I was thinking of was St. Petersburg, but I guess it wasn't the one in Florida. The other hint was pull being the opposite of push.
A: EUGENE OREGON --> EUGENE ONEGIN by Alexander Pushkin