Sunday, October 15, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 15, 2017): Two Week Challenge: Move Two Numbers

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 15, 2017): Two Week Challenge: Move Two Numbers:
Q: This is a two-week challenge. Write down the equation:
65 – 43 = 21.
You'll notice that this is not correct. 65 minus 43 equals 22, not 21. The object is to move exactly two of the digits to create a correct equation. There is no trick in the puzzle's wording. In the answer, the minus and equal signs do not move.
I used to be an advocate of more challenging number/math puzzles. But this one is not worthy of a two-week challenge.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 8, 2017): What did Henry Ford Do?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 8, 2017): What did Henry Ford Do?:
Q: Take the name of a country. Insert an E somewhere inside it. You'll get a phrase that answers the question: What did Henry Ford do?
Not to repeat myself, but I just like saying the name of the capital.

Edit: This puzzle wasn't that different from the "Just add Z" puzzle from 2014.
A: MADAGASCAR --> MADE A GAS CAR

Sunday, October 01, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 1, 2017): I can't make SUSHI without U

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 1, 2017): I can't make SUSHI without U:
Q: Think of a 4-letter food. Move each letter one space later in the alphabet — so A would become B, B would become C, etc. Insert a U somewhere inside the result. You'll name a 5-letter food. What foods are these?
To make a long story short, I woke up to raindrops in the night. Later, when my alarm went off, I tried working on this in my sleepy state for about 15 minutes and then fell back asleep. Good thing I wasn't trying to get up for a final.

Edit: In Final Fantasy XV, during the "Raindrops in the Night" hunt, you fight a JUMBO FLAN. Perhaps a little too much of a clue and something searchable, but I went for it anyway.
A: FLAN and GUMBO

Sunday, September 24, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 24, 2017): What to Name the Baby

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 24, 2017): What to Name the Baby:
Q: Think of a familiar 6-letter boy's name starting with a vowel. Change the first letter to a consonant to get another familiar boy's name. Then change the first letter to another consonant to get another familiar boy's name. What names are these?
Don't worry; even if you don't have the answer now, you still have until Thursday at 2:59 pm ET. But don't wait any longer than that. And especially don't go on vacation.

If you were to submit your answer at 2:59 pm, you'd be just in time. The last time this puzzle was used (July 27, 2014), I was on vacation.
A: AUSTIN, DUSTIN, JUSTIN

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