Friday, March 21, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 16): If you said *top* row, I'd say *typewriter*

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 16): If you said *top* row, I'd say *typewriter*:
Q: Using the middle row of letters on a keyboard, name something that has eight stars. Hint: The answer is spelled in 10 letters.
Let's see there were 7 castaways on Gilligan's Island, so that was 7 stars perhaps. Or on the Brady Bunch there were Mike and Carol and 6 kids but Alice made 9 stars. Perhaps I'm thinking of the wrong type of stars. What a folly!

Edit: My clue was "folly" as in Seward's Folly. If you want to see more clues, check out the comments. I liked the references to "Juneau" and "Alaska" as well as the hints for "flag".
A: ALASKA FLAG

14 comments:

  1. Figured it out, but I don't like it. Doesn't feel right grammatically, like puzzle adultery.

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  2. I agree, but to fix it you'd need to borrow a key from the bottom row.

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  3. Or spell it in 11 letters and a punctuation mark.

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  4. ...or rearrange you keyboard. that'd be easy.

    Blaine, is your interest in these word puzzles still waning?

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  5. Hey, no call backs to prior puzzle comments... there will be a penalty imposed for that.

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  6. Couldn't get it. But my wife, Fiona, loves alphabet games. I'll ask her.

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  7. It is a banner week for comments!! I agree with Rick.

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  8. I liked Ben's clues of "AK", "ju know", "Fiona loves alphabet games" and "I'll ask her".

    Seems like everyone had the puzzle this week.

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  9. It was actually two different Bens. Don't you No-me yet?

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  10. This one was easy, Inuit right away.
    ;)

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  11. p.s. I agree with Rick too. Correct NPR puzzle answers are usually more artful, or at least less awkward.

    This kind of subpar answer makes me want to start a tavern brawl. You know... a Bar-row.

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  12. Yu-kon all stop the bad Alaskan puns now. :-)

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  13. Please understand that the other "akkkk" Ben is an imposter. I am the actual Ben, married to Fiona. But not really.

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