Thursday, March 27, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 23): I walked and later I ran

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 23): I walked and later I ran:
Q: Name a well known historical figure with a one-word six-letter name. The first and fourth letters are the same, the second and fifth letters are the same, and the third letter is one letter before the sixth, alphabetically. Who is it?
I wonder if this is a popular baby name? Probably not, but if someone can get away with having just one name, they must be pretty great.
A: King XERXES the Great, of Persia (former name of Iran)

11 comments:

  1. It took me like 300 guesses, and I kept wanting it to be Pol Pot, but I finally figured this one out.
    And then I came up with a second answer, but it is a bit obscure.

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  2. I also thought of Pol Pot, and I'm still stuck on that name.

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  3. Ahh, got it thanks to Eric's post. He added that certain x factor I needed.

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  4. The title gave me the hint... after sorting through bunches of articles and categories on Iran on Wikipedia, I found the answer.

    I'm new to this blog; is it kosher to post the answer?

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  5. You can give hints, but you shouldn't post an answer until after the official NPR deadline has closed. That's usually Thursday at 3pm ET, unless they have a special 2 week challenge.

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  6. Thanks Eric for the hint! I think I have the answer! I'll add another clue: With $485 with an added bonus of $465, you can Buy Coconuts to your hearts content but it won't save you money on car insurance (you probably would want to call Geico for that).

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  7. After I read Eric's clue, I solved the puzzle; after I read Jimmy's, my head exploded.

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  8. I couldn't solve it. Cause in the end all I think about is sex. But I can never think straight when the "other Ben" posts. Damn that other Ben.

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  9. Read my blog and you'll see I'm a lover, not a fighter.

    End Ben-on-Ben hate!

    I already submitted the answer, so whoever solves this puzzle copies me. Duplicates. Xeroxes.

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  10. My other answer was Barbas, another name for Saint Barbatus of Benevento.

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