Thursday, April 10, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 6): I'm Fired

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 6): I'm Fired:
Q: Think of a six-letter hyphenated word meaning 'eager.' Change the fourth and the sixth letters to get another hyphenated word meaning 'less than eager.' What are the words?
I was all excited because I figured out the puzzle. I even wrote a post with all the clues (I thought the answer was ON-EDGE --> ON-EGGS). I even "pulled the trigger" and posted it. I showed it to my wife and she told me I was all wrong. Hearing her answer, I realize I totally missed the target. Boy am I embarrassed! My new clue is the hyphen doesn't stay in the same spot.

Edit: I seems like most people finally figured this one out. Credit this week goes to my wife since she had to tell me the answer.
A: GUNG-HO --> GUN-SHY

6 comments:

  1. I was embarrassed by my effort until I read Blaine's clue. Now I know I gave it my best shot.

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  2. I was too timid to post my thoughts (something like "all-for" becoming something like "all-but", which doesn't quite work) until you guys clued me in.

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  3. For next week, the challenge will be to take one of the two words, for eager or not-so-eager, change the second letter, and then add two more letters into the sequence to get one of the most annoying TV shows of all time.

    Ben

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  4. Great hints, everyone, I don't think I would have gotten it without them. Now that I've finally succeeded, I'm retiring from puzzling.

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  5. I misunderstood the puzzle. I thought the 4th and 6th letters had to be transposed. I kept thinking gung-ho and gu-nohg.

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  6. ...as in, "I'm really not certain about the trip. I'm feeling rather gu-nohg?"

    - The other Ben

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