Thursday, May 22, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 18): Change One Letter in the Last Name

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 18): Change One Letter in the Last Name:
Q: Think of a well-known person on TV who has eight letters in their first name and four letters in their last. The last name consists of: consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant. If you change the vowel in the last name to an 'a,' the result will be a word that is defined by the first name.
Good, we are getting back to challenging puzzles. Saying this person is a well-known person on TV is like saying Tiger Woods is a popular TV personality. Yes, he is on TV, but is he most well-known for being on TV? I had more luck working backwards on the puzzle.

Edit: Some of my clues were explicit (such as thinking of someone associated with TV, but known for something else.) There were a few "less obvious" clues (Tiger is an animal, luck rhymes with puck, back rhymes with pack).
A: WOLFGANG PUCK --> WOLF GANG = PACK
Now read the comments and you'll see the creative hints that were left by others.

18 comments:

  1. so you're not going to tell us what you got? this one is driving me crazy, and I AM working backward (and getting a headache!)

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  2. Me and my big mouth. As soon as I complain about the puzzles being too easy, along comes this week's stumper. People are emailing me for hints and I haven't solved it yet.

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  3. it took a while, but working BACKwards definitely did the trick, and you were right about the Tiger comparison....definitely someone whose fame comes other than from television.

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  4. oh man, thanks for that clue kola. damn that Wil Shortz. This puzzle was driving me crazy. Here's my clue for all of you:

    I'll murder Warren, take pride, cackle, and litter the whole colony.

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  5. I've got the answer now but don't understand either Kola's or Happy Steve's clue.

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  6. They make perfect sense to me... I'll reveal it tomorrow after the deadline (just under 24 hours from now).

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  7. I was on the right road - but the 8 lanes were a bit much. Thanks to Ben for the assist.

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  8. Cheers to Wil for a challenge this week. This puzzle was a good way to spend a midsummer night.

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  9. Yeah, Will definitely cooked up a good one this week..

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  10. I give up and I'm starving. Time to wolf down lunch and wait for the answer.

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  11. Looks like Phred's packing it in.

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  12. normally i'm pretty slick with figuring the clues. but i have no flippin' idea about this one.

    (and that is not a clue, i really have no idea)

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  13. Well, one last final glimmer at Npr guess: Pick Up Creative Klues

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  14. Oh, now I get Steve's comment. Clever.

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  15. (meaning the Warren murder one)

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  16. Mrs Hill named her son Corridor--Corridor Hill/Hall.

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  17. They erred when they said to think of a person on TV. This had most people thinking of sitcom stars, late night hosts, etc. They could have just asked for a celebrity; the TV angle was just a confusing distraction.

    On to this week's...

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