Thursday, June 19, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 15): English Tea Anagram

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 15): English Tea Anagram:
Q: Rearrange the letters of ENGLISH TEA to name a famous person with a prominent mustache — first and last. Who is it?
I had a couple thoughts when approaching this puzzle. I first thought that the person must have some relevance to today, being it is Father's Day. My second thought was that the person might have been in the news recently; Will Shortz often does that (for example Harrison Ford was the subject of a puzzle around the time Indiana Jones IV was being released). Well, I don't think either of these things apply... or do they?
My hints: The person is a man. And there is only one L and one T available in the letters, so don't misspell his name.

Edit: The main clue was "Today"... and there were lots of good clues in the comments about being "critical", mentions of "onions", etc.
A: GENE SHALIT

11 comments:

  1. I don't seem to have the puzzle-solving gene. Shall I take a seat at the back of the room?

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  2. my first thought it was that it must be STALIN, but that leaves HEGE, and I'm lost...

    I thought about cyrillic, but there are too many letters in his name that have no english counterparts, and that doesn't match up.

    I also thought about SAINT etc. THE etc., like a fictional character...I am going nuts!

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  3. this one is so tough! I tried coming up with all the first names I could make out of this and rearrange the remainders but no luck.

    Is the name an unusual spelling?

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  4. i might be criticized if i leave a bad clue so i won't leave one Today

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  5. After last weeks fiasco, this week seems a breeze. Think I'll go out this Father's Day and visit some relatives down by the pool and eat some onion rings.

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  6. mike, I will criticize you and order you to go stand in the Corner!

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  7. I'm happy to take any hints - I have been fiddling with this word for a long time today (in between took out my frustration on a bush in the backyard for the last 2 hours).

    I just don't know enough "famous" people with "prominent moustaches."

    Is the person real or fictional?

    Is it a tv character? Cartoon character?

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  8. This week's clues are straight from the Onion.

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  9. I finally got it. hint: go through the male first names you can make from the letters, and go from there. this one was pretty hard.

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  10. It is ro ugh indeed to guess this one. But I finally got it. There are indeed critical clues above.

    Ben

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  11. Hey! Didn't anybody get my clue about the "isro"?

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