Wednesday, August 26, 2009

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 23): I like knocking down pins

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 23): I like knocking down pins:
Q: Think of two words that each mean 'bowler.' Put them together, one after the other, and you'll name a sport in two words that is not related to bowling.
On a different note, remember how bowling used to be frequently televised? I don't think I've seen it that much these days...

Edit: There isn't much need for me to explain my hints, but the title refers to knocking things down. That applies to bowling or the answer to the puzzle. Similarly, both bowling and this sport used to be frequently on TV, all the time it seemed in the early 70s; now not so much.
A: ROLLER DERBY

19 comments:

  1. Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any outright spoilers before the deadline of Thursday at 3pm ET. If you know the answer, click the link and submit it to NPR, but don't give it away here. Thank you.

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  2. I used to love to watch the lady bowlers on Saturdays. Wasn't it a rule they had to wear skirts? Imagine them in hot pants!

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  3. Great clue, Blaine, but I think I will pass.

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  4. Re: Curb your dog.
    Liane said: "We had only five hundred entries
    this past week. . . " Will replied, "This was
    a tough one."

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  5. p.s. This week's deadline is Wednesday.

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  6. This puzzle is one of the easiest he has given since The Xmas puzzle, Bag Pipe.

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  7. I'll get on my soap box and say that it is far easier than the Bag Pipe puzzle.

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  8. Blaine - perhaps coming to the big screen in October - brought to you by an Angel !

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  9. From New Zealand and Australia came Ms Bev, Ms Lisa, Ms Pam, Ms Linda and Ms Clare.

    Then on the Colonial Affair from the USA ... Ms Julie.

    And from North America as well Ms Mary, Ms Barbara, Ms Ruby, Ms Diane and Ms Kaye and especially from Tucson and the Tijuana ones aboard some who were her spouse's and she, utterly successful! in over a thousand of them ... the always unlicensed and incomparable ... Ms Wantha.

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  10. I wonder if Raquel Welch enjoys listening to old Leon Russell records?

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  11. Speaking of old music, I was riding in my rose pink Cadillac listening to a 1971 retrospective last week. I fell in love with the music of a deceased balladeer of that era. How I wish I could recapture that time, sitting by the hi-fi watching the records go round and round . . .

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  12. At first I was blocked, then I pivoted my thinking a bit and jammed straight for the answer. Some may not consider this a "sport", but the folks I know who practice it would kick the ass of anyone claiming such.

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  13. It's all too easy to go around and around with this one.

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  14. Lulu, Boom Boom, Chi Chi, Dum Dum.

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  15. William, after the deadline has passed, will you please explain how Blaine's clue was great? Thanks.

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  16. I'm up to my eyeballs in remodel. Drowning in concrete dust. But the end is in sight; yesterday I installed marble windowsills! I'll be back someday...

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  17. Aaron, it's something that's not on T.V. much anymore.

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  18. Aaron,

    I thought of "roller derby" right away, but it was nice for Blaine to confirm it for me by his reference to television! Amazingly, the "sport" had been around a long time before TV, but TV made it a national fad.

    As I recall, the way to score in roller derby was to "pass" an opposing player, while "going around and around".

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