Wednesday, December 23, 2009

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec. 20): After Dinner and Before a Job

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec. 20): After Dinner and Before a Job:
Q: Think of a familiar two-word phrase, five letters in each word. The second word starts with P. The phrase names something that is nice to have after dinner. Change the P to an S, and you'll get another familiar phrase that names something that's nice to have before you start a job. What phrases are these?
Whoever came up with this has created a neat little puzzle. I only wish I could come up with a neat little clue to go with it.

Edit: Neat is a synonym for clean...
A: CLEAN PLATE --> CLEAN SLATE

27 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. The letters of the first phrase can be rearranged to describe Rollie Fingers, for example.

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  3. C;ear-headedness helps with this one. It's
    easy to get that "of course" feeling.

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  4. Over 3600 entries for last week's puzzle.
    Wednesday deadline for this week.

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  5. Second phrase reminded me of my first day in the classroom all those years ago.

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  6. Well, I happened to be watching the answer's corresponding Law & Order episode, so that one was pretty easy.

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  7. All –

    I think I have the answer to Will’s puzzle for this week. If I’m correct, it’s a relatively intuitive puzzle – you just seem to come around to it.

    Anyway, last week I promised something a little different from the collection of puzzles I’ve accumulated over the years. Each of the following is a pictogram representing a common sentence or familiar saying. Unfortunately, it’s a little less attractive posted here than in my original. Because of the nature of the text editor used here I can’t quite line things up the way I’d like. But for all of that, see what you can do :)

    1. PICT RES

    2. FRIENDS R
    EVER
    EVER
    EVER
    EVER

    3. YOU'RE
    THE WORLD

    4. BEST BEST BEST
    BEST YOU BEST
    BEST BEST BEST

    5. MORE
    UU
    THANI

    6. OUR
    FRIENDSHI

    7. LOVE LOVE LOVE
    LOVE MAYUB LOVE
    LOVE LOVE LOVE

    8. YOU'VEGOTITALL

    9. YO35UR
    FAV79OR

    10. PRESSURE
    URCOOL

    11. UR HEAD SHOULDERS
    ARMS BODY LEGS
    ANKLES FEET TOES

    12. STANDING
    YOU'RE

    13. this SOMETHING

    14. BRING
    FUN

    15. STCELEBRATEYLE

    Chuck

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  8. A married couple who used to be well known to children (don't know if they still are) were known to do their individual parts to come to a happy ending.

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  9. This puzzle brought the Flinstones to mind, even though I haven't watched that show since I was a kid.

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  10. Lorenzo, I finally got the Rollie Fingers reference.

    Roxie, Besides L&O, many other TV series have had that episode title. The first I thought of was ABC's Lost.

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  11. Well, Hugh certainly has this one licked!

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  13. Sorry Dave, just a little too obvious in my opinion. Go back and try again...

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  14. Carl, I hope you had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

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  15. Blaine, no problem.

    Lorenzo, got your anagram. Nice. Same for Kent Tekulve.

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  16. Carl is feverishly trying to get this place mostly done by the end of the year. Very much enjoyed the solstice, thanks Geri! All I care about is the days get longer again. This one was too easy. Now I'm going back to trimming windows and ignoring the growing pile of dishes...

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  17. Blaine,

    Didn't you drop the answer a bit early this week?

    -- Other Ben

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  18. Ben, Wed. deadline this week--something about some obscure religious holiday I think...

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  19. Next week's NPR puzzle has already been posted. Even without reading it, you should be able to guess the "familiar phrase."

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  20. Lorenzo, et al, HELP! I can't find it.

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  21. Geri:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=447390

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  22. Geri: Sorry for the typo. The number after the = sign should be

    4473090

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  23. Geri, for future reference, here are the steps to follow to see the Sunday Puzzle:

    Go to: www.npr.org
    Click on: Programs
    Select: Weedend Edition Sunday
    Click on: Sunday Puzzle (in the column on the right).

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  24. Lorenzo, Thank you for your help. Is
    the "See through from me to you" the
    "home" puzzle or the on-air?

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