Thursday, May 20, 2010

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 16, 2010): "Be vewwy, vewwy quiet..."

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 16, 2010): "Be vewwy, vewwy quiet...":
Q: Rearrange the letters in the phrase 'rabbit season' into two related words. What are the words?
Well, if that is the question, I have two possible answers that would work. However, I can't think of any serious clues since I keep imagining Elmer Fudd reciting "Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit..."

Edit: My clue was "that is the question" hinting toward a revised Hamlet soliloquy, "Two Bs or not two Bs...". (The intended answer has two words starting with B.) The clue to that was to think of a male voice singing opera. The clue to the alternate answer was the word "serious".
A: BARITONE+BASS
Alternate answers: ABSTAIN+SOBER, BOATERS+BASIN

42 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 don't have time to work on this one right now - today's the day we put the boat in the water.

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  3. I found two pairs of words that seem to work well. One is (as Ken put it) the musical answer. The other is related to a personal behavioral decision and result. Both pair seem to fully meet the requirement of “related.”

    I thought the nautical and religious solutions we’re far inferior to the above two...

    Any preferences from the assembled masses here?

    Chuck

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  4. I looked to Kelly Clarkson for the answer this week but it was just a personal choice.

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  5. I can think of twelve reasons not to answer the puzzle this week--one reason is that it is much too nice out to bother and I am going to spend my day outside.

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  6. Yes, I'm up to 3 pairs of words now with the addition of the nautical ones.

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  7. Chick, Figaro Fi, Figaro Fa...

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  8. I'm gonna flow with the music. When I get one of these puzzles, I get so happy I start to sing!!

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  9. Chuck, my apologies; i and u are neighbors.

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  10. Although I am attracted to the clear-headed answer that suggests cause and effect, the lyrical one seems, to me, more elegant.

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  11. Mario -

    No problem. Where do you live? The Hill?

    Chuck

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  12. Where's Ben now that we need him?

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  13. Chuck, near Trenton, NJ. What do you mean by the Hill? And you?

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  14. A long time ago, Benny Hill made a joke about someone writing graffiti, "All coppers are..."

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  15. phredp, He took Billy to the river.

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  16. I'm taking notes on your comments.

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  17. An incorrent answer, but I admit to laughing when I came up with it. "Norbit" and "abases." In that the film Norbit abases all of film, and all of the actors who participated in it.

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  18. Usually the "right" answer stands out, but I find this week is really hard to decide. Be interesting to see which Will intended and if he mentions the other answer - they have to be strong contenders for him to do that. No clues needed here, I think most have the answers already.

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  19. I was unable to come up with the answer and started really getting upset with myself when I noticed everyone solving it. Just when I thought I couldn't get any lower...it came to me

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  20. I got one answer, but it wasn't nautical in nature. Since I never got the answer so many people are hinting about, I can't judge whether it's superior to mine.

    Just to be clear, the words are related to one another, not to rabbit, season, hunting or Elmer Fudd, right?

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  21. I realy shouldn't drink, I was leaning on the side of my yacht watchin the tide when i heard this frog talkin to me in a deep voice.

    So, for real, when you have 3 good answers what do you do. Do you have to pick just one or can you send in all three?

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  22. RoRo, my advice: send in all three (specifying your first choice). That is, don't ask permission but act and, if necessary, then seek to make amends.

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  23. RoRo: If you pay attention to your frog, you can hear it say: "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit..."

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  24. Blue, I loved the tenor of your clue.

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  25. thanks Lorenzo

    Mario, I always pay attention to my inner frog!

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  26. Blue taking a turn for the terse? I enjoyed that one!

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  27. The lowest male voice is BASS; the medium male voice is BARITONE. In opera (where voice types are more finely delineated), there is a voice type (or fach) called BASS-BARITONE. A notable Bass-Baritone role is Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. Since it is now 12 noon Thursday, I refer you to Dutchman’s aria “Die Frist Ist Um” (translated “The Time Is Up”).

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  28. Indeed! ... a terse tenor to this week's turn!

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  29. Conversely, if you ABSTAIN you are likely to be SOBER, and I still can't decide which is the better answer...

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  30. Although I like the BASS BARITONE answer, I think Will can't say no to the ABSTAIN SOBER answer. I predict he'll accept both, and possibly one or two of the other answers also.

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  31. This is a third solution, don't you think?:

    BOATERS -- BASIN

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  32. Yep, those are the answers I figured out. I believe the musical one is the intended answer:

    BARITONE+BASS (Musical)
    BOATERS+BASIN (Nautical)
    ABSTAIN+SOBER (Lifestyle)

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  33. I like baritone and bass, but submitted abstain and sober as an alternative answer.

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  34. But you can abstain from activities without being sober (sex, dessert, FaceBook)

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  35. I was referring to Ben Bass, one of the weekly contributors here and Hugh was referring to Billy Bass, the obnoxious, singing talking plastic fish trophy that people hang on their walls.

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  36. Likely, this spitful'll be seen as due a spiteful - worthy deletion: next week's (now posted) solution re i) a country with ii) its traditional problem:

    Yemen, thus, ... men.

    Not?

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  37. Pick another country, change an I to an L and get a famous civil engineer. This country shares something in common with this weeks answer.

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  38. Dave, actually you get a whole family of them!

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