Thursday, January 20, 2011

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 16, 2011): ABCDEFG plus 1 minus 1

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 16, 2011): ABCDEFG plus 1 minus 1:
Q: Take the first seven letters of the alphabet, A through G, change one of these letters to another letter that is also either A, B, C, D, E, F or G. Rearrange the result to spell a familiar seven-letter word. What word is it?
The old adage goes something like "don't deface the facade with a cabbage"... right? Oh, that's not a clue at all. While you are waiting for a better clue, here's a short musical interlude.

Edit: I composed that musical piece with the notes F,E,E,D,B,A,G repeated several times. I varied the octaves but otherwise they were always those notes.
A: ABCDEFG - C + E = FEEDBAG

32 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 wonder if this puzzle was inspired by Will's January 5th NY Times crossword? Here's another musical interlude:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_PZPpWTRTU

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  3. A familiar word? Maybe a little bit to Ascot people.

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  4. Phredp - you should post a link on Thursday, that is too funny !

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  5. I have a friend that always carries her Gucci with a big submarine sandwich in it.

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  6. I'll post the link on Thursday, I thought it was interesting and unusual.

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  7. Blaine, terrific clue. Is that an original composition?

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  8. Okay, based on a little bit of research, this might be considered one word or a two word phrase. Far be it from me to say...

    On a side note, I have to shamelessly plug my new photography site: http://www.curtisjohnsonimages.com/

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  9. More musical clues:

    Jimi Hendrix
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIoyZFzL8rM

    King Crimson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbuqtDhTAwQ
    (especially Adrian Belew at 3:16)

    -- Other Ben

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  10. Mrs. Lorenzo, the world headquarters for Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) is near you. Have you ever been in their cafeteria?

    Ben, I think your clues are completely distorted.

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  11. I’m feeling fat and happy this week. Those who don’t like the puzzle shouldn’t nag...

    Chuck

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  12. Another musical clue, if there are any Victor Borge fans out there; a routine he did about being unable to find a particular key on the piano...

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  13. Ben, I didn't go to the link that you provided, but is that stock footage of Hendrix?

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  14. Had I come up with yummy & Mr. Ed, no doubt it would have been removed!!!

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  15. Anagram puzzles like this leave me feeling empty.

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  16. Hi Blaine. Are you good at solving sudoku puzzles?

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  17. SuperGrandma, why do you ask? Is that a clue to the NPR puzzle this week?

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  18. No, I was just looking around to see if anybody who's good at puzzles could solve a 36x36 monstrosity. I gave it a friend of mine who's in MENSA and supposed to be really good and she gave up.

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  19. Introducing...the Yum Feedbag

    http://www.theonion.com/video/new-wearable-feedbags-let-americans-eat-more-move,14238/

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  20. SuperGrandma, please send a link. I love Sudoku!

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  21. Blaine, Janice asks what software you used.

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  22. Well, I can't say it is any sort of masterpiece... but if you want to play around with composing your own short songs, try out uJam.com.

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  23. Are you sure Blaine? I mean it's really hard. I just sent it to this puzzle author and he's still stuck on it. Anyway ...

    http://sudoku-puzzles.merschat.com/index.cgi?base=6

    It takes a few seconds to load. And there's a solution available, but no cheating! If you can solve it, I'm curious how long it took ok?

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  24. Ben, by "stock footage," I meant Woodstock. I didn't check out the link, but I assumed that it was "Star Spangled Banner" from Woodstock, which had some pretty extreme feedback (feedbag).

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  25. This one almost pulled the wool over my eyes. I abhor it.

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  26. After the game, fans remain.

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  27. Paul, you took my clue!!! (and phrased it better!)

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  28. Sorry, Lorenzo. I have faith you'll come up with something even better.

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