Thursday, September 01, 2011

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 28, 2011): Air Cushioned Anagram

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 28, 2011): Air Cushioned Anagram:
Q: Rearrange the twelve letters of the words "AIR CUSHIONED" to name a person in the media, first and last names.
Previously, this puzzle would have had the ability to heal nannies!

Edit: If you anagram 'heal nannies' you get 'Liane Hansen'.
A: The new host of Weekend Sunday Edition, Audie Cornish

35 comments:

  1. Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any hints that could lead directly to the answer (e.g. via Google or Bing) 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.

    You may provide indirect hints to the answer to show you know it, but make sure they don't give the answer away. You can openly discuss your hints and the answer after the Thursday deadline. Thank you.

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  2. I wonder if Will was henpecked on this one. Oh well, at least we finally got our fish.

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  3. Still waiting for something to happen. No bloody bandages on my head yet. The wind isn't too bad yet, but power is flickering, and high tide is coming in now.

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  4. For me the puzzles have either been too hard or too easy of late. Oh well, we'll all hear the new answer next week...

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  5. The answer came to me as I was dreaming about driving in my favorite super luxury automobile.

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  6. I believe it was Simon and Garfunkel who collectively said, “I am a rock, I am an island.”

    Chuck

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  7. This week on "Iron Puzzler": Chairman Shortz reveals the mystery ingredient: Poultry!

    After slaving over a hot CPU for a few minutes, out of my mixer comes a dish that I'm sure will satisfy the Chairman's palate. However, I cannot help but think he is in a rut - if memory serves, this is not the first time he has served up an "in-house specialty" as a dish. Would that mean the Iron Chef now has two stars?

    Allez Cuisine!

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  9. Scientific study on my part: In a situation where I thought I had solved the puzzle but just couldn't make it fit, it requires between six and eight hints from blainesville for me to know I have a proper answer.

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  10. I guess Blaine does not see my august posting performance in the same way I do since he has removed both of them.

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  11. Doc, you are correct, although the date didn't immediately spring to mind.

    I guess Steve Carell should be dragged in as well.

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  12. This weeks puzzle has got game!

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  13. TB - yes, the fish and also an award-winning seafood restaurant in a distant land.

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  14. Not the anagram we're looking for, but HOARD CUISINE pretty well describes my approach to hurricane preparation. It's going to take some time to get through all the non-perishable junk food I've stocked.

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  15. I had to go to hell and back to figure this one out.

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  16. Am I a day early or six days late? I don't know. I'll let you decide.

    A new puzzle is just one click away

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  17. The college football season is finally here. My Oregon Ducks are taking on the LSU Tigers on Saturday in an epic battle. I suspect that there will be a lot of audibles called due to the noise from the huge crowd in Cowboys Stadium. Our defense should have no problems cornering and tackling their running backs and receivers.

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  18. Royal Clue: One of the many titles bestowed upon Prince Charles.

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  19. With regard to my Tuesday post, the verdict is in. I was six days late and not a day early. Today's puzzle is up on time and ready for all.

    Follow me, please.

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  20. I just love Kansas in August!

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  21. RoRo, if I remember correctly, you're on the east coast. That being said, the royals dropped 19 out of 29 in August, including a loss today to my Tigers.

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  22. It's a shame I spent so many hours working on this puzzle, only to find that I never heard of this relatively obscure person.

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  23. My first 2 posts were removed by Blaine because he must have thought they were too revealing. So I responded to these deletions by posting: "I guess Blaine does not see my august posting performance in the same way I do since he has removed both of them" The clue here is the word "august" that is not a reference to the month, but the person of August Horch who was the builder/designer/owner of Horch automobiles in Germany. His first was built in 1901. Later he had to change the name of the company due to losing a legal case. He renamed his company, Audi.
    My two deleted posts included mentioning that this was certainly a Horch of a different color and that it was so lame a puzzle that it might even embarrass the host.

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  24. "Audie Cornish".

    On the week of 20-March this year there was a similar puzzle with the answer being another NPR personality, Scott Simon.

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  25. I'll blame it on hurricane anxiety (altho ultimately my part of New Jersey was unharmed): I was thinking "Audie Cornish? Is that a real person? Where have I heard that name?", but I couldn't actually spell Audie Cornish and didn't care that much, so I came direct to Blainesville, where my suspicions were confirmed. I wasn't sure I even deserved to post a comment, but I looked in the Wikipedia entry for Cornish Dialect, and settled on "proper" as meaning "satisfactory", and used that as my marker. (I know, "proper" is barely a Britishism, let alone strictly Cornish, but most of the dialect entries were of no use.)

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  26. Doc, March 20th didn't immediately spring to mind.

    With regard to your Iron Chef reference, Michael Symon is the other "Simon" - that gives us Michael Scott as portrayed by Steve Carell on "The Office".

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  27. My shout-out last Sunday to the Simon and Garfunkel lyric, “I am a rock, I am an island,” was referring to a Rock Cornish Hen. I think this week’s puzzle was Will’s and Ed’s way of saying Hello to Ms. Cornish.

    Chuck

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  28. How does one submit a puzzle to Will for consideration?

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  29. Hey Phredp,

    If you have ever submitted an answer to the weekly puzzle you would have gotten an automatic response. Mine have included the following text: "Please note: If you are writing with a puzzle suggestion, please reply to this e-mail and we will route your suggestion appropriately." Other than that I think you could just cluck on the submit an answer link - and I think it will get to Will.

    Cheers!

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  30. It's up now. Another two week challenge. Why?

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  31. The new puzzle has been posted. Open ended, and two weeks.

    Once again they have a spelling error in this past week's answer: "AudiO Cornish".

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  32. William:
    I guess you missed the announcement earlier this week when it was reported on NPR that she would be changing her name to Audio because we would now be hearing more of her.

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  33. But the anagram was "air cushioned", not "radio cushion"!

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  34. William:
    I forgot to mention that when she eventually retires she intends to change her name again—to Audios.

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