Thursday, September 22, 2011

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 18, 2011): College Campus Mix-Up

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 18, 2011): College Campus Mix-Up:
Q: Take the name of a well-known university in two words. Switch two letters in the respective words; that is, take a letter from the first word, put it in place of a letter in the second word, and put that letter where the first letter was. The result will name something you might take on a camping trip. What are the names of the university and the camping item?
To tell the truth, while the two-week challenge was interesting, I'm glad we are back to our regularly scheduled program with a weekly NPR puzzle.

Edit: The original host of To Tell the Truth was Bud Collyer. On radio (and later TV and film) Collyer supplied the voices of both Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent.
A: KENT STATE --> TENT STAKE

40 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. For some reason, I can't get the WKRP theme out of my head this week.

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  3. I don't think Will is breaking new ground with this one.

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  4. Too easy. This one doesn't take a Superman to solve.

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  5. Since Blainesville includes a lot of different talents, I'll bet someone comes up with the answer.

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  6. "You won't have me to kick around anymore," he ejaculates.

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  7. We always ate mystery meat at camp. Nothing too fancy.

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  8. I’m thinking of a Top 40 hit.

    Chuck

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  9. Since the answer came to me as I was reading the puzzle question, I would say this one is the opposite of intense.

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  10. musical clue: the title would give it away, but i first heard it when i was young, and still i hear the drumming.

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  11. Now that my tile is grouted, time for the puzzle. Gotta get down to it.

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  12. Don't have time four this week's puzzle. Can't wait for the new Twilight movie. The suspense of the new vampire movie is killing me!

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  13. Not long after solving this puzzle, I bid good morning to my daughter Kioko-chan.

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  14. Very easy for me too, and I confirmed it with the clues given here. WKRP, well how about WKBN AM 570?

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  15. A few notes on the most recent on-air puzzle:

    1. NOTRE DAME is clued with TO MEANDER. However, these 9 letters have an anagram: EMENDATOR.

    2. CASE WESTERN is clued with WATER SCENES. Remove an E and the remaining 10 letters anagram to NEWSCASTER.

    3. SWARTHMORE has two anagrams. In addition to EARTHWORMS, which was mentioned on-air, there is also HEARTWORMS.

    4. Three more fun ones: BOWDOIN = WOODBIN, ST MICHAELS = ALCHEMISTS, ADELPHI = HELIPAD.

    BD (Hamster '08)

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  16. At STANFORD, DONS FART.

    At STONY BROOK ('74), TRY NO BOOKS.

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  17. These posts are tiring me out.

    RUTGERS - Rest Rug

    BUCKNELL - Cell Bunk

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  18. Hey, there's another BD !?

    Anyway, yes, this was fairly easy although it only came to me as I read the puzzle to someone else, as is often the case.

    Some clues here are way too obvious, again.
    Or maybe they just seem that way if you see them after you know the answer.

    We've done a lot of camping but never need these particular items.

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  19. If you are still not getting this puzzle, then perhaps you are not getting the point.

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  20. My schools had reps to maintain. 'Dartmouth's in town again so run girls run' could be translated to "adult ogler cometh". Although they are now co-ed and may have toned down a bit. Smith College (Sophia Smith) could not always have "emphases lithologic" if they showed cultural competent tolerance for "homophiles gestical". My grad school, Goucher did show "cooler chug glee" on the weekends.

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  21. Oh, one more:

    MOUNT HOLYOKE = LOOK OUT HYMEN

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  22. Since it’s now the bewitching hour on Thursday I’ll spill the beans...

    My reference to a Top 40 hit song was obviously “Ohio,” written by Neil Young and recorded by Crosby, Stills and Nash. It reached position 14 on the national pop/rock charts in 1970 and concerned the 4 students/war protesters who were killed by the National Guard at Kent State University. Amazingly the song was written, recorded and released as a single just 7 days after the incident it concerns.

    Chuck

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  23. To parse my comment:

    "Since Blainesville includes a lot of different talents" (What's known in politics as a big TENT), "I'll bet" (STAKE) someone comes up with the answer."

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  24. My clues:

    "I don't think Will is breaking new ground with this one." Tent stakes go into the ground.

    "I would say this one is the opposite of intense." Tent stakes are used outside the tent.

    "If you are still not getting this puzzle, then perhaps you are not getting the point." Tent stakes have points.

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  25. WKBN AM 570: For a nearby radio station and May 1970, the date of the Kent State shootings.

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  26. Good morning in Japanese is Ohayo-gozaimasu

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  27. My clue, Jack Sprat, referred to Jack Lambert, Hall of Fame middle linebacker for the Steel Curtain Pittsburgh Steelers of the mid-1970's to early 1980's. Lambert attended Kent State and is my favorite football player of all-time.

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  31. Musical clue: Ozzy Osbourne, 2005 UK Music Hall of Fame awards.

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  32. Last week there were 1600 entries.
    It would be appropriate to look up this new answer.

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  33. Sorry SDB and Bryan, your clues led too directly to part of the answer and thus the profession.

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