Thursday, March 28, 2013

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 24, 2013): [Solution] Five by Five Word Square

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 24, 2013): [Solution] Five by Five Word Square:
5x5 solutionA: PANDA, APART, NASAL, DRAMA, ATLAS
The hints in the original post were "Aside from" = APART, "Subjecting" = things you might study as in PANDA (zoology), DRAMA and ATLAS (geography). The last clue was "& let" since the consonants in "aMPeRSaND LeT" are the ones used in the puzzle.

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  2. One time I just couldn't figure it out. Only had "drama."

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  3. I got SALAD, AMARA, NASAL, DRAMA and SANDS

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    1. I've only seen Amara as a place name or a girl's name and it isn't common. So in both cases it doesn't pass the "uncapitalized, common English word" test.

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    1. Interesting because I started with RANCH but did not complete it with that word. I don't recall how far I got with it because it is not in my written notes. I began working the puzzle in my head and then with Scrabble tiles.

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    2. Hello has an 'O' in it so it doesn't meet the 'A' test. Or the t test ;-).

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    3. I think Leif missed the requirement that the only vowel be 'A'.

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    4. You say potato, I say patata. . .

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  5. I can now come clean with my clue.

    "I'll gamble a stamp" was a throwback reference to that comic from my childhood, "Hero of the Beach," which advertises for Charles ATLAS.

    http://bit.ly/YQ7NgB

    -- Other Ben

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  6. I want to thank jan for the hint of "...famous denizens of the National Zoo." I solved it immediately.

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  7. What I had was:

    LANDS
    ACARA
    NASAL
    DRAMA
    SALAD

    Acara, of course, is a fish; actually, there are two types of acara: blue and zebra acara. There also is the acronym ACARA, as in "Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority."

    My clues were:

    NASAL: I'd like to use "snooty" as a clue now, but that one was already provided.
    DRAMA: OK, I guess that's not worth getting upset about.
    LANDS: Still, folks everywhere should agree that,
    ACARA: educational as this puzzle may be,
    SALAD: it's a toss-up.

    My other post, Anyone else wonder where Blaine is…?, referred to AbqGuerilla's post with the word "melodramatic" in it, containing the word "drama." I thought Blaine would delete that comment (but he didn't).

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  8. Hmmm...toss-up again...Hey, baby, I hear those voices callin'...somebody deserves an EDDIE award for this!

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  9. New puzzle's up:

    Name something in four letters that you use every day. Add the letters O, H and M, and rearrange all seven letters. You will name something else you probably use every day. This seven-letter thing is usually found near the four-letter thing. What are they?

    This is an easy one. Call me sophomoric, but the four-letter thing and the seven-letter thing are usually found near the real 3-letter stuff.

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  10. In college, I would use the four letter thing to chline my bong.

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  11. Hint: Steven Wright & Cole Porter.

    Will Shortz has no shame!

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  12. Cannot send in the answer again. Here we go again!

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  13. The product of an elegant ratite.

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  14. I had

    CANST
    ASANA
    NASAL
    SNACK
    TALKS .....and yes CANST isn't too common anymore :-(

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    1. Canst is archaic and no longer common, but good try.

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  16. Jst got back from traintrip to Chicago with grandkids.
    Stage left.../ to the NASCAR DRAMA
    martiak arts/kunfu PANDA.
    Titab/ATLAS
    Torn to pieces/APART
    Carradine kungfu/PANDA
    Show/DRAMA
    a...a..airtight to the erudite/A A in every word.
    Wo wo wo wo...Kungfu fighting/PANDA
    No issues/DRAMA
    Zeke uP AND Around AT LASt.

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