Sunday, May 31, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 31, 2015): What comes first?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 31, 2015): What comes first?:
Q: A simple challenge: Think of a 5-letter word that can precede "chicken" to complete a common two-word phrase. Change the middle letter to get a new word that can follow "chicken" to complete a common two-word phrase. What phrases are these?
Not to complain but we were up late helping our son move back from college, so I apologize for the late post.

Edit: My clues were complain (roast) and back home (roost).
A: ROAST chicken --> chicken ROOST

121 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 a chain of thought, or an internet search) 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 posted the following at the end of last week's blog earlier this morning:

    skydiveboy Sun May 31, 05:55:00 AM PDT

    I got the answer to this one in less than 30 seconds. Now back to bed.

    Lego,
    I suspect you know exactly what I am thinking now.

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  4. I now have an alternate answer that I was thinking of posting half of, but, although it has me laughing out loud as I type this, I will restrain myself. Those of you are are the sensitive type, like, well you know who you are, should thank me.

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  5. I got the answer but I can’t think of a good clue. Maybe it’ll hit me when I go to sleep tonight.

    Chuck

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    1. Chuck,
      You of all people here should have no problem solving this softball.

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    2. SDB -

      I did solve it. It's the good clue I'm looking for :)

      Chuck

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    3. Chuck,
      I know you solved it. My post is a hint.

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    4. SDB -

      I know you know. I got your hint. Mine was, too :)

      Chuck

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    5. Chuck,

      I know. At least we are now in the proper pecking order. :)

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    6. Well, it's not sunshine, but at least it's halfway interesting.

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    7. We talkin' chromosomes, here?

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    8. Hmmm, not my first thought, but ok.

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    9. Hmmm, not my first thought, but ok.

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  6. "Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in your soul." -Emily Dickinson. I have hope for everyone!

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    1. “How wrong Emily Dickinson was! Hope is not "the thing with feathers." The thing with feathers has turned out to be my nephew. I must take him to a specialist in Zurich.” -- Woody Allen

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    2. I have to have hope for everyone.

      otherwise

      [How can there be hope for me?]

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    1. Siz,
      I was thinking of a hint along those lines, but couldn't think of one that wasn't too obvious. You succeeded.

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  8. This week, I shall reveal my answer in verse form:

    DEAD HEN CLUCKNG
    Pending pardon, the hen lay on poultry death row.
    Her fate? Processing. Life? Not worth chicken feed.
    She’d be fried unless Governor Leghorn said, “No!”
    Ah, ‘tis priceless the life of a chicken freed.

    Even though I am well aware of Dr. Shortz’s intended answer, this is the answer I reckon I will submit! If there were only some weblog site offering a more challenging puzzle pertaining to God’s Creatures Great and Small (such as, say, “Featured Creatures Slice: The Adventures of Fozzie and Herriot”).

    FoghornLegohornLambda

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    1. Well at least Sister Helen Fricassee will be there.

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    2. Give that poet a pullet surprise!

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    3. Thank you, jan. But I was kind of hoping for an "Extra-CrisPeabody Award."

      LegoChickPeaFil-A

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  9. The NPR website is still showing last week's puzzle. So I've been sort of timid about submitting my answer. Anyone else run into this problem?

    Chuck

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    1. Yes. NPR interns are on an extended Memorial Day Week-not-end Holiday? No?

      LegoWhenSomethingIsAmiss,FirstBlameTheLackeys

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  10. I could poke fun at some of the clues above but I won't.

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  11. At last, an easier puzzle. Reminds me of Sundays past (or is that "repast"?). --Margaret G.

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    2. --Margaret G.,
      I'm not sure, but isn't it pasture time for bed?

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  12. The puzzle this week has put me in a fowl mood.

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    1. SDB, Don't let this puzzle get you "down".

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    2. Natasha,
      Eider'gue with you, but I don't want to get your dander up.

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    3. SDB, Keep your sunny side up....

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    4. Is that something like keeping your pecker up?

      Things seem to be getting a bit murghi in here today.

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  13. I have no wish to alarm, but has anyone noticed that the sky seems to be falling?

    PUKIN' Chicken PUTIN

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  14. My answer sounds delicious, but maybe I should sleep on it.

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    1. Sorry, pjb, but I gotta know right now.

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    2. Paul, we're dealing with chicken here, not meatloaf. How about this: If it's baked chicken, wouldn't it be chicken-based? That would sure shock chicken in the chicken shack.

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  15. Mary had a little lamb,
    And when she saw it sicken,
    She shipped it off to Packingtown,
    And now it’s labelled chicken.

    From The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

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  16. I've come up with two answers:

    If you go to The MD5 Generator web site and enter the two phrases I entered for my 1st answer, separated by a comma, it generates:

    8791df204e15153a6edbd63e6ee925b2.

    If you go there and enter my 2nd answer, again separated by commas, it then generates:

    25e125e76a0a57a5b555e9b2819efa2e.

    The phrases are both in entirely lowercase, the two words in each phrase separated by a single space.

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    1. In my above post, change "commas" to "a comma".

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  17. What is it about chickens that's inherently funny?

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    1. Balk, balk, balking at answering that one, jan. . .

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    2. jan,
      Well, for one thing, as I know you know, there is this.

      LekoLambkin

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  18. The reason the chicken crossed the road and the result was the same: the chicken was tired.

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    1. My understanding is the chicken crossed the road because her COUPÉ was parked on the other side.

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  20. Hey, Does anyone know if they serve Buffalo Wings at Hooters?

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  21. Finally got it. Less trouble with more convoluted challenges.

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  22. Only clue that comes to mind is COSTCO lead item that is kind of sickening except for our dog Amma.

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    1. zeke creek,

      Verb 1. egg on - urge on; cause to act; "The other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window"

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    2. Of what are you eggsactly implying? The stoned boy threw eggs out the window?

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    3. Is this an eggistential discussion?

      Anyway, his momelet him get away with it.

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    4. Some people say the egg crossed the road in order to escape when he was caught poaching.

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    5. Others say he was being chased by a Keeshond. Similar to a quiche hound.

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  24. My understanding is this was a brown egg and it was told to scram-ble by a racist cop.

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  25. Anybody remember the Super Chicken cartoon, part of the George of the Jungle show in the late 1960's? Created by Jay Ward, who also did Rocky & Bullwinkle. I think the intent was to show little kids what happens when you take LSD.

    A sort of hint here, I also think Super Chicken to Chicken Supper is a worth puzzle....

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  26. While we're on the subject of changing one letter to make a new word, here's another puzzle to chew on: Think of a nine-letter word for something you might find in a particular type of restaurant. Change one letter to an A to get a possible impulse buy in a convenient store. What are these? Answer Thursday.

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  27. My lips are sealed. Musical clue: Edgar Kennedy(?)

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  28. Got your puzzle patjb.....your clue was a great one!

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  29. Gotcha Eco. One of my favorite short-lived shows.
    Malcolm Little was no Chicken Little. He expressed his thoughts freely.

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  30. My artistic skills are so poor, I can't even draw a stick chicken.

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    1. Paul,
      Don't worry about your shortcomings. Instead take stock of your strengths.

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  31. I've been trying all week to come up with a parallel puzzle with just 4 letters in each of the two words. So far all I can come up with is:

    Shot Chicken

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    1. For a six letter version, I came up with:

      Mature Chicken

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    2. Seems like you hit it right on the windshield.

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    3. Reminds me of:

      She was only a rancher's daughter, but all the horsemen knew her.

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    4. You're in trouble now. It could be a case of Sepp Bladder, which is caused by fuss-balls and loose tools.

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  32. Anyone who needs help remember which are the sticky-up things and which are the hanging-down things in caves should check out Will's New York Times crossword today.

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    1. jan,

      I know you meant no harm, but since I check my email, including follow-up comments from this and other blogs, before having breakfast and doing the Times crossword, your comment was a major spoiler for me. And the puzzle wasn't that great either. Best to confine remarks to the day and topic of a particular blog.

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    2. BTW, how do you get comments mailed to you?

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    3. Just check the "Notify me" box at the lower right of the comment box.

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    4. Won't that just mail me responses to my own comment? Is there any way to get all comments mailed?

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    5. I believe it sends you every comment for that week's blog. You do need to recheck the box at the beginning of the next week, though.

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    6. ROAST CHICKEN and CHICKEN ROOST

      Ermellinata di Rovigo
      referred to the first two letters in roast and the first three letters in roost.

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  33. ROAST Chicken ROOST

    My hint:

    "Chuck,
    You of all people here should have no problem solving this softball."

    CHUCK ROAST

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  34. chicken thigh, Thai Chicken

    OK – Just kidding, folks.

    roast chicken, chicken roost

    Last Sunday I said, “I got the answer but I can’t think of a good clue. Maybe one’ll hit me when I go to sleep tonight.” On my roost.

    Chuck

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  35. ROAST CHICKEN, CHICKEN ROOST

    > I feel a poultry slam coming on....

    Kinda like a roast.

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  36. Roast chicken
    Chicken roost
    Clue re-Costco nasty chicke roast $4.99 blah

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  37. A chicken can be a roaster or rooster.

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  38. "A sort of hint here" - letters 1-5 anagram to roast, letters 2-6 anagram to roost.

    The Super Chicken story was mere distraction, though I think https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAHlGeVGp-4 is definitely worth a watch. Especially at 1:00 when the "Oyster" says his shell is "also a dandy place to store mushrooms." I guess no censors in 1967....

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  39. Yup, David, Gallus gallus includes those guy chickens too!

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  40. Mea culpa . . . .

    I very briefly posted a potential answer, Seder Chicken and Chicken Sexer, then removed it. I knew a chicken sexer was a real thing, but after looking at the Wikipedia entry for the Seder (not being Jewish myself), I thought chicken had no place at a Seder. Only after posting did I Google "Seder Chicken" and found a slew of entries. Hence the quick removal.

    All this came after I had decided that the "correct" answer was Roast Chicken and Chicken Roost. This took a long time, because the name "Chicken Roost" somehow was totally strange to this suburban boy. It was easier to believe in Seder Chicken!

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    1. skydiveboy suggested Mosel Chicken & Chicken Motel
      above. Juxtaposed with your Seder Chicken and Chicken Sexer, that suggests Chicken Mohel to me, which it probably shouldn't.

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    2. Chicken Sexer??? Doesn't the pecker give it away?

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  41. I submitted two answers of which ROAST CHICKEN & CHICKEN ROOST was the second!

    My first answer was BAKED CHICKEN & CHICKEN BASED.

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  42. ROAST CHICKEN CHICKEN ROOST "My answer sounds delicious(roast), but maybe I should sleep on it(roost)." The answer to my puzzle was CHOPSTICK CHAPSTICK"My lips are sealed...with Chapstick."; In Edgar Kennedy's short subjects for RKO, his theme music was "Chopsticks".

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    1. Nice puzzle, patjberry.

      LegoShouldAChapOnAChopperWearChaps?

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  43. ROAST CHICKEN

    CHICKEN ROOST

    “Hope is the thing with feathers that PERCHES (ROOSTS) in your soul.” -Emily Dickinson

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  44. My clue - I could poke fun at some of the clues above but I won't - was a reference to a roast.

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  45. My clue left Monday - Hey, Does anyone know if they serve Buffalo Wings at Hooters?

    Hooters has a lot of the same letters as rooster and has the "OO" combination of roost.

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  46. Next week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from listener David Rosen, of Bethesda, Md. Name a famous person in Washington, D.C. — 7 letters in the first name, 5 letters in the last. Drop the last sound in the last name. The result — phonetically — will be the first and last name of a famous living entertainer. Who is it?

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    1. 1.? ?
      2.BIG RIG
      3.POOL TOOL
      4.HEART CHART
      5.NOT HOT
      6.TERSE VERSE
      7.HOUND SOUND
      8.RACE PLACE
      9.LOOSE NOOSE
      10.DEEP SLEEP
      11.PIPE TYPE
      12.GREAT WEIGHT
      13.MOOER WOOER ?
      14.SHOUT OUT
      15.PINK DRINK

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  47. Looking up the famous living entertainer in the IMDb, I made the following discovery: Add one of the chemical elements onto the beginning of this entertainer's last name and the result (first name and new last name) is this entertainer's true birth name!

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  48. Enya_and-Weird_Al_fan. I think we have come up with different answers. We'll have to wait and see how Will judges them.

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  49. SuperZee: Your answer could also be linked to a chemical element.

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  51. Now that you've solved this no brainer of a puzzle, you might head on over to Lego's, http://puzzleria.blogspot.com/ He is now presenting another of my home made puzzles, and I think you will find this one both easy and more enjoyable than this one here. Oh, and it is one I sent in to Will Shortz at least three times over the last more than five years.

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