Sunday, December 27, 2015

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 27, 2015): The Duck Says "Quack"

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 27, 2015): The Duck Says "Quack":
Q: Name a famous actress who has four letters in her first name and four letters in her last name. Add one letter, and rearrange the result to name an animal and the sound this animal makes. Who is the actress, what is the animal and what is the sound that the animal makes?
Personally I'd say the sound is more like the last name with a letter removed.

Edit: GRR!
A: TERI GARR + O --> TIGER + ROAR

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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday deadline. Thank you.

2. LUCY BALL + R yields BULL which makes the sound CLARY, doesn't it? Or a CUB makes the sound LEALLY, doesn't it?

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2. Wasn't Robert Clary great in HH?

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4. Once is enough.

3. I may be wrong, but has Will used this actress before? Within the past couple of years? Easy puzzle. As jan said at the end of last week's thread, 'tis amazing how few (4&4) actresses tread the boards.

Congrats to Enya_and_Weird_Al_fan! Great job today, and in your appearance during th postcard era also.

Incidentally, the first two people in Will's "people in the 2015 news" on-air puzzle were answers to Puzzleria! puzzles in 2015 (and I almost did one on Miss America -- --- Will's on-air puzzle # 5 -- but decided my blog is already sufficiently pop-cultural without that!) Anyway, the moral of the story is to do all the Puzzleria! puzzles in 2016 and you will have a leg up on next year's NPR names-in-the-news puzzle.

We have SIX puzzles on Puzzleria! this week, including a great poser composed by skydiveboy. Enjoy!

LegoWondersWhereWalterPalmerWasInWill'sOnAirChallenge

4. Great clue, Blaine.

5. I was going to give a hint from a famous poem, which mentions where you might find this creature; but then realized that telling the animal's mentioned environs draws a quick link to another celebrity and gives it away. Oh, well! ---Rob

6. She met her maker in 1977.

1. Yea right! Misleading but nice!

Makes me want to say Moo!

7. Of course, like most of you, I first thought of Gina Lollobrigida, but when I did the math it didn't quite work out.

Actually I did it forwards, from the animal, and then got the actress, who I don't know anything about, but have heard her name.

1. I should have said backwards.

2. Glad to see I'm not the only one who did it that way. But then, I'd be telling an untruth if I claimed pop culture as a strength.

8. My first hope was Cher Bono = horse bonc; the sound equestrian horses make when they gently hit the bar, also the sound actresses make after they've not so gently hit the bar.

9. One word: Deutschendorf

1. A Capitol thought!

10. This puzzle is the worst in a long time. We are called upon to provide an unusually-worded, loosey-goosey solution. It doesn’t even come close to being a decent puzzle. Bring back the good old upside-down alarm clock days :)

I also offer my congrats to EAWAF for his performance this morning!

11. Got this within a few minutes by guessing the animal and sound first. Unfortunately, I must go. The power is out, so I'm having to use a candle to illuminate the room, and when my boss finds I've taken it, he'll surely be mad.

12. Has she ever appeared on Broadway?

1. I don't think so, but her father did. She appears in crosswords fairly frequently.

2. jan,
You may want to consult with pjb on this.

3. According to Wikipedia, her father played the lead role in the Broadway drama Tobacco Road, and her mother was a Rockette, but I found no evidence of Teri ever performing in a Broadway play.
However, as pjb points out, below, she had "an interesting sort of relationship" with the recently retired David Letterman and his Late Show emanating from the Ed Sullivan Theater at 1697-1699 Broadway.

13. Ryan, you may have to put the candle back. As for the actress in question, she had an interesting sort of relationship with someone who officially retired this past year. Not bad looking either, if you ask me. She was also a Mrs. in a film where the Mr. was given an unlikely title due to the circumstances. As for the animal, where I live we have two major sports teams, one of which has this animal as its mascot.

1. I was sitting down to an espresso when your clue got me over the hump.

14. Thx pbj,
Slugs ooze. At least I beat the deadline.
Sorry, me and my giveaways.

Just a quick note to inform all you holiday revelers that Lego is now running one of my puzzles over at Puzzleria! This one has so far been only solved by two that we know of, but I actually thought it would be easier to solve than it now appears to be. It is very straightforward and no tricks involved in solving it. It is not stupid like one you may have encountered earlier today. Hope you give it a try and solve it too.

16. Musical clue: Jefferson Starship

1. Or Katy Perry.

2. Yours may be just a bit too obvious, Leo. I'm thinking of a deep cut by my group.

3. BTW Happy birthday to my mom!

4. I wasn't sure if Blaine was going to censor my remark. Maybe he's not a Katy Perry fan.

17. BTW I got SDB's puzzle!

18. Attention Blaine! Poise your finger on that delete button. As is my wont, I shall now reveal my answer!

I struggled mightily with this toughie, I must admit. Then I reread Blaine’s excellent clue, played with a few letter combinations, Duck Duck Googled some actress Liszt sites and… Viola! (no, wait, that’s ViolinTeddy’s bailiwick. Let me start over)…
I Duck Duck Googled some actress Liszt sites and… Voila! I unearthed this Bollywood actress named Terrarsia Rapport. My only concern is that my animal involves using two words, one of them a possessive noun. That may not be kosher. That, and, of course, the fact that the name of my actress contains 9 and 7 letters. Will may not accept that. (But I did notice that the veggie monger at the farmers' market last August readily accepted my fin when I purchased five ears of corn from her!)

Anyway. I sent it in. Lapel pin, here I come!

(Incidentally, skydiveboy and patjberry: thanks for the Puzzleria! shout-outs!

LegoInsistsThereAreNoHintsInThisPost,Only"Anti-hints"(Well,NoHintsToWill'sPuzzle,Anyway)

19. Bonus Puzzle (easy):
Name a famous actor, 4 letters first name, 4 letters last name. Remove 1 letter, rearrange to get a 2 word phrase for something you don't want this time of year, or any time of year.

20. Eco,
You are one puzzle-generatin' machine!
Getting pierced in the butt by a pub-game projectile?
A bogus LSD experience, man!

LegoWhoIsUpToHisButtInB*tSh*t

21. Winged-mammal droppings!

LegoDoneInByEuphemisms!

1. Batten down the batches, lego?!

22. To think we pay Wee Willy for these!

23. I think I'm on par on this one

24. One of this animal's many habitats has been in the news lately.

25. One former inhabitant of one the animal's other habitats shares the name of a well-known criminal, while another former inhabitant is an unusual species of bird.

In the end, this puzzle was very easy. I'm reddy to submit my answer.

26. I'm glad to be on vacation in sunny Florida while the northeast is finally getting its first frost and some flakes of snow this winter.

1. Are you really in Florida or are you lyin'

2. Haha. Yes - playing some tennis and getting in some links when I'm not catchin' some rays.

27. Drop one letter from the name and rearrange the rest to form the catchword of a commercial version of the animal.

1. Ward,
That's Cl-l-lever!

LegoIsRollingBigSnowballsAndMakingASnowmanInTheLandOfLakes(TenThousandOf'Em,AllIcedOver)

2. I love that product he advertises! Haven't eaten it in years!

28. Headed out for OT soon.

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2016!

1. Same to you.
Hope the OT isn't too many Ouches and Twinges.
When I was going through it, I became convinced PT stood for Pulling and Twisting.

2. Overland Trail?
Patrol Torpedo?

29. The actress in question was also a series regular on a weekly variety show cohosted by an entertainer who goes by one name.

30. Those of you who are football fans probably know the Birmingham Bowl has something to do with this week's puzzle...twice.

1. Well, those of us who are fans of internet searching sure do.

31. Speaking of football many have been booted for less.

1. TERI GARR + O = TIGER ROAR

"glub" refers to the sound a gar might make while swimming around.

"Headed out for OT soon." was a nod toward the Monday OT (OverTime) NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Cincinnati Bengals (TIGERS). Go Broncos!

32. TERI GARR + O = TIGER & ROAR

This puzzle is not worthy of a hint.

33. TERI GARR + O Rearranges to TIGER ROAR.

My Clues:
1882 is when Frank Stockton's short story, The Lady or the TIGER, was published.
One who tells an untruth...”, is lyin (lion).

1. That is a great story, SuperZee, except for the ending.

2. SchrÃ¶dinger's Cat Lady or the Tiger?! ;-)

3. Since SchrÃ¶dinger was born five years after the story was published, it just might have been his inspiration, but then, it might not have been.

4. Oh God, not another Lady or the Tiger conundrum.

5. For some reason, opening up the box to see if the Cat Lady is still alive or not amuses me greatly. Anyone else?

6. Especially if she is played by Eartha Kitt...

34. Teri Garr, a tiger, grr

Last Sunday I said, “This puzzle is the worst in a long time. We are called upon to provide an unusually-worded, loosey-goosey solution. It doesn’t even come CLOSE to being a decent puzzle.” Of course, Teri Garr was one of the main characters in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Happy New Year, All

1. One too many G's...

2. G was the letter I added.

Chuck

3. you're supposed to add an "O", not a "G"

4. Wrong! It does not specify what letter to add.

5. Chuck, what happened to the A from GARR? The animal plus the sound have to add up to nine letters. TIGER plus GRR only has eight...

6. "Add one (other = different) letter."

7. SZ -

A tiger, Grr

Ron -

The clue just says "Add one letter."

8. "a tiger, grr" is not as good a solution as "tiger, roar" -- which is obviously the correct answer

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36. Teri Garr + o = tiger roar
Tony the Tiger says, "Grrrreat clue, Blaine."

37. My first hope was Cher Bono = horse bonc

Teri Garr went by the name Teri Hope in Pajama Party, and Ms Garr was also a regular on Sonny & Cher. I can also imagine her ditsy character going "bonc", though I don't know that she ever played a drunk.

38. Bonus Puzzle:

Brad Pit(t) = bad trip. Lego offers other anagrams, I assume he meant dart tip and bat drip.

39. My habitat clues:

1. The habitat recently in the news is the University of Missouri, one of many colleges whose teams are the TIGERS.

2. The second habitat is Detroit, with clues pertaining to the TIGERS. Before anyone heard of a criminal named WILLIE HORTON, the criminal's namesake was an outfielder for the Tigers (To me and many others, the first person we think of when we hear the name "Willie Horton" is the former Tigers outfielder, not the infamous criminal).

And the unusual bird with whom the tiger shares a habitat is Tigers' pitcher Mark "The Bird" Fidrych. Who could ever forget 1976, his only season in MLB, in a career cut tragically short by arm trouble? AL ERA leader, All Star, and 19 wins were only the beginning. His eccentricities, not to mention his resemblance to Sesame Street character Big Bird, captured the hearts of many who were not fans of the National Pasttime. We couldn't get enough of "The Bird".

And when I said I was Reddy to submit my answer, that's a reference to singer Helen Reddy's hit "I am Woman" whose title was followed by the line "Hear me ROAR" in the song's first line.

Lastly, the Broncos also provide an indirect hint to the answer, as the 1977 film in which Teri Garr met her maker (actually, it was her husband who met his maker) was "Oh God", with John DENVER playing her husband.

Happy New Year everyone, and may Will provide us with a year of challenging puzzles!

1. You are on the ball with your Willie Horton observation. Pinch-hitter de luxe, Gates Brown (great name!) was also a Bengal of that era. Also, the non-acidic Hall-of-Famer AlKaline!

I linked to Mark Fidrych in this Puzzleria!, just because his first name was Mark. And boy, did he ever make a memorable mark! Great fun to watch. Like non-Tigers like the Mad Hungarian, or submariners Tekulve and Quisenberry.

LegoCashFreehanColavitoMcAuliffeMossiBunningMcLain...

40. TERI GARR + O = TIGER + ROAR.

Eco's puzzle:

DART TIP
BAT DIRT

BTW, William Blake's poem is actually entitled THE TYGER.

41. Ah, anagrams, the cotton candy of puzzles.
We all solved this one and only have a sugar rush, new cavities, sticky fingers and a sad little paper cone.
And they are Will's favorites.

1. Mendo Jim,
That is poetry.

2. I disagree with your statement that anagrams are "the cotton candy of puzzles". Anagrams can be very challenging (and fun!).

The first one I remember Will giving as a clue was in 1992: ON ANY SCREEN being an anagram of SEAN CONNERY. There are many similar anagrams of words or names that relate to each other.

I once suggested to Will that listeners be given the challenge of creating anagrams of the names of colleges. My inspiration for this was hearing a story that involved BRANDEIS University. BRANDEIS anagrams into ED'S BRAIN--a rather appropriate anagram for a college that has a stellar academic reputation, and no doubt, has many NPR listeners among its students, faculty, and alumni (and perhaps even among contributors to this blog). I could almost visualize the word "brain" as I heard the name "Brandeis."

All of the following are anagrams of college names. The two short ones are easy-to-solve anagrams of well-known institutions. The longer ones are more challenging. Here goes:

I HATE SOOT
GONE TO STARE
I THEN SLICE A BRAIN
A WISE HOLY ONE

1. To actually perform the third item, one would have to be trained at a college other than the institution that the phrase is an anagram of.

2. The fourth item has some relationship to the college name that it is an anagram of.

My hint if Will ever issues this challenge: college names with the word "state" (i.e., "Colorado State") or a compass direction (or better yet, TWO compass directions such as "Northeast Louisiana") and/or directions ending in "ern") ("Eastern Illinois") give rise to some clever anagrams. There are two more names that contribute to good anagrams. but I will say no more other than they are part of the college names on my list.

Happy New Year everyone!

3. OHIO STATE
OREGON STATE
ABILENE CHRISTIAN
OHIO WESLEYAN

HAPPY NEW YEAR all!

42. Did anyone else notice that Magdalen at AESAP announced today that she is now closing down her blog due to her annoyance with the puzzles of late?

44. My hint, and Siz's, both referred to Oh, God, starring Teri Garr and John (Deutschendorf)Denver, who met their maker in the form of George Burns as God.

45. TERI GARR, TIGER, ROAR
Again I almost forgot the deadline was changed.
I mentioned she was in Mr. Mom, where she was the Mrs. to Michael Keaton's title role. I also mentioned her being a regular on the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, as well as her being a frequent guest on Late Night with David Letterman. As for the "tiger" part, I referred to the Auburn Tigers in my home state, who played the Birmingham Bowl against another team calling themselves "Tigers". Jefferson Starship recorded "Ride the Tiger" in 1974. I also told someone else on this blog to "put the candle back", a reference to Me. Garr in "Young Frankenstein". Then someone else referenced Tony the Tiger saying "Grrreat!", and I responded because I've had Frosted Flakes before.

46. I mentioned a famous poem; it is "The Tyger" by William Blake. I was going to make some hint out of the "tyger's" environs, "in the forests of the night," but that would have mentioned nocturnal woods, and I didn't want to have too quick a connection to... Tiger Woods! ---Rob

47. My hints of frost and flakes in the northeast were references to Tony the Tiger and his Frosted Flakes. My second post referred to links (Lynx) and CATching some rays.

48. To wind up the year, and not mentioning this week's puzzle.

Last week's puzzle was my favorite despite the fact that I only came up with the secondary answer as evidenced by "smile(s)" vs. "frowns".

I did get a second hit:
latron*, matron, natron**, patron.

*brigand, mercinary (archaic),and
**mummy desiccant, and so no good.
But my search method seemed OK.

Aha, a real-life puzzle worth solving:
Why did I miss the the primary answer?

I did mention "traps". It turned out that "votion" was in my word list (evidently a surname), and the other four words were filtered out of view.

So, know thy data!

Happy New Year.

49. Happy New Year indeed! I just found out one of MY puzzles will be used in next week's Puzzleria! Guess I won't need any hints for solving that one! LOL

1. I am sorry to say that the way the puzzles have been going lately I will have to wait until tomorrow in order to know whether to offer you my congratulations or condolences. Hopefully it will be the former.

2. I read your post wrong, thinking you meant the NPR Puzzle. Sorry!

50. Next week's challenge: This is a variation on the old word ladder puzzle. The object is to change WHOLE to HEART by either adding or subtracting one letter at a time, making a new, common, uncapitalized word at each step.

For example, you can change RED to ROSE in five steps. Starting with RED, you could add a U, making RUED; drop the D, leaving RUE; add an S, making RUSE; add an O, making ROUSE, and then drop the U, leaving ROSE.

Changing or rearranging letters is not allowed, neither are plurals or verbs formed by adding -S. No word in the chain can have fewer than three letters.

How many steps are needed to change WHOLE to HEART? I have my best answer. We'll compare results next week.

1. HOVER HOOVER
ROSTER ROOSTER
HOSIER HOOSIER
HARP ON HARPOON
SMOTHER SMOOTHER
GO-GO GOO-GOO

2. For the new puzzle, I got 5 steps.

3. My best effort thus far involves more steps than there are letters in either WHOLE or HEART... but not by much.

4. Disregard my second comment; I misread the puzzle.

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52. I had a six step solution - before noting the requirement for no words with less than three letters.

1. Yeah, my six-step solution dips as low as three letters, but not as low as two.
BTW, in order to go from WHOLE to HEART you must subtract a W, O and L, and add an A, R and T. That is six subtractions/additions. Ergo, six is the minimum number of steps.

LegoWithWholeHeartedHopesToAllForAHappyNewYear

53. In a public display of affection for wordplay, I'll point out that you don't need to use a PDA to know that a patent ductus arteriosus is a hole in the heart.

1. Whole-heartedly agree, jan, that that's a great use of PDA.

6 words in the chain for me in this hexagonal 2016.

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