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Q: Think of three words used in golf. Say them out loud one after the other. They'll sound like a group that was in the news in 2016. What group is it?
A: Green Party (green + par + tee)
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.
I thought it was PAR FORE the COURSE!
This didn't take much energy. Part of the problem, I thought, would be that I know nothing of sports, or golf. But the golf terms are ones everyone knows, even me. ---Rob
Happy PARtRIDGE BIRDIE in a pear tree
To add elegance, I would say a golf course is a good place to burn silver.
Congrats to Margo! Merry Christmas to all!In an effort to emulate SDB’s uncanny ability to solve certain puzzles very quickly, the answer to this week’s puzzle popped into my head before my feet hit the floor this morning. And I don’t even play golf :)
Yeah, I had a similar experience this morning. I returned to bed after a call of nature just as the puzzle was about to be aired @ about 5:40 am. So I turned the radio on just for the segment. I thought it might be tedious as I have never golfed and I thought it could be some music group I never heard of, but I got 2 of the words right away and then the 3rd one came right after. Radio off; back to sleep.My Hint:No apologies if this one makes me cry.
Thank you, Chuck! Merry Christmas to you and everyone here.
To those who have solved this puzzle so easily, I say welcome to the club. No puttering around on this one. Of course, it may prove too rough if one has too many irons in the fire, knock on wood. Just don't dig yourself into a hole.
As I agree with Mark Twain that, "Golf is a good walk spoiled," my perspective on this puzzle is somewhat twisted. It makes me want to join those who reach for an airsick bag as soon as they board a plane.
I have always enjoyed, and fully agree with, the quote, but I doubt Mark Twain actually said it.I am not one who would ever feel any need for a puke bag on a plane, but I could have used one after I solved this juvenile puzzle.
Twain would likely agree with Yogi, who said, "I never said half the things I said." But don't discount the rest of my observation...
An event for 2016: Course caddy lie. I will pay for my syntax.
Je aussi (sic): titanic word.
Speaking of birdies, while walking along Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge just now, I saw traffic stopped by seven wild turkeys crossing the road. Christmas dinner survivors!
Those young Turks seem to have no respect for vehicular traffic. They would only have had to walk a few feet farther in order to use the crosswalk.
Har, har, life is never boring in Cambridge.
The Turkeys used crosswalk in Berkeley and crossed on the green light too. HAHAHAHAHA
Found the same flock again yesterday, just half a block from my son's place. And, I swear, at the other end of the block, this sign.
School: not just for fish and people anymore. . Do you understand their slogan "Better Than Offer?" Do they perhaps mean "Better Than Ever?" Are they trying to reach out to rogue turkeys? ;-)
Had a great Christmas today. Hope you all did too. Santa was good to my nieces and my nephew, and because I'm in my mid-40s I got my usual "practical" gifts: new shirts, new socks, new underwear, new pajamas, a new calendar, and a Whitman's sampler. We also spent the holiday with members of my sister-in-law's family. For details on what gifts we received there, check out my latest post on Puzzleria!
Tremendous job Margo(t?). I hope that I can do as well when picked. This week my musical clue is the opera, 'La Traviata.'
Seattle Opera is presenting La Traviata next month which I am very much anticipating. I just hope this time I remember to pick up my cargo pants at the cleaners so I don't have to wear my tuxedo.
Thanks, zeke creek (no T in my name, BTW)....very kind of you. Now I'm just trying to figure out what your clue has to do with the answer to this week's puzzle! My mom was named for the main character in La Traviata, so even though I've never seen that opera, I'm kinda emotional about even the name of it.
Hey cb,We'uns had one o' dem dar putter ball birdies for Christmas dinner.
Good'un, Zeke! Here's a bad'un:Back here in my neck o' the woods, the putter ball birdie gizzard is considered quite a delicacy. Ev'ryone fights to git it at the Christmas dinner table. You hear cries of: "Gimme lag hazard!"LegoWhoNotesThatThreeConsecutiveBirdiesInGolfIsCalledATurkey!
Anyone notice the puzzle master and host did not mention the number of correct entries from last week.
Yeah, with the holiday, and the relative obscurity of the puzzle, I don't think they had many answers...
Can you please explain what you think is obscure about that puzzle.
I suppose I should have thought to ask the producer that question, when she originally called on Thursday. I was just too stunned to even think of it.
SKD - I mean obscure in that it happened long enough ago that most folks would not think of those historical figures. Yes, those are well-known individuals, but so are Julius Caesar and Ghengis Khan. Basically, that puzzle put all of human history into play. That's why I didn't bother with it. I didn't have time to anagram out every possible notable person in human history.
Curtis, where was your new thumbnail image taken?
I took that picture of myself at Harriman Lake Park in Lakewood. From the right spot, it has a nice view of Lookout Mtn.
Great shot (though I imagine there was no selfie stick involved.) I thought it looked a bit familiar. We spent lots of time at Addenbrooke Park just a few miles north with friends who also had young kids and lived in that 'hood.
I've spent a fair amount of time at Addenbrooke Park, too. The wide-open grass area is great for kites or frisbees.
Perhaps the interns had not enough fingers and toes between them.
Just got the new Kindle up and running, and I am still "cranberry", though it's still me Pat J. Berry!
I just finally got around to submitting my answer to this week's puzzle. When I looked at what I had typed in the answer block I could only think: PATHETIC!
Thanks for the reminder.
I was unaware of this pianist. He plays wonderfully, but I was struck by how odd he appears at the keyboard. He looks uncomfortable and not matched with his instrument. Reminiscent of Awadagin Pratt, but not in the same position.
Margo, I seem to have missed the fact that you're ViolinTeddy here. Belated congratulations on your great performance on Sunday!
Thank you so much, jan. I only just now (not being very good at checking this blog after the fact) saw your post. I appreciate it.
This site has a lot of golf terms: http://www.pga.com/golf-instruction/instruction-feature/fundamentals/golf-glossary-and-golf-terms#i. One could come up with many possible group names from the list. I personally like Nassau Bunker Yips as a group name.
Or the Press Lie Cleek, perhaps. That actually existed, although not by that name.
Here is the best one I coined today:What’s the difference between a family remodeling their kitchen and the passengers on the Titanic?Betcha can't figure it out.
One is looking forward to their new sink shipping?
eco, you are brilliant. You almost got my answer which hence follows:Answer: The family is probably waiting for their sink to ship.
Easy when you have a preoccupation with the Farrah Fawcett.
Go with the flow.
Drain the swamp, fill it with oil.
I'm sure the Tower Wallah is taking care of that.
I hate to refuse to figure out your riddle, SDB, but I've been too busy getting a second Kindle Fire to work properly to even think about "what's the difference" conundrums. I almost forgot to check the Puzzleria! hints, and once I did I barely got any new answers. I'm sure it's a funny one, but I for one am too tired to fool with it, no offense. Not you, it's me.
Seeing the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker tomorrow.My favorite ballerina Maria Kotchetkova is performing. Love the colorful costumes.
It should be good, I hear Helgi Tomasson keeps them on their toes.
Ah, the Nutcraczzzz.
Don't you mean, tutu's company?
Happy 74th birthday to my mother, Linda!
The six-year old in me thinks Bare Rears Butts sounds like a great vacation idea.(And I'll bet that his Gold Butte is what our President-elect applies to his gold toilet.)
Now, jan, don't be disrespectful to our soon to be Fuhrer. You don't want to cause a furor.
Very pleased about Bears Ears Buttes in Utah! Beautiful country.
I forbear to comment on my Forebears.
Looking forward to visiting the new national monument in NV, too!
What a sad twist of fate with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds both dying within days of each other.
Not too surprising. I suspect this time she didn't feel like Singin' in the Rain.
Ha ha!'Singin' In The Rain' is not one of my favorite movies but I do find myself watching parts of it whenever it comes on TV.According to IMDB's website, Gene Kelly was really difficult to work with. One time he insulted Debbie Reynolds for not being able to dance. Fred Astaire, who was hanging around the studio, found her crying under a piano and helped her with her dancing.In fact, Reynolds and Donald O'Connor would never work with Gene Kelly again because he was such an egomaniac.
Maybe she was just keyed up.
I just wonder how many people may end up quitting the Trumpster regime because of his ego??
They are only there because of their oversized egos too. Almost no one will stand up to Trump, especially most of the Democrats. These people are all venal shits. You are about to witness the death of the empire. Actually it has been in the process for some time now. You cannot have a democracy when the people refuse to be involved.
An ex NFL QB is unfortunately not a group.
GREEN PARTY (GREEN PAR TEE) Initially, I thought the answer was TEA PARTY, so my early clues referred to that:"No" thank you, Tea Party (although Green Party also works for the 2016 election.)"Har, har, life is never boring in Cambridge." meant to evoke the Boston Harbor where the first tea party happened.This morning I added "Looking forward to visiting the new national monument in NV, too!" >>> NV >>> Envy >>> GREEN with envy.
GREEN + PAR + TEE = GREEN PARTYMy hints:“No apologies if this one makes me cry.” Refers to a lyric from a terrible song. “It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to.”
I wrote, "This didn't take much energy. Part of the problem, I thought,...." There's an anagram of ENERGY and PART. ---Rob
Green Par Tee (Green Party)As I said earlier, I had the answer before my feet hit the floor Sunday morning.
GREEN PARTY > Goes along with the recent Evan McMullin puzzle, a la a certain children's author.Add green to the eggs and ham.
At first I thought it might be of the form ____ fore ____, but, when that didn't work out, par-tee came to mind. "Tee par tee" didn't seem quite legit, an then I finally thought of Green Party.On Christmas Day in the morning, I posted the number 248, as in BWV 248, The Christmas Oratorio.J.S Bachman
Paul, are there any hemidemisemiquavers in that musically piece?
^^^ musical piece
I don't know. Maybe VT Margo knows.
ViolinTeddy, we are enlisting your musical expertise, please.
Ah, having not checked this blog until you otherwise alerted me, WW, I never saw your question until this moment. Since the above referred-to quavers are 64th notes, depending on the tempo of any particular portion of this Oratorio, which I'm sorry to say I have no personal experience having either sung or played, I'm guessing that there WOULD certainly be some (64th notes.) More probably in the accompaniment than in the vocal parts. But this is just a guess.
Verdi's La Traviata. The ever popular Brindici aka The Drinking Song.Verdi is roughly translated to Green.I can seem Jill raising her stein at the Party during the drinking song.
1. GREEN PAR TEEGREEN PARTY2. TEE PAR TEETEA PARTYThe Challenge said “three words used in golf,” NOT: “three different words used in golf.”
Three words used in real estate:location, location, locationThree words used in golf:dammit, dammit, dammit
GREEN, PAR, TEE=GREEN PARTYHope everybody enjoyed my post full of golf-related puns!
Green Par Tee--->Green PartyMy airsickness comments were references to people who get ILL IN JETS, which rearranges to JILL STEIN, the Green Party nominee in 2012 and 2016.
Uh-oh: should our group be concerned?!
No need for concern unless the patient tells awful pun jokes. No problem; my father died many years ago. It was no laughing matter.
No way does this relate to this group!?A True Story?
You may have heard that in the last two years the Woodland Park Zoo, here in Seattle, moved all their elephants to Louisiana due to a lack of trunk space.www.seattletimes.com/.../woodland-park-zoo-closing-elephant-exhibit
When one of the elephants had an infected tusk that needed to be extracted, the veterinary dentist asked to have him shipped to Alabama. When asked, "Why?", he replied, "In Alabama, you find the Tuscaloosa."
I had not 'herd' of either one of those!!
When the elephants were moved it was complicated. They decided on sending them South by train, but it had to be well coordinated with regular freight and so they were forced to use a trunk line.
It says in a book that more than 6000 elephants go each year to makepiano keys!Isn’t it amazing what elephants can be trained to do!?
Do they go in lock step? It seems quite a waste of gray matter.
Seriously though, has anyone heard of Witzelsucht before?
It can be rather tricky herding Witzelsucht as it is.
Well, no, I have never heard of Witzelsucht before but as a youngster in old country, we would go on picnics and cook Oskar Mayer schitzel and such. Ya, das vas gut!
68Charger,That schnitzel might taste like something else you wouldn't want to eat unless you include that N.
SDB - You're right about that. Ha ha!!
As possibly the lone Alabamian on this blog, I must say I like the Tuscaloosa line, but then I liked it when Groucho Marx said it too.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...
My clue was "loved the colorful costumes" (Nutracker).
Maria kochetkova did not dance. Had a sub. Second time this has happened.
Sorry to hear that. Always disappointing when the one you pay to see does not show. Of course we do have to ask who is at fault, cause and effect, you or she?
SDB: Yes, the rule is: When I buy a ticket to see Maria, she will not perform. Her sub, Francis Chung was excellent, I must admit. However, Maria is the one I prefer and probably will never see again in a live performance due to cause and effect. Tks SDB for your insight. Spent almost 200 dollars not to see Maria.
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I have been considering cremation, but not until I’m old enough, of course, and due to environmental concerns would like to know if I am entitled to a discount if I am a non-smoker?
Some undertakers, I understand, give discounts to clients who have a history of hitting the booze hard... because then they don't have to use so much embalming fluid.LegoPuller
And a Happy New Year to all here at Blainesville.
Chuck, I second that.Here's some live streaming to help you go with the flow into 2017.
I had no idea you subscribed to the trickle down theory.
Swell. Just swell, sdb. ;-)I subscribe to the "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" theory.
Speaking of Russia. I always thought a poo tin was a device one might use in a hospital in order to relieve oneself when unable to get out of bed.
If one takes their time, people will be accused of stalin'!
Then how will we ever drain the swamp? Perhaps scientists will discover a new strain.
A newly chosen African chieftain was so merciful that, when he ascended to power, he forbade the killing of all animals. Not long thereafter, the lion and cheetah population began to get out of hand, and, starving in the wilds, they began feeding on humans.Before long, even the antelope and zebra were so plentiful that they began nibbling on the tribesmen. The terrified populace petitioned their leader to rescind his edict, but he refused: thus, they had no choice but to overthrow the chief.Not only was the revolt successful, it went down in history as the first time in the memory of mankind that a reign was called on account of game.
It is important that zebras keep a breast of things.
Happy New Year everyone!! So grateful for this site.
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!Mark Twain Quotes:Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.When in doubt, tell the truth.Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
Did he really say the first one twice?Besides that I thought facts were not relevant anymore.
Just wondering here. Do you suppose when Trump goes on vacation he will now wear naugahosen?
Bonne année, amis.
Next week's challenge: Take the four-letter men's names TODD, OMAR, DAVE and DREW. If you write them one under the other, they'll form a word square, spelling TODD, OMAR, DAVE and DREW reading down as well:TODDOMARDAVEDREWCan you construct a word square consisting of five five-letter men's names? Any such square using relatively familiar men's names will count. I have an answer using four relatively common names and one less familiar one.