Sunday, November 12, 2017

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 12, 2017): State Capital and World Capital --> State Name

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 12, 2017): State Capital and World Capital --> State Name:
Q: Take the name of a U.S. state capital. Immediately to the right of it write the name of a world capital. If you have the right ones, the name of a U.S. state will be embedded in consecutive letters within that letter string. What three places are these?
Rather than wasting my time looking through several different lists; I feel I have to watch YouTube instead.

Edit: YouTube --> video --> Montevideo
A: DENVER or DOVER MONTEVIDEO = VERMONT

180 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. Didn't we realize things like this in 5th grade?

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  3. There are many answers if you include the degenerate cases of INDIANAPOLIS and OKLAHOMA CITY.

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    1. A minor detail: ANNAPOLIS is spelled with TWO "n"s.

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    2. No, I think Charles' point is that those capitals contain the name of their own state within them. So obvious that they disqualify themselves (although WS should have done so and might have checked for dupes).

      Similarly, ALBANY has the postal abbreviation for its state within it. Not as compact as NY, NY (the city so nice they named it twice), but getting there.

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  4. A belated thank you to all our vets! (Any here besides me?)

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    1. Thank you, Rob, and others here.

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    2. I second that thanks, Rob. I know skydiveboy served, and I'm sure there are many other Blainesvillians, both commenters and lurkers, who did so.
      The trucker from New York did a fine job this morning... just kept on truckin' thru a tough on-air puzzle from Will.

      LegoTruckulently

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  5. Last week I had FIVE answers; this week I have only one answer and the World Capital is a bit obscure...

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    1. I have two answers to this week's Challenge. And here is an alternate, much more difficult, Challenge:

      Take the name of a U.S. state capital. Immediately to the right of it write the name of a world capital. If you have the right ones, the name of another U.S. State Capital will be embedded in consecutive letters within that letter string. What three places are these?

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    2. Likewise, I also have two answers.

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    3. There are lots of riffs this week, including:
      1. country + country embeds world famous city (not a capital but many probably think it is)
      2. US state + US capital embeds a different US state
      3. World capital + world capital embeds a US state.
      4. Country + country embeds a world capital (there are at least 8 combinations)
      5. Country + country embeds another country.
      6. World capital + world capital embeds another world capital
      7. World capital by itself embeds a country.

      I hope I didn't steal any from the Puzzler formerly known as Lego.

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    4. I thinks I've solved it, ron. Can you see the state capitals on a calendar? (old P! puzzle reference)
      A world capital is often marked by a star on a map. I'm reminded of a Aaron/Brett predecessor.

      LegoWhoLikesron'sRiffOff

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    5. On second thought. #2 is not legitimate, an early morning thought before I had spell-check running in my brain....

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    6. No, eco, my only riff thus far has been that ingenious Moody Blues/playground equipment poser that Joseph Young posted here after I mailed it to him this morning (Mr. Young doesn't seem real keen on it, alas.)
      In fact, JY has asked me to ask you how much you would charge to take over Puzzleria!'s weekly NPR Riff-offs from me! I get the impression that he likes yours lots better.
      LegoFeelingABitPinkSlippy

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    7. 2(a): US State + World Capital embeds a different US State

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    8. Lego, you are welcome to use my riffs over at Puzzleria!; isn't that the purpose of cut and paste? At best I would be unreliable as a blogger; happily I have people begging to pay me for my time, and I'm not keeping up with that.

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    9. I actually have to retract the retraction of #2; those responsible have been sacked.

      There is a legitimate answer to US state + state capital embeds a state, which may be the same as Eddy's 2(a).

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  6. Pretty straightforward puzzle this week.

    Incidentally, these days, it seems like if you're a guy who has been mistreating women, you and your career will be finished.

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  7. My lackey LegoLambda just emailed me an example of some of that Riffing-Off-Shortz crap he will spewing out on my Puzzleria! blog this Friday:
    Q: Take the final syllable of a U.S. state capital. Immediately to the right of it write the final syllable of a world capital. If you have the right ones, you name a piece of playground equipment the Moody Blues rhapsodized about. What capitals are these?
    LegoIsJustAPawnInMyGame

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  8. For some reason NPR does not have this one up and running on their website yet. I had to check it on North Country Public Radio, and because of this I was unable to hear the on-air puzzle. I hope they get that rectified later today. As I was solving it, I was reminded of a popular comedian and TV actor in the 80s. Or maybe a popular singer from the 70s, but I can't say whom.

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    1. North Country Public Radio, nice! Love the ADKs and more than 1/3 of my way to becoming a 46er. To note too today's on air player was from the Rochester, NY area!

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  9. BTW Joe, tell Legolambda I have already figured out his ripoff puzzle. The Moody Blues part really helped.

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    1. Me too, LegoJoe! Does this mean we are both "up" a puzzle for next Friday?

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  10. My weekly quest for alternate answers turned up one and I hope for more.
    Looking at a list of world countries, and capitals, all the ones that were added yesterday make my head hurt.

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  11. Not a particularly taxing puzzle this week.

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    1. Dover is the capital of Delaware, "HOME OF TAX-FREE SHOPPING".

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  12. You can think kind of big or kind of small on this one.

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  14. One week after my 6” of game, I’ve received my lapel pin and the Deluxe Scrabble game.

    Jan, having pushed around the AV cart in HS should give you two opportunities to solve this week’s puzzle.

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    1. Two, huh? I think I've got the second one, Janice, but not the first. Speaking of my early education, though, I must say that everything I know about geology that I haven't learned from Word Woman came from my Junior High earth science teacher, Frank Monte.

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    2. Chanteuse, glad your " 6" of game" didn't bring an AVersion to 6' of fame. ;-)

      jan, you've mentioned your teacher before, especially in our discussions of fish fossils lyin' around in limestone.

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    3. Jan, tell your teacher that the green worm goes near the green glass at around ten o’clock.

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  15. When thinking of possible new repertoire, perhaps I should consider songs with haiku lyrics.

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  16. cranberry -

    If you go to NPR.org/puzzle, you’ll see last week’s puzzle. So instead do the following:

    Go to NPR.org.
    Click on the Menu icon (3 horizontal lines) in the upper left-hand corner of the page.
    Click on Programs and Podcasts.
    Scroll down and click on Weekend Edition Sunday.
    Scroll down and click on Sunday Puzzle: Move Around to Find New Meaning.

    There you will find this week’s puzzle :)

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  17. for (i=0;i<=49;i++) {

    for (t=0;t<=198;t++){
    blended = statecaps[i] + countrycaps[t];
    stripped = blended.replace(/\s+/g, '');
    lowered = stripped.toLowerCase();

    for (z = 1;z<=49;z++) {

    loweredstate = states[z].toLowerCase();
    n = lowered.search(loweredstate);

    if (n>0){
    console.log("State Capital = " + statecaps[i]);
    console.log("World Capital = " + countrycaps[t]);
    console.log("State = " + loweredstate);
    }
    }
    }

    }

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  18. Printed out the countries and states first. Then decided to just think about how to target answer on a list. The answer popped out in a couple of seconds. There is a country that could have been substituted for the world capital.There is a lesson in here somewhere.

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  19. I looked down the list of states first and then compared it to the list of state capitals. Then I went looking for a country capital that fit the pattern.

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  20. Take your choice: fish or eggs.

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  21. I also used something else on my computer that helped a lot. Will reveal on Thursday after I get the call from ws. lol.

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  22. Oh God, this makes me want to watch Let’s Make A Deal.

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  23. I eventually found today's Sunday Puzzle by typing in Sunday Puzzle Nov. 12, 2017 on the Sunday Puzzle column of the NPR homepage. Then it popped right up. But I solved it earlier this morning. Didn't take long. Looked up the necessary lists, and there it was once I put two together that worked. BTW for the state capital, two answers will work, but I hope I'm not giving anything away here.

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    1. cranberry, I just clicked on the title at the top of this blog and got the site quickly.

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  24. 2500+ correct responses to last week's puzzle. How many were robots?

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    1. Why, got something against robots? Elon Musk doesn't think we should show this one Coppola films. (She might feel some kinship with Sofia, though.)

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  25. As an airline pilot, I need to remember to never accidentally put the pedal to the metal, particularly when the coriolas force goes clockwise.

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    1. Wait, don't you "step on the dead engine" (with the rudder pedals) when you lose one?

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    2. If you step on the wrong rudder, you crash.

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  26. The names of the two cities drove me devotion-crazy.

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  27. Anyone else get a randon invitation in the mail today for the Puzzle-Up competition?

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    1. No. Can you tell us more about what this is?

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    2. I got one! Can't tell you anything about it, because it looked like advertising and I threw it away. I did wonder, however, how they got my name and my street address.

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    3. I'll try to salvage it from the recycling bin when I get home tonight.

      Perhaps NPR is peddling our personal info to puzzle profiteers?

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    4. https://photos.app.goo.gl/4jKgV1xvnKeOYWdq2

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  28. I'm beginning to come to the conclusion that if Jesus Christ were to miraculously appear to the people in Alabama and endorse the Democrat who is running against Roy Moore for their Senate seat, most of the devout Republican Christians would still vote for Roy Moore.

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    1. My favorite non-defense of Moore today comes from Rush Limbaugh, who points out that at the time of the accusations, Moore was a Democrat -- and nobody said a word!

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    2. ...Anyway, SDB, it *would* be pretty miraculous for a Palestinian, i.e., someone born in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, to make it past Trump's travel ban these days.

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    3. Very strange. First of all, the "time of the accusations" is right now, not back when these events occurred. Second is that when they did happen there were no accusations, and no way for Democrats to know.

      Someone should ask Rush Limbaugh if the reason there, so far, have been no sexual impropriety allegations against him is because sheep do not speak English.

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    4. Good point, jan. I would simply say, have faith, He might travel with "Bibi."

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    5. Remember that Jesus was never a Christian. I think the evangelical contingent would describe his reemergence and consequent judgement as #FAKE JEWS!

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    6. eco:
      Are you sure? I thought He converted after a visit from Billy Grahammcracker.

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  29. I'm finding it harder every day to be proud to be an Alabamian, thanks to Jeff Sessions and Roy Moore. It's a good thing that even though I'm from Alabama, I consider myself apolitical. I do, however, think it's cool that Sean Hannity has lost quite a few sponsors after his interviewing Moore. Not a fan.

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    1. Although I can't tell whether Hannity or Brian Kilmeade is the dumbest man on television, I was very surprised and pleased yesterday when Hannity stopped backing Roy Moore AND started giving away 500 Keurig coffee makers. The stopped clock was right twice in the same day.

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    2. Did you see this piece in the Washington Post?

      Short version:
      1) Roy Moore doesn't step down and wins.
      2) Senate votes to expel him (requires 2/3 majority)
      3) Alabama Governor Kay Ivey can then call a special election at a time of her choosing.
      4) In the meantime she gets to choose his interim replacement.
      5) She chooses Jeff Sessions - it is his old seat, and it gives him a graceful way out of DOJ. Trump might whisper in his ear that he really ought to take this if he wants to stay employed at something.
      6) Trump then gets to appoint a new Attorney General, one who won't recuse herself/himself from the Russia "hoax".
      7) That new AG then fires Mueller, drains the funding, "takes over" the investigation (and 2 weeks later reports that there was nothing wrong) or otherwise eviscerates any meaningful prosecution.

      This seems very plausible: Moore doesn't have to admit to anything, it's the GOP's best chance to retain the seat (a write-in campaign would split the party), McConnell and the GOP Senate can act high and mighty about expelling him, Sessions leaves while saving face, and Trump ends the Russia investigation.

      Everybody wins! Except the people, but they don't matter.

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    3. The voters just keep re-electing the same old politicians, with no thought involved.

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    4. 1) is, alas, a real possibility.
      2), however, may not happen if enough Senate Dems vote not to expel this Trump-clone-clown, thereby obviating 3)-through-7) "get the Republicans off the hook" scenario.
      LegoPromoterOfDirtyPolitics

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    5. They surely would think about that option; it occurred to me and I'm not particularly clever. They would also be motivated to vote against expulsion so they can use "Senator Pedophile" in their 2018 campaigns. But the Grand Old Perverts would crow that the Dem's chose to not do the righteous thing and vote to remove the guy.

      The best hope is enough Alabama Repubs are sickened by this to either stay home or vote for Dem, and Doug Jones wins legitimately.

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    6. Following sdb's instructions, I reply, not post anew.
      This editor at Truthout very seldom misses.
      Need to copy and paste:

      http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/42614-worse-than-jeff-sessions-let-s-not-find-out

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  30. Well, now they know what to do.

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    1. They do? And just what would that be?

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    2. See Echo above and Washington Post article. The plan is all mapped out for them. (As if they did not have that plan already.)

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    3. I both read the article and eco post. I saw no suggestions as to how we can combat this scenario. What I do see is an empire determined to destroy itself.

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    4. Very depressing to say the least. No one can seem to get into action to stop the demise of this country. I just do not get it. Where are the great minds? I lost respect for all the democrats. Phony like the rest. All tied to the Stock Market and that it is doing great. All about their pockets.

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    5. SDB: When Natasha wrote "now they know what to do" I think the they she meant was the Repub's - who are not smart enough to come up with this Machiavellian strategy on their own. Though some are that smart.

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    6. eco,
      You may be right. Do you think there should be a requirement for members of Congress to have an IQ of at least 70?

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    7. The venality of elected officials is more dangerous than their stupidity. Unfortunately there is no test for venality.

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    8. I agree. That is the term/word Noam Chomsky uses to describe the majority of politicians. I find it very comforting that NPR frequently has Mr. Chomsky on as a guest rather than the Heritage Foundation.

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    9. SDB, ECO'S INTERPRETATION is cirrect. Tks exo. That is exactly what i meant. Not sure what you thought i meant, sdb.

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    10. I also meant that if the Rep. did not devise that strategy, they now have it due to washington post thinking for them.

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    11. I read it then as you meant we, the public, knew what to do. No matter how careful we are when posting, our meaning can sometimes be completely misunderstood. Of course, this may not be true in Alabama.

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    12. I think you thought i was replying to 68 chargers post btw my mother took classes from noam chomsky's father. She admired him so much.

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    13. I posted before 68's post. Look at the times.

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    14. Wow, you are so clever. I did not check the times just the order of posts.

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    15. This is one reason why it is best to REPLY to a post, rather than start a new thread with a reply.

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    17. Even when reading posts in a thread, it sometimes is wise to look at the times, because if they are close together they may be mistaken for being responded to in order, when they are not.

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    18. SDB: Or to begin your reply with the name or initials of whomever you are replying to. As I just did so magnificently!

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    19. Is there an eco echo in here? ;-)

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    20. It's an eco chamber.

      Anybody see today's video of Trump taking a drink? The media jumped all over the hypocrisy viz a viz Marco Rubio. I'm more interested in the struggle he had with bringing the bottle to his mouth. I understand that loss of hand-eye coordination is a symptom of Alzheimer's and vascular dementia.

      Jan, care to comment as our resident doctor in the house? Or others? Is this going to go down as Waterbottlegate?

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    21. eco - I wouldn't worry about that. After all he has proved his hand to breast dexterity.

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    22. I will invoke the Goldwater Rule (as opposed to the Golden Rule or the Golden Shower Rule).

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    23. Oh don't it hurt deep inside
      To see someone do something to her
      Oh don't it pain to see someone cry
      How especially if that someone is her
      Silence is golden
      But my eyes still see
      Silence is golden, golden
      But my eyes still see
      Talking is cheap people follow like sheep
      Even though there is no where to go
      How could she tell he deceived her so well
      Pity she'll be the last one to know
      Silence is golden
      But my eyes still see
      Silence is golden, golden
      But my eyes still see
      How many times will she fall for his lines
      Should I…
      Silence is golden
      But my eyes still see
      Silence is golden, golden
      But my eyes still see
      But my eyes still see
      But my eyes still see
      Songwriters...

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    24. Eco - It did strike me as odd and awkward, the way it played out. He needed two hands to get the  bottle up to his mouth. You'd think with as big a mouth that he has, it would be easy to find.

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    25. Careful, 68Charger, I sometimes use both hands when raising a bottle to my mouth; of course it doesn't contain water.

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    26. SDB - Good one! And, good choice on the lyrics too, very appropriate.

      I didn't know the Tremeloes sang that. I looked it up & saw that "The Four Seasons" wrote it but, I guess the Tremeloes had more success with it. Let me pause here, I need a drink...

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    27. Please pour me one too; and be sure to use both hands!

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    28. SDB: That water bottle looked larger than normal. Maybe his small hands could not hold it in one hand.

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    29. In any case, it sure was a gripping story.

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    30. SDB: But he can destroy this country single handed.

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    31. Natasha:
      I get your point, but do not quite agree. He needs help in order to destroy this country. He had help just getting elected. However, he apparently can destroy the world single handed by starting a nuclear war. Of course, that too needs some help, but it is close to doing it by himself.

      Trump is no more destroying the country by himself than Hitler is responsible for destroying Germany by himself. The people in a democracy are always ultimately responsible. It will be very interesting to see what happens in Alabama. It is a shame that the sexual misconduct accusations are the focus of disqualifying Moore from office when there are so many more compelling reasons. Thanks to the media the people cannot focus on the most important issues we all face.

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    32. As with Hitler, there are plenty of people ready, willing, and able to help destroy the country. The help is already there.

      And international events can escalate through mistakes, miscalculations, and miscommunications, witness October 1962, fortunately cooler heads and a little luck prevailed.

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    33. Sdb:He xan push the button.

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    34. Natasha:
      That is what I said.

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    35. It's actually not that simple. He can initiate the launch order, but there are several levels below him, including base commanders, and ultimately relatively low-level soldiers at the missile sites that have to also act to launch the missiles.

      I recall they did a test in the 1980's and several soldiers would not turn the keys, though that may have been myth propagated by a movie.

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    36. eco:
      That is exactly what I meant in my original post above.

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    37. Generally (no pun intended), you would expect those in the chain of command below POTUS to obey nuclear launch orders. The failures of this rule are interesting. Consider, e.g., where we'd be without the late Stanislav Petrov.

      Radiolab recently ran a story about one Air Force officer who merely asked a question about questioning orders.

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    38. jan:
      I've been thinking about Stanislav Petrov too. (Anagrams to: Slavistan). I believe he was not even scheduled to be on duty that day, but the one who was got sick or something and he filled in.

      I missed the Radiolab piece. Very interesting.

      I know there are top level conversations that have been going on by those who could be in a position to stop Trump should he want to misbehave. Same thing went on during the Nixon Reich.

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    39. "Historians who have analyzed the episode say that Colonel Petrov’s calm analysis helped avert catastrophe."

      I feel so much better now.

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    40. Yes, and just where is General Curtis E. Lemay now when we need him?

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    41. I did not expect such a big reaction to my post. Almost went nuclear on here.

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    42. I meant general courtesy Lemay.

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  32. If Roy Moore loses do you suppose he could get a job running a Montessori School in Alabama?

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  33. Thought I'd jump in before the Thursday noon rush to see if anyone has a clear favorite in the Jeopardy ToC tonight and tomorrow.
    Alan made an impressive showing last night.
    The two Austins could make it exciting.

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    1. Two Austins? Thought it was Alan, Austin, & Buzzy?

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    2. Buzzy's legal name is Austin.

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    3. I was really hoping for an Austin, Justin, Dustin final...

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    4. That would have been quite the impressive stin(t).

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    5. Weird!
      For the first time in many years of watching the show, I know in advance FJ and who wins the first of the two games.

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    6. Here's the Jeopardy! Clue of the Day for today, the second game of the TOC final (these are usually the Final Jeopardy):

      STATE CAPITALS

      A STATE CAPITAL SINCE 1805, ITS NAME BEGINS WITH THE LAST 4 LETTERS OF THE STATE'S NAME

      I wonder if anyone on this blog could come up with the answer....

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    7. Quite easy. But, then, I thought yesterday's FJ was easy and none of the A-team got it.

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    8. We all KNOW who you're rooting for, even with his new hair cut!

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    9. Ya Kant get theyau from heauh.

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    10. I thought there might be more interest in the World Series of Jeopardy. It may be that Wheel of Fortune is more like the Sunday Puzzle.
      I found the spoiler on a website I sometimes visit, based on the show's being aired three hours earlier in the east.
      Never having "cheated" in the past, it was a strange feeling knowing the outcome in advance.
      No sense making a habit of it, but I think I will do it again today!

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    11. WW was worried about spoilers on my behalf, I get Jeopardy at 7 pm Pacific time. But no worries today, I will miss the whole thing, heading up to Redwood Valley in 10 minutes to visit the burned out house and redesign.

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    12. Sounds like a strange ending, worth watching.
      I wonder how jan came up with the FJ clue as early as he did.

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    13. It's posted every morning on the Jeopardy website, and it's printed in the New York Times, usually pretty near the crossword.

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    14. West coasters--Spoiler alert!

      Mendo Jim, here's the site that posts each morning: Final Jeopardy

      And here's a love letter to a
      certain state.

      Congrats to the A-man who won! That was fun!

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    15. Austin's sound track is from Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé -- I believe Blaine used that for one of his video Christmas cards a few years back.

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    16. Great music, lots of fun. . .and getting it out of your system!

      Fun to see Hartford, I-91, Basketball Hall of Fame, Massachusetts--my old stomping grounds!

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    17. But Troika needs snow on the ground.

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    18. There was a bit in the Vermont portion. . .

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    19. Lieutenant Kijé was an unrepentant slacker! No one could ever find him.

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    20. I missed the second day of Jeopardy's championship, and only caught the end of day one. Wasn't Buzzy in a distant 3rd place after day one?

      I like the music of Lt Kijé, but I prefer Prokofiev's music for Alexander Nevsky (directed by Sergei Eisenstein). Youtube version is not great, the other one there has horrible sound. No doubt Netflix or your library has it.

      This was not only a big time anti-German propaganda film in the 1938, it was also the first movie to have a sound track written specifically for the movie. Well worth watching, though a bit morbid in places, nothing compared with today's films.

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  34. DENVER or DOVER + MONTEVIDEO = VERMONT

    "Didn't we realize things like this in 5th grade?" >>> I have a distinct memory of doing this exact puzzle then. 

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  35. Last Sunday I said I had two answers:
    Denver + Montevideo --> Vermont
    Dover + Montevideo --> Vermont

    I also said, “You can think kind of big or kind of small on this one.” Denver is a rather large metro area. Delaware (Dover) is a rather small state.

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  36. Denver & Vermont & Montevideo

    DENVERMONTEVIDEO > Denver, Colorado + Montevideo, Uruguay contains Vermont

    Dover, Delaware also works.

    My Hint: “Definitely an American puzzle.” All of these locations are in America.

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  37. DENVER or DOVER + MONTEVIDEO -> VERMONT

    >> Jan, having pushed around the AV cart in HS should give you two opportunities to solve this week’s puzzle.

    > Two, huh? I think I've got the second one, Janice, but not the first. Speaking of my early education, though, I must say that everything I know about geology that I haven't learned from Word Woman came from my Junior High earth science teacher, Frank Monte.

    I thought Chanteuse was referring to the V-for-Video in "AV". Just prepend my late teacher's surname to get the capital of Uruguay.

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  38. I wrote, "A belated thank you to all our vets!" I meant it, but "vet" can also mean veterinarian, or DVM, the initials to the three-part answer.

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  39. The state capital can be either DoVER, Delaware or DenVER, Colorado.

    The world capital is MONTevideo, Uruguay.

    Place the world capital after the state capital and the adjoining letters spell out VERMONT.

    Other geographic names which also work after DoVER or DenVER are:

    MONTpellier, Vermont, MONTgomery, Alabama, MONTana, MONTenegro, MONTserrat, MONTe Carlo, MONTicello and many of the Alps, starting with MONT Blanc.

    My comment about not knowing what I wanted for dinner was about needing to decide between Dover Sole or a Denver Omelette.

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  40. That reminds me, "fish fossils lyin' around in limestone." referred to DOVER sole and lion DEN(VER).

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  41. My clue"....seems like if you're a guy who has been mistreating women, you and your career will be finished."

    "youre a guy" referred to Uruguay
    "finished" referred to "over" which sounds like Dover.

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  42. DOVER or DENVERMONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, → VERMONT.

    My “alternate, much more difficult, Challenge:”

    JUNEAU + GUSTAVIA (Capital of the Island of Saint Barthélemy, or St. Barts) → AUGUSTA, Georgia.

    Lego, was this your answer ?

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    1. ron, yes.
      My post: I think I've solved it, ron. Can you see the state capitals on a calendar? (old P! puzzle reference)
      A world capital is often marked by a star on a map. I'm reminded of a Aaron/Brett predecessor.

      The "Aaron (Rodgers)/Brett (Favre) predecessor was Bart (St. Bart's) Starr (Gustavia is marked by a star(r) on a St. Bart's map)
      The "old P! puzzle reference" is
      the Geographical Slice: (Twains Shall Meet) puzzle.

      LegoSt.Bart'sSt.Brett'sSt.Aaron's

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    2. But isn't the Capital of Georgia ATLANTA, while AUGUSTA is the Capital of Maine?

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  43. Bonus answers:
    1. country + country embeds world famous city (not a capital but many probably think it is): PakIstan Bulgaria. Of course Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkemenistan, and Uzbekistan also work, and I apologize to any stans I've forgotten.
    2. US state + US capital embeds a different US state - FlorIda Honolulu.
    3. World capital + world capital embeds a US state. KampAla Bamako
    4. Country + country embeds a world capital (there are at least 8 combinations) - MexicO Slovenia. Combos include CongO, LesothO, MonacO, MoroccO, and TogO on the front end, and Slovakia on the back.
    5. Country + country embeds another country. UkraiNe Palau. Sierra LeoNe Palau also works, but neither was my original answer, which I can't remember and notes are at home.
    6. World capital + world capital embeds another world capital - CaiRo Mexico City
    7. World capital by itself embeds a country. TIrana - Tirana is the capital of Albania.

    And I never thought of DhaKa Bulgaria until now.

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  44. I used find on computer to highlight all country capitals that began with mont on a list.

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  45. Gosh, eco, you're good at this!
    DOVER(Delaware)or DENVER(Colorado)+MONTEVIDEO(Uruguay)
    DoVERMONTevideo or DenVERMONTevideo
    And of course, the state is VERMONT.
    BTW I don't necessarily want to use Blaine's Blog to discuss what happened on Puzzleria! this past week, but I thought it interesting that one of the film director answers Lego had was someone with the last name of Moore(Michael Moore). Being from Alabama, I really couldn't help but notice.

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  46. I must admit to being both disappointed and slightly vindicated when I first learned about the Senator Al Franken scandal.

    I am bothered most because he is a Democrat and sometimes is rather eloquent in disparaging Trump. I can forgive the photo of him pretending to grab his sleeping colleague as just stupidly crass, but the forced kiss is another matter.

    However, if this is the only accusation that surfaces against Franken, I think it should be put to rest with the understanding that few if any in congress are all that pure and it certainly doesn't rise to the level of what Trump admitted to, and what Moore certainly did.

    The part that I am more comfortable with is that I never thought Franken was particularly funny. Not just that, but when he was on a book tour back in 2003 and spoke to an enormous crowd of mostly student aged people at the UofW campus, I attended, not because of his celebrity status, but to hear his political views. I barely got in the balcony, and while it was packed to overflowing, thousands were turned away.

    What first turned me off was his informing us that he was a strong Bill Clinton supporter, which I was not, and I was hoping he would be more liberal. But what really turned me off the most was his numerous insults directed at some of his most fervent fans in the audience.

    I should say that most of the audience, including those who were turned away, were not there for political reasons, but to bask in his celebrity darshan.

    After he spoke he took audience questions, most of which were from young guys who tried with mixed success to imitate their questions in Stuart Smalley fashion. Each, and every, time Franken would reply with a smarmy, "Where did you learn comedy?" or some similar question designed to put down that person. I still cannot understand why the audience did not turn on him for his ignorance of the great respect each of these kids was showing him. I walked out early.

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    1. SDB - Very well said. I am disappointed  with Al Franken because I naively thought he could maybe interject some new blood into the old guard.
      I know that no one is perfect but I was hoping he would do much better.

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    2. 68Charger:
      Thanks. That is part of what I was saying. I realized when he first opened his mouth at that book tour with his statement about being in agreement with Bill Clinton on his presidency that I was not going to be happy with him as a senator. I am a liberal Democrat and proud to be one, and not a Democrat in name only, which is what we have now. We need a new political party that is actually interested in the people.

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    3. I ran across this Chomsky clip. Does Regional Economic Populism make sense? I'm just asking.

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    4. By the way, if one is asking, merely rhetorically, in order to make a point, is that 'axing'? Just wondering.

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    5. Or is there a subtle distinction between 'edginess' and 'needling'?

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    6. Edginess is how I feel when I shave with a straight razor, which I do BTW. Needling is one of the things I do while picking up the clutter the homeless leave in my neighborhood, which I do BTW.

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    7. Paul,
      You might try locating some of the documentaries of Brazilian and Argentinian workers who took over factories to run then my themselves, I don't have time to look for them at the moment.

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  47. It it worth clicking on "Joseph Young's Puzzleria" in Blaine's PUZZLE LINKS just to have some fun with our featured puzzle: Patrick J. Berry's cryptic crossword.
    Patrick is really talented at creating these gems.

    LegoAddsThatThereAreSomeOtherPuzzlesAlsoOnP!ThisWeek(IncludingOneWhereYouMustDigThroughTheCenterOfTheEarth)

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  48. And what state capital begins with the last 4 letters of its state? MONTPELIER and VERMONT.

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