Sunday, June 16, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 16, 2024): Mixed-up Body Parts

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 16, 2024): Mixed-up Body Parts
Q: Think of two parts of the human body that start with the same letter of the alphabet. Drop one instance of that letter and rearrange the remaining letters to name another part of the body that is not near the other two. What are the body parts?
For Father's Day, [REDACTED]

Sunday, June 09, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 9, 2024): Don't Judge My Baguette or Biscuit Storage

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 9, 2024): Don't Judge My Baguette or Biscuit Storage
Q: This is a little tricky. What item containing a silent "u" is commonly found in kitchen drawers?
If you change the "u" to a different letter of the alphabet, you get a name for a similar item.

Edit: I was hinting at GUIDE --> GLIDE
A: A GUIDE is part of the construction of a kitchen drawer. But SILENT U anagrams to UTENSIL. I'll update this with the intended answer when it's revealed on Sunday.

Update: There were 64 people that submitted the intended answer of UTENSIL

Sunday, June 02, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 2, 2024): Name That Writer

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 2, 2024): Name That Writer
Q: Think of a famous writer with a three-word name. The first two letters of the last name followed by the first two letters of the middle name followed by the first two letters of the first name, in order, spell an adjective that describes this author today. Who is it?
Take the last two letters of each name, rearrange those six letters to get something you might do while solving this puzzle.

Edit: AR-CE-HS --> SEARCH
A: EDgar RIce BUrroughs --> BURIED

Sunday, May 26, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 26, 2024): Lights, Camera, Action!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 26, 2024): Lights, Camera, Action!
Q: Think of a well-known actor of the past whose last name is also a brand name. Remove the last letter of the actor's first name and you'll have a product produced by that brand. What is it?
We could have had this puzzle about 3 weeks ago.

Edit: ...on Star Wars Day (May the 4th)
A: ALEC GUINNESS --> GUINNESS, ALE

Sunday, May 19, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 19, 2024): Easy as 1, 2, 3...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 19, 2024): Easy as 1, 2, 3...
Q: Think of a famous film with a three-word title (six letters in the first word, three letters in the second, and four letters in the last), in which the first and last words are rhymes for consecutive numbers. What movie is it?
The movie title also contains the letters of the next two consecutive numbers.

Edit: You can find the letters for NINE or TEN
A: HEAVEN CAN WAIT

Sunday, May 12, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 12, 2024): Mother Earth

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 12, 2024): Mother Earth
Q: Think of a well-known seven-letter geographical name in a single word that has just two consonants and yet is pronounced in five syllables.
I'm seeing a genus of aphids in the anagram.

Edit: First the word "seeing" sounds like the letters CN which are the two consonants. And the word anagrams to ANOECIA, a genus of aphids. Interestingly the reverse, (AICEONA) is also a genus of aphids.
A: OCEANIA

Sunday, May 05, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 5, 2024): Rhyme Doesn't Pay

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 5, 2024): Rhyme Doesn't Pay
Q: Think of three common six-letter words that have vowels in the second and fifth positions. The last five letters of the words are the same. Only the first letters differ. And none of the words rhyme with either of the others. What words are they?
I can think of multiple answers, but a similar puzzle was given more than a decade ago.

Edit: The answer to the NPR puzzle from November 2009 would work (BATHER/FATHER/GATHER) and so would FINGER/GINGER/SINGER. There are probably others.
A: BALLET, MALLET/PALLET, WALLET

Sunday, April 28, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 28, 2024): Male Singers of the Past

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 28, 2024): Male Singers of the Past
Q: Think of a famous male singer of the past with two A's in his name. Drop both A's and the remaining letters can be rearranged to name a popular make of automobile. What is it?
Take a model of that automobile, drop all A's to name a sports figure.

Edit: LeBaron --> LeBron
A: RAY CHARLES --> CHRYSLER

Sunday, April 21, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 21, 2024): Upcoming Events

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 21, 2024): Upcoming Events
Q: Think of a a major American corporation of the past (two words, 15 letters altogether). Change the last three letters in the second word and the resulting phrase will name something that will occur later this year. What is it?
Mazda Motor is a Japanese corporation, so that's not it.

Edit: Mazda was a registered trademark of General Electric for a line of incandescent light bulbs.
A: GENERAL ELECTRIC --> GENERAL ELECTION

Sunday, April 14, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 14, 2024): America Online

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 14, 2024): America Online
Q: Think of a popular online service. Change the first letter to a Y and rearrange the result to get what this service provides. What is it?
Yes! Will is back! If you add 4 letters to the service and rearrange, you get a color.

Edit: If you add RIIL and rearrange, you get VERMILION
A: VENMO --> MONEY