Sunday, December 05, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 5, 2021): One Versus Many

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 5, 2021): One Versus Many
Q: Think of a word to describe a single animal. Change the third letter to get a word that describes the plural of that animal. Both are nouns, and neither word contains an "s."
My first hint is on the house.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 28, 2021): What's Your Sign?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 28, 2021): What's Your Sign?
Q: Take the 9 letters of EARTH SIGN. Repeating them as often as necessary, you can spell the four-word title of a classic movie in 15 letters. You can also use them to spell the four-word title of a classic song in 19 letters. What two titles are these?
The actor we associate with the movie is an earth sign, but the singer we associate with the song is a fire sign. I also thought I had the wrong movie.

Edit: Gene Kelly is a Virgo and Frank Sinatra is a Sagittarius. Like others, I wasn't initially aware that the movie title had an apostrophe in it which messed up my letter count.
A: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

Sunday, November 21, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 21, 2021): Grab Your Passport

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 21, 2021): Grab Your Passport
Q: Name a country of 6 or more letters. Change 2 letters to name a resident of another country's capital.
Hint: 1011101111₂

Edit: ...equals 751. Foreign relations between Pakistan and France were first established in July 1951 when both countries agreed to open embassy services in each country.
A: PAKISTAN --> PARISIAN

Sunday, November 14, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 14, 2021): An Actress and a Musician

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 14, 2021): An Actress and a Musician
Q: Name a famous TV actress of the past. Double her first name phonetically. You get the first name of a famous musician. If you put the last names of the musician and the actress together, in that order, you'll name a great legendary figure. Who is it?
If the actress had used the actual spelling of her husband's last name, the puzzle wouldn't have worked the same.

Edit: Her first husband was Robert Alan Aurthur whose last name she took but using the spelling of Arthur.
A: BEA ARTHUR, B.B. KING --> KING ARTHUR

Sunday, November 07, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 7, 2021): What's in Your Kitchen?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 7, 2021): What's in Your Kitchen?
Q: Name a variety of song and a genre of music. Switch the initial consonant sounds of these two words, and, phonetically, you'll name an object found in the kitchen. What is it?
I'm sure there are many obvious clues we could give, but let's not give it away.

Edit: Let's --> Let us --> Lettuce --> Salad
A: BALLAD, SOUL --> SALAD BOWL

Sunday, October 31, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 31, 2021): Halloween Travel Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 31, 2021): Halloween Travel Puzzle
Q: Think of a popular tourist attraction in two words. The second, fourth, and sixth letters of the second word, in order, spell the first name of a famous author. The last four letters of the first word spell the author's last name. Who is the author, and what is the tourist attraction?
Meh, Solved. Now back to planning for spooky visitors tonight.

Edit: "Meh" was a hint to "Atlas Shrugged". And you'll find Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
A: GRAND CANYON --> AYN RAND

Sunday, October 24, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 24, 2021): A Pair of Menus

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 24, 2021): A Pair of Menus
Q: Think of a two-word phrase you might see on a laptop computer menu. Remove five letters. What remains, in order, is a three-word phrase you might see on a restaurant menu. What phrases are these?
I'm going to have to chew on this one for awhile.

Edit: "À la mode" translates literally to "in the fashion". Chew sounds like (Jimmy) Choo who is known for his fashionable shoes. And "choo choo" is the sound a train makes which leads to Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
A: A(irp)LA(ne) MODE --> À LA MODE

Sunday, October 17, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 17, 2021): Famous Actress (8,6)

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 17, 2021): Famous Actress (8,6)
Q: Name a famous actress (8,6). Change the next-to-last letter of her first name to an S. Then reverse the order of the last three letters, and you'll name a famous ruler. The actress's last name is an anagram of where you would find this ruler. Who is the actress and the ruler?
Her father's name relates to the ruler and the correct pronunciation of her surname is close to the place.

Edit: News stories have said the pronunciation of her last name is closer to "throne".
CHARLIZE THERON --> CHARLES I, THRONE

Sunday, October 10, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 10, 2021): Start Your Day Off Right

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 10, 2021): Start Your Day Off Right
Q: Name something you might eat for breakfast, in two words. Add a "G" at the end of the first word. Switch the middle two letters of the second word. Then reverse the order of the two words. You'll name an old-fashioned activity. What is it?
No help needed on this one.

You may need little help on the puzzle but you'll need lots of help on the activity.
A: RAISIN BRAN --> BARN RAISING

Sunday, October 03, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 3, 2021): Country and Its Largest City

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 3, 2021): Country and Its Largest City
Q: Write down the name of a country and its largest city, one after the other. Hidden in this string, in consecutive letters, is another country's capital (in six letters)? What is it?
The first country's capital and the second country's largest city share the same two starting letters.

Edit: Islamabad and Istanbul.
A: PakistAN KARAchi --> ANKARA (Turkey)