Sunday, January 19, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 19, 2020): Staying Alive

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 19, 2020): Staying Alive:
Q: Name something everyone has, starting with H. Add an E, and rearrange the letters. You'll name two things that every person must do to stay alive.
I'm pretty sure my grandpa doesn't have this.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 12, 2020): Three Word Phrases

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 12, 2020): Three Word Phrases:
Q: Think of a familiar three-word phrase that has the following property: The first word is a number. Let X be that number. Then the last X letters of the second word form, in order, a common abbreviation for the third word.
I might have heard my wife utter this in the last couple weeks.

Dancing on New Year's Eve?
A: TWO LEFT FEET --> FT., FEET

Sunday, January 05, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 5, 2020): Informal Names of Body Parts

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 5, 2020): Informal Names of Body Parts:
Q: Think of an informal term for part of the human body that consists of two alcoholic beverages, one after the other. What is it?
I got stuck on "beer gut" but I should have used the resources at hand sooner.

Edit: I should have used my head
A: NOG + GIN = NOGGIN

Sunday, December 29, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 29, 2019): World Leader Turns to Martial Arts

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 29, 2019): World Leader Turns to Martial Arts:
Q: Everyone knows what a spoonerism is, right? That's where you switch the initial consonant sounds of one phrase to get another — like "light rain" for "right lane." Here's the puzzle: Name a well-known world leader, first and last names. Spoonerize this, and you'll get a phrase that means "to have confidence in one of the martial arts." Who's the leader, and what's the phrase?
I guess there's no need to craft an enigmatic clue when the puzzle is this easy.

The clue was "craft" as in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Canada has the highest per capita consumption of Mac & Cheese.
A: JUSTIN TRUDEAU --> TRUST IN JUDO

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Annual Video and Puzzle for 2019

Our annual video and puzzle is available now. Simply solve the puzzle to get the password.

Click on this link to the annual video and type the password to see what we have been up to in 2019.

Feel free to add a comment below to let us know that you successfully figured it out (without giving away the answer to others). We are always looking for new ideas for next year's Christmas puzzle, so submit those too.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 22, 2019): Noted TV Journalist

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 22, 2019): Noted TV Journalist:
Q: Name a noted TV journalist — five letters in the first name, six letters in the last. Change an I in this name to a W and rearrange the result. You'll get a two-word phrase for where you might see this journalist. Who is it?
Edit: I got stuck for too long on KATIE COURIC and DIANE SAWYER. With everything that was happening for Christmas, I never found time to come back and find the real answer.
A: PIERS MORGAN --> NEWS PROGRAM

Sunday, December 15, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 15, 2019): Took a Risk

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 15, 2019): Took a Risk:
Q: Write down eight different letters of the alphabet. Add an apostrophe. Then write the same eight letters in a different order. With proper spacing, you now have a four-word phrase meaning "took a risk." What is it?
If this puzzle has left you flummoxed, you're closer than you think.

Edit: In other words, if you are STUCK...
A: STUCK ONE'S NECK OUT

Sunday, December 08, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 8, 2019): Another Trip to the Supermarket

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 8, 2019): Another Trip to the Supermarket:
Q: Name a food in two words — a total of 11 letters. Some of these letters appear more than once. The food has seven different letters in its name. You can rearrange these seven letters to identify the form in which this food is typically served. What food is it?
A: CREAM CHEESE (SCHMEAR)

Sunday, December 01, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 1, 2019): A Quick Trip to the Grocery Store

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 1, 2019): A Quick Trip to the Grocery Store:
Q: Name something you find in a grocery. Two words. Three letters in the first, six letters in the second. Switch the third and seventh letters, and read the result backward. The result will name that same grocery item again. What is it?
You might see this in the checkout line, but only in Uganda.

Edit: Red Pepper is a tabloid newspaper in Uganda.
A: RED PEPPER

Sunday, November 24, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 24, 2019): Who Got a View of the Blue Gnu at the Zoo?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 24, 2019): Who Got a View of the Blue Gnu at the Zoo?:
Q: The words WON and SUN rhyme, even though their vowels are different. Can you name four common, uncapitalized 4-letter words, each of which has exactly one vowel, and all of which rhyme, even though all four vowels are different?
After a false start (faux go?), I continued steadfast in the notion I could figure this out.
Edit: You could say I was undeterred which rhymes with...
A: BIRD, CURD, HERD (or NERD) and WORD. There are other answers possible depending on your definition of "common" such as KIRK, JERK (or PERK), LURK (or MURK) and WORK