Sunday, February 05, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 5, 2023): Would You Like Fries with That?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 5, 2023): Would You Like Fries with That?
Q: Name a food item you might order at a fast food restaurant. The first, second and last letters in order name another food item. Remove those letters and the remaining letters spelled backwards name yet another food item. What foods are these?
Hint: 65003

Sunday, January 29, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 29, 2023): Fruit Salad

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 29, 2023): Fruit Salad
Q: Name a fruit in one word. Drop the last two letters. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name two other fruits. What are they?
Or if you remove the 2nd and 4th letters, you can rearrange to get a symbol.

Edit: POMEGRANATE-OE --> PENTAGRAM
A: POMEGRANATE-TE --> PEAR, MANGO

Sunday, January 22, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 22, 2023): One Capital, Two Capitals

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 22, 2023): One Capital, Two Capitals
Q: Take a word that's in the name of several tourist attractions in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Rearrange the letters in that word to spell the names of two other nations' capitals. What are they?
If you anagram the two countries, you get a spicy warbler.

Edit: The cinnamon-breasted warbler belongs to the genus Euryptila.
A: MEMORIAL --> LIMA (Peru) and ROME (Italy)

Sunday, January 15, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 15, 2023): For Today's Special We Have...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 15, 2023): For Today's Special We Have...
Q: Name a food dish in 10 letters. The last syllable consists of a consonant and a vowel. Change that syllable to a single consonant sound and you'll name another popular food item, in two words. What foods are these?
This puzzle is making me really hungry.

Edit: Searching through images of Italian food to find one I liked, but without fettuccine, made me very hungry. In addition, the country of HUNGARY forms somewhat of an equilateral triangle with ITALY and GREECE.
A: FETTUCCINE (feh-tuh-CHEE-nee), FETA CHEESE (feh-tuh CHEEZ)

Sunday, January 08, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 8, 2023): Elementary!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 8, 2023): Elementary!
Q: Name a famous living person — first and last names. If you drop the last letter of the first name, you get an element on the periodic table. And if you drop the last letter of the last name, you get the chemical symbol of another element. What celebrity is this?
I found an answer for a non-living celebrity which led directly to the correct answer. Note: If you take the movie or series that the person is best known for, each word starts with a chemical symbol (one letter for the first word, two letters for the rest).

My initial thought was Tiny Tim before switching to Tina Fey.
Note: S(aturday) Ni(ght) Li(ve) = S(ulfer) Ni(ckel) Li(thium)
A: Tina Fey --> Tin, Fe (Iron)

Sunday, January 01, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 1, 2023): Opposites Attract

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 1, 2023): Opposites Attract
Q: Name a U.S. state capital for which the name of another well-known U.S. city is an antonym. The second city has a population of more than 100,000
The second city was the setting of a sitcom from the '70s.

Edit: Mork and Mindy was set in Boulder, Colorado.
A: LITTLE ROCK and BOULDER

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Our Annual Puzzle and Video for 2022


Our Annual Family Video for 2022 is available now. The password can be found by solving our annual puzzle. Click this link or the image below to get a PDF of the full puzzle.
Post a comment below about your favorite part of the video to show you've solved the puzzle, but don't give away the password directly.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 25, 2022): A Puzzle for Christmas

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 25, 2022): A Puzzle for Christmas
Q: Name a prominent geographical location in the United States. Change the fifth letter to an S. The resulting string of letters from left to right will name a game, a mountain, and a popular website. What place is it?
plɹoM

Edit: Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) from Hamilton has the lyrics "Lafayette is there waiting in Chesapeake Bay!"
A: CHESAPEAKE BAY --> CHESS, PEAK, EBAY

Sunday, December 18, 2022

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 18, 2022): What Does the Fox Say?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 18, 2022): What Does the Fox Say?
Q: If you change the third letter of WOLF to an O, you get the sound made by a dog — WOOF. Name a six-letter animal and change the second letter to get the sound made by a completely different animal. What is it?
If you take the sound the first animal makes and you change one letter... well, I'm not saying anything more.

Edit: Rabbits are pretty silent.
A: RABBIT, RIBBIT

Sunday, December 11, 2022

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 11, 2022): Keep Calm and Carry On

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 11, 2022): Keep Calm and Carry On
Q: Many people carry _____ (4-letter word) in a _____ (5-letter word) to make _____ (9-letter word). You can rearrange the letters of the first two words (the 4- and 5-letter ones) to get the last word (the 9-letter one). What words are these?
Actually NOT true for many people.

Edit: Most men don't carry purses and cash is used less often these days for purchases compared to debit/credit/phone transactions.
A: CASH in a PURSE to make PURCHASES