Sunday, August 01, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 1, 2021): Topsy-Turvy

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 1, 2021): Topsy-Turvy
Q: Think of a common Britishism — a word that the British use that's not common in the U.S. Write it in all capital letters. Turn it upside-down (that is, rotate it 180 degrees). The result is a famous hero of books and movies. Who is it?
I fell for the initial trap.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 25, 2021): Olympic Sports Competitor

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 25, 2021): Olympic Sports Competitor
Q: Think of the word for a competitor in a particular Olympic sport. It's a compound word with a hyphen in the middle. Remove the hyphen. What remains are two words from a different Olympic sport. What words are these?
Don't get distracted by the animated pictograms for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Edit: Don't be distracted... keep your eye on the ball.
A: SHOT-PUTTER --> SHOT, PUTTER (Golf)

Sunday, July 18, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 18, 2021): Searching the Flower Box

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 18, 2021): Searching the Flower Box
Q: Take the name of a flower that has a common girl's name in consecutive letters inside it. Remove that name, and the remaining letters, in order, sound like another girl's name. What flower is it?
I'm thinking of a folk art and antique collector.

Edit: I was hinting at Mary Allis
A: AMARYLLIS --> MARY, ALICE

Sunday, July 11, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 11, 2021): Rival Companies

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 11, 2021): Rival Companies
Q: Think of a country. Embedded in consecutive letters is a well-known brand name. The first, second, eighth and ninth letters of the country, in order, spell a former competitor of that brand. Name the country and the brands.
The first country I checked was MADAGASCAR and for once, that isn't the answer.

There have been several NPR puzzles involving MADAGASCAR (MAZDA/WANDA, MADE A GAS CAR, MAZDA/GAS CAR) which was a hint towards car brands.
A: SAUDI ARABIA --> AUDI, SAAB

Sunday, July 04, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 4, 2021): Where a Plant Might Grow

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 4, 2021): Where a Plant Might Grow
Q: Think of a place where a plant might grow, in two words. Spoonerize it — that is, switch the initial consonant or consonants of the two words. The result will name another place where a plant might grow, and a plant that might grow in either place.
I'm going back to bed and counting sheep.

PHLOX sounds like FLOCKS
A: FLOWER BOX --> BOWER, PHLOX

Sunday, June 27, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 27, 2021): Japanese and Mexican Food

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 27, 2021): Japanese and Mexican Food
Q: Take the name of a major American city. Hidden inside it in consecutive letters is the name of a Japanese food. Remove that. The remaining letters can be rearranged to spell some Mexican foods. Name the city and the foods.
At least we aren't looking for a pair of synonyms.

Edit: SACRAMENTO anagrams to SCENT and AROMA, a puzzle that has appeared twice now. I was just glad this wasn't the third time.
A: SACRAMENTO --> RAMEN, TACOS

Sunday, June 20, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 20, 2021): Take the Car out for a Spin

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 20, 2021): Take the Car out for a Spin
Q: Name a make of car. Write it in all capital letters. Rotate one of the letters 90 degrees and another letter 180 degrees to make a woman's name. What is it?
I think this might be Will's favorite make of car.

Edit: We've had several puzzles involving MAZDA including Mazola->Mazda, Madagascar+Z->Mazda/Gas car, Amazed-E=Mazda and Wanda->Mazda. That last puzzle (from July 2, 2017) was the same puzzle but in reverse.
A: MAZDA --> WANDA

Sunday, June 13, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 13, 2021): Famous Woman with a Three Part Name

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 13, 2021): Famous Woman with a Three Part Name
Q: Name a famous woman in American history with a three-part name. Change one letter in her first name to a double letter. The resulting first and second parts of her name form the first and last names of a famous athlete. And the last part of the woman's name is a major rival of that athlete. Who are these people?
I just noticed something about her initials.

Edit: Lady Bird Johnson (LBJ) and Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ).
A: Lady Bird Johnson --> Larry Bird, (Magic) Johnson

Sunday, June 06, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 6, 2021): Best Picture Oscar Winners

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 6, 2021): Best Picture Oscar Winners
Q: Write down the name of a country plus its capital, one after the other. Hidden in consecutive letters inside this is the name of a film that won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Name the country, capital, and film.
It definitely helps if you put the country FIRST, then the capital. :) Also, didn't we just have a puzzle involving an Oscar winner?

Edit: My first hint was "definitely" and the second was that we had a recent puzzle that was related, not the Chloe Zhao puzzle but instead the Ma Rainey puzzle.
A: BAH(RAIN MAN)AMA

Sunday, May 30, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 30, 2021): A=1, B=2, C=3, ...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 30, 2021): A=1, B=2, C=3, ...
Q: Name a famous city in 10 letters that contains an "S." Drop the "S." Then assign the remaining nine letters their standard value in the alphabet — A = 1, B= 2, C = 3, etc. The total value of the nine letters is only 25. What city is it?
Now that I've solved that, I can go back to watching sitcoms.

Edit: I was thinking of "I Love Lucy" which hints at the fossils of Lucy (Australopithecus) found in Ethiopia and housed in a museum in the capital city.
A: ADDIS ABABA