Sunday, July 21, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 21, 2024): For General Audiences

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 21, 2024): For General Audiences
Q: Take the name of a famous actor of the past. Say it out loud, and phonetically you'll describe what a famous general's horse did. Who is the actor and who is the general?
I need an "L" to make my answer work.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 14, 2024): Classic Movie Couple

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 14, 2024): Classic Movie Couple
Q: Think of a famous actor and a famous actress who co-starred in a classic movie of the past. The actress's first name, when reversed, and the actor’s last name, spelled forward, are similar romantic gifts. Who are these film stars?
Somehow I don't think it's Fay Wray and King Kong.

Edit: It was a different "classic" film set in New York.
A: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal ("When Harry Met Sally") --> GEM, CRYSTAL

Sunday, July 07, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 7, 2024): Camping Trip

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 7, 2024): Camping Trip
Q: Think of something in two words (7,5) that you might take camping. The phrase has seven consonants, which are all different and appear in alphabetical order through the phrase. What camping item is this?
You can rearrange the letters to name something archeologists might study.

Edit: CAVEMAN TOOLS
A: CoLeMaN SToVe

Sunday, June 30, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 30, 2024): Beach Fun

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 30, 2024): Beach Fun
Q: Name a state capital. Remove its first two letters, and you can rearrange the rest to name something in two words that you might find while beachcombing in that state. What is it?
Burt Reynolds has a connection to the capital.

Edit: Burt Renolds played football at F.S.U.
A: TALAHASSEE - TA --> A SEASHELL

Sunday, June 23, 2024

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 23, 2024): Colorful Film Actor

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 23, 2024): Colorful Film Actor
Q: Name a famous film actor of the past (4,6). Swap the second and third letters of the first name to name a color. Change the third letter of the last name to get another color. What actor is it?
The actor died 6 days after their birthday.

Edit: Born May 7, 1901, Died May 13, 1961
A: GARY COOPER --> GRAY, COPPER

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]

Edit: Before I removed my hint, it was that I was having a Spanish meal with a cup of tea. PAELLA + T = PATELLA
A: NAPE, NECK --> KNEECAP (very similar to a puzzle from Apr 2021)

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