Sunday, February 28, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 28, 2021): A Tale of Two Companies

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 28, 2021): A Tale of Two Companies
Q: Think of the names of two companies. One of them has a two-part name (5,5). The other has a three-part name (5,7,5). The last five-letter part of the two names is the same. And the first five-letter part of the first company's name is something the second company wants. What is it?

Sunday, February 21, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 21, 2021): All We Are is Dust in the Wind

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 21, 2021): All We Are is Dust in the Wind
Q: Think of a famous philosopher — first and last names. Change one letter in the first name to get a popular dish. Drop two letters from the last name and rearrange the result to get the kind of cuisine of this dish. What is it?
It's not Aristotle, Plato or Socrates.
A: Friedrich Nietzsche --> Fried rice, Chinese

Sunday, February 14, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 14, 2021): Name the Books of the Bible

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 14, 2021): Name the Books of the Bible
Q: Name a famous actor whose first name is a book of the Bible and whose last name is an anagram of another book of the Bible. Who is it?
This actor had a role in a sci-fi film playing a character whose name sounds like a name from the Bible.

Edit: He played crewman Kane in Alien.
A: JOHN + RUTH = JOHN HURT

Sunday, February 07, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 7, 2021): In the News

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 7, 2021): In the News
Q: Think of an official who has been in the news this year in a positive way. Say this person's first initial and last name out loud. It will sound like an important person in U.S. history. Who is it?
No clue this week; I choose to close my eyes.

Edit: Close my eyes (quickly) = blink
A: Secretary of State Antony Blinken --> A. BLINKEN --> ABE LINCOLN

Sunday, January 31, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 31, 2021): Driving Across the USA

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 31, 2021): Driving Across the USA
Q: Starting in Montana, you can drive into South Dakota and then into Iowa. Those three states have the postal abbreviations MT, SD, and IA — whose letters can be rearranged to spell AMIDST. The challenge is to do this with four connected states to make an eight-letter word. That is, start in a certain state, drive to another, then another, and then another. Take the postal abbreviations of the four states you visit, mix the letters up, and use them to spell a common eight-letter word. Can you do this?
I'm using a list of states directly connected by physical roads/bridges. This leaves out states that might legally touch on a map (e.g. UT-NM, AZ-CO, MI-MN, NY-RI, etc.). But even still, I'm not convinced there is only one answer. I guess it comes down to your definition of "common".

Edit: Unless there is some further restriction, I have at least 6 words that I consider common, 3 more if you allow an added S.
A: Common words:
  • animator (IA-MO-AR-TN)
  • condemns (SD-NE-CO-NM)
  • diamonds (ND-SD-IA-MO)
  • diocesan (SD-IA-NE-CO)
  • dioramas (SD-IA-MO-AR)
  • flagrant (AR-TN-GA-FL)
  • nominate (NE-IA-MO-TN)
  • ornament (AR-TN-MO-NE)
  • ransomed (SD-NE-MO-AR)
  • Less common words:
  • contused (UT-CO-NE-SD)
  • diaphone (IN-OH-PA-DE)
  • eduction (ID-UT-CO-NE)
  • galavant (GA-AL-TN-VA)
  • magneton (NE-MO-TN-GA)
  • mediants (MT-SD-NE-IA)
  • moleskin (NE-KS-MO-IL)
  • moralism (IL-MO-AR-MS)
  • nomadism (SD-MN-IA-MO)
  • nonmetal (NE-MO-TN-AL)
  • saintdom (SD-IA-MO-TN)
  • tangrams (MS-AR-TN-GA)
  • Uncommon words:
  • coenamor (CO-NE-MO-AR)
  • domaines (SD-NE-IA-MO)
  • makimono (NM-OK-MO-IA)
  • martagon (MO-AR-TN-GA)
  • matronal (MO-AR-TN-AL)
  • monecian (CO-NE-IA-MN)
  • takingly (IL-KY-TN-GA)
  • Sunday, January 24, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 24, 2021): Spoken Letters Puzzle

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 24, 2021): Spoken Letters Puzzle
    Q: This week's challenge is a spinoff of Will's on-air puzzle, and it's a little tricky. Think of a hyphenated word you might use to describe a young child that sounds like three letters spoken one after the other.
    I've seen this on a license plate, but just not with those 3 letters.

    Edit: I've not seen Greek letters on a license plate in the U.S. so I've seen the last sound spelled out, such as in URAQTPI
    A: CUTIE-PIE = QTπ

    Sunday, January 17, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 17, 2021): National Landmark Puzzle

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 17, 2021): National Landmark Puzzle
    Q: Name a national landmark (6,3). Add the name of a chemical element. Rearrange all the letters to name two states. What are they?
    Bonus Puzzle: Take the name of the state you might visit to see the landmark and the chemical symbol of the element. Rearrange to name two types of passenger vehicle.

    Edit: NEVADA + SN = VAN, SEDAN
    A: HOOVER DAM + TIN = VERMONT, IDAHO

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 10, 2021): A Decade of World News

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 10, 2021): A Decade of World News
    Q: Name a person in 2011 world news in eight letters. Remove the third, fourth and fifth letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a person in 2021 world news. What names are these?
    Really? We've only had about 10 days of news in 2021 and you can easily Google newsworthy names of 2011. I guess Will is starting the year with a "gimme".
    A: BIN LADEN --> BIDEN

    Sunday, January 03, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 3, 2021): New Year, New Puzzle

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 3, 2021): New Year, New Puzzle
    Q: Think of a seven-letter hyphenated word for a kind of cooking. Change the middle letter to get a new word describing a kind of music. What words are these?
    There are many variations of this type of cooking.

    Barbecue, Bar-B-Que, BBQ, etc. This "new" puzzle is a variation of Monte's puzzle that aired 12/4/2011.
    A: BAR-B-QUE --> BAROQUE

    Thursday, December 31, 2020

    Our Family Video and Puzzle for 2020!

    Family Video for 2020

    Our Family Video for 2020 is available now. The password can be found by solving the puzzle below:

    Feel free to add comments about the video to show you solved the puzzle, but don't give away the password to others.