Thursday, January 26, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 29): G to O - name anagram

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 29): G to O - name anagram
Q: Take the nine letters from 'G' to 'O'. Change one of them to the following letter of the alphabet. And re-arrange the result to name a famous person. Two hints: The answer is this person's full name. And it is a person who's been in the news lately.
This puzzle isn't too difficult if you just look at the mix of letters. As always, I'll post my answer after the deadline.
Edit: Time's up!
A: Change the H to an I, and you can rearrange to get the president of North Korea: Kim Jong-il

Thursday, January 19, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 22): Carburetor anagram

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 22): Carburetor anagram
Q: Take the word carburetor, add two letters and rearrange the result to name another car part. And the answer is one word. What car part is it?
I won't give the answer away until after the deadline, but I will give one hint. My Eagle Talon had one of these, but my current car does not.
Edit: Okay, it's after the deadline again, so here's my answer.

Monday, January 09, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 15): Indian Tribe --> Two Trees

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 15): Indian Tribe --> Two Trees:
Q: Name an American Indian tribe. Somewhere inside this name, phonetically, is a kind of tree. Remove this tree, close up the remaining letters, and the remainder, phonetically, will name another kind of tree. What Indian tribe is this... and what are the trees?
I don't think any hints are necessary for this one. How many Indian tribes can you name? One of them is bound to be the answer...
Edit: It was so simple you hardly need the answer, but here it is anyway.
A: CHEROKEE Indian tribe --> OAK + CHERRY trees.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 8): No "E"s allowed!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 8): No "E"s allowed!
Q: The numbers 2, 4, 6 and 30 are the first four numbers whose names lack the letter "E." What is the 23rd number whose name lacks an "E?"
So we start off 2006 with another numeric puzzle! I've seen this sequence before, called the "eban" sequence... I'll tell you my answer after the deadline, if you haven't figured it out already.
Edit: A simple search, or even just thinking about the answer would tell you what it is. Here's an article on the Eban number sequence which is sequence A006933 in the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. So without further ado...
A: The answer to the first puzzle of 2006 is 2006!