Friday, April 28, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 30): "Here's Looking at You, Kid"

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 30): "Here's Looking at You, Kid":
Q: Name a boy's nickname in three letters. Name another boy's nickname in four letters. Say these names out loud, one after the other. The result, phonetically, will be a familiar two-word phrase for someone who is good looking. The phrase is an entry in the dictionary. What is the phrase?
The credit for this answer goes to my wife this week... The only clue I'll give is that the final answer is 3 syllables.
Edit: This one seemed a little harder for some people to figure out, myself included. Fortunately, my wife was able to come up with it in about 30 seconds...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 23): Household Entertainer

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 23): Household Entertainer:
Q: Think of a six-letter word for a common household activity. Change the second letter to the following letter of the alphabet, and you will have the name of a well-known American entertainer. This is the person's full name as he or she is popularly known. And a hint: This person is still performing today. What is the word and who is this entertainer?
Actually my son was the one that came up with the answer. He didn't even know the entertainer, but worked at it from the standpoint of guessing "household activities". Don't limit yourself to thinking that it has to be someone like Prince or Cher...
Edit: Once again the deadline has passed so it is time to reveal my answer. The hint was that the answer is the person's full name as they are popularly known. I thought this meant performers that go by a single name, but it doesn't. Here's the answer with credit to my son who got it first.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 16): "Bartender, make it a double!"

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 16): "Bartender, make it a double!":
Q: Name two drink orders you might make at a tavern. Each is a single word. Read these two words one after another, and you'll get a familiar two word phrase that names something you never want to be seen in. What is it?
I'm a little late in posting this because I hadn't figured out the answer. But last night my wife and I were mulling it over and she came up with what we think is the right answer... I'll post it later today. My hint is that the drink orders aren't specific types of drinks (e.g. not 'ale', 'beer', etc.)
Edit: Okay, as promised here's the answer we came up with.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 9): Pythagorean Anagram

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr. 9): Pythagorean Anagram
Q: Take the letters of PYTHAGOREAN and rearrange them to make two familiar math terms.
So there are 11 letters to anagram. I'll give you a hint, the two words aren't close in length. Neither GRAPH, nor THEORY is part of the answer.
Edit: And now for the answer...