Thursday, February 01, 2007

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 3): A Little Game Of Rearranging Es

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 3): A Little Game Of Rearranging Es:
Q: Name a famous person, a living American, with a one-syllable first name and a one-syllable last name. Add a short 'E' sound to the end of this person's first name, add a long 'E' sound to the end of this person's last name, say the result out loud and it will sound like a common uncapitalized English word. Who is the person, and what is the word?
I feel stupid. I spent several days trying to figure out where the E sounds were supposed to go (before the names, after the names, before and after, after and before). I don't know why I didn't read it clearly and see that the puzzle clearly says they both go at the end of each name. I have an answer but I question whether the short 'E' sounds isn't more of a short 'I' or an unaccented schwa sound. Neither dictionary I checked had it as a short 'E' sound. Perhaps I have my answer wrong too... I'll have to wait until Sunday.

Edit: Well, the title was a hint... if you read the first letter of each word see what it spells? I'm still not positive I have the right answer but here what I thought it was.


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