Sunday, October 28, 2007

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 21): Working for Mere Peanuts

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 21): Working for Mere Peanuts
Q: Think of a word that can follow the word 'peanut' to form a familiar two-word phrase. If you take the first letter and move it to the next-to-the-last position, you get another word that can also follow 'peanut' to form another familiar two-word phrase. What are the words?
As you can see from my prior post, I'm a little behind in posting puzzle clues and answers. Trust me, you'll find a couple clues to this puzzle if you look.

Edit: Well the clues were all in the prior post. "Hello kids! What time is it?" was a quote from Buffalo Bob to start the Howdy Doody show (also mentioned) where the kids sat in the...

Monday, October 22, 2007

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 14): A Country that Makes Cars

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 14): A Country that Makes Cars:
Q: Name a country in 11 letters that has an R in its name. Change the R to a K. Rearrange all the letters to name three makes of automobiles.
This isn't too difficult. There are only 6 countries (in my counting) that have 11 letters and an R. And how many makes of car have a K in them? My one hint: None of them are domestic car makers.

Edit: What time is it? Okay, no complaints please. I know I'm late in posting the answer to the puzzle. Last week, all I did to solve the puzzle was search a list of countries as I noted. When I saw AUDI in one of them, I knew I had the answer. By the way, remind me someday to tell you how my Dad tried to find a good play on "HOWDY DOODY" for the license plate of his Audi 4000. Closest he got was "AUDI DUD" but that didn't look quite right.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 7): Say That Again?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Oct 7): Say That Again?:
Q: Name a well-known city in the United States, two words, 10 letters altogether. Add the letter A at the front, add the city's two-letter state postal abbreviation at the end, the resulting 13-letter chain will be palindromic, that is, it will read backward and forward the same. What city is this?
Well, at least letter 'A' is guaranteed to be the first and last letter... I just had to read it a second time and voilĂ , I knew the answer.

Edit: If you look carefully at the first letters in "Well, at least letter 'A'" you come up with WALLA. In addition voilĂ  sounds a lot like WALLA also. Read them a second time and you get the answer.