Thursday, November 08, 2007

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 4): Fibonacci's Lieutenant

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 4): Fibonacci's Lieutenant:
Q: Take a common three-letter word, move each letter three places later in the alphabet, the resulting letters can be re-arranged to spell a new word that is a synonym of the original. What are the two words? And here's a hint: all three letters in both words are in the first half of the alphabet.
Honestly, I haven't a clue...

Edit: Well, actually I wasn't being truthful. I did have a clue in the title. And my dishonesty was another clue.
A: FIB --> LIE


  1. Dude, you should try and post the spoiler after, not before the deadline. It took me ~ three days to figure it out. I was tempted to just take a database of three letter words that fall entirely in the first half of the alphabet and write a computer program to solve it. I still don't agree that fib is a common word.

  2. Sani, the deadline is Thursday at 3pm ET, so I was after the deadline. I agree that this week it was a difficult puzzle.


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