## Monday, December 31, 2007

### Can you solve our Christmas Puzzle for 2007?

This year's puzzle is a change from our usual "word" puzzles. It involves finding the six pairs of matching images. If you are up for a fun challenge, take a look at our Christmas Puzzle for 2007.

If you need help, an answer key is available, but try solving the puzzle without that.

## Friday, December 28, 2007

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 23): Mountain Range Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 23): Mountain Range Puzzle
Q: Name a mountain range somewhere in the world, move the third letter to the front, and name a nationality that is not near that range. Name the mountain and name the people.
You should be able to solve this week's puzzle really quickly and especially if you have a list of mountain ranges handy...

Edit: The answer was hidden above in "...and especially"
A: ANDES --> DANES

## Thursday, December 20, 2007

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 16): Pronounced twice?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 16): Pronounced twice?:
Q: Think of a common six-letter word with the following unusual properties: The third and fourth letters are consonants, which are silent, and the fifth letter is a 'T' which is pronounced twice. What word is this?
I think I have the intended answer, but I would object to the contention that the 'T' is pronounced twice. I've checked 8 to 10 dictionaries and each time the pronunciation key has shown a single 'T' sound.

Edit: I was thinking "eighty"... but I'm pretty sure that isn't correct because all the dictionaries show it as pronounced "long A, T". But since I looked, I found a different answer which must be what Will was intending.

A: EIGHTH

## Friday, December 14, 2007

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 9): 5 letters + 5 letters = 10 letters

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 9): 5 letters + 5 letters = 10 letters:
Q: Think of a well-known actor. Take the first five letters of his first name, and the last five letters of his last name, together, in order. These letters spell the name of a major American city. Who is the actor and what is the city?
I don't think we need to challenge this actors characterization as "well-known". I looked him up on IMDb and he has a good 125 film and TV appearances listed; a testament to his staying power in Hollywood.

Edit: Everyone remembers his role as Moses in the "Ten Commandments", right?
A: CHARLTON HESTON --> CHARLESTON

## Friday, December 07, 2007

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 2): One Small Step for Man...

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Dec 2): One Small Step for Man...:
Q: Take the word "stepparents". Rearrange these 11 letters to spell two words that are opposites. What are they?
The answer is pretty easy to figure out. You'll get it sooner or later, but if not I'll post the answer after the deadline.

Edit: The deadline has passed (homonym of past) so I'll present the answer.
A: STEPPARENTS --> PAST and PRESENT