Friday, April 04, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 30): Over and Out

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 30): Over and Out:
Q: Think of an adjective starting with 'over.' What follows 'over' is a word that has a homophone — that is, a word that sounds the same but is spelled differently. For example, in 'overcast,' 'cast' is a homophone of 'caste.' Think of an adjective starting with 'over' that is frequently used with the homophone of the word that follows. What is it?
I'm a little confused this week. I see lots of choices that might work but I'm not sure I get what the puzzle is asking. For example you could argue that any of the following might work: overseas --> seize, oversight --> site, overrode --> road, overhaul --> hall, oversees --> seas, overheard --> herd, overflew --> flue, overlaps --> lapse, overdue --> do, overawed --> odd, etc. I have a potential answer (not listed here), but I'm not even happy with it and am ready to discard it.

Edit: The title (Over and Out) was obviously a clue and so was the sentence about being unhappy and discarding some(one). I submitted the answer below, but there is still a possibility it isn't the intended answer. At least phredp (see comments) seems to concur, so hopefully it is right.
A: OVERTHROWN --> THRONE, as in the monarchy (throne) was overthrown.


  1. The key is to be very strict about the "over.." word being an adjective. The homophone HAS to be a noun. Unless you think this is just rubbish...

  2. Technically it doesn't say the homophone has to be a noun.

    I went through page after page of the dictionary looking at over- words before I figured this one.

  3. Ooh, this is a tough one and you have to know your parts of speech. I'd give a kings ransom for the answer!

  4. I think using the adjective as "overseas" and the other frequently used word as "oversees" would answer the puzzle.

  5. i'm going to have to say overbearing and overbaring.

    i'm ryne, by the by. i just recently started making my own word play puzzles. my blog is still kind of new, but i still have plenty of ideas that will get posted in due time. maybe i'll submit a puzzle to will shortz for his npr puzzler.

  6. hi Freinds..
    some more puzzles at

  7. I don't think the homophone includes the "over" part of the adjective. I submitted "overnight" and "knight." The two words are used together but probably not frequently.

  8. Since the submit deadline has past, I used overthrown and throne
    (thus the kings ransom hint).

  9. I'm wondering if ericmargel's post was a clue with *page* after *page*. It also implies that the answer is later in the alphabet.

    I submitted the same answer as phredp. Alas, another week with no call from NPR. :-)