Thursday, May 22, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 18): Change One Letter in the Last Name

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 18): Change One Letter in the Last Name:
Q: Think of a well-known person on TV who has eight letters in their first name and four letters in their last. The last name consists of: consonant, vowel, consonant, consonant. If you change the vowel in the last name to an 'a,' the result will be a word that is defined by the first name.
Good, we are getting back to challenging puzzles. Saying this person is a well-known person on TV is like saying Tiger Woods is a popular TV personality. Yes, he is on TV, but is he most well-known for being on TV? I had more luck working backwards on the puzzle.

Edit: Some of my clues were explicit (such as thinking of someone associated with TV, but known for something else.) There were a few "less obvious" clues (Tiger is an animal, luck rhymes with puck, back rhymes with pack).
Now read the comments and you'll see the creative hints that were left by others.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Googol to the Googol-th Power

At this point everyone should be familiar with the number "googol" which is 10^100 (10 to the 100th power). Written down it is a one followed by 100 zeroes.

The question this week is:
Q: How many zeroes are there in googol^googol
(googol to the "googol-th" power)?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 11): Entrance and Exit

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 11): Entrance and Exit:
Q: Think of a seven-letter word meaning 'entrance.' Switch the second and fourth letters and you'll get another seven-letter word meaning 'exit.' What are the words?
I'm sorry. My PC was having issues so I wasn't able to post a hint this weekend. The puzzle is easy, so I'm sure you'll figure it out.

Edit: My hints were PC (as in Gateway) and weekend (as in getaway)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Mothers' Day Puzzle for all our Supermoms

Take the following mathematical equation:


Can you replace each letter with a different digit {0 to 9} so that the equation makes sense? The letter will represent that digit everywhere the letter appears.

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 4): Make a Lot of Noise

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 3): Make a Lot of Noise:
Q: Rearrange the letters of 'assembly hall' to spell three loud sounds.
I don't have a lot of time for a hint because we are busy! We are planning my son's birthday. With everything my wife has planned it should be grand. But I think we can do without the performer dressed like Tarzan.

Edit: The hints were all the words before the punctuation marks: BuSY (initial letters of the answers, in alphabetical order), Birthday (Bash), Grand (Slam) and Tarzan (Yell).

Thursday, May 01, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 27): A Challenge for Star Gazers

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 27): A Challenge for Star Gazers:
Q: Insert a long E sound after the first letter of 'bond' and phonetically you get 'be-ond.' Insert a long E sound after the first letter of 'renter' and you get 're-enter.' Name something found in outer space. Insert a long E sound after the first letter, and you'll name a resident of a major American city. What are the words?
Are they kidding? With all the things in space, this could be like searching for a needle in a haystack!?!

Edit: Get it? Space... Needle? I know, the puzzle was SO easy, who needed a hint? Let's hope Will Shortz comes up with some more exciting puzzles in the coming weeks.