Thursday, November 13, 2008

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 9): A Pair of Animals, Running Wild in the Capital!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 9): A Pair of Animals, Running Wild in the Capital!:
Q: Take the names of two animals. Drop the third letter from each name. Read the remaining letters, in order, from left to right and you'll name a world capital. What is it?
There are several ways to approach solving this puzzle. You could look at lists of animals, or perhaps it might be easier to look at a list of world capitals. I don't think you'll find it too difficult. Oh, my clue this week is that "tiger" is not one of the animals. Does that help?

Edit: My clues were "Oh my" and "tigers". At least my clues were less obvious than some posted in the comments section. I had to delete one that had the outright answer. Please wait until after the Thu. 3pm ET deadline to post spoilers.
A: BEaR + LIoN --> BERLIN (Germany)

1. Blaine, I'm not sure how your clue is... pertinent... relevant... what's that word I'm looking for? Anyway, this one's a... um, a tough one. I don't know if I'll be able to figure it out. And I'm telling the truth!

2. I'm sure that Carl, or Blaine, solved this by looking at an animal list first.

3. This one was easy for me. I just went through the list of world capitals.

4. This one made me growl!! Especially after the brilliant gent on-air today. My brain would have hibernated on a few of them.

5. There's potential for a somewhat circular clue involving the author of The Cider House Rules here...

And I do not dissemble.

Hey, I know it's not always a piece of cake but sometimes you just gotta grin and keep trying!

6. Natasha, Your approach worked for me.
THANK YOU.

7. I was too distracted thinking about the down-ish stock market and hoping it comes roaring back - but I finally got it.

8. My main question is, does it poo in the woods?

9. Great, Geri!!!

10. both animals are hairy, herr doolittle. err...make that fuehry....errr...furry.

11. One of these animals may sometimes climb a tree, the other rules the safari as far as it can see.

Together they form a word of recent unity. . .

12. maroons revisited... Another fun expression that I "invented" and which was already in use without my being aware of it: The bozone layer. Again, I made it up to fill in the "specific location" line in a Craigslist Rants & Raves post a longish time ago. Just for kicks I googled it this morning; there's a fun entry in the Urban Dictionary.

And I'm not making this up! (that's another hint to this week's puzzle...)

13. Carl, "Setting Free the . . ."??

14. Each of the creatures in this puzzle's answer figure prominently in novels by a certain author, and his name, if you have a playful mind, also might lead you to the answer...

15. I came up with another answer:

VIxEN + NAg --> VIENNA (Austria)

16. John Irving featured bears in three different books (Setting Free the Bears, The World According to Garp, and Hotel New Hampshire) and the plot of The Fourth Hand involved a character's losing a hand to a Lion. And if you free-associate his last name you will very likely think of Irving Berlin...

17. In The Wizard of Oz film Dorothy,
Tin Man, and Scarecrow chant
"lions, and tigers, and bears"
just before entering a forest
where they meed Cowardly Lion.

18. p.s. meet, not meed

19. You forgot the last part, "Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!"

20. Since this puzzle was so like Oct 19th's
(pick a name or pick 2 animals, drop some letters, come up with a world capital), I made the same kind of a comment with an imbedded anagram this time as I did then. I had decided not to do this again because an anagram is not clearly a clue without being too obvious, but in this case I could'nt resist.

21. And I offered a somewhat obscure clue with my saying I didn't see how Blaine's clue was.. pertinent... I was trying to suggest the word germane which is, of course, Germany with an extra letter. Then I said it was a... a tough one. Meant to suggest that this puzzle was a bear. Then said I'm telling the truth, as opposed to I'm not lyin'.

22. Blaine,
Where is the new puzzle for today on your site?