## Thursday, November 11, 2010

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 7, 2010): Alphabet Soup?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Nov 7, 2010): Alphabet Soup?:
Q: Write out the 26 letters of the alphabet. Take a sequence of seven letters, change one letter in that sequence to a U, and rearrange the result to name something you might find in your refrigerator. Hint: The answer is a two-word phrase.
Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour. But don't set your clocks back too far or you won't be able to get the answer at all... say 1963?

Edit: According to a couple sources, plastic milk jugs were introduced in 1964.
A: Take GHIJKLM, swap H for a U, rearrange to get MILK JUG

#### 27 comments:

1. Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any outright spoilers before the deadline of Thursday at 3pm ET. If you know the answer, click the link and submit it to NPR, but don't give it away here. Thank you.

2. I hope there's an even dozen in my refrigerator.

3. I'll take the weasels by 7 over the rodents.

4. I don't have this in my refrigerator, but my grandmother did. Perhaps this puzzle is as old as Mensa, from 1946!

5. I love that kind of music!

6. The guy I get mine from is really, really tough.

This puzzle, not so much :)

7. I didn't get your clue Blaine, until I thought of the movie "The Graduate"

8. How about "Cabaret"?

9. The bringer of today's solution
Was often a dear lad.
But sometimes there within the ranks
You'd find an awful cad.

With papa at work, the kids at school
And mama left alone,
The man would come to collect his fee
A fee you can't condone.

So if you're ever curious
Then anagram "dear lad".
Perhaps there is a chance that guy
Could be your _____ _____!

10. Didn't they make a movie about this guy?

Chuck

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12. Now that I think about it, I remember a rather scurrilous joke concerning the gentleman getting a Christmas gift from a customer :)

13. Makes me think of the group "The Lovin Spoonful"

14. Hasn't been in my vegan family's fridge for a while, at least not from the usual source. However, I, who am a vegequarian (eat fish), got it occasionally and consider it contraband. Ha-Ha, How I loved thee as a child!

15. I was hoping to find a Japanese beer company that supplied a refrigerator sized Fuji Keg.

16. How odd. I heard Will say this puzzle was from "NASA's" calendar (not MENSA's). This put me in mind of galaxies and brown dwarfs.

17. Harvey, if you go the NPR website it says MENSA, not NASA. I like your clue, but your name is a good clue to the answer, too.

18. Yes, that's how I learned I had mis-heard it. What's odd is that I think my mistake actually helped me solve the puzzle. Now to figure out how my name contains a clue....

19. Harvey, combine part of your name, with part of the answer...

20. I listened to the NPR tape and Will said Mensa.

21. Musical Hint: Glenn Miller
Cinematic Hint: The Glenn Miller Story

22. Attention K-Mart Shoppers!

Wednesday's puzzle is up at

Midweek Puzzle Break

23. Maybe someone of the ilk of Judge Judy would be helpful in finding the answer.

24. I'm thinking of a Trevor Rhone film.

25. I'm thinking of the Raquel Welch film.

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