## Thursday, September 26, 2013

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 22, 2013): Character with All Five Vowels Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 22, 2013): Character with All Five Vowels Puzzle:
Q: The name of what character, familiar to everyone, contains each of the five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) exactly once? The answer consists of two words — eight letters in the first word, four letters in the second.
Anyone else feel they spent a lot of time poring through long lists of movie, cartoon or literary characters before finding the answer?

Edit: The clue to the character was obviously at the end...
A: QUESTION MARK

## Thursday, September 19, 2013

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 15, 2013): Noteworthy Names of the 20th Century

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 15, 2013): Noteworthy Names of the 20th Century:
Q: Name a well-known person from the 20th century who held an important position. Take the first and last letters of this person's last name, change each of them to the next letter of the alphabet, and you'll get the last name of another famous person who held the same position sometime after the first one. Who is it?
I got the answer right away, then thought, wait they didn't hold the same position. Anyone think the same thing for a moment?

Edit: I started looking at a list of Presidents. Ford immediately led to Gore, but then I thought, Gore wasn't president... then it dawned on me. My (not very good) hint was the word "for".
A: FORD & GORE were both Vice Presidents in the 20th century

## Thursday, September 12, 2013

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 8, 2013): Shortest Path to the Answer

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 8, 2013): Shortest Path to the Answer:
Q: Name a famous person in history with four letters in the first name and six letters in the last. Move the first letter of all this to the end. The result will be a two-word phrase that might be defined as "the opposite of a curve." Who's the famous person, and what's the phrase?
What is this? Another reference to the puzzle from three weeks ago? At least we know the answer isn't EDIR ECTLIN.

Edit: The puzzle 3 weeks ago was the one involving a Roman numeral. And this week the puzzle involves a Roman general under Julius Caesar.
A: MARC ANTONY --> ARC ANTONYM

## Friday, September 06, 2013

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 1, 2013): One Name Celebrities

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 1, 2013): One Name Celebrities:
Q: Think of a well-known celebrity who goes by a single name — the last two letters of which are alphabetically separated by only one letter (like A and C, or B and D). Replace this pair of letters with the one that separates them, and you'll have a common, everyday word. What is it?
I wonder if this was inspired by the puzzle of two weeks ago? Anyone know?

Edit: The puzzle from two weeks ago was about the Roman numeral XXXVIII; BeyoncĂ© sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII. And the word "know" at the end of my comment was a hint to her last name of Knowles.