Sunday, April 22, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 22, 2018): Finding Nemo

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 22, 2018): Finding Nemo:
Q: Take the name of a famous film director. Drop the first letter of this person's first name and you'll name a fish. Read the last name backward and you'll name another fish. What film director is it?
Don't forget to turn in your answer by Thursday at 3pm ET.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 15, 2018): Country Scramble

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 15, 2018): Country Scramble:
Q: The letters of SWITZERLAND can be rearranged to spell LIZARD and NEWTS — LIZARD being the singular name of an animal, and NEWTS a plural. Name another country with this same property. That is, name another country whose letters can be rearranged to spell two animals — one singular and one plural. It's a major country. What country is it?
I can't say this puzzle sounds very new.

Edit: The puzzle from February had the answer of NEW MEXICO where you dropped the W and got MICE, OXEN.
A: MEXICO --> MICE, OX

Sunday, April 08, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 8, 2018): On the Tip of My, Er, Finger?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 8, 2018): On the Tip of My, Er, Finger?:
Q: Name a part of the human body, insert a speech hesitation, and you'll name a country. What country is it?
Reminds me of a puzzle from a couple years ago.

Submit your answer to the puzzle here

Edit: The country appeared in a puzzle from January 2016
A: BRAIN + AH --> BAHRAIN

Sunday, April 01, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 1, 2018): Who Do We Appreciate

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 1, 2018): Who Do We Appreciate:
Q: Pick an even number between 1 and 10 that's 1 more than four and 2 more than ten.
Not seven

My hint has 8 letters and also points out that SEVEN and THREE may have the right number of letters but aren't even.
A: EIGHT the even number in that range that has 1 more (letter) than FOUR and 2 more (letters) than TEN.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 25, 2018): Funny Bunny

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 25, 2018): Funny Bunny:
Q: Name a small but well-known U.S. city, followed by its two-letter state postal abbreviation. This string of letters, reading from left to right, spells two consecutive words that name distinctive characteristics of bunnies. What city is it?
The city may be small, but the populace has large aspirations.

Edit: It's the birthplace of Bill Clinton & Mike Huckabee but with a population of around 10,000.
A: HOPE, AR --> HOP, EAR

Sunday, March 18, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 18, 2018): How Now, Brown Cow

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 18, 2018): How Now, Brown Cow:
Q: Think of a popular two-word song title in 7 letters. If you have the right one, you can rearrange the letters to name an animal and the sound it makes. What is it? Here's a hint: The title is in a foreign language.
Edit: I don't usually like having the picture being my clue but I realized when I picked the photo it was already pointing to a sheep.
A: LA BAMBA --> LAMB, BAA

Sunday, March 11, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 11, 2018): I'm Too Sexy (for my Shirt)

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 11, 2018): I'm Too Sexy (for my Shirt):
Q: Name a common article of apparel in 3 letters and another in 4 letters. Rearrange all 7 letters to name a well-known three-word song title. What is it?
Kudos to the PM for a solid puzzle this week. My hint? I don't care for lime-flavored Jello.

Edit: PM may stand for Puzzle Master, or Paul McCartney. Let it Be is an EP released by American comedy metal/punk act Green Jellö in 1984.
A: TIE + BELT --> LET IT BE

Sunday, March 04, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 4, 2018): Landmark Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 4, 2018): Landmark Puzzle:
Q: Name a famous singer — first and last names. Change the last three letters of each name to an E and you'll name a well-known landmark. What is it?
"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Edit: The actual quote from Forrest Gump is "Life was like a box of chocolates...". The phenomenon where a large number of people incorrectly remember a past event is called the Mandela Effect. Whitney Houston sang for Nelson Mandela at a White House dinner in his honor in October 1994.
A: WHITney HOUSton --> WHITE HOUSE

Sunday, February 25, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 25, 2018): United States of Mammals

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 25, 2018): United States of Mammals:
Q: Name a place in the United States that contains a W. Drop the W, and you can rearrange the remaining letters to name two types of mammals, each in the plural form. What place is it, and what are the mammals?
I was going to provide a crass clue but decided against it.

Edit: Crass Clue is an anagram of Las Cruces (New Mexico) which is where the puzzle submitter is from.
A: NEW MEXICO - W --> MICE, OXEN

Sunday, February 18, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 18, 2018): Hot Spots Not to be Forgot

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 18, 2018): Hot Spots Not to be Forgot:
PRIOR WEBSITE PUZZLE:
Q: An easy-sounding challenge this week that turns out to be not so easy: Two major U.S. cities, each with two-word names, each have an unusual property: The last two letters of the first word in the name are the same as the last two letters of the second word in the name — like University City, in Missouri, in which both "university" and "city" end in "-ty." But both cities in my answer are much larger. According to the 2010 U.S. census, each city has more than a quarter-million people. What cities are they?
Don't miss any of the bright spots in the photo here (courtesy of NASA). If you think Mr. Shortz made a mistake in the population count, he did not.

Update: The puzzle above is apparently *not* the puzzle that was presented on air. Here's the one that was presented on-air and has now been corrected on the website.
ON-AIR PUZZLE:
Q: Take the start of the name of a country and the end of that country's capital. Put the parts together, one after the other, and you'll get the last name of a character in a very popular movie. It's a character everyone knows. Who is it?
This one's easier and less controversial. I'm guessing it was inspired by another recent puzzle.

Edit: The recent puzzle involved Alec Guinness.
A: KENya + nairOBI --> (obi wan) KENOBI

Sunday, February 11, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 11, 2018): Put Your Back Into It

Sunday Puzzle (Feb 11, 2018): Put Your Back Into It:
Q: Name part of the human body in six letters. Add an R and rearrange the result to name a part of the body in seven letters. What are they?
I went through three ENTIRE lists until I figured out the answer.

Edit: The first *3* letters of ENTIRE are ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat)
A: Tonsil and Nostril

Sunday, February 04, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 4, 2018): Getting Short with You

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 4, 2018): Getting Short with You:
Q: In English, a short "u" sound is usually spelled with a "u," as in "fun" and "luck." Occasionally it's spelled with an "o," as in "come" and "love." Can you name two everyday one-syllable words in which a short "u" sound is spelled with an "a"?
I used to wear corduroy pants.

Edit: What was I thinking?
A: WHAT, WAS

Sunday, January 28, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 28, 2018): Last Name is a Well-Known Brand

Sunday Puzzle: Can You Keep Up? : NPR:
Q: Name a famous actor — first and last names. The last name is a well-known brand. Drop the last letter of the first name and you'll get the kind of product it's a brand of. Who is it?
Are you looking for a clue? Well you won't find it here.

Edit: "These are not the clues you are looking for..." :)
A: ALEC GUINNESS --> GUINNESS + ALE

Sunday, January 21, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 21, 2018): Ways to Get from Here to There

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 21, 2018): Ways to Get from Here to There:
Q: Take the name of a conveyance in seven letters. Drop the middle letter, and the remaining letters can be rearranged to name the place where such a conveyance is often used. What is it?
How close are you to the answer? Are you hot or cold?

Edit: You might see cable gondolas at a ski resort (cold) or gondola baskets below a balloon (hot). But most often you'll see them in the Venice Lagoon.
A: GONDOLA --> LAGOON

Sunday, January 14, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 14, 2018): Geography Quiz - No Peking!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 14, 2018): Geography Quiz - No Peking!:
Q: Name a world capital. It's an older way of spelling the name. Drop three letters, and the remaining letters, in order, will name another world capital. Both cities have more than a million residents. What cities are these?
I've been staring at a list of world capitals by population and I've not figured it out.

Edit: I wasn't familiar with the original spelling.
A: DJAKARTA (Indonesia) --> DAKAR (Senegal)

Sunday, January 07, 2018

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 7, 2018): Take the Wheel

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 7, 2018): Take the Wheel:
Q: Take the first and last names of a journalist well-known to NPR listeners. Remove the first letter of the last name. The remaining letters can be rearranged to spell two modes of transport. And here's a hint: The modes of transport have the same number of wheels. Who is the journalist, and what are the modes of transport?
The NPR puzzle most often involves names, lists or anagrams, so why not start the year with a puzzle involving all 3?

Edit: If you had 3 wheels and you took 1 away...
A: COKIE ROBERTS --> BIKE, SCOOTER