Sunday, June 16, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 16, 2019): Get Out Your List of U.S. Cities

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jun 16, 2019): Get Out Your List of U.S. Cities:
Q: Name a major U.S. city with a population of more than 100,000. It has a two-word name. The two words rhyme, respectively, with the first and last names of a famous singer. What city is it, and who's the singer?
One half of a famous acting duo went to high school and college here.

Actor David Soul (the second half of Starsky & Hutch) grew up in Sioux Falls.
A: SIOUX FALLS --> LOU RAWLS

140 comments:

  1. Here's my standard reminder... don't post the answer or any hints that could lead directly to the answer (e.g. via a chain of thought, or an internet search) 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.

    You may provide indirect hints to the answer to show you know it, but make sure they don't give the answer away. You can openly discuss your hints and the answer after the Thursday deadline. Thank you.

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  2. You can also find in the same pattern a two-part rhyme for certain pieces of equipment essential for playing a particular game.

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  3. I thought of the singer and the second word of the city name almost immediately. I do admit, however, that I first thought that the first word of the city name might've begun with either B or N.

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  4. I had to let out a small chuckle when I saw where the city was located. Interestingly, i noticed it’s where a prominent football player, with a major city in his name, was born.

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    1. That narrowed things down for me. :) --Margaret G.

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    2. It's also where a prominent baseball player died.

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  5. It's not that old walrus, Paul McCartney.

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    1. I’m giving you a D- for that post since macca is my favorite of all time.

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    2. Ha! Well, I'm partial to Frank Zappa -- one of my faves of his would be relevant here but... I felt that using it would be too revealing.

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  6. The names also rhyme with a phrase for a very specific kind of frustration.

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    1. Your comment reminds me ... the singer's name also rhymes with the title of a song by a 'famous band' from another 'major U.S. city,' located just down the road [well, around 940 miles] from the city in question.

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    2. One that the singer appears to have suffered.

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    3. Good one! No ifs, buts or maybes that now I have the correct answer.

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    4. Early in their career, Akron, Ohio's DEVO had a song called 'SOO BAWLS.' The track arguably addresses the same condition discussed here.

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  7. Close but "no Cigar" San Jose, Marvin Gaye, Susan Raye...

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  8. I almost took the singer's words to heart before making the connection.

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  9. How to get the cows to come home?

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  10. I could've sworn when I drove from Austin to Houston last year that I saw a sign on the highway for El Dormé.

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  12. What Will meant to say was: "Gee, 108 answers, including right ones and wrong. I guess Len What-his-name isn't so famous after all."

    Today's might go 1008 or 10,008.

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  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u8e7YymAGE

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  14. If you rapped about science fiction and space, Li'l Spock would be a logical stage name.

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  15. The answer to this pun is a clue so I won't give it until Thursday. When meds for erectile disfunction were being studied in double blind tests, what was the placebo group called?

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  16. Quite a bit easier than last week. I have heard of the singer and the city. Yea! Did not require any list to solve, and no hints were needed. Problem now is having something to think about when I can't fall asleep tonight.

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  17. Movie clue: Airplane!
    TV clue: The Simpsons

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    1. Make that Airplane II. Easy mistake.

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    2. I think I have the answer, but the Airplane! reference baffles me. I thought I knew everything about that movie (give me a vector, victor)

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    3. Trust me. I meant to say the sequel, not the original. It was on TV yesterday, and the line of dialogue I was thinking of came up. It's Airplane II, I swear.

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    4. I just want to tell you both, good luck. We’re all counting on you.

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    5. "...and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight, by the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"

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  18. I can certainly say that the singer never fronted a famous British punk band.

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    1. LOU RAWLS, SIOUX FALLS.

      My clue was a nod to 1970s London Punk legends SIOUXsee and the Banshees -- a band that I can't imagine on the same bill as Lou Rawls.

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  19. Caesar may have thought the singer cowardly.

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  20. I've had it with my current crocheting projects! Back to scarves; they're much less frustrating.

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    1. Mr. Endy, if you crochet in Rhode Island, is that RI-crocheting?

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    2. If you liberate people in Dover, then change your mind, is that DE-liberate?

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    3. Are Seattle folks screaming at showers a real WA-shout?

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    4. Is taking a Richmond trip with Schrodinger's pet and some radioactive isotopes a VA-cat-ion?

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    5. When someone's vacation home in the woods in the Berkeley area burns down is that a CA-been?

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    6. No, but barely making a mediocre record in Philly is PA-lp-able.

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    7. And going light on your cocaine shipment to Miami will get you FL-ounced.

      (WW, do you regret starting this yet?)

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    8. Happy to get things going. . . if a bit slowly (as stated).

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    9. This is becoming like a business proposition in Portland going wrong and becoming an OR-deal.

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    10. Bill Clinton was America's horn-dog president. He idolized John F Kennedy, who was referred to (by polite Martha's Vineyard society) as a MA-stiff.

      And with bad weather ruining the corn, Omaha worries about becoming a NE-cropolis.

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    11. If Pretty Woman had been filmed in Boise, would Julia Roberts have played an ID-aho?

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    12. Naming two cardinals for the Archdiocese of Denver requires CO-ordination.

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    13. In Portland, they call Japanese paper art OR-igami.
      In Boston, they still honor Rose as the Kennedy family MA-triarch.
      In The Keys, hurricanes often cause FL-coding.
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    14. In order to ensure future successions to the British Throne Prince Charles must have been IN-diana.

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    15. While the incident at Chappaquiddick made headlines, the Deep State concealed Ted Kennedy's biggest crime: his attempt to make a mint in terra-cotta planters, a MA-chia-villain effort.

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  21. I will say I came up with two alternate answers with much less well known singers (for one, "singer" is not the most accurate term), more soundcloud-famous than household names, but rhyming with pretty clearly better known towns.

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  22. My own pollsters said early this morning that my answer was a shoo-in to win this week's puzzle. Now, it appears that this may not be correct. I think I will have to "let them go!"

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  23. There are two cities that rhyme with the singer’s name, but only one meets the population requirement.

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  24. Is the one that doesn't meet the population criterion in Pennsylvania?

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    1. The one that I have in mind isn't, but there may be more than one, "other," cities.

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  25. I mean this non-sarcastically, but this happens to me weekly and it always makes me laugh:

    1. Read NPR Sunday puzzle I have no hope of getting because it involves pop culture
    2. Go to Blainesville comments
    3. Read completely unhelpful comment that says something like "The answer to this puzzle exists" or "Reminds me of the infrastructure budget of several Togolese water districts" or just the letter "I"
    4. Read replies of "YOU'RE GIVING IT AWAY."
    5. Feel dumb.

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    1. I think most of us here can empathize with you on that.

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    2. Haris H., great list! We've all been there.

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      AM AFRAID you ARE GIVING IT AWAY.

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  26. Sotheby's was put up for auction and I wasn't even told in time to bid. Outrageous!

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  28. Is Ritchie Valens / Miami Gardens close enough of a rhyme?

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  29. As an airline pilot, I have been too busy dodging stormy skies yesterday to work on the puzzle. Today is just as bad.

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  31. Muscle Shoals - Russell Knowles (you know, Beyonce's brother)

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  32. How about Eau Claire and Cher.

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  33. I’m afraid I’ll never find the answer to this puzzle.

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    1. honestly me either. I don't know that many musicians

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    2. I was just lucky. I never heard of this person and never would have found the name.

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    3. Erpt dgmyczo ... qgc'ef strv ar!

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    1. Hope you're enjoying the weather... wink wink

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    2. Better today....not so good 2 days ago. ;) ;)

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  35. Since we are close to the solstice: Take a two-word phrase associated with the seasons. Drop the second syllable of the first word and the first syllable of the second word to get something associated with newborn babies. What is it?

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    1. The second syllable is a close, not perfect, match.

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    2. I've got an answer that requires dropping the first two syllables of the second word.

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    3. ... and, speaking of newborn babies, I became a grandfather again this week. Excited to meet my new granddaughter tomorrow.

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    4. jan, yes, that's it! Practicing counting here.

      Congrats on your new granddaughter! That's exciting!

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  36. SIOUX FALLS, LOU RAWLS

    "There's a connection to last week's puzzle." LOU RAWLS' complete first and middle names are LOUIS ALLEN of AEIOU fame.

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  37. Sioux Falls --> Lou Rawls

    I came up with my alternate solution - New Paltz (NY) --> Lou Rawls - first. However, when I saw its population (less than 15,000) I knew New Paltz wasn’t the intended city. It was only later, after a comment from a friend, that I realized I had half the solution. I then went back to my list of cities with two-word names and found Sioux Falls. Head slap...


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    1. Also, I've been to New Paltz. It's pronounced with a hard TZ.

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    2. Ben, as a native New Yorker, I have never heard New Paltz pronounced as you describe. But, I’ve never heard the R in New York, either.

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    3. As a native and former New Yorker, I agree with Ben on the pronunciation, Paltz rhymes with waltz. Similar to this website, though I've heard the "a" sound slightly differently,

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  38. SIOUX FALLS, SD (pop.181,883) → LOU RAWLS.

    Rhyming game equipment: CUE BALLS.

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  39. I wrote, ”You can also find in the same pattern a two-part rhyme for certain pieces of equipment essential for playing a particular game.” Those are CUE BALLS. I thought of the testicular congestion term before that one, but was glad to avoid using it by using the pool term instead.

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  40. SIOUX FALLS, LOU RAWLS

    > The singer has something in common with a regular here in Blainesville. And, in a dad joke kind of way, with the city.

    Like skydiveboy, he was a paratrooper. And if only Geronimo had been a Sioux rather than a Apache, all those guys falling from planes while shouting his name would've been . . . removed by a blog administrator?

    > Caesar may have thought the singer cowardly.

    After a car crash in 1958, Rawls was pronounced dead. (He got better.) "Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once."

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    1. I have it on good authority that skydiveboy was never a paratrooper.

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    2. I knew I was going out on a limb there. You were in the Army, yes? You are a skydiver, yes? But you didn't jump while in the Army? Or is there another story here?

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    3. I was in the Army for 3 years. I was Chairborne, not Airborne. I was in cryptography. I hated the military and have always been anti-war. I had no interest at all in becoming a paratrooper, which is not skydiving, by the way. I was discharged from the Army in 1966, and did not make my first jump until fifteen years later.

      Also, by the way, I am sure you would enjoy reading Guard Of Honor, by James Gould Cozzens, which won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 1948. It is considered to be the definitive WWII novel by many who really know. It is not a battle story, but there is a paratroop incident that is so informative of the military.

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    4. Skydiveboy--

      Have you ever heard Jean Shepherd's reminiscences about his days in the Signal Corps? Apparently the recruits all found the training they were being offered so simplistic as to be insulting, so they spent all their time finding new ways to pretend not to get the point and to drive their instructor crazy. https://hearingvoices.com/2009/08/hv067-jean-shepherd-1/

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    5. My father-in-law was in the Signal Corps, spent the war billeted in a Paris girls' school. Made one of the first transatlantic phone calls to his sister back home, allegedly to check the line for a planned call from Washington to some major brass.

      Tom Paxton says he composed The Marvelous Toy while bored as a clerk-typist. But, of course, none of this has to do with cryptography. Were you a mathematician-type cryptographer, SDB, or more of a grunt? You'll always be an Enigma to us....

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    6. ZC,
      I opened your link, but don't know where to look???

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    7. jan,

      Crypto is part of the Signal Corps, but most of my training was in what was called The Cage. It was a large area surrounded by heavy fencing with barbed wire and lots of guards. They would not even allow anyone to walk on the sidewalks outside the facilities.

      The training was fascinating, but the actual work in it could be a bore. I managed to escape most of that, but it is a long story, too long for here. I was recruited by the CIA when I returned to Seattle secretively. I turned them down.

      You may find me to be an enigma; you should talk with my much younger brother who can't figure me out at all. I don't find that unusual though, as he is the most closed minded person I've ever met.

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    8. It's starts about 28:39 with a brief intro from Harry Shearer, then Jean takes over.

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    9. Why did you return to Seattle secretively?

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    10. ZC,
      Sorry but I couldn't finish listening to that guy. First off he was not talking about crypto, but Morse Code. But I find listening to him annoying.

      MJ,
      The answer to your question is still classified comma and I am not at liberty to say.

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    11. Скайдайвинг мальчик:

      Хотите пообщаться с нами? Наташа была неудовлетворительным агентом. Мы предлагаем невероятное богатство и возможность заниматься многими зимними видами спорта, включая возможность кататься на лыжах по всей Сибири.

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    13. Ты шутишь, что ли? Я бы не пропустил свои будущие корневые каналы, чтобы просто покататься на лыжах.

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    14. В России самые лучшие стоматологические учреждения в мире. И у вас может быть вся Водка Трампа, которую вы хотите во время процедуры.

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    15. Я не использую анестетик для стоматологических процедур и не пью водку.

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    16. Мы можем предоставить все, что вы хотите. У нас есть большая и разнообразная коллекция веществ, изменяющих сознание. У нас также есть девочки (или мальчики), чтобы развлечь вас.

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    17. Хорошо, я собираю свои вещи сейчас.

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  41. My clues:
    “Let our a small chuckle when I realized the location “ - Sioux Falls is in Minnehaha county.

    The prominent footballer from there w a major city in his name is Dallas Clark.

    I gave Crito’s clue about the “old walrus” a D- because you have to subtract the D to anagram to Lou Rawls.

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  42. Sioux Falls → Lou Rawls

    Been there, sung that. If there were any fans of the Bonus Puzzle they would remember challenge #3 and its answer.

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    1. eco,
      I am being serious here.
      I realize that you probably have a wonderful career as a successful architect...
      But you also have a real gift for wordplay. Your Bonus Puzzles are routinely excellent. If Mr. Shortz has a "staff" he ought to put you on it.
      Keep on truckin'/trikin', ecoarchitect.

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  43. Sioux Falls, Lou Rawls

    Last Sunday I said, “Musical clue: Johnny Cash.” As in, “A Boy Named Sue.”

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  44. And a personal note on Lou Rawls: I had always looked down my nose at Rawls, thinking of him as the guy who sang pop and shilled for Budweiser. But about 20 years ago he came to a benefit at my son's school, where I heard him sing "Love Is A Hurting Thing" so soulfully that I changed my opinion of him on the spot. A testament to the power of live performance and to real vocal talent that allowed him to give a performance as good or better than the original 30 years later.

    Go treat yourself to the YouTube of the original version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwQv0OYgvOA. And then think how good it would sound live, when Rawls let it out.

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  45. My comment "Inane proposed policy" referred to "new walls."

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  46. SIOUX FALLS, LOU RAWLS
    Airplane II clue: Two passengers, a married couple, were reminiscing about a train trip to meet her folks. She said he was so nervous he paced the whole way "from St. Louis to SIOUX FALLS". Then they discussed their car trip to Woodstock, which was the real comedic moment in the scene(complete with a mention of taking acid).
    The Simpsons clue: In an early episode, while shopping for video games, Bart found one featuring LOU RAWLS as, of all things, a secret agent. As the video game music played, Lou sang, "You'll never find/That microfilm of mine..."

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  47. I shan’t expound upon my airline hint.

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  48. Viewers of NBC's THE VOICE might've wished the population of LAKE DELTON were a bit higher this week. Alas, neither the presence of the nearby Wisconsin Dells nor the steady stream of FLW tourism [the Seth Peterson Cottage is located here] have resulted in a significant explosion, and the last census found only 2914 year-round residents.

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    1. Nice alternative answer, hodiau016. If population counts factored in tourists, Lake Delton would indeed qualify.
      I worked as a reporter and editor in nearby Baraboo and Portage in the late 1980s. I covered the Lake Delton city council and their agenda was dominated with tourism enhancement.
      I also did a feature story on the restoration of the Seth Peterson Cottage. In between taking note for the story and taking photos, I actually joined in and lent a hand with the restoration.

      LegoSaysSoLong

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    2. You must be making reference to country singer BLAKE SHELTON...

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    3. Thanks, Lego. I was a little disappointed no one seemed to think much of my earlier 'alternative answer' posted above ... perhaps because I didn't bother to make it a clickable link.

      But more importantly, what publication were you working for in those heady days? Was the BARABOO NEWS REPUBLIC covering the restoration? Perhaps WISCONSIN LIFE or WISCONSIN TODAY? Did your assignments ever land you a front row seat at one of Tommy Bartlett's celebrated water shows? Or maybe you were lucky enough to write about the early development of the Forevertron?

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    4. hodiau016,
      First off, I am ashamed to say I had never even heard of the Forevertron until today. And I lived in Baraboo for almost 3 years in the late 1980s!
      The Seth Peterson renovation story I wrote appeared in the Baraboo News Republic (and perhaps also the Portage Daily Register). Alas, I can't find the story (or any others I wrote) archived on the Internet. The BNR and PDR were (still are?) sister papers. I worked in both newsrooms.
      I never wrote any story about Tommy Bartlett's water show (he didn't need the publicity) but did scores of stories pertaining to Baraboo's Circus World Museum, of which the community was quite proud.
      It was one of my favorite jobs ever... I got to write a weekly column about anything I wanted. Sheer heaven! (It paid peanuts, of course.)
      I did, however, see a Tommy Bartlett water show when I was about 10 years old. I was a Saint Paul Pioneer Press paper boy. One of the things the local agent required of paperboys (no girls, of course) was to "canvas" neighborhoods on your route, going door-to-door to get non-subscribers to subscribe to the "PiPress." If you got enough people to subscribe you were rewarded with a bus trip (along with other paperboys) down to the Dells for a day of water-showing, duck-boating and I can't remember what else. Indeed, what I recall most vividly about that day was drinking the coldest, most refreshing and best tasting glass of milk I've ever had (and I hate milk!) when we ate brunch at this place.

      LakegoLambdeltona

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    5. Thanks, Lego, for such a thorough and entertaining response. The climactic glass-of-milk detail was well-placed, relatable, and strangely moving. I would happily read many more memoirish posts about your small-town journalism career and/or childhood memories..

      It's my impression that the good Doctor was working on his Forevertron and sculpture garden in relative obscurity for quite a while before it became a 'thing' that people 'knew about' outside of the immediate area. I'm not a Badger State resident myself, but I don't remember hearing about it at all until the late 1990s, and didn't manage to visit until a decade or so later ... anyway, I don't think you should wallow too long in your shame.

      I'm tempted to ask about the nature of your restorative activities re: FLW's SPH, but I'm somewhat wary of spending too much time communicating here in Last Week's Area. [Though, I also wonder: why the hell not?]

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  49. Recently, the Dalai Lama had a birthday party where, as it turned out, all the guests brought him the same gift. Needless to say, he was thoroughly incensed.

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  50. This week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener James Matthews of Little Rock, Ark. To solve it, you might need to crack open an atlas. Take the names of two countries that share a border. Drop the second letter from the second country's name. The resulting string of letters, in order from left to right, will spell a regular, uncapitalized word. What is it?

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    1. I think I'll skip this one.

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    2. One thing that might make this puzzle easy is that if you're using a normal map (North on top), then the countries really will read left to right as the first country is west of the second country.

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  51. My hint about moving on from one type of crocheting project could have been more succinctly stated, "Screw shawls." The alternate answers my wife and I found were a rapper named Jean Grae (Green Bay) and a soundcloud artist named Dan Farber (Ann Arbor).

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  52. Just watched the nfl 100th season launch tonight. This puzzle and the game are two things with a bad opening...

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