Sunday, July 14, 2019

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 14, 2019): Veni, Vidi, Virgo!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jul 14, 2019): Veni, Vidi, Virgo!:
Q: Take an 11-letter word with two D's in it. If you drop both D's, you'll get a world capital followed by a sign of the zodiac. What's the 11-letter word?
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  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. Please no spoilers before Thursday, folks.

    Welcome back, Blaine! You were missed.

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    1. Blaine, how was your summer vacation? Hope it was fun!

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  3. Not too bad a puzzle, easier than I thought it would be!

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  4. Is anyone else reminded of the old Chock Full o'Nuts restaurants?

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    1. Rob mentioned an actor. One of my personal favorites of his films is "The Night of the Generals" where the actor plays a WWII German General who moonlights as a Jack the Ripperesque serial killer. The young German Major investigating the murders is played by Omar Sharif.

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    1. You can submit your answer using the first link above. It goes to this week's puzzle.

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  7. Easy puzzle this week, so I'll give you THIS WEEK'S CARTOONS!

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    1. In my opinion, this gives too much away.

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  9. Hint: The sign of the zodiac is not the sign of the archer.
    The on-air player today did a great job with a tough category.

    LegoSignOfTheToyBrick

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    1. In my opinion, this gives too much away.

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    2. Wordsmythe, I felt your first clue just gave a little too much away and needed to be removed so people can have fun solving this on their own.You obviously have the answer. Now just let others figure it out on their own without ruining it.

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    3. The cardinal rule here is if your clue is removed by Blaine, don't post the same clue again--two more times! Sheesh.

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    4. Yeah, don't shove it down our throats! :) --Margaret G. (I didn't see your hint, by the way)

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  11. Shouldn't the puzzle deadline be Wednesday this week?

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  12. People seem excited about one. Please don't post early. Even a day early would be unfortunate.

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  13. As long as we are dropping "D's" how about we drop Kristen Gillibrand and Jay Inslee from the "D" debates. Gilli (see today's extensive WaPo magazine coverage) for her shrill overreaction to the Al Franken thing among other reasons, and Inslee for saying he would make Megan Rapino his SOS. And it is an easy puzzle this week. Just look at the zodiac and do a little math.

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  14. Q ...and has a capital value of $675 to $2560

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  15. I will hold onto my clue for a few days.

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  16. A good puzzle and not too hard this week. Last week's was a killer.

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    1. Last weeks was easily solved by computer after I quickly ran into initial difficulty. I'll think about springing it on grandkids also.

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    2. A key factor in how difficult you found last week's puzzle was the list of countries you used. I got lucky and used a list which ordered countries by population. Had I been working alphabetically, I'd probably have thrown in the towel...

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    3. Hugh, I thought that this puzzle was easily solved by a computer as well (at least that is how I solved it)

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  17. Got lucky and found this answer right away. Reminds me of when I was trainspotting in England.

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  18. Blaine, I saw Jan's clue in last week's blog before you deleted it. I thought it was a fine clue. You realize its significance only after you solve the puzzle yourself. Could you explain why you felt it too revealing?

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    1. Perhaps I've watched too many cartoons. And I remember a song. I was going to let it go until a later post made the connection too explicit.

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    2. Plus, it's Bastille Day. Off with their heads!

      Movie clue: Young Frankenstein.

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    3. Damn! I was just going to post my clue: Mel Brooks.

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    4. Love his movies. I will always remember Harvey Korean getting pissed off every time someone said “Count de Money”

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    5. He didn't look Korean to me. Maybe because his name was Korman.

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  19. Francophiles all -- Happy Bastille Day! Vive la France!

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  20. Some of y'all need to put a filter on your giveaway comments. Don't spoil the fun.

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  21. I guess I was one of the few who didn’t get the Country Joe McDonald references last week. All of the “damn” clues actually left me chasing a Yankee red herring which obviously didn’t pan out. I just looked up the lyrics to “I feel Like I’m Fixin’ To Die Rag” though and wow! “You can be the first ones on your block/ to have your boy come home in a box.” Intense!

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  22. A synonym makes me also think of a major US city.

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  23. I always forget -- is it 1? or 2? or n? or 2n?

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  24. I got it, before seeing some of the clues here, some of which may be too transparent.

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  25. Interestingly enough, the answer was one of the first I brainstormed, but my not pronouncing the word correctly caused me to miss it for hours. AARGRGHH. I’m so mad I could spit!

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  26. Last Sunday afternoon, I commented:
    "I also would like to hear objections to the answer "FX" to last week's challenge that Shortz chose to ignore."
    I obviously hoped to generate some discussion about the fate here of alternatives solutions.
    I have to hand it to Puzzlemaster for being the only one to respond.
    Thanks, Will

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  27. The Wikipedia article on today's answer in general has lots things I never knew.

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    1. I thought so too, and almost commented, but did not want to draw further attention to it. Thanks, Blaine, and welcome back.

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    2. Seems like Blaine is always the Bogeyman.

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    3. eco,
      Speaking of persons of dubious credibility. Have you ever heard of the Russian, Boriska Kipriyanovich? I stumbled across him last night by chance and am somewhat captivated. (This is not a humorous post.)

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    4. Never heard of him. If he weren't an alien he could join the other stable genius in the White House. Also a great place for Bogeyman.

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    5. Well he is not an alien. He is a human now, as we are. However, he is stating that an enormous amount of time back he was living a life on Mars. He is saying he, along with many others, is being born here in an attempt to try and prevent us from destroying our planet from the ability to sustain humans. One of the moments on one video where he is being questioned is when he is asked what his opinion of humans is. He has to be prompted to give an answer, which is that he doesn't want to speak negatively about humans. He basically is saying he is here to help, and not to criticize, but to do something positive to keep us from destroying ourselves. If we dismiss him as bogus I believe we are making a huge mistake. I am not posting this to be humorous. It is to be taken seriously.

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    6. Authoritive clue Robert A. Heinlein

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  29. It doesn't matter whether there is or isn't a Russian who claims to be born on Mars. I'm a retired shrink and
    and so I'd be the first to say he's either deluded or a hoax. What is important is what we're doing to our planet. He could be bogus but his message isn't.

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    1. I would say I am in agreement with you in spirit, but I also must say that you seem to be misunderstanding it a bit. He is not saying he was born on Mars and is now living here. Obviously that would not be possible. He is saying he is reincarnated here now. He was once incarnated on Mars when that planet was supporting human life. You probably do not believe, or understand, how reincarnation works, but all he is saying is that there are many entities who once were living lives on Mars who have chosen to now reincarnate on Earth in order to help us not make the same disastrous mistakes that caused Mars to no longer sustain human type life. I would advise keeping an open mind on the possibility of reincarnation especially as there is a great deal of evidence pointing to it being a reality. There is not one shred of evidence that we only live one human life. If you can think of one, please let me know what it is.

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    2. Boriska Sr. was on the ship's crew that bugged the Sphinx about 4000 years ago. The Sphinx remains but no sign yet of the civilization that sent the crew.

      Estimates of all human beings ever are about 100 billion. Do only about 10% get a current life?

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  30. P.S. I apologize for the difficulty I have with posting clues that are vague enough to get past Blaine.

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    1. The key to coming up with good and acceptable hints, but not clues, is that you can explain them to us after the Thursday deadline and they prove that you really did solve the puzzle. We here all take your word for it anyway, but it can be fun to come up with a clever, but very obscure hint. Sometimes I don't even try, and frequently I think of several, but do not post them because I am afraid they may be giving away too much. Sometimes I botch the whole thing and post something Blaine removes, and that is okay. I think we all do it sometimes, but it is always best to be conservative in our hints. We all know you mean well.

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    2. Clever but very obscure, you say?

      Rosebud.

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  31. Out in the open
    Everything there is fresh and clean
    Unlike the life I'm here living
    All creatures great and small
    Living together one and all

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    1. Not being argumentative, but could you explain why this was removed? Did you feel the clue was too obvious?

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    2. Yes. Another very similar clue was already removed earlier.

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    3. JD - I guess it was obvious to some that it was too obvious.

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    1. He seems to be in hiding, or something now. I cannot locate a photo of how he appears now. Maybe you can find something.

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  34. A few weeks ago I had an alternative answer along with the accepted correct answer. This week I feel pretty certain about the single answer I came up with.

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