Sunday, March 29, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 29, 2020): April Foolish Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 29, 2020): April Foolish Puzzle:
Q: Here's an April Foolish puzzle. Think of a world capital. Drop the third and fourth letters, and keeping the remaining letters in order you'll name a state. What state is it?
What an appropriate time to post this puzzle — in more ways than one.
A: BEIJING --> State of BEING

195 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. It'll drive some folks bats.

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  3. I agree with Blaine. I’m a bit neutral on this week’s puzzle.

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  4. I'll admit I haven't been to the dentist in quite a while, so my teeth are in a sorry state.

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    1. After working through the list of capitals, I thought BEIJING > BEING looked promising, but was not convinced it was the intended answer. I was sure, however, that CASTRIES (St. Lucia) > CARIES was not correct, so I posted the above comment, inadvertently including the word "been" and somewhat more advertently employing a non-geopolitical sense of "state". Only much later (about Tuesday, I think) did it occur to me that implying my teeth were in a "rotten state" might lead one to think of Denmark, Hamlet, and the famous soliloquy.

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  5. There will surely be ingenious punsters here who find this “foolish” puzzle amusing.

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    2. ^^ This clue needs to be deleted

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    3. I am admonished (as was Jan, so I don’t feel quite so alone). I do accept reasonable curtailments on my freedom of expression (“The right to swing one’s fist stops at the other person’s nose”), and I will do my best to exercise responsibility in offering another clue at some future moment.

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    1. An April Fool is my raisin d'etre.

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    2. Yum! Now where will I find gooseberries?

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    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNLUzG128mk

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    4. Hmmm, not the catchiest of tunes, eh?

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    5. Hmmm, not the catchiest of tunes, eh?

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    6. I don't know; it's still in my head after about 55 years. It helps if you know the lyrics:

      Goosberry Goose is out on the loose, raiding my gooseberry garden.
      Gooseberry Goose I'll tie to a spruce, 'til he comes begging my pardon.

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    7. The lyrics make the song. . .

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  8. I posted on Mar 29, 06:12:00 AM PDT on last week's thread:

    Whew! I almost made a collosal blunder! Looking through the list, I initially was looking at the wrong column and almost picked a nation instead of a world capital. Curiously enough, this would have resulted in the SAME STATE!

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    1. Your answer may not be April Foolish enough, EaWAF.

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    2. I agree with the TMI observation. I can't be appropriately April Fooled after you've alerted me that it's coming!

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  9. It didn’t take a village, just a small hamlet.

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  10. I feel supremely confident with my answer this week.

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  11. < < <
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    ^ < < < ENASSAMISHHINJIJWEIAN

    Tom Uttech (Crystal Bridges Art Museum)

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  12. I watched 'Little Big Man' yesterday.

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    1. Me, too. The NY Times lists it as one of the 50 best films available on Amazon Prime now. Held up OK after 50 years, though pretty slow-paced. I didn't remember noticing the reference to The Graduate in the bedroom scene with Dunaway. No clue here, but I get yours.

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    2. The Cheyenne referred to themselves as Human Beings. Now I have to watch it again for your reference. Oh well, I have time.

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    1. We can shout this clue until our voices give out, but we'd be putting Descartes before the hoarse

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  14. .... or drop the fourth and fifth letters

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  15. https://www.lawlessfrench.com/expressions/poisson-davril/
    Can someone tell me how to substitute text for a link? I forget how to do this. Thanks.

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  16. You can embed HTML in your post. Use the "View page source" feature of your browser to see how others have done it.

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  17. I hope everyone sent in all their alternate valid answers last week. Will chose you to ignore personally.

    Today's on-air segment was was worse than usual, but the victim, uh player, did quite well.

    To be fair, maybe the PM chose this week's challenge a few months ago.

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    1. You mean that song about our CIC-TGP?

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    2. I don't know what that is, and I don't want to say what song now.

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    3. Let me know whether wondering if Trump knows Chrissie Hynde here counts as TMI or not.

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    4. Conmander in chief- "the great pretender." the Platters. what was your song. I still have not got your puzzle unless it could be Nietsche somehow?
      And who wrote "unbearable lightness of being?"
      Good clue in hindsight.

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  19. I wonder how many folks will duck this puzzle...

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  20. If our Conman-der in Chief has his way, many of us may no longer reside in this state.

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  21. I think I got it. This is the fastest I've ever solved the Sunday puzzle. Not 100% sure of my answer but based on some of the clues, many seem to have the same answer as me.

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  22. The answer’s anagram may be a common activity these days.

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  23. If you remove the third and fourth letters of the capital of a different country, then you will get a slang way to say the state.

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  24. Now I'm really nervous. I just minutes ago sold a mechanic's creeper dolly via Craigslist for $20. I took his twenty and then went back in the house and washed my hands along with the twenty dollar bill. I then microwaved it for 90 seconds. Isn't money laundering illegal? Please do not turn me in.

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    1. I'm sure you are on someone's radar!

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    2. Is that where the term bit coin came from?

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    3. Bobby, the term you're alluding to, if a hyphen is placed within, becomes a 60s slang term.

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    4. Ever been to a BE-IN? They say if you can remember the 60s, you weren't there.

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  25. I'm annoyed I wasted so much time trying to make the capital of Pakistan work, but it's nobody's fault but mine... It ISMABAD, folks

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  26. There are some holes in this puzzle: if you perform the same operation on another world capital, you get a different form of the state.

    I can also think of at least world capitals that, taking away the third and fourth letter, yield the name of an animal.

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    1. London → loon
      Rabat → rat
      Belfast (Northern Ireland) → beast
      Lisbon → lion

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    2. I hadn’t of Belfast, that’s a good one! There’s one more I came up with, on a different continent. You’ve got to be quick to get it...

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    3. Yes, I got the alternative answer also, and I actually think it is a better. veni, vidi, vici

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    4. The name Belfast can make for a whole other puzzle altogether. If you drop the third letter, the remaining letters spell what one must do to win a race. Drop the fourth letter(and space it differently), and it will spell what one will probably do if one does not win the race.

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    5. Fourth letter instead of the third, that is.

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  27. What a co-inky-dink. This is my state!!

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  29. I'm reminded of my youngest nieces with this one. Also of a certain well-known actor who has a rare distinction of having his name in a movie title. Hope that last part's not TMI.

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  30. Now you've solved this easy puz you might want to head on over to Lego's Puzzleria! (link above) and see if you can solve my puzzle he is running this week. It will be easy for some, and difficult for others.

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  31. Check P! yourself, SDB, and you'll see that I did.

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  32. Folks, I submitted this puzzle, and I am glad it was well received by this elite audience of puzzlers, for the most part. I'm also flattered that Will mentioned my name and "foolish" in the same sentence.

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    1. You must be new here if you think we are an elite audience.
      I am curious how long ago you sent this to the PM and what changes he made.
      Also if you think alternate answers are possible.

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    2. Congratulations, Leo. It is indeed a clever and fun puzzle IMHO.
      (Incidentally, I heartily second skydiveboy's suggestion, posted above, that you check out his "who is this novelist?" puzzle over on Puzzleria!)

      LegoWhoLikesLeo'sPuzzleAndLegoAin'tLion

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    3. It was submitted in early February. No real changes in the articulated puzzle on the air. There was one intended answer, which I think most posters have figured out. I'm not aware of any alternative answers.

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    4. And I think I have the novelith in SDB's puzzle. When you look him up, he has an additional name, apparently.

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    5. Leo(Nardo),
      You use of the word "novelith" is clever and interesting. My original title for skydiveboy's excellent puzzle was "Can you name this novelisp?" But we rejected it because we concluded it might be too much of a hint to the answer.
      I am impressed that so many of you have solved skydiveboy's novel puzzle. I could not solve it.

      LegonardoDaVeniVidiVinci(Sic)

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    6. Sylvester, to be exact. Tweety's speech impediment goes way beyond the norm.

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  33. Musical Clue: "Up On Cripple Creek"

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  34. Easy bonus puzzle. Name a capitol city in North America,Drop letters 3 and 4 to get the name of a famous T.V. character.

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    1. Now I’ll be hearing that theme music all day.

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    2. Some people are soooo provincial.

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    3. Do the same with other North American capitals to get:

      — something good
      — a forest animal
      — a famous uncle
      — a manual laborer
      — a Greek hero
      — a slogan for those in favor of natural looks

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    4. Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, spells out "I quit!" if you perform the necessary letter drop. BTW Madison, WI would lead to Mason, as in a well-known TV lawyer of the 1950s.
      With my state capital, you must remove the first name of a legendary comedy troupe to leave the first name of a well-known TV character portrayed by an actor who was also from my home state.

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    5. Also, the lawyer's first name rhymes with my screen name/surname.

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    6. And my state capital is also the surname of a well-known actress who played a witch on TV.

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  35. Has anyone notice there hasn't been an eco in here since last Thursday?

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    1. Has anyone had problems posting on here, especially using the "preview" feature?

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    2. I haven't noticed either eco's absence nor any troubles posting.

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    3. My son in Harlem told me they are giving out tickets in Manhattan for being too close in public. And the charge is ?? Super spreading??

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    4. Popular song titles these days: "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks, and "Don't Stand So Close To Me" by the Police
      Unpopular song titles these days: "Close To You" by the Carpenters, and "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

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    5. Also unpopular: "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, "Come Together" by the Beatles, and "Get Together" by the Youngbloods
      Surprisingly popular(maybe even prophetic)song title using the word "together": "We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift
      Honorable mention: "So Far Away" by Carole King or Dire Straits

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    6. "Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad, let's stay together." Come on.

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    7. Can never go wrong with 70s soul. My pandemic playlist features Diana Ross, “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” and the Staple Singers, “Touch A Hand, Make A Friend.”

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    8. Stevie Wonder song "Superstition" has a line---"wash your face and hands," 13 month old baby broke the looking glass."

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    9. A few more song titles no longer popular right now:
      I Wanna Hold Your Hand
      Kiss You All Over
      Physical
      Hit Me With Your Best Shot
      Hit Me Baby One More Time
      It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
      Do That To Me One More Time
      Touch Me In The Morning
      Touch Me
      Invisible Touch
      Touch And Go
      Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
      Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
      I Want Your Sex
      Put Your Hand In The Hand
      One Hit To The Body
      Hold Me
      Hold Me Now
      Hand To Hold On To
      Get Closer
      The Closer You Get
      Just To Be Close To You
      I Wanna Get Next To You
      Be Near Me
      Lay Your Hands On Me
      Feel Like Makin' Love
      I Just Want To Make Love To You
      Do You Wanna Make Love?
      Gimme Some Lovin'
      Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
      Gimme All Your Lovin'
      Take Me In Your Arms
      Acceptable song titles:
      I Can't Get Next To You
      Leave Me Alone
      Keep Your Hands To Yourself
      Don't Touch Me There
      Turn Me Loose
      Please Release Me(Let Me Go)
      Release Me
      Get The Funk Out Of My Face
      Get Off
      What Part Of No(Don't You Understand)
      Don't Do Me Like That
      Move Away
      Move Over
      Move It On Over
      Go Away Little Girl
      We May Never Pass This Way Again
      Most hopeful song title at this moment:
      All Things Must Pass

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    10. The 6 inner Bay Area counties just issued an even more restrictive shelter in place order, so I guess the theme song is "Homeward Bound."

      I don't wish I was. And remember when they had concerts in parks?

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    11. I think I left one unpopular song out: "Sea Cruise" by Frankie Ford.

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    12. Another popular song title right now, perhaps:
      "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" by Chicago

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    13. Cranberry, don't forget the Peggy Lee hit that celebrates, "You give me fever..."

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    14. Probably would've been way too obvious a choice. "Ball Of Confusion" or "Land Of Confusion" would also apply. I just hope nobody else suggests something like "It's The End Of The World As We Know It" or "Eve Of Destruction". Maybe "I hear You Knockin'(But You Can't Come In)", but not "Stay With Me" or "Never Tear Us Apart". "Road To Nowhere" works, come to think of it.

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    15. Should be Hear capitalized. Didn't realize I'd overlooked that one.

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  36. Experts say we may be as little as two days away from finally leaving the March Age. The next epoch is provisionally being called “April,” and is also expected to last 5-10 million years. [Not mine.]

    Also, we’re still in the month in which Pete dropped out. Does feel like a lifetime ago.

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    1. I hope you're kidding, Natasha. Look at all those red blobs on this map. Think that cruise ship docked at all those places? Think that no one visited the Bay Area from anywhere else?

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    2. Sorry Natasha, have to disagree.

      First, the ship went to Oakland, not SF.

      Second, there already were plenty of cases in both cities and throughout the area, for some reason Santa Clara County is still leading the pack - high tech travel? Working in larger organizations that are much like college campuses? In any event it's far from where the ship docked, and the evacuees went in a very different direction to Travis AFB and other sites.

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    4. All the health pros say the virus doesn't travel far in the air, hence the 6' circle. The ship was circling about 25 miles off the SF coast, so it doesn't seem like a threat.

      There is a lot of question about how long the virus can survive on a surface, but I think the spread is more direct. The ship never docked in LA or Seattle, and the infection rates for LA County (population 10.1 million) and the 9 county Bay Area (population 7.2 million) are pretty close:

      LA County: 213 cases per 1 million, 3.7 deaths per million
      Bay Area: 273 case per 1 million, 6.6 deaths per million.

      In the Johns Hopkins data the rates seem to decrease as you move farther from San Francisco, but I suspect this has everything to do with population density, not importation.

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    5. Eco, you mentioned back in January that you're not a fan of the design of Boston City Hall. I just read that the architect, Michael McKinnell, died last week from Covid-19.

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    6. Thanks Jan.

      If you want to sound sophisticated during the mandatory 90 days of mourning you can cite the Dominican monastery Sainte Marie de La Tourette, not far from Lyon, France. McKinnell most assuredly derived his design from that.

      The original is far superior to the imitation.

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    7. Citing Tourette would be sure to tic someone off.

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    8. Too much time spent on tic talk.

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    9. These days we need a crash cart.

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  41. When I awoke this morning I was alarmed to discover I needed to hit the snooze button.

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  42. My email inbox just received a Coronavirus update form King County Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles:

    I will survive! Remix edition

    Special thanks to one of my constituents who sent me her own clever recreation of the Gloria Gaynor song “I will survive.” This time it’s we will survive, and it is a hopeful and positive message to get through this unprecedented time:

    Based on "I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor (first section only) Covid 19 version – “We Will Survive”

    At first we were afraid, we were petrified

    Kept thinking we could never live unless we run and hide

    But then we spent so many days learning how to wash our hands

    We’re growing strong

    Although all events are banned.

    And now you're here

    From coast to coast

    We woke up to find you spreading, turning people into ghosts

    We would have sped up all the tests

    We would have staffed the CDC

    If we had known for just one second there’s a cost to apathy

    Go on now, go

    Walk out the door

    Just turn around now Cuz you're not welcome anymore

    Weren’t you the one who emptied all the grocery shelves?

    You think we’d crumble?

    You think we’d just think of ourselves?

    Oh, no, NOT US

    We will survive

    As long as we know how to love we’ll keep ourselves alive

    Older neighbors got to live

    We all have help to give

    We will survive We will survive, hey, hey

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  43. Musical Clues: Billy Joel or Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger.

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  44. Billy OR Michael, but Michael AND Mick? That's weird even for a clue on this blog!

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    1. Billy Joel - New York STATE OF Mind
      Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger - STATE OF Shock

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  45. BTW getting back to the song parody "craze" that appears to have arisen from all this, has anybody else here checked YouTube lately and seen how many musically inclined shut-ins have been inspired to find their inner Weird Al? When we look back on this moment in time, two things are sure to be discussed: How almost every single talk show hosts' homes look(Fallon has a slide?!), and all the song parodies. Already this is in direct contrast with 9/11. That day(and quite a few days thereafter), we thought there would never be anymore comedy, that it was "the end of irony" and we'd never be able to laugh again. Now, with COVID-19, suddenly everybody's making up new funnier lyrics to classic songs. It's almost like how Hawkeye and Co. had to handle the incoming wounded on M*A*S*H. They kept making jokes so the seriousness of the situation didn't make them go crazy(although yes, Hawkeye did end up going crazy and was institutionalized in the series finale, but you get the idea). No matter what, a good sense of humor seems to help every time, even if some people may think it's not very sensitive or tasteful in the moment. We do need to lighten up, and we will get through this. And if y'all haven't checked any of the parodies, and you need a good laugh, why not take a little time off from Blaine's and visit YouTube(or perhaps anywhere else on the Internet, you could probably find them just about everywhere)right now?

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  46. Hawkeye went nuts? Your kidding right?

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  47. I think that's what happened, yes. You do have to remember it first aired back in 1983. It's very rare to see it in reruns lately, but sometimes TVLAND has shown it in its entirety. Anybody here ever think their laugh track was more of an annoyance than a usual sitcom device we'd normally take for granted on any other show? Sometimes the show would be a lot more dramatic than funny, of course.

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  48. Yep, the series finale of MASH, where Hawkeye went nuts was, at least at the time, the most watched TV episode on history.

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    1. I guess it really was an accident, but at first it was misreported that Trump was passing the rolls out to citizens as his way of dealing with the coronavirus, since it worked so well in Puerto Rico with paper towels.

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  51. An original song parody about our current situation, sung to the tune of "Crackerbox Palace" by George Harrison:
    Was feeling fine, what could go wrong?
    Then they said on TV:
    There was a man, sick in Wuhan,
    It spread quite rapidly.
    And we're...
    Not immune to Coronavirus,
    Was not expecting you,(ooh ooh)
    We must destroy the Coronavirus!
    You don't come near me, and I won't go near you!
    While passing time, or trying to,
    I wash my hands a lot.
    Me and the wife have no sex life,
    We stay six feet apart.
    Don't think...
    There's no way that you're gonna catch it!
    Do what the rest all do!(ooh ooh)
    Or face the fact that Coronavirus
    Has claimed so many lives, it'll claim yours too!
    So we're...
    Quarantined for Coronavirus,
    So say the CDC.
    Don't go outside, unless you must do this,
    Til then, try to keep from going stir crazy!
    Some times are good, some times are bad,
    sometimes disaster strikes.
    Stay in your place, don't touch your face,
    You can do what you like.
    Just know...
    It's OK, we're gonna get through this.
    Together, me and you.(ooh ooh)
    We will destroy the Coronavirus!
    No matter how long, know that we will come through!
    (It's twue! It's twue!)
    And we're...
    Not immune to Coronavirus,
    Social distancing's new(ooh ooh).
    May take a while with Coronavirus.
    Been one week and we've run out of things to do!
    We will destroy the Coronavirus!
    No matter how long, know that we will...
    That we will come through!
    (apologies to the late Quiet Beatle)

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    1. To further paraphrase George, "This[song]ain't trying to win gold medals/This[song]ain't hip or square, well done or rare/May end up one more weight to bear."(The word he actually used at that point was "riff".)

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  52. BEIJING >>> state of BEING

    My Hint: "The Platters." Smoke Gets In Your Eyes song. Beijing is a city with major air quality problems.

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    1. I forgot my other hint:

      "Not that old canard." Peking Duck

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  53. BEIJING—BEING


    After receiving the dreaded (but justified) “This comment has been removed by a blog administrator,” my subsequent and misleading “non-clue” post (a bit of misdirection there) made reference to “freedom” and “responsibility,” two of the principal tenets of existentialism as propounded by Jean-Paul Sartre, who wrote Being and Nothingness.

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  54. BEIJING - IJ >> (State of) Being

    My comment, “It didn’t take a village, just a small hamlet,” was a reference to Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the soliloquy, “To be, or not to be…”

    The answer to Plantsmith’s bonus puzzle is:
    TORONTO (Provincial Capital of Ontario) – RO >>TONTO.

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    1. OH yea- Thanks Super Zee.I almost forgot.

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    2. I have to wear a mask now so I guess i look a little like him? HihoAg.

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    3. What we really need is a silver bullet....

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  55. BEIJING, China. Removing the IJ leaves you with a STATE of BEING!

    Of course, removing the 4th & 5th letters (JI) achieves the same result...

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  56. BEIJING -> BEING

    (After Dr. K suggested Peter Sellers as a movie clue, which Blaine later deleted):
    > ... or John Malkovich [also deleted]
    The subject of Being John Malkovich

    >> This puzzle is, indeed, un poisson d'avril !
    > An April Fool is my raisin d'etre.
    Raison d/etre means "reason for being".

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    1. And here I thought you were talking about the "being" of a grape!

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    2. I was worried maybe I shouldn't have referenced "Being John Malkovich" either. I sort of got away with it, though.

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  57. I was hoping that Quito might be a classical alternative, but it turns out that the Latin for "state" is "statum," not "status."

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  58. I wrote, “There will surely be ingenious punsters here who find this “foolish” puzzle amusing.” The hint is: “BE INGenious”

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  59. Beijing, being

    Last Sunday I said, “I feel supremely confident with my answer this week.” Supremely as in Supreme Being.

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    1. I figured you meant Supreme as in supreme leader, which, although Xi doesn't exactly go by that title, he very well could.

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  60. My reference to neutral was referring to The neutral color “beige”. My anagram clue referred to “being” becoming “binge”.

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  61. I submitted BEING as well, and my "musical clue" was "Up On Cripple Creek" by the Band, an old fave of mine.

    I didn't want to actually clue SPIKE JONZE, because if you Google SPIKE JONZE then the first result is the DIRECTOR and his first entry is BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.

    But "Up On Cripple Creek" references Spike JONZE the MUSICIAN and not the DIRECTOR. So I thought it was safe.

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  62. Then you should know the musician spelled it JONES.

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  63. BEIJING >>> (State of) BEING

    "Yum! Now where will I find gooseberries?" >>>

    Kiwifruit, or Chinese gooseberry, is the edible berry of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia.

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  64. Our truly responsible governor, Jay Inslee, just ended another of his COVID-19 virus press conferences. He is handling things here in a very adult manner. However, he announced he is now extending the shutdown for another month, until May 5th. How appropriate to end the shutdown on Cinco De Mayo! I hope we don't run out of limes.

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    1. I guess tomorrow's Sunday's puzzle will be on April, 5th 2020 B.C. (4/5/2020 Beating Covid-19)...

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    2. How is that? Seems though, we are in a different time these days!

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    3. I always thought B.C. meant Before Christ. Am I misunderstanding your post?

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    4. That's why I put B.C. in boldface, as Beating Covid-19.

      I hope it appears that way on your end, it looks OK here. BTW, tonight is the first time in two weeks that the "Preview" button has worked for me!

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    5. What does the Preview button do? I tried a test with it a few days ago, but it would not allow me to get out of it.

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    6. I always used that Preview to help make sure my text looked like it was supposed to. I thought it was handy. The last couple of weeks I had to post things just right, in order to get them to take. So far so good, tonight!

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    7. I still do not understand how it is supposed to work. Perhaps this will help. I see now. It is acting differently this time.

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    8. Good deal on the Preview.

      It just seems like society is being thrown into an earlier frame of time, what with the roller coaster stock market, high unemployment rates, hibernating social norms etc. Can't wait for the November elections... just hope they go the way I'd like them to.

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    9. His ratings, now at 48, are his highest yet. He said in a news conference today he wants to end the shutdown. He said that right after he cut of Fauci spoke about the importance of continuing. He said, "I don't know about that."

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    10. Seems like we are on a ship with no rudder.

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    11. I see it more like being on a liner that hit an iceberg and is sinking, but many of the passengers are refusing to get into the lifeboats. Of course that would never happen.

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    12. Almost half of the passengers, especially those in steerage, have been shouting for the ship to head straight into that ugly iceberg.

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  66. Okay...here I will paraphrase Nell Gwyn: Gentle people be civil, I played the puzzle to the best of my gob-smacked ability.

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  67. First time I've ever posted the new puzzle (yay!)

    This week's challenge comes from listener Bruce Campbell of Kansas City, Mo. Think of a well-known U.S. city. Its population is over a quarter of a million. Phonetically, the first syllable of the city's name plus the first syllable of the name of its state will sound like a well-known brand name. What is it?

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  68. There are several correct answers this week.

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  69. I like our answer better. The 3rd and 4th letters are C and D. Washington DC -> Washington (state)

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