Sunday, September 27, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 27, 2020): Come Find Me

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 27, 2020): Come Find Me
Q: This challenge is not too hard. Name a major world city with a population in the millions. Take one letter in its name and move it two spots earlier in the alphabet. Reading backward, you now have the name of a major restaurant chain. What is it?
I'm going there without you.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 20, 2020): What's in a Name?

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 20, 2020): What's in a Name?
Q: Take the name of a famous actor — 4 letters in the first name, 5 letters in the last. Spoonerize it. That is, interchange the initial consonant sounds of the first and last names. The result will be two new familiar first names — one male, one female — that start with the same letter... but that letter is pronounced differently in the two names. Who's the actor?
Note: an actor can be a woman too.

Edit: Marion Michael Morrison (aka John Wayne) has a unisex first name of Marion. In addition, the image was of a Post-It Note made by 3M.
A: JOHN WAYNE --> JUAN, JANE

Sunday, September 13, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 13, 2020): U Can't Touch This

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 13, 2020): U Can't Touch This
Q: Name a famous person with the initials M. C. The first initial and last name anagram to the person's field of renown. What is it?
I'm not able to provide a clever clue this week.

Edit: My hint was not able hinting at Cain and Abel.
A: MICHAEL CAINE --> MCAINE --> CINEMA

Sunday, September 06, 2020

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 6, 2020): Ancient Deities

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 6, 2020): Ancient Deities
Q: Name a deity in ancient mythology. The first half of the name, phonetically, names a common object. The second half of the name, by spelling, names another object that is often put inside the first one. What is it?
I don't, but others might. Anyone else get sidetracked trying to make Loki turn into lock and key?

Edit: My main hint was that I don't put my phone in a purse, but others might. The comment about Loki/Lock/Key was to point out that the pronunciation of "purse" doesn't match the original syllables of the name, similar how the syllables of Loki don't sound like "lock" unless you isolate the letters.
A: PERSEPHONE --> PURSE, PHONE