Sunday, April 11, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 11, 2021): Scrambled Body Parts

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 11, 2021): Scrambled Body Parts
Q: Think of part of the body in seven letters. Add an "N" and rearrange all the letters to name two more parts of the body (none related to the original word). What body parts are these?

Sunday, April 04, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 4, 2021): Cars, Cars, Cars

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Apr 4, 2021): Cars, Cars, Cars
Q: Write in capital letters the name of a popular vehicle brand. Move two vertical lines closer together. Add a horizontal line. The result will be another popular vehicle brand. What names are these?
It didn't say popular car make, or popular car model...

Edit: Apparently Will was trying to use a more encompassing term so that we didn't complain that one is a car make and the other is a car model.
A: CIVIC --> GMC

Sunday, March 28, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 28, 2021): One For the Birds

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 28, 2021): One For the Birds
Q: Name something birds do. Put the last sound of this word at the start and the first sound at the end, and phonetically you'll name something else birds do. What are these things?
I almost posted a picture of a bird doing both things.

Edit: The first picture I picked had an open-beaked bird on a branch.
A: CHIRP⟷PERCH

Sunday, March 21, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 21, 2021): Zany Box Kept Him

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 21, 2021): Zany Box Kept Him
Q: Take the phrase ZANY BOX KEPT HIM. Write it in capital letters. Something is special about the 14 letters in this sentence that sets them apart from all the other 12 letters of the alphabet. What is it?
Not this week.

Edit: If it had been last week, Pi Day (3/14) might have made the puzzle too obvious. Also, week rhymes with Greek.
A: The 14 uppercase latin letters in that phrase look like uppercase Greek letters Α(alpha), Β(beta), Ε(epsilon), Ζ(zeta), Η(eta), Ι(iota), Κ(kappa), Μ(mu), Ν(nu), Ο(omicron), Ρ(rho), Τ(tau), Υ(upsilon), Χ(chi).

Sunday, March 14, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 14, 2021): Not Six Flags

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 14, 2021): Not Six Flags
Q: This week's challenge is more challenging than it sounds. Name a well-known tourist locale that attracts millions of visitors a year. It has a two-word name. The first word is a number. And that number is the same as the total number of letters in the name. What's the tourist site?
The nearby airport is associated with a number that is one smaller.

Edit: The nearby airport is Ian Fleming International author of the James Bond (aka "007") novels. By the way, this list was helpful to solving the puzzle.
A: OCHO RIOS (Jamaica)

Sunday, March 07, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 7, 2021): Country Anagrams = Mr. Guyana Cartons

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 7, 2021): Country Anagrams = Mr. Guyana Cartons
Q: Think of a country with a one-word name. You can rearrange its letters to identify a member of one of our country's armed forces. Who is that, and what's the country?
The map on the right should keep you busy.

Edit: Clearly the answers weren't on the map.
A: SURINAME --> US MARINE, MYANMAR --> ARMY MAN, ARMENIA --> A MARINE

Sunday, February 28, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 28, 2021): A Tale of Two Companies

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 28, 2021): A Tale of Two Companies
Q: Think of the names of two companies. One of them has a two-part name (5,5). The other has a three-part name (5,7,5). The last five-letter part of the two names is the same. And the first five-letter part of the first company's name is something the second company wants. What is it?
A: OSCAR MAYER / METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER

Sunday, February 21, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 21, 2021): All We Are is Dust in the Wind

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 21, 2021): All We Are is Dust in the Wind
Q: Think of a famous philosopher — first and last names. Change one letter in the first name to get a popular dish. Drop two letters from the last name and rearrange the result to get the kind of cuisine of this dish. What is it?
It's not Aristotle, Plato or Socrates.
A: Friedrich Nietzsche --> Fried rice, Chinese

Sunday, February 14, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 14, 2021): Name the Books of the Bible

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 14, 2021): Name the Books of the Bible
Q: Name a famous actor whose first name is a book of the Bible and whose last name is an anagram of another book of the Bible. Who is it?
This actor had a role in a sci-fi film playing a character whose name sounds like a name from the Bible.

Edit: He played crewman Kane in Alien.
A: JOHN + RUTH = JOHN HURT

Sunday, February 07, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 7, 2021): In the News

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb 7, 2021): In the News
Q: Think of an official who has been in the news this year in a positive way. Say this person's first initial and last name out loud. It will sound like an important person in U.S. history. Who is it?
No clue this week; I choose to close my eyes.

Edit: Close my eyes (quickly) = blink
A: Secretary of State Antony Blinken --> A. BLINKEN --> ABE LINCOLN

Sunday, January 31, 2021

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 31, 2021): Driving Across the USA

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 31, 2021): Driving Across the USA
Q: Starting in Montana, you can drive into South Dakota and then into Iowa. Those three states have the postal abbreviations MT, SD, and IA — whose letters can be rearranged to spell AMIDST. The challenge is to do this with four connected states to make an eight-letter word. That is, start in a certain state, drive to another, then another, and then another. Take the postal abbreviations of the four states you visit, mix the letters up, and use them to spell a common eight-letter word. Can you do this?
I'm using a list of states directly connected by physical roads/bridges. This leaves out states that might legally touch on a map (e.g. UT-NM, AZ-CO, MI-MN, NY-RI, etc.). But even still, I'm not convinced there is only one answer. I guess it comes down to your definition of "common".

Edit: Unless there is some further restriction, I have at least 6 words that I consider common, 3 more if you allow an added S.
A: Common words:
  • animator (IA-MO-AR-TN)
  • condemns (SD-NE-CO-NM)
  • diamonds (ND-SD-IA-MO)
  • diocesan (SD-IA-NE-CO)
  • dioramas (SD-IA-MO-AR)
  • flagrant (AR-TN-GA-FL)
  • nominate (NE-IA-MO-TN)
  • ornament (AR-TN-MO-NE)
  • ransomed (SD-NE-MO-AR)
  • Less common words:
  • contused (UT-CO-NE-SD)
  • diaphone (IN-OH-PA-DE)
  • eduction (ID-UT-CO-NE)
  • galavant (GA-AL-TN-VA)
  • magneton (NE-MO-TN-GA)
  • mediants (MT-SD-NE-IA)
  • moleskin (NE-KS-MO-IL)
  • moralism (IL-MO-AR-MS)
  • nomadism (SD-MN-IA-MO)
  • nonmetal (NE-MO-TN-AL)
  • saintdom (SD-IA-MO-TN)
  • tangrams (MS-AR-TN-GA)
  • Uncommon words:
  • coenamor (CO-NE-MO-AR)
  • domaines (SD-NE-IA-MO)
  • makimono (NM-OK-MO-IA)
  • martagon (MO-AR-TN-GA)
  • matronal (MO-AR-TN-AL)
  • monecian (CO-NE-IA-MN)
  • takingly (IL-KY-TN-GA)
  • Sunday, January 24, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 24, 2021): Spoken Letters Puzzle

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 24, 2021): Spoken Letters Puzzle
    Q: This week's challenge is a spinoff of Will's on-air puzzle, and it's a little tricky. Think of a hyphenated word you might use to describe a young child that sounds like three letters spoken one after the other.
    I've seen this on a license plate, but just not with those 3 letters.

    Edit: I've not seen Greek letters on a license plate in the U.S. so I've seen the last sound spelled out, such as in URAQTPI
    A: CUTIE-PIE = QTπ

    Sunday, January 17, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 17, 2021): National Landmark Puzzle

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 17, 2021): National Landmark Puzzle
    Q: Name a national landmark (6,3). Add the name of a chemical element. Rearrange all the letters to name two states. What are they?
    Bonus Puzzle: Take the name of the state you might visit to see the landmark and the chemical symbol of the element. Rearrange to name two types of passenger vehicle.

    Edit: NEVADA + SN = VAN, SEDAN
    A: HOOVER DAM + TIN = VERMONT, IDAHO

    Sunday, January 10, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 10, 2021): A Decade of World News

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 10, 2021): A Decade of World News
    Q: Name a person in 2011 world news in eight letters. Remove the third, fourth and fifth letters. The remaining letters, in order, will name a person in 2021 world news. What names are these?
    Really? We've only had about 10 days of news in 2021 and you can easily Google newsworthy names of 2011. I guess Will is starting the year with a "gimme".
    A: BIN LADEN --> BIDEN

    Sunday, January 03, 2021

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 3, 2021): New Year, New Puzzle

    NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan 3, 2021): New Year, New Puzzle
    Q: Think of a seven-letter hyphenated word for a kind of cooking. Change the middle letter to get a new word describing a kind of music. What words are these?
    There are many variations of this type of cooking.

    Barbecue, Bar-B-Que, BBQ, etc. This "new" puzzle is a variation of Monte's puzzle that aired 12/4/2011.
    A: BAR-B-QUE --> BAROQUE