## Sunday, August 28, 2022

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 28, 2022): Switcharoo!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 28, 2022): Switcharoo!
Q: Name a well-known island. Move the first letter six spaces later in the alphabet. Read the result backward. You'll get where this island is located. What island is it?

I'm not familiar with the island of HAECO, are you?

A: Intended answer = MALTA --> ATLAS
Alternate answer = JAMAICA --> A CIA MAP

## Sunday, August 21, 2022

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 21, 2022): A Pair of Girls Names

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 21, 2022): A Pair of Girls Names
Q: Think of an eight-letter noun composed phonetically of two consecutive names traditionally given to girls. Remove the sixth letter and rearrange the result. You'll get an event where you might hear the thing named by the original noun. What words are these?
If you remove the first letter and rearrange, you get a place you probably wouldn't want to hear the original noun.

Edit: Removing the first letter and rearranging you get LATRINE.
A: CLARINET (CLAIRE, ANNETTE) --> RECITAL

## Sunday, August 14, 2022

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 14, 2022): Oklahoma, OK!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 14, 2022): Oklahoma, OK!
Q: This is a continuation of a two-week creative challenge. The object is to write a sentence using only the letters of any particular U.S. state. You can pick the state and repeat letters as often as necessary. For example:

• OREGON --> Roger, go gorge on green eggnog.
• NEBRASKA --> Sen. Ben Sasse's sneakers reek. [Note: Ben Sasse is a U.S. senator from Nebraska]

• Entries will be judged on originality, sense, naturalness of syntax, humor, and overall elegance. No more than three sentences per entry, please. Deadline is Wednesday this week.
Winner:
• West Virginia: In tennis news, a new era starts as Serena is retiring. - Kate Simpson

• Honorable mentions:
• Massachusetts: At the museum, esthetes hate the cute statues that amuse the masses. — H.S. Hughes
• Rhode Island: Denise hoarded sand and seashells inside her shoreside diner. — Rawson Scheinberg
• Rhode Island: Dolores had to dine on nine dollars she had hidden in her sandal, so she ordered a side salad and a dinner roll. — Kevin Root
• Washington: Shania Twain is in town tonight, singing Gaga's hit songs at Santana's San Antonio gig. — Kerry Fowler
• New Mexico: Native educational wisdom makes eradicating xenophobia its core obligation. — Tamar Stieber
• Massachusetts: As she teaches math, she must use the state tests that she hates. — Rick Cleary
• Texas [only 5 letters to work with!]: Texas axes estate taxes. — Charvaka Duvvury
• ## Sunday, August 07, 2022

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 7, 2022): Oh I, Oh!

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Aug 7, 2022): Oh I, Oh!
Q: This is the start of a two-week creative challenge. The object is to write a sentence using only the letters of any particular U.S. state. You can pick the state and repeat letters as often as necessary. For example:

• NEW YORK --> No one knew we were ornery.
• WASHINGTON --> Sighting a ghost tonight was astonishing.

• Entries will be judged on originality, sense, naturalness of syntax, humor, and overall elegance. No more than three sentences per entry, please.