## Sunday, September 25, 2022

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 25, 2022): White Collar Crime

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Sep 25, 2022): White Collar Crime
Q: Take the name of a large financial corporation in 10 letters. Drop the fourth and fifth letters. Move the sixth and seventh letters to the front. You'll name a person associated with financial misdeeds. What is the company, and who is the person?
This person was due for a puzzle — !

Edit: This makes at least the 4th puzzle about this person. If you hold down the SHIFT key and type a 1 (a "capital one"), you get an exclamation point.
A: CAPITAL ONE --> AL CAPONE

#### 162 comments:

1. Any of you ever heard of a C.O. Amerps, Coa Merps, or Coam Erps? I googled and googled, but so far…nothing!

2. Add a letter and rearrange to get a place not looking forward to the Thursday deadline.

3. Don't use Nyquil for this one.

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1. Sorry, Blaine.

2. Blaine, how about this: Rearrange the name of the financial corporation, and get an item that might appear on a list of household chores. Rearrange once more, and get something a doctor might help you to do.

5. Over 700 correct submissions this week.

6. Easy enough with a well-known nickname...

7. Once you know the name, there's a hint in the middle.

8. A storefront check-cashing service in my town is called Ntreedoump.

1. People are saying it's probably the best one in the history of check-cashing.

9. Not Mission to Mars or Casualties of War.

1. Also, not Days of Heaven or MalĂ¨na.

10. Take out the beer, left with a bird.

1. I wasn't casting aspersions on Tommy Boy or his hint (which I still haven't figured out). I was just looking for a place to dump the letters I had left over after extracting 'capital one' from 'exclamation point' (which is sort of a 'capital 1', if you use your imagination).

11. Just as last week's puzzle noted that you can squish a lower-case 'r' and 'n' together to make an 'm', Blaine's hint demonstrates the same thing for 'c' and 'l'!

12. I'm not touching this one. My comments always get removed no matter how vague I try to be.

1. For once, this comment has NOT been removed by a blog administrator. :)

2. I wasn't touching this one. It's Untouchable!

13. To clarify: move the ORIGINAL 6th and 7th letters? Or the ones that are in that spot after the 4th and 5th are dropped?

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2. Apologies: Remove the original 4th and 5th letters. Then move the original 6th and 7th letters to the front. Sorry about that.

14. This is one of those "Huh, look at that, funny never to have noticed it" puzzles. Pretty good, Adam Cohen!

Hmmm, a clue...
Well, it's Sunday morning, so of course I'm thinking about cream cheese!

15. Rearrange the financial corporation name to get something I could use to clean up after my childhood pet.

16. Huh. Andy Garcia has 10 letters in his name.

17. General Andrew Jackson and I both have a relationship with the financial corporation.

18. The 6th and 7th letters are in those positions BEFORE dropping the 4th and 5th letters are, not AFTER.

19. Ayesha's interview with Dr. Saag provides another clue.

1. Dr. Saag is an expert on sexually transmitted infections/diseases. Mr. Capone suffered severe health decline from syphilis.

20. Take the even letters of the person’s name. Rearrange. You get something that has a second name that is true.

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2. An excellent example of two hints, neither one of which alone is too revealing, but which together are.

21. Write down the letters of the financial misdo-er in order. Remove one from the end and replace with another letter to get a famous twentieth-century artist. (Take the name of that artist's most famous creation, remove the fourteenth letter, and rearrange to get the name of an inventor or his eponymous invention.)

22. I'm on a 272 day streak of completing the NY Times Crossword.

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2. I knew I was pushing the envelope. Sorry about that, Blaine.

23. If you drop the first three letters from the institution's name and rearrange, you get something often associated with solving puzzles.

1. And you can also get something associated with the number 10.

24. The person has been used in a puzzle before.

1. Three times.

2. There was an Al Capone, Al Pacino puzzle on July 15, 2018, and an Al Capone, Alcatraz puzzle on April 26, 2020.

25. Change two letters of the financial corporation name and rearrange to get something to drink.

26. Once again, I haven't received confirmation that NPR has received my answer. Has this confirmation been discontiued, or do they just don't like me?

1. Same here, Franky. I feel ghosted.

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29. Take the name of the organization the person was part of. Drop the first letter, and rearrange to get what the person would have done to many of his or her adversaries, and what he or she might have said each time.

30. Allegedly, the person in question would have enjoyed the recent puzzle about opera.

31. Interesting, Wolfy. I'll send flowers.

32. I have lived in two states since moving permanently to the East. This financial maven has lived in both of them. One I think as a guest.

33. Slightly rearrange the letters we're ignoring in the person's first name to get what we hardly ever ignore.

34. There's a fun surprise if you look up this person's "Other names" on Wikipedia!

1. Scarface, Big Al, Big Boy, Public Enemy No. 1...Snorky?!

35. I had the correct answer in under 5 seconds… but I wanted for it to be certain politician so bad that I actually tested his name against the parameters of the puzzle first!

Alas, one too many letters!

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1. This is true, but things were stacked against him.

2. SBD, Only on TV, not in the movie.

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38. These last three clues hit home for me.

1. Then perhaps you should delete your post instead of drawing attention to what got you to the answer.

39. Happy Stanislav Petrov Day! Gratefully remembering the Man Who Saved the World!

1. I will agree with you that he does deserve this recognition, but there is much more to the story than is generally known to most of us who reside on this planet. Those who watch over us from above were not about to allow this destruction to occur. This is not the only time they have intervened in preventing our total destruction, but it cannot go on forever. We must take responsibility and control of our future. They will not keep us from destroying ourselves forever.

2. Who are "those who watch over us"? Where "above" are they? When else have they intervened on our behalf? Why have they made themselves known to only some of us and not others? Is this information, like, classified? How can I get a security clearance to access it? Could I get a peek?

3. SDB: I watched that video. Thanks for posting that even though for someone else. I still only believe my own experiences but interesting to ponder other people's experiences.

4. Natasha,
Did you watch the whole hour and a half? You didn't have time from when I posted the link and you replied.

5. SDB, I went through the whole video in segments. I will go back to it later.

6. You won't be able to really understand it unless you watch it straight through in order and not jump around.

7. What did you like about it?

8. I can't answer that until you have watched the entire video.

9. I watched Greg Thompson's video last night. Nothing in there that I would call evidence of anything.

10. At least you say you watched it, but you say nothing at all about it which reveals so much about you. In 1546 John Heywood said, "There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know".

11. Exactly my point! Just because I said I watched it is no reason for you to believe that I did. Just as Greg Thompson saying that he went flying with his guardian angel, and was warned about 9/11 ten years in advance is no reason for anyone to believe those things happened. Evidence involves more than fantastical anecdotes.

12. I agree with you about whether or not you really did watch it, and that's why I said, "...you say you watched it..."

So if something is "fantastical" then it probably is not true? Gravity for instance. Or perhaps life itself. I find everything in nature to be fantastical.

On his deathbed, Marco Polo was encouraged to admit that The Travels of Marco Polo was a work of fiction, but to his dying breath he declared, "I did not tell half of what I saw."

13. I'll stand with Carl Sagan: "What counts is not what sounds plausible, not what we would like to believe, not what one or two witnesses claim, but only what is supposed by hard evidence rigorously and skeptically examined. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. "

14. That should read "supported", not "supposed".

15. That is why I keep asking you for the evidence that we only live once. There is none. Why do you believe it has to be the way you "would like to believe," and not what so very many claim to know from personal experience? You cannot simply discount what people say they have experienced because it does not seem to agree with what you believe. But you refuse to look at and consider the plethora of evidence for reincarnation and many other things you are afraid of looking into.

16. If you're so sure we live more than once, why bother with a parachute?

17. I didn't watch the video.
A logistical question bothers me.
A good estimate of the number of our species ever born is about 117 billion.
Currently there are about 8 billion.
How are "souls" allocated?

18. MJ,
That is a logical question, unlike the one just preceding it. It has been asked many times, and I also have wondered about it too. I am not as clear about how to answer it as I should be by now, but it has to do with numerous possibilities for reincarnation. We are not limited to Earth and even human incarnations. Also that particular video does not specifically address reincarnation. There are many others that do. I would highly recommend the one from May 21 by Leo Bonomo – The Voice of Spirit, which I also watched again. You will find it after clicking on #3 of the previous presentations at the bottom of the Videos screen. I am not asking, or suggesting, anyone should believe any of this without further investigation on your own. You have to begin somewhere to learn though.

19. 117 billion isn't nearly enough. If we go back only 5783 years -- OK, that's to the beginning of the world, but, still -- and figure 25 years per generation, that's about 200 generations. I've got 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, etc. So, 200 generations ago, there were over 10 to the 60th great-etc-ancestors of me alone. Must have been awfully crowded in that Garden!

20. What "Garden"? Do you have evidence of this "Garden"?

21. None whatsoever.

22. Jan is (deliberately, I'm confident!) leaving out the re-joining of family trees; they are properly lattices rather than trees! (I used this as an example in one of my classes, in fact, and the students jaws were hanging for a couple of minutes thinking about it.)

But to me, that rejoining leads to an even more astonishing conclusion: that someone who was alive when Queen Nefertiti reigned is the ancestor of every human being on earth today.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/humans-are-all-more-closely-related-than-we-commonly-think/

23. "Rejoining family trees" sounds like grafting orchards on the old homestead.

"Rejoining" sounds so much nicer than "incest"! Especially when you're impugning my ancestry! But we're not like the British royals. I'm only around 8 billionth in line for the throne, I'd guess.

24. Well done article, good website, probably have to copy and paste.

https://www.prb.org/articles/how-many-people-have-ever-lived-on-earth/

25. Watch this short (5 min 38 sec) YouTube video for some info on your question:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLG1SgxNbBM&t=4s

26. I think you offered that before. At least it hasn't gotten any longer.
As I am pretty sure I asked last time: Do you have any follow-up on that poor kid?
He will be very lucky not to have grown up as batty as his parents.

27. I never offered it up before. I only watched it for the first time just before I posted it. I did not know there was a video of the family. I have known of the story for years now, and it is not at all unique. It is common for family members to reincarnate in differing roles within their family group. You have no reason to slander his parents other than being as close minded as jan. And the boy seemed as normal and well adjusted as could be. So did his parents.

28. https://qph.cf2.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-5f3f8b4592d045a9b0c79ce1bf2429fa-lq

29. sdb: I hoped you would provide some information about how the grandson/grandfather boy had emerged and grown up from that story.
I looked for follow-ups but only found the same story repeated a dozen or more times. I say "same" except the story varies and the locale is all over the country.
The evidence seems to consist of four occurrences over a four year period.
The question is not why jan and I are not convinced, but why you are.

30. MJ:
I have never questioned why you and jan are unconvinced. I understand that reality. What I cannot understand is why you cling to a theory for which there is absolutely no evidence and then ridicule reincarnation for which there is a great deal of evidence. Also many people have been to higher dimensions and learned of many of their previous lifetimes. I have been helping people remember some of their past lifetimes for more than thirty years now. Some of them I have been able to verify.

I believe if more research into reincarnation was done by those in the scientific fields we might take better care of our planet. I do NOT believe in reincarnation. I KNOW we reincarnate. Carl Jung said something similar, as have several other well known and respected persons of the past, going all the way back to Plato.

One of the best looked into cases of a child remembering a previous lifetime is a boy, James Leininger, who remembered a past lifetime as an American fighter pilot who was shot down in the Pacific. You can read the book, Soul Survivor to learn about it in detail, or just google the numerous sites and video information on this most compelling case. He is now grown and in his early twenty's. Anne Frank reincarnated in Sweden and is now living here. She wrote a book you can look into. You can watch a video of her describing some of her experiences. There are many other books and other sources you could look into if you so desire.

I had my first conscious contact from higher dimensions when I was 18 and at Ft. Gordon in cryptography training. I male audible voice coming from above my head told me, "The president's been shot." He told me four times and it was at the exact time it happened. No one else heard it but me and it was meant for me only. It was not really about the JFK assassination, but a gift letting me know there is more than we usually perceive. I had to keep this to myself for many years and never expected I would tell anyone ever. Not just that I would not have been given my Top Secret + security clearance, but I did not want people to think I was off my rocker. It was the first of many life changing encounters I am still to this day occasionally experiencing. More and more people are coming forward with their stories of this kind now. We all know it is very hard for someone who has not had such an experience to comprehend that others have.

31. I meant A male voice...

I should add a note about jan saying that Carl Sagan said, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. " I do not disagree with that, but relate to it a bit differently. I think everything we experience is extraordinary. We tend not to think of it as extraordinary though if we experience it regularly and it is accepted. Also if reincarnation seems extraordinary to jan, then why does he refuse to look at the evidence? Why does he refuse to say why he believes in the one lifetime theory? He must have some reason.

32. Several months ago I suggested that anyone interested in the question of whether we have lived before should read THE THEORY OF ETERNAL LIFE by Rodney Collin which comes from the inner circle of humanity to which both Ouspensky and Collin now belong.

40. The puzzle master is also the puzzle editor of The NY Times, right…..interesting.

1. Yes, he is...interesting

41. A happy 5783 to those of you that are interested.

1. Clark: Happy 5783 to you too!

2. L'Shana Tova Natasha

3. L'Shana Tova!

4. Some of us were wondering why our local "A" Mountain (University of Arizona) was lit up in blue.

42. I drew a blank on the name of "XXXXXX" who "homophone of XXXXXX" with a lot of other people's money.
I also drew a blank on names of financial companies. I finally resorted to looking up a list of "large financial corporations"; turns out the answer was the only company on the list that I actually do business with.

1. XXXXXX was my first thought too, but obviously eliminated. The V****** B**** group was fairly recent news but I came up blank. Should have been faster since I too do business with them.

43. Which is the greatest source of financial misdeeds, the 10 letter corporation or the person associated with them? Legally, corporations are person's, too.

1. In the heat of a summer night
In the land of the dollar bill
When the town of Chicago died
And they talk about it still

When a man named Al Capone
Tried to make that town his own
And he called his gang to war
With the forces of the law

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-L0NpaErkk

44. The corporation has a connection to Joe Biden's (presumptive) successor.

1. Biden has a presumptive successor?!?!

2. So, now that we're past the deadline, who's Biden's presumptive successor, Dobie?

3. Someone who was famously portrayed by Alec Baldwin, who formerly appeared in commercials for Capital One.

4. Not to mention that there are some idiots who are attempting to have Alec Baldwin charged with One Capital offense.

45. The Puzzleria! spotlight this week shines (for the 28th time) on Patrick J.Berry's (aka "cranberry's) "Cryptic Crossword Wizardry." Here are sneak-previews of two of cranberry's 28 clues:
7 DOWN: Surprised doctors to be supported by British character (6 letters)
and
26 ACROSS: Kill crows (6 letters)
You can access the new Puzzleria! beginning just after Midnight PDT, in the wee hours of Friday morning. Blaine provides a handy link on the right-hand margin of his blog page.
Also on this week's menus:
* a Schpuzzle of the Week involving "Boozers Dr. Boo & Mr. Lew,"
* an "Unpacking Punches Slice" titled "Blessed are the peace (not hay) makers,"
* a “Marie Calendar Dessert” featuring dates you may see on your desktop, and
* nine riff-offs of this week's NPR puzzle titled "Scarf-faces holding up Capital One!"
So, early dawn tomorrow, why not creep on over to P! and get "Crypticized"?

LegoBooLewSuluHuluZuluFoolYouLulu...

46. CAPITAL ONEAL CAPONE. Scarface

47. Capital One Financial Corporation & AL CAPONE

48. CAPITAL ONE => AL CAPONE

Something to clean up after my childhood pet - ONE CAT PAIL

49. CAPITAL ONE, AL CAPONE

Hint (removed by Blaine): “Rearrange the first and last names of the person, and get a phrase that means a sea friend.” AL CAPONE —> OCEAN PAL

Hint: “Rearrange the name of the financial corporation, and get an item that might appear on a list of household chores. Rearrange once more, and get something a doctor might help you to do.” CAPITAL ONE —> CLEAN PATIO; LOCATE PAIN

1. I don't need no doctor to help me locate pain! LOL

2. Sdb, you're a better man than I.

3. Not if you can tell me where does William Hurt?

4. As I used to tell my students, I am not that kind of doctor. (My most recent anatomical confusion was between the trapezius and the deltoid.)

But that said, could William Hurt because of his Claude Akins?

5. But a Rip Torn Peter O'Toole Could make his Dick Trickle.

50. Capital One --> Al Capone

Last Sunday I said, “General Andrew Jackson and I both have a relationship with the financial corporation.” Jackson was called Old Hickory, reminiscent of “Hickory, dickory, dock, the mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck ....” And I’ve had a Capital One credit card for many years.

51. I wrote, “Take the even letters of the person’s name. Rearrange. You get something that has a second name that is true.” That’s ALOE (vera).

52. Capital One/Al Capone).

If you drop the first three letters of the institution’s name and rearrange, you may feel ELA-TION.

1. Rearrange elation and you get toenail. :)

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54. CAPITAL ONE — AL CAPONE

My clues:

“Not Mission to Mars or Casualties of War.”
Those were two of the three Brian de Palma movies for which the score was supplied by Ennio Morricone. The third was The Untouchables—which co-starred Robert de Niro as…Al Capone.

“Also, not Days of Heaven or MalĂ¨na.”
Those were two of the movies for which Ennio Morricone received an Oscar nomination (but, in the end, not the Oscar) for Best Original Score. Another of those movies was—again—The Untouchables.
(I made it a point not to say “Not Bugsy,” because Bugsy is a story about a mobster, which might have made the mention too closely associated with someone like Al Capone.)

“Take the name of the organization the person was part of. Drop the first letter, and rearrange to get what the person would have done to many of his or her adversaries, and what he or she might have said each time.”
The name of the organization is CHICAGO OUTFIT. What Al Capone would have done to many of his adversaries is OUTFIGHT them, and possibly say “CIAO” when he did.

1. (Personally, I think Morricone’s score for The Untouchables was more Oscar-worthy than the one for The Hateful Eight, for which he did win.)

2. At one point I stayed at the Clay Hotel in Miami Beach. That hotel was once owned by…Al Capone. I wonder if that's why the "total" I was quoted didn't include tax and resort fee. Not a fortune, still an icky surprise when unexpected additional charges are made to your credit card after the fact.

55. CAPITAL ONE -> AL CAPONE

> The person has appeared in three previous puzzles.

On May 3, 2020:
Name a famous American landmark in eight letters. The first four letters in order are the first four letters of the name of a famous person associated with this landmark. Who is it? Here's a hint: The famous person's name also has eight letters.
Answer: Alcatraz --> Al Capone

On July 22, 2018:
Name a famous person from Chicago — first and last names. The last name ends in an E. Change the E to an I and rearrange the letters in just the last name to get a famous actor — whose first name is the same as the first person's. Who are these people?
Answer: Al Capone, Al Pacino

On February 21, 2009:
Take the name "Pensacola," remove one letter and rearrange the letters that remain to get the first and last name of a famous person in American history. Who is it?
Answer: Al Capone

> Add a letter and rearrange to get a place not looking forward to the Thursday deadline.

Hurricane Ian was projected to make landfall near Pensacola (see above) then.

> Slightly rearrange the letters we're ignoring in the person's first name to get what we hardly ever ignore.

I love seeing people wandering across busy streets, biking, driving, etc., with their eyes on the phones in their hands.

> Lizzo!

Lizzo played James Madison's crystal flute at the CAPITAL ONE arena on Tuesday.

1. Lizzo is the only famous hip-hop artist I know that is a classically trained musician (University of Houston).She is pretty fabulous

2. And speaking of losing your phones (as Alphonse Capone did when he became Al)....

56. Capital One, Al Capone

57. Change two letters of the financial corporation name and rearrange to get something to drink.

CAPITAL ONE
CAPIDAL ONA
PINA COLADA

58. CAPITAL ONE and AL CAPONE. My hint said not to use Nyquil for this puzzle, since a capon is a kind of chicken.

59. CAPITAL ONE, AL CAPONE

"Emcee" >>> M.C., the initials of CAPONE's wife, Mae Coughlin.

My initial clue of "A ---> Z" was meant to point to Alphabet but I thought perhaps it hinted too readily to the CAPITAL letters in CAPITAL ONE so I removed it.

60. I think Snipper and I noticed a clue in last Sundays NY Times Crossword : "What's in your wallet" (23 across)

1. Yeah, I missed that one. But Will says he never does anything like that.

61. My post mentioned the fact that Will Shortz is The NY Times puzzle editor as well, which is interesting…..in Sunday’s puzzle, the clue for 23 Across was “what’s in your wallet” which is Capital One’s commercial tag line. In Monday’s puzzle, the answer to 45 Down was “Garner” - Jennifer Garner appears in many Capital One commercials. Interesting indeed…..

62. Apparently, Al Capone loved opera.

63. CAPITAL ONE, AL CAPONE
pjbKnowsWhatMayBeInYourWalletWasNeverInHisVault(WasIt,Geraldo?)

64. CAPITAL ONE, AL CAPONE

I didn't offer a clue, because I'm just plain tired of AL CAPONE.

65. Colonel Sanders was always in a fowl mood.

1. He was a chicken compared to General Tso.

2. Tso U tsay.

66. The hints in this blog never led to me to an answer … they are good to confirm when you have the right answer. But most of the time if one has the right answer one knows it is right!
The hints help if one is a bout unsure but sometimes I doubted my correct answer if I cannot connect to the convoluted hints only the creature of the hunt can comprehend !!

67. I find it interesting that in the last couple of days I have been, for the first time ever, getting Capital One ads on the right margin of my Yahoo Mail screen. Now why do you suppose that is?

68. Well, you might that the new puzzle page is up already, but PUZZLE 10-02-22 (Their choice to make that all uppercase!) is rather sparse. They're not showing what the on-air puzzle will be, and they're certainly not showing what the new puzzle is yet.

69. Doggone it, I meant to include the word "say" after the "might" and before the "that".

70. Could you guys PLEASE figure out how we blog followers could preview our posts like we used to be able to do?

71. Over 1500 correct submissions last week.

72. Doing my best transcribing from the live broadcast:

Think of two well-known brand names, each in 8 letters, that have the first 6 letters in the same order. One of the brands is found in the supermarket, the other is found outdoors. And even though the first six letters are the same, they are not pronounced the same. What products are these?

1. (The puzzle isn't up on the NPR page, yet.)

2. Yes it is. Only the AUDIO has been posted. See my comments above...

73. Only the AUDIO posted HERE.

For NPR puzzle posts, don't post the answer or any hints that could lead to the answer before the deadline (usually Thursday at 3pm ET). If you know the answer, 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 assist with solving. You can openly discuss your hints and the answer after the deadline. Thank you.