Sunday, May 28, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 28, 2023): Author turned Pro Athlete

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 28, 2023): Author turned Pro Athlete
Q: Think of a well-known author whose first name is nine letters long, and last name six letters. Change the first letter of the last name and anagram those six letters to spell a word. Now read everything together — the author's first name plus the anagram with a letter changed of the last name — and you'll get a certain professional athlete. Who is it?
The new 6-letter part can also be rearranged to get the last name of an actor whose first name starts with the same 5 letters as the author or athlete.

Edit: Charl(ize) Theron
A: CHARLOTTE BRONTE, CHARLOTTE HORNET

Sunday, May 21, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 21, 2023): A Place in Europe

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 21, 2023): A Place in Europe
Q: Name a place in Europe in nine letters. Swap the third and fourth letters, then the eighth and ninth letters. The result is two words describing what this place famously does.
A: STROMBOLI (an active volcanic island off Italy), STORM and BOIL

Sunday, May 14, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 14, 2023): Mother's Day Puzzle

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 14, 2023): Mother's Day Puzzle
Q: Think of an animal in which the singular form of the female and the plural form of the male sound like synonyms. What animal is it?
Take the name of a different animal, drop the fourth letter and you get another synonym.

Edit: MONKEY - K = MONEY
A: DOE (dough) and BUCKS.

Sunday, May 07, 2023

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 7, 2023): Compound Body Parts

NPR Sunday Puzzle (May 7, 2023): Compound Body Parts
Q: Think of part of the human body whose name is a compound word (like fingertip or toenail). Add an N and rearrange the result to get another part of the body whose name is also a compound word. What body parts are these?
From the final body part remove any repeated letters (leaving only one instance of the letter). Add "IC" and rearrange to describe the state of some other body parts.

Edit: The resulting anagram is MANICURED.
A: EARDRUM + N --> UNDERARM