## 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

1. Take the first word. Repeat one of the letters in it. Rearrange. You get someone disreputable.

1. Nice hint! Note that you also get a disreputable airplane.

2. Ho hum. There you go.

3. Add a letter to the second word and rearrange to get something we all were and some still are (but not me).

4. Add 3 letters to the 2nd word and you get a product related to the body.

5. For some reason, I’m thinking of Stephen Curry.

6. Easy puzzle. Makes me think of the theater.

7. Well, there is "sideburns" which anagrams to "burnsides" no extra N needed...

8. Millions and millions are spent annually on these two, especially the second one.

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1. I was worried, but this makes me feel I got it. Thanks!

2. This clue is TMI for the answer I found.

10. Movie clue: Kubrick.

11. Simple. I went to an online anagram server, typed an "n" in the search box, then, one at a time, I added every compound worded body part I could think of after it, clicked, "get anagrams", voila! I solved the puzzle!

1. That would be the Germanic approach.

12. Not the larynx, obviously -- but think of parts that have something in common with it!

13. I get the feeling that some people will insist that this puzzle is too easy, and should be thrown away.

1. Thrown away, as in an underarm throw. Now that my employer has decided that Thursday is an "anchor day," and I have to be in the office, and Blaine's page is blocked from work, I will not have the opportunity to post on Thursday afternoon, except on rare occasions. So, I'm going back to replying to my own comment to explain any clues.

2. Outrageous! But don't you have cell phone service at work? Or do you work for the NSA?

14. My answer is not fitting any of the clues given here, yet it is definitely 2 body parts, and adding "n" to one and rearranging gives the other.

1. My answer does not fit the clues on here either and fits the parameters.

2. i.e. last week-isn't using Chat-box cheating.?

3. And both body parts are compound words? I have an answer, and it matches at least one clue above. However, I have not figured out Blaine's clue, despite working with an anagramming site for a while. That makes me wonder if there are two answers out there.

4. Chat GPT failed so far in solving this puzzle.

5. Me too -- like JAWS, I have one that fits several clues (Rob, Pandemonium, Leo, Chuck, Clotheslover), but I don't see how it fits Blaine's, and a few others either also don't match or (just as likely!) are over my head.

My clue is very obscure -- trying to avoid TMI.

6. I got Blaine's clue.

7. I think my instructions weren't very clear. I meant that any repeated letters should be reduced to a single instance. (e.g. MISSISSIPPI --> MISP).

8. Ah!
Right, we've run into that ambiguity before, I should have tried that.
Okay that fits mine too.

9. That fits my solution also. Thanks Blaine for clearing that up...

10. Neat clue, Blaine. Greetings from Logan Airport.

11. Does anyone with a pigtail have a giant lip?

12. No, ron, but you might if you call someone's fancy braid a pigtail!

15. I got one body part that definitely is a compound word, but with an "n" added and rearranged gives me a two word body part that isn't a compound word. Anyone else with this problem?

1. Clark, I do not think you have the correct answer. Mine has a compound word as the second word and also the first word.

2. Natasha,
Thanks for your response to my question. I just got a much better answer.

3. Cap - I agree with Natasha.

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16. Surprisingly, both body parts are commonly used for the same purpose!

17. Not surprisingly, the puzzle doesn't work if you use the formal medical (Latin) names of the body parts. But if you place the formal names of the parts one in front of the other, in the given order, the last letters of the result form the name of a body part that lies anatomically between the two.

18. Take a different compound named body part, add an N and rearrange to get a body part and a name for part of that part.

19. If a nostril hair can be called a noselash, I have an alternate answer unsuitable for NPR.

1. Sir, you are a poet.

2. Good analysis, Lancek!

3. I like it more than the official offering.

4. Genius! You've wrecked 'em for good!

5. Have I ever explained how a simple noselash transplant can effectively treat minor urinary incontinence?

6. It's really a very minor procedure. A single nose hair is removed from the patient's nostril, and carefully sewn onto the tip of the penis. After healing, the next time the patient urinates, and the last drop or two is ready to drip off and soil his clothing, the little nose hair goes

S-N-O-O-O-O-R-T !

7. Took me a second and then I burst out laughing. Noselash is going to be my new code word...

8. Is this an outpatient procedure? Does Rogaine also work?

9. Yes; as soon as you mention it to your doctor, they will throw you out as a patient. No, Rogaine barely works where it's supposed to.

10. jan,
The problem I have with Rogaine is that it does nothing to restore my scalp, but seems to work wonders on the palm of the hand I use to apply it.

20. No "N", but buttcheek and buckteeth make an odd and funny pairing.

21. I got it and Blaine nailed it!

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23. One of the clues above lead me to the answer. Thanks to you, oh four lettered person.

1. correction: 5 lettered person

24. Finally got Blaine's clue and the preferred answer.

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26. Necknape only slightly bends the rules.
Many fortunes have been built on one of the parts.

28. Think of a kind of fish. Add an N and rearrange the result to get a kind of bird.

1. The kind of fish is German. Fische + n -> finches. Ja?

2. Well actually it's British. Ala fish 'n' chips ...

3. Ah. Got it. Interestingly, haddock + n anagrams to dockhand, which isn't a bird, but someone could make a puzzle out of that.

4. Add an S instead of an N for a special treat.

5. Righto + n !

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29. Rearrange the letters in the final word and insert a space for a really great workout.

(I thought of the first word almost immediately yesterday, but the anagram section of my brain must have been on strike in solidarity with the screenwriters, because I had to use an online anagrammer to get the second word and Blaine's hint. Hence my rather tardy submission.)

1. A great workout, huh? I told a buddy of mine, and he was like, "Let's grab our gym shirts!"

30. Got Blaine's clue, and thus I'm certain I have the same answer. Lots of luck to all in radio land!

31. It's Tuesday and only 71 responses?

32. I'm keeping my answer a secret for now.

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34. I may not be able to post the answer come Thursday as about that time my flight out of LAX I almost missed booking is leaving near that time, and I would not want to waste a trip to New Zealand.

1. I hear ya. Have fun down under!

2. Bon Voyage!

3. Safe travels, sdb.

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36. EARDRUM, UNDERARM

"Ho hum." rhymes with EARDRUM.

37. EARDRUM + N → UNDERARM (an armpit).

My earlier attempts:
I started with “eyebrow” adding an N produced “brown eye,” a body part, but not a “one-word” body part (brown-eyed).

1. an EYEBROW + N → a BROWN-EYE.

2. There is KNEECAP + N to yield NECKNAPE.

There are always Blaine's "manicured" body parts...

38. EARDRUM, UNDERARM

Hint: “For some reason, I’m thinking of Stephen Curry.”
The NBA superstar recently signed a \$75 million
deal with Under Armour.

And Blaine’s clue, which yielded “manicured,” was “neat.”

39. EARDRUM + N, rearranges to UNDERARM.

Underarms are also known as armpits, but I was certain that referring to this puzzle as, “The Pits,” would be TMI. So I wrote of the Theater, where the orchestra plays in a pit.

40. I wrote, “Take the first word. Repeat one of the letters in it. Rearrange. You get someone disreputable.” That’s MARAUDER.

1. My reply about a disreputable airplane referred to the B-26 Martin Marauder, which had a reputation among US WWII pilots for being hard to fly.

2. Did not know that.

41. EARDRUM >>> UNDERARM

42. alternate answer: femur; frenum

1. Wow nice! Except... not compound words.

2. You are correct. thanks.

3. Well done! I once wrote a prurient parody of a famous Broadway show tune, but none of it is printable in Blaine's family friendly blog. Took me a while to come up with a quality rhyme for frenum, though, but I did in the end.

4. Ben, Not many people know that term as usually in the longer form.

43. My clue was about the larynx...
Other parts that have something in common with it are the "axilla" and "myrinx" (armpit and eardrum).

44. The puzzle on April 11, 2021 was kneecap->neck, nape.

45. EARDRUM, UNDERARM

> Surprisingly, both body parts are commonly used for the same purpose!

You can buy fever thermometers that measure the temperature of both.

> Not surprisingly, the puzzle doesn't work if you use the formal medical (Latin) names of the body parts. But if you place the formal names of the parts one in front of the other, in the given order, the last letters of the result form the name of a body part that lies anatomically between the two.

Between the TYMPANUM and the AXILLA lies (part of) the MAXILLA, or upper jaw.

> I hear ya.

With my EARDRUM.

> Have fun down UNDER!

...ARM!

46. kneecap, necknape

47. EARDRUM, UNDERARM

My clue was Lots of luck to all in radio land, because the letters LLRL are what drummers call a PARADIDDLE and EARDRUMS are what drummers lose rather quickly, over time.

1. Very clever. Actually a reversed paradiddle which is usually written as RLRR LRLL. There is also the inverted paradiddle RLLR LRRL -which works great for Sambas. You are right about the ear drums too- I have had tinnitis for over 40 years. A small price to pay. Emmauel Capalette has a great video on improving paradiddle speed.

2. I've spent a bunch of time of late studying 6/8 Paradiddles, which are RLRLRR LRLRLL. Odd because I'm a bass player, but some of the most interesting rhythms IMHO derive from a 6/8 Paradiddle at its root.

3. 6/8 Afro Cuban stuff is way cool. That is also called a double paradiddle accenting the leading hand. R-R, L-L and there is also a triple paradiddle. RLRLRLLL. etc.
David Garibaldi did a bunch of Latin stuff when he was with "Talking drums" now back with Tower of Power.

4. Of course it all goes back to the original 12/8 African Mozambique--the root of Jazz etc.

5. I think i told you i was in Dave Friessen- Seattle small jazz ensemble workshop for two years. Big jazz bassist out of Portland and he would come up to the Emerald city every other week and do a workshop with us. He is big in Europe. That would be my dream gig -to get on the Euro summer jazz circuit. He plays a "Hermitage." (sp?)

6. Now Ben i have to ask you as you are a musician- if you spoonerize Drum stick is the result a medical condition and is it treatable?

48. EARDRUM — UNDERARM

My clues:

Meaning, I find this puzzle to be unmarred—an anagram of “underarm.”

Let’s grab our gym shirts!
Not Nike…not Reebok…but: UNDER ARMour. ðŸ˜‰

49. My clue was Al13. Al being the symbol for aluminum, and 13 the atomic number. Aluminum is an (controversial) ingredient in antiperspirants.

50. I guess my clue about Superstar made Waywordy squirm and tattle. Even though the main character smells her fingers after shoving them in her armpits, underarm nor eardrum are ever mentioned.

51. My hint was: Rearrange the letters in the final word and insert a space for a really great workout. UNDERARM anagrams to DREAM RUN.

52. Eardrum n underarm I am camping in Oregon now my hint was LAX I ALmost... AXOILLA is proper name for u nderarm

1. When going to New Zealand? I sent a puzzle to WS. Name a body part. Remove two letters and rearrange remaining letters to get a disease.

2. Not not going to New Zealand.. that was a setup for my hint I am now camping on the Deschutes River where it enters the Columbia River. I thought it was a clever way to hint at the puzzle answer. Jan Jan seemed to get the hint.

3. Enjoy your vacation.

4. Can't find Axoilla, but it would be a good name for a simian serial killer.

53. eardrum, underarm

Sorry I missed posting at the witching hour today. I was in a meeting with my Financial Advisor.

Last Sunday I said, “Millions and millions are spent annually on these two, especially the second one.” I was thinking of hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like, plus antiperspirants and deodorants.

54. EARDRUM + N = UNDERARM
My hint: Add a letter to the second word and rearrange to get something we all were and some still are (but not me).
UNDERARM + I = UNMARRIED

55. I only thought of eyebrow and brown eye.

56. This week's challenge: This week's challenge comes from Ed Pegg Jr., who runs the website mathpuzzle.com. 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?

57. Easy. Happy Mother's Day.

58. Maybe the easiest puzzle ever?

1. There are also multiple correct answers.

2. Multiple names, or just the same names for different animals?

3. Same names, different animals.

59. Wow, this really is a no-brainer.
Maybe Blainesvillains can hint at the alternative answers that Dr. K has discovered. (I only have one, which I assume is the intended answer -- other homophones are nearby!)

60. OK, I now have an answer I'm sure enough about that I'm willing to risk pointing out that "the Italian stallion" was from Philly.

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