Sunday, January 18, 2009

NPR Sunday Puzzle, Sun, Jan 18, 2009

Today's NPR Sunday Puzzle was:
Name an implement that might be in a kitchen drawer. It's a compound word. Add the letter S after each half of the compound, and you'll get two synonyms. What implement is it?
Like last week, it was about an hour before I got the answer - about the right level of difficulty. I didn't need to go through all the kitchen drawers, just think about the question carefully.

Once I had the answer I showed the object in question to Magdalen - it was one of the few implements to come from my house in England. I'll give the answer on Thursday.

We're glad that Will mentioned the special Inauguration Puzzle, as we had a lot of fun with it. Here are some anagrams of presidents not included:
threat crusher
jolt Henry
snarly gussets
mismade Jason
Today I noticed NPR's biography of Will Shortz and think this may explain all the horsy (5d on Jan 14) references in the New York Times puzzles: Will grew up on an Arabian (14a on Jan 15) horse farm. Was he like young Eric (11d on Jan 17), the hero of The Black Stallion books and movie? I'll be on the watch for more equine influence.

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