Sunday, March 15, 2009

NPR Sunday Puzzle 3/15/09 - Heavenly Host

I forgot to post my answer to last Sunday's NPR puzzle:
Think of a familiar phrase in five words that means "tongue-tied". One word in it has one letter, one word has two letters, one has three, one has four and one has five — though not necessarily in that order. What is the phrase?
before it was announced today, so you'll just have to take my word for it that I got at a loss for words. The answers to the puzzles I posed were:

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da [eight 2-letter words — a song first released in 1980]

The Old Man and the Sea [six 3-letter words — a novel first published in 1952]
Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall [seven 4-letter words — a song first released in 1944]



So to this week's challenge:
Name a female host of a popular TV program. Rearrange the letters of her first name to name a god in mythology. Rearrange the letters in her last name to name a type of god that this god is not. Who is the TV host and what are the anagrams?
Magdalen is vastly more knowledgeable in this area and I assumed she would get the name very quickly. When that didn't happen, we resorted to going through lists of gods and TV personalities. The former approach worked best for us and I was gobsmacked to come up with the answer first! I'll try to remember to post about it late in the week.

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