Sunday, April 12, 2009

NPR Sunday Puzzle 4/12/09 - BFI

This week's Listener Challenge from the NPR Sunday Puzzle is:
Think of the name of a country. Change its first letter to a D, and then read the word backward. The result will be a creature that lives in that country. What's the country and what's the creature?
After Magdalen had thought about it for a few minutes, she resorted to a list of countries and found the answer soon enough. Being of a stubborn turn of mind, I persisted in trying to think of the answer without what I consider BFI (brute force and ignorance).

The result was I spent most of the day trying to come up with animals that end in D and countries whose endings make a good beginning for a word. It took me a while, but I eventually got the answer - details at the end of the week.

I tried to find related puzzles based on countries, changing the first, second and last letters - with reversal - but no dice. The transformation that Jack Lechner found is pretty unusual, so hats off to him for finding it ... and letting us all enjoy it through NPR.

So I offer an unrelated puzzle this week. Can you complete the following sentence, in which the words that fill the blanks are anagrams of each other:
Dad __________ some of the __________ to use in the hunt

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