Friday, April 10, 2009

NPR Sunday Puzzle 4/5/09 - Cats Cast

This week's NPR Sunday Puzzle was:
Think of a four-letter word with a short A sound, and specifically the A is the second letter. Switch the third and fourth letters and you'll get a new word, also with a short A sound. The two words go together to make a phrase that names something that existed from 1982 to 2000. What is it?
It took several hours to see that (the) Cats cast was the answer: I don't think of "cast" as having a short A sound, though I accept it's the American way; I also expected some kind of physical object or building, not an ensemble - but that was just me being blinkered.

Cats the musical opened in London in 1981, but didn't arrive on Broadway until 1982. It's final performance there was in September 2000. At that time, Cats was the longest-running musical in Broadway history, but it has since been overtaken by another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, The Phantom of the Opera.

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