Friday, June 26, 2009

NPR Puzzle Answer -- Sunday 06/21/09

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a well-known TV personality with five-letter first and last names. Each name contains exactly 14 straight lines and no curves. Who is this?
The answer --
VANNA WHITE
Here's the line count: 2 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 14 and 4 + 3 + 1 + 2 + 4 = 14.

We've already revealed how we solved it here. How did you solve it?

Sorry this is late -- we're in Staunton, Virginia. Poor Ross -- we're in a lovely, funky coffee shop/Internet cafe, and we've just endured nearly an hour of bloviating from a good ol' boy (he just said "tomaydah" and wasn't being ironic) sitting nearby. This guy was pontificating to a woman whose husband sells guns at a local sporting goods store. According to him, the ONLY reason America hasn't been invaded in 230 years is because all our enemies know that ALL Americans are armed & dangerous. In their circles, I gather this might well be true. Other tidbits of local wisdom: Four states (Montana, South Carolina, Texas and "VURR-mont") all want to exceed [sic] from the Union. Oh, and you can make a fortune through bartering; all the richest people in Staunton did it that way...

Anyway, Ross really couldn't solve a Friday crossword with this guy in his right ear, so he's moved over to a quieter area of the cafe. I'm too lazy, stubborn, and bullheaded to follow him. I managed to keep my tongue to myself until the bit about everyone being armed and thus "protecting" America from invasion. (The government is completely useless, in case you hadn't noticed; and the Democrats won the last presidential election by LYING all the time ...) I said I would be more worried about being shot by "friendly fire" in that scenario. The old coot and his gun-happy companion detected no sarcasm in my comments but they ignored me, mostly likely because of my distinct "Northrun Accent" . Anyway, the coot felt my concerns unreasonable as, after all, everyone (with a gun, this is) knows The Rules. He was convinced this makes us all completely safe, although the young woman did concede to her chum that not everyone she encountered with a loaded rifle was aware that he had to carry it pointing up or pointing down.

Understand, Staunton is less than 120 miles away from Blacksburg, Virginia, home of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where a legally armed student killed 32 people and wounded several others. With apologies to people who support the Second Amendment, I remain unconvinced that selling guns to everyone who wants them is the secret to keeping the populace safe.

Okay, enough politics. Here are the answers to this week's value-added puzzles.

perfumed
perspire
percents

mandrill
manfully
mangrove

furrowed
furbelow
furlongs

beddings
bedevils
bedrocks

redacted
redrafts
redwoods

foraging
fortress
forester

caprices
capstone
capsized

cartouch
caraways
carapace

hassling
hassocks
hastings (this is obscure -- I gather it's an archaic term for early vegetables, especially peas)

See you Sunday!

1 comment:

Dan said...

I solved it just by looking at the letters; took me all of 9 minutes, since you lose so many possibilities when you take out S, R, P, O, U, etc.