Sunday, July 5, 2009

NPR Puzzle -- 07/05/09 Pick a Card, Any Card

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of two terms that mean, "to divulge information." Write them one after the other with no spaces between words. The result is a nine-letter word for a card that you might hold in a card game. What card is it?
My one hint -- really more like common sense advice -- is to note Will's use of the word "term" instead of "word." Of course, if you know the answer already, you know why that's significant.

Ross got this right away, and I fumbled around in a very stupid fashion, actually saying what the card was without seeing how it was the correct answer. I have an excuse (don't I always?), namely we were up late last night. We'd gone to a minor league baseball game, stayed for the fireworks, then did some shopping at a supermarket near Binghamton, NY. By the time we drove home, it was well after 11 p.m. Ross didn't need too long to load the bare-bones version of today's NYT crossword puzzle, so he was ready to go to sleep at an almost-sensible time. But I've started writing late at night, and thus I stayed up well past 2 a.m. (C'mon, admit it -- it's a valid excuse!)

But I'm wide awake now, so here's the value-added puzzle for this week. Will's on-air puzzle was based on "cow" -- two-word phrases where the first word starts with CO and the second word starts with W. Ours will be based on a cat: Two-word phrases with the first word starting CA, and the second word starting with a T. So if the clue were Source of chocolate, the answer would be Cacao Tree. (N.B. For our particularly cunning readers, I made the last one tricky just for you!)

Injury to the wrist

Bovine rustler

Small breed of dog

Alternative to a satellite dish

Herbal beverage

Precursor to the iPod

Chemo or radiation

Photographer's support

Proposed approach to reduce global warming

Flooring option

Chemical solvent

Funny NPR program

Kitchen implement used in making fudge, for example

Example of what not to do?

Bridge support?

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