Friday, July 10, 2009

NPR Puzzle Answer -- 7/5/09 All Alone

The answer to 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?
is SINGLETON. SING & LET ON are the two phrases. Not too hard, although I didn't get it immediately. See original post for my iron-clad excuse for that lapse in concentration.

I should have known it a lot faster. Singletons are very important in bridge. I sort of play bridge. Well, okay, I don't play bridge. I play bridge-qua-solitaire. I go to Bridge Base Online, our preferred bridge online site, and I set up a table with three robot players, and me. These days, I maybe play a half-dozen hands before getting bored. It's not nearly enough to keep up my skills, but it's better than not playing at all.

I like to play bridge with humans, but the two options available to me -- play with humans on Bridge Base, or play with humans in proper duplicate conditions -- don't appeal to me as much as I thought they would. I grew up playing family bridge, which allows for chatter and friendly humor. Typing while playing (thus using the IM feature to "chat" with your fellow players online) doesn't feel the same. And there's no chit-chat while playing proper duplicate, for fractions of International Match Points. (I think we're up to 3.78 IMPs, still shy of the 5 IMPS we need to be Junior Masters.)

So for now, I'll play with robots as much and as often as I like, which isn't very much. And I'll neither sing nor let on when I have a singleton.

Time for the value-added puzzle answers. 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.

Injury to the wrist
CARPAL TUNNEL

Bovine rustler
CATTLE THIEF

Small breed of dog
CAIRN TERRIER

Alternative to a satellite dish
CABLE TELEVISION (or TV)

Herbal beverage
CHAMOMILE TEA

Precursor to the iPod
CASSETTE TAPE

Chemo or radiation
CANCER TREATMENT (or THERAPY)

Photographer's support
CAMERA TRIPOD

Proposed approach to reduce global warming
CARBON TAX

Flooring option
CARPET TILE(S)

Chemical solvent
CARBON TET(RACHLORIDE)

Funny NPR program
CAR TALK

Kitchen implement used in making fudge, for example
CANDY THERMOMETER

Example of what not to do?
CAUTIONARY TALE

Bridge support?
CARD TABLE (on which to play a singleton...!)

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