Sunday, August 23, 2009

NPR Puzzle -- 08/23/09 Bowling For Lapel Pins

It's a little scary sometimes, being married to CrosswordMan. No sooner had we clicked off the radio to talk about this week's puzzle than Ross just said the answer. But in any case, here's the puzzle:
Think of two words that each mean "bowler." Put them together, one after the other, and you'll name a sport in two words that is not related to bowling.
And today's hint is a negative one -- the answer doesn't include the word HAT. (Which was, of course, the only thing I thought of before Mr. Know-It-All blurted out the answer.)

[Because Ross is a furriner, here's a link for him that will explain Bowling for Dollars, referenced in this post's title.]

Ah, and here's something else Ross didn't know. In solving this week's Listener, we came across the following definition in Chambers:
...the ridge on the side of an anatropous ovule continuing the funicle to the chalaza (botany);...
Now, you know how looking words up in the dictionary sometimes seems like a total pain because the definition (a) doesn't actually explain the word, and/or (b) the definition relies on words you then need to look up, making the entire exercise very frustrating? Well, this is that phenomenon on steroids! (I've not included the word being defined because it's an answer in the puzzle we were solving, but you can trust me that you wouldn't recognize it as a word if your opponent played it in Scrabble. And I don't think anyone who is still solving the Listener is going to get very far on that definition!)

Okay, on to the value-added puzzle for this week. Will's puzzle involved four-letter anagrams, which are easy enough to do on the radio (where, admit it, we'd all freeze up if we had to solve mental puzzles while simultaneously thinking, "I'm on the phone with Will Shortz & Liane Hansen. I'm on the phone with Will Shortz & Liane Hansen. [expletive deleted] I'm on the phone with Will Shortz & Liane Hansen.") but perhaps a little easy here. So I've got some using five letters, and just a couple at the end with more letters. You know, to keep you people working at it for longer than 27 seconds...

I'll use Will's explanation of the structure of the puzzle --
From two given four-letter words, rearrange the letters of one of them to get a synonym of the other. For example, given "each" and "pain," the answer is "ache," because "ache" is an anagram of "each," and it means "pain."
-- even though our words will be longer. (Note: I've taken some slight liberties with punctuation just because this puzzle is written out...) (And for extra credit, see if you can figure out which of the following Ross objected to, albeit mildly. I could have made it slightly less objectionable, but it's such a lovely construction now that I can't bring myself to either delete it or change it. Put your guesses in the comments!)

Start binge

Recap dance

Chews gulps

Sound abler

Bardo woman

Cited ad-men

Bugle surge

Cafe's sides

Craft rated

Float above

Learn angle

Early sheet

Under elbow

Shoal flesh

Loves abuse

Sherpa saying

Blamed uproar

Erring expert

Bemoan rogues

1 comment:

henry.blancowhite said...

I guess the one where you put an English ending on a French word.