Sunday, September 6, 2009

NPR Puzzle -- 09/06/09 Linda's Snail Dials Lands

This week's puzzle is in the "chinese menu" style: Take one from column A, one from column B, etc. In this case the menu is the periodic table:
Take the names of the first nine elements of the periodic table: hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and fluorine. Select one letter from each of these names in order to spell a familiar nine-letter word. Hint: It's a word used in math.
The smart way to solve this puzzle is to think of all the math-related words, pick out the 9-letter words, and figure out which one is right. Us? We used TEA. So sue us.

The on-air puzzle this week involved anagrams of islands with a letter missing. (See this post's title, for example.) All of Will's examples had an A removed.
For each word given, add the letter "a" and rearrange all the letters to name a well-known island. For example, if the clue is "trees," add an "a" to get the answer: Easter.
I need to make it a bit harder because, you know, y'all are so smart! All of the islands below are commonly known (well, I know about them, and I'm no geographer), have had a single letter removed, and then anagrammed. I've given you the extra letter. Some island names are two words. Enjoy!

Key + S

Slobs + E

Boron + E

Await + N

Shred + O

Micron + A

Jicama + A

Camaro + J

Rained + L

Neuron + I

Teenier + F

Radians + I

Nomadic + I

Madonna + I

Enlarged + N

Mistreat + O

Lusitania + C

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