Thursday, September 17, 2009

NPR Puzzle -- 09/13/09 Oceans of Thanks

This week's puzzle:
Take a familiar French word with three letters. It's a word everyone knows. Then take its meaning in English, also with three letters. Say these two words one after the other, and phonetically they'll sound like another French word everyone knows. What word is it?
The answer is MER + SEA = Merci. As Ross said at the time, "Who thinks up this stuff?" but in this case we were given that answer: Michael Duran of Topsham, Maine. Congratulations, Michael -- this one actually almost stumped us!

For the value-added puzzle this week, I kept Will's idea, explained this way:
Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase in which the first word starts "pi" and the second word ends in an "e." So, the "pi-e" is divided. For example, if the clue is "power source for most automobiles," the answer would be "piston engine."
Here are the answers:

What your prescription comes in?
Pill Bottle

Used to keep the choir in tune?
Pitch pipe

Place in Tennessee Dolly Parton is from?
Pigeon Forge (where Dollywood is located)

Non-alcoholic summer refreshment?
Pink Lemonade

Colorful addition to a sandwich?
Pimento cheese

Something else in Will Shortz's basement?
Ping-pong table (or paddle) (and, yes, Will, I know it's really table tennis, but don't you think table tennis table sounds funny? Hmmm?)

Where the green nuts come from?
Pistachio tree

Something in Tiger Wood's arsenal?
Pitching wedge

A fierce fight?
Pitched battle

Component of an Italian meal?
Pizza pie

Decorative detail for a sweater?
Picot edge (or piped edge, although that's really not something you can do easily on a sweater)

Furniture with a raised detail?
Piecrust table

Strikers' orbit?
Picket line

Musical composition, e.g., Ravel's Miroirs?
Piano suite

Possible component of leaf mold?
Pine needle

Sissy Spacek's mom in Carrie?
Piper Laurie

Instrument featured in Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever?
Piccolo flute

3 comments:

Dan said...

Roxie had Fin + End = Entfant

Dan said...

I had nothing; thought Fin was "feen" as opposed to "faan"

Magdalen said...

Far be it from me to suggest you or Roxie ever get it wrong, but I suspect Will would have insisted that the 'D' of END be pronounced, so not phonetically the same as Enfant.

I've pretty much given up on the "honorable mention" effect, where Will acknowledges specific alternate answers when giving the correct right answer. *sigh* Those were the days, hunh?