Sunday, September 27, 2009

NPR Puzzle -- 09/27/09 UP Where We Belong

Here's today's puzzle:
Take the family name of a famous world leader in history. Drop the last letter, then switch the last two letters that remain. The result will name the country that this leader led. Who is it and what is the country?
There are a couple reasons why Ross and I think this is not the strongest puzzle we've seen, but I'll wait until Thursday to discuss them. Suffice it to say if you've already solved the puzzle you've thought of the concerns. And if you haven't: expect the unexpected that you've come to expect with the NPR puzzles.

Another from the autumnal photos chez CrosswordMan. This is our view from our deck, looking down into a tiny valley that collects mist under certain conditions. Sometimes the fog is so thick that this very view is all white! (I won't insult you with a photo of that, though.)

September in our neck of Pennsylvania is very humid but not hot. Thus you can end up soaking in sweat while the thermometer insists it's a comfortable 72°F! Oh, and one of our lilac bushes is blooming. It's a strange time of year, that's for sure.

Will honored NPR's theme of Michigan's Upper Peninsula this week in his on-air puzzle. He tried a variety of ways the letters U and P could occur in the answer. (My favorite was "Four-letter word ending UP where the P is silent.") I'm going to try just one of Will's puzzles, namely two word phrases where a single U appears somewhere in the first word, and a single P in the second word. In order to make this challenging but not impossible, I have included the lengths of the words.

Ben Franklin founded this (with "of") (10, 12)

There's one in Cape Canaveral (6, 3)

Nanny from Europe (2, 4)

A bunch of girls doing everything but sleep (7, 5)

This eliminates two runners (6, 4)

An error in communication that reveals more than one intended (8, 4)

Shiftless TV addict (5, 6)

Used to prevent frost in the orchard (5, 4)

Trains, buses, and the subway (6, 14)

McDonald's offering (7, 7)

Flat with up and down? (6, 9)

Eat here & get gas? (5, 4)

You can tell it holds eight ounces (9, 3)

Foodie's facial hair? (6, 5)

Kind of stock? (4, 4)


henry.blancowhite said...

I was slightly disappointed that, even when RUPEE appeared, nobody mentioned the other UP - Uttar Pradesh in India.

Roxie said...

I am actually thrilled at this puzzle - Dan got ahead of himself and submitted the wrong answer :-) That means Roxie 35 : 34 Dan.

Magdalen said...

Is it a good thing that you're keeping score, guys? Obviously I don't do that with either Hub 1.0 (Henry, above) or Ross. It's not considered appropriate to run up the score, and it would be VERY lopsided indeed in their favor!

Remind Dan to post a comment after 3 on Thursday with his wrong answer -- can't wait to see what it is!

Roxie said...

Hi Hi, we began keeping score over a year ago, we even have a set of rules. After one figures out the challenge, the other has an hour to pony up. It keeps us on our toes :-) (However, it doesn't mean that about half of the challenges we solve in cooperation) It's a little healthy competition :-)
I'll make sure Dan informs y'all of his missolution; it is rather clever and cute.