Thursday, October 29, 2009

NPR Puzzle 10/25/09 -- A Capital Notion!

Here's this week's puzzle:
Take the name "Boris Karloff." It contains the letters of "Oslo" in left-to-right order (although not consecutively). Now write down these three names: Leonardo da Vinci, Frank Sinatra, Steven Douglas. Each conceals the name of another world capital in left-to-right order, although not in consecutive letters. What capitals are these?
LeONarDO da viNci (London, England)

frANK sinAtRA (Ankara, Turkey)

StevEn dOUgLas (Seoul, South Korea)

Did you enjoy these? Here are a few more:

Writer Ring Lardner
Artist Pierre Auguste Renoir
Actress Nicole Sullivan
Founding Father Ben Franklin

(I'll stop there because otherwise I'll be at this all day...)

This is Mimi, completely bored, waiting for new and exciting photos for my portion of this blog. (Coming next week, hopefully.)

Here's this week's value-added puzzle. Will's on-air puzzle made me think of Garanimals clothing for kids. Here are some clues to two-word phrases in the form "G-- An--". So if the clue were "Biting creature," the answer would be "Gnawing animal."

Celebrates 50 years of marriage
Golden Anniversary

Protective entity
Guardian Angel

Hit TV show
Grey's Anatomy

Reaction to being provoked
Get Angry (also Got/Getting, etc.)

Can consume up to 30,000 insects in a day
Giant (or Great) Anteater

"YMCA" or "It's Raining Men"?
Gay Anthems

Vital part of an operation
General Anesthesia

Conventional response to a question?
Given Answer

Subject in medical school
Gross Anatomy

Heartburn relief
Gastric Antacid

Needs to be optimized in a parasailing competition
Gliding Angle

(This one's for Ross)
A set of methods in chemistry for the quantitative determination of an analyte based on the mass of a solid
Gravimetrical Analysis (nope, me neither -- but he supposedly has a master's in physical Chemistry, so I thought I'd poke him a little) (he got it very nearly right, the rotter)

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