Sunday, October 25, 2009

NPR Puzzle 10/25/09 The Man Can Hide in the Capital, But ...

...Can you find the capital in the man? 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?
I got one, Ross got the other two. We actually solved them in the order listed (i.e., da Vinci first and Douglas last) but honestly you could get them in any order. No tricks here, and you won't have any trouble.

Time for the family photo album. (This is a dodge; we travel next week, so should have some pretty pictures for you from Mohonk Mountain House -- Ross's 50th birthday present -- but in the meantime, these are pulled from the archives.)

Nieces and nephews here: Lucy is pushing Amelia (they're cousins) on the right, and below us is a lovely tableau of Ross's nephew Sam on the left, his brother Michael in the middle, and Michael's son, Jack, trying to do some complicated gymnastic maneuver on the right.

These photos were taken during a surprisingly summery day last autumn. Amelia's parents, Nicky & Fritz, live in Ruislip (basically north of Heathrow Airport). We now can't recall the circumstances under which Jack & Lucy's parents, Michael & Bryony came down from Yorkshire to Ruislip, but clearly they did. (A family reunion, I think. Camilla & Francis, Sam's parents, would have driven to Ruislip from Islington.)

For some reason, marriage to me has prompted Ross to have closer relationships with his siblings. I think it's the same phenomenon as natives never seeing the tourist sites until an out-of-towner shows up needing to be shepherded around the landscape. While Ross lived in Twyford, all his sibs were close enough to visit easily, so he didn't bother. Then I arrive, and trips in all directions are in order. Now, he's the out-of-towner, so we do the rounds pretty much with every trip to the UK. I'm definitely the beneficiary in this deal, as all of Ross's family is delightful. We just hope we can lure them over to the US so they can see all our sights!

Here's Amelia on a quilt I made for her. (If you want more information about the quilt, you can visit here.) She's wearing her bridesmaid's dress from our wedding in Yorkshire six months earlier. Unfortunately, mere minutes after this photo was taken, we heard the distinctive (to any parent) thump-pause-scream of a child falling and hurting herself. Not too tragic: she split her lip and stained the dress, but no need for Casualty (Britspeak for the E.R.) and the rest of the day went on as planned.

Okay, time for the value-added puzzle. Will's on-air puzzle was based on the phrase "mix & match." For some reason, "mix & match" makes me think of "Garanimals," the coordinated line of 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

Protective entity

Hit TV show

Reaction to being provoked

Can consume up to 30,000 insects in a day

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

Vital part of an operation

Conventional response to a question?

Subject in medical school

Heartburn relief

Needs to be optimized in a parasailing competition

(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

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