Sunday, November 15, 2009

NPR Puzzle: 11/15/09 Can You Hear Me Now?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name an auto manufacturer and a telecommunications company, both well-known companies, whose names are exact opposites of each other.
And here's one way to solve it:  Get married.  Get divorced.  Stay friends with your ex.  Have your ex call on the phone to discuss the puzzle.  Oh, I missed a step:  have your ex test drive a whole bunch of cars in the past two weeks.  Right, so back to the step where the ex calls.  You then find a list of telecommunications companies and read the names out loud.  At the appropriate name, your ex will groan and say "Of course!" in that way he has, and then name the car company.  Easy, no?  Unfortunately, you only have until Thursday at 3:00 p.m. for all that marrying/divorcing business, so you might want to skip those steps and just concentrate on either a list of car companies or a list of phone companies.  (You need to be a bit broadminded on what constitutes a telecommunications company; it's a valid categorization, but one could think of a narrower set of parameters that would miss the target company.)

Just a beach on the bay in Rhode Island, taken back in July 2008.  It's not bad weather here (yet) but it's getting that snap of autumn-leading-to-winter, and I thought it would be nice to remember that beach weather will come again.

Will set us a very easy on-air puzzle -- at least easy for me to replicate, using another letter.  And, because there weren't very many A-- of -- phrases, I've picked B.  So, to paraphrase Will Shortz, Every answer in today's puzzle is a familiar phrase in the form BLANK of BLANK, where the first word starts with the letter B. Given the last word of the phrase, the player must give the first word. Example: For "clergy," the answer would be "benefit," as in BENEFIT of CLERGY.

1.  Seville

2.  Wax

3.  Nerves

4.  Fundy

5.  Paradise

6.  Arts

7.  Health

8.  Prey

9.  Roses

10.  Monkeys

11.  Gold

12.  Light

13.  Water

14.  Beyond


Dan said...

I am 99% sure I have it, but without the divorce part. Roxie is using work as an excuse to not have the answer ;-)

henry.blancowhite said...

I think I see all except the monkeys: "bandarlog of monkeys" would be a bit redundant, since "bandar" is a monkey.

Magdalen said...

Okay, Chambers does not list bandarlog, and TEA has it just as bandar-log. So where do I go to get its definition?

Roxie said...

I have no answer of my own, and I don't like Dan's answer. I heard one answer I would agree with, but the problem lies with the "auto manufacturer"... so, I guess, unless a stroke of brilliance hits me, I won't be submitting. :-(

Magdalen said...

Roxie -- Interesting. I had more of a problem with the "telecommunications company" label than for the auto manufacturer. Could be we're thinking of different answers. Come back, please, on Thursday to share & discuss!

dino_burger said...

I have an alternate answer, based the manufacturer of the cars that were in the barn before our neighborhood was built. I haven't figured out the "real" answer yet.

Roxie said...

OK, after quite some thought, I came up with an answer I like and that does not raise eyebrows on the definitions of car manufacturer & telecommunications company; now the problem is semantic though - can exact opposites be a verb and a noun?

Magdalen said...

Wow, guys, please (please!) come back on Thursday to compare notes. I was about to say "I can't wait" to read everyone's answers, but as Henry would point out, I obviously can wait, and will have to.

Dan said...

I submitted Hummer & Broadvoice, and Roxie submitted Sprint & Rover.