Thursday, March 31, 2011

NPR Puzzle 3/27/11 Tarnation - the Answer is Tarantino!

Here's this week's puzzle:
Take the word "calm" and flip the letters A and L to get "clam." Take the last name of a film director known for using profanity, and flip two pairs of letters in place to get a word used as a substitute for profanity. Who's the director, and what's the word?
Okay, this was absurdly easy, or else our brains just work in an odd way so that this was immediately obvious.  The answers are TARANTINO and TARNATION.

I did promise you the video of Francis Heaney, the originator of this puzzle, tap dancing with Lorinne Lampert.  Take it away, Lorinne!



Now for the photos:




As I have before, I used Wikipedia for the details of Quentin Tarantino's life.  His childhood was spent in Toluca Lake, California, and above we have a cat from Toluca Lake.



He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, above.




The photo above is of Redondo Beach, California, which is what I got when I asked Flickr for photos of Torrence, California.  Hey, it works for me.




I then asked Flickr for pictures of Harbor City, California, and as you might imagine, I got pictures of a harbor for another City, in this case Crescent City.  But you guys are all word puzzle freaks; I'm sure you got the right idea.




Tarantino famously worked in a video store in Manhattan Beach -- and this actually is a picture of Manhattan Beach!



Tarantino hosts an annual film festival in Austin, Texas, which is wet in this photo.


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1 comment:

lokisbong said...

Hey its pretty cool to see my picture of the Crescent city harbor here. Thank you for making it link back to my flickr page.