Sunday, May 21, 2017

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle
May 21, 2017
Will Shortz

Each word or phrase below conceals the name of a well-known U.S. city. The letters are in correct left-to-right order, but are not consecutive. Can you spot them? The HINTS give the names of their states.

1. LANDSCAPING
2. METAMORPHOSIS
3. CHEMICAL GROUP
4. GROUNDSWELL
5. AMBIVALENCE
6. LIEUTENANT COLONEL
7. ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
8. WHITE CHRISTMAS
9. RHETORICAL QUESTION
10. BODY BUILDER

HINTS:
1. Michigan
2. Tennessee
3. Illinois
4.New Mexico
5. Texas
6. Nebraska
7. North Carolina
8. Kansas
9. Texas
10. Colorado

Answers:

1. LANSING
2. MEMPHIS
3. CHICAGO
4. ROSWELL
5. ABILENE
6. LINCOLN
7. RALEIGH
8. WICHITA 
9. HOUSTON
10. BOULDER
How many words can you think of that can follow CROSS to make a common phrase? There are at least 25.

(Possible) Answers:

BAR
BONES
BOW
BREED
COUNTRY
EXAMINE
EYED 
FIRE
HAIRS
HATCH
LEGGED
OUT
PATCH
PATHS
PURPOSES 
ROADS
SECTION
STITCH
STREET
SWORDS
TOWN
TRAINING
WALK
WIND
WORD





 


Saturday, May 20, 2017

FINDING THE ANSWERS WITHIN V
NPR Weekend Edition Sunday Puzzle
May 18, 2014
Presented by Will Shortz

The clues below are submissions from listeners to an on-air contest. The first clue was the winner, and the others were runners-up. The answers to the clues are all different, but they do have something in common. Can you determine what it is? (The contributors' names are listed after the answers to their clues.)

1. In cold weather most attempt to keep this low.
2. Its members are chosen at elections every six years.
3. No doubt about it! An iceberg sank her.
4. A place to hear the fire crackle
5. Worth one's trust
6. Internet wit, tersely
7. As puzzle fans, we're always seeking this
8. On a wedding band, I am on display.
9. Not Mercury, but the other messenger of the gods
10. The electric light bulb he developed is only one of his many inventions.

For what they have in common, look carefully at the letters in the clues.

Answers:

1. THERMOSTAT
2. SENATE
3. TITANIC
4. HEARTH
5. HONEST
6. TWITTER
7. ANSWER
8. DIAMOND
9. HERMES
10. EDISON

What the answers have in common.

The letters of the answer to each clue can be found consecutively in the clue itself:

1. weaTHER MOST ATtempt - Mike Strong
2. choSEN  AT Elections - Steve Stein
3.  abouT IT! AN ICeberg
4. to HEAR THe
5. wortH ONE'S Trust
6. interneT WIT TERsely
7. fANS WE'Re 
8. banD I AM ON Display
9. otHER MESsenger
10. developED IS ONly 
FLEXERS LVII

Answer each clue by matching it with one of the choices below. The choices are in random order. Wordplay is fair play.

1. Third degree, often
2. They wait for accidents to happen
3. Stock holder
4. Standard for A, B, C, and D
5. Where a walk in the park will get you
6. Chemistry experiment
7. Edible floppy disk
8. Choice location
9. Roll of green
10. Select from a menu

CHOICES:
a. First base
b. RDA
c. Click on
d. Barn
e. Pancake
f. PhD
g. Sod
h. Internet dating
i. Body shops
j. Fork

Answers:

1. f - PhD
2. i - Body shops
3. d - Barn
4. b - RDA (vitamins)
5. a - First base
6. h - Internet dating
7. e - Pancake
8. j - Fork
9. g - Sod
10. c - Click on (computer menu) 
NY Times Crossword
May 28, 2003
Alan Arbesfeld

The answers to the clues below will have something in common.

1. Making of handicrafts, say
2. Certain pleasure craft
3. Formally object
4. Bethlehem rejection
3. American architectural domestic design of the early 20th century

Answers:

1. Cottage industry
2. Cabin cruiser
3. Lodge a complaint
4. No room at the inn
5. Craftsman bungalow


STUMPERS CCXXX

Why is the phrase BLUNT TALK ironic?

Answer:

Because blunt talk is often to the point.

Credit:
Bob Johnson
MISSING LINK CXLVII

Each trio of words below shares a Missing Link - that is, its members have something in common, obvious or not. For example, RIVERS, NOSES, & VIOLINS can all have BRIDGES.

1. School..........Sketch..........Scrap
2. Heavy..........Light..........Atomic
3. Dog..........Turtle..........Eagle
4. Bird..........Hare..........Lame
5. None..........Code..........Bell
6. Pepper..........Flour..........Paper
7. String..........Score..........Tongue
8. Pencil..........Paint..........Monkey
9. Key..........Surgery..........Scale
10. Animal.......Vegetable.......Mineral

Answers:

1. Kinds of books
2. Weight
3. Sea
4. Brain
5. Bar
6. Kinds of mills
7. Things that can be tied
8. Grease
9. Things that can be major or minor
10. Classic categories for "Twenty Questions"