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Sunday Puzzle: High C's

Jul 28, 2019

On-air challenge: This week's puzzle is called "High C's." Every answer is a word or name with the accented syllable "see" (in any spelling) somewhere inside it.

Example: Neighborhood in Los Angeles next to Sherman Oaks --> ENCINO

1. Place in ancient Rome where gladiators fought

2. Pill used in medical tests that has no medical effect

3. Resident of Nashville or Memphis

4. The noun that a pronoun refers back to

5. Like some hairlines and tides

6. Classic Notre Dame football coach Ara

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People have been sending us their signature song, one that means the world to them, and now we have another one. Today, Margaret Thym of Albuquerque, N.M., tells us about a song she's loved since grade school.

A quick search on YouTube brings up hundreds of videos of expecting couples revealing the sex of their baby, usually with blue for a boy and pink for a girl.

Jenna Karvunidis is no stranger to this phenomenon. In fact, many credit her as the "inventor" of the gender party reveal. For her, it was through a cake.

"We had a knife and we cut into it all together and we all saw the pink icing at the same time, and found out that we were having a girl," Karvunidis says.

A Special Tune Marked Apollo 11

Jul 21, 2019

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And to close the show, here is a bit of forgotten moon landing history. Fifty years ago, as televisions around the world were tuning into the lunar landing, ABC News had a smart idea about how to fill some of that anticipation time.

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On-air challenge: I'm going to give you two 4-letter words. Rearrange the letters in each of them to make two new words that rhyme.

Example: CAFE, SAVE --> FACE, VASE

1. COLA, LOSE

2. NEAR, RENT

3. LIVE, LIMA

4. DAIS, DEAL

5. SING, DENY

6. EACH, BEAK

7. OPUS, POLO

8. PALE, KEEN

9. RELY, RITE

10. ONCE, NEWS

11. OARS, OGRE

12. WENT, ROTO

13, THAW, THUS

14. ISLE, ZEAL

Rural southern Utah is cowboy country, and with it comes a deserved reputation of being a meat and potatoes kind of place. So after a recent three-day hiking trip in Bryce Canyon National Park, when Kim Johnson saw a sign advertising a Tandoori Taqueria, she pulled over immediately.

Johnson and her family, who live in Salt Lake City, are vegetarian.

"We've eaten a lot of Subway sandwiches [this trip]," she says, laughing. "And a lot of large side salads because it's a pretty meaty environment here."

Sunday Puzzle: Lucky Number 7

Jul 14, 2019

On-air challenge: I'm going to give you some words and phrases. Each conceals the name of something in left-to-right order, although not consecutively. Hint: Every answer has exactly 7 letters.

Example: SANCTIMONIOUS — Shakespeare character --> ANTONIO

1. REVERSE SPLIT — Mountain

2. AFFRANCHISE — Pope

3. CROSS-TRAINING — Italian composer

4. SERVICE STATION — Norse explorer

5. CARDIAC ARREST — South American capital

6. MOTOR CONTROL — Canadian city

7. TIME INTERVAL — Roman goddess

The Potential Causes Of Odd Plane Behavior

Jul 14, 2019

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Airlines say a record number of people are traveling this summer. Packing, getting to the airport and through security - it can be stressful. And that doesn't stop at the gate.

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And the last word in music we'll give to Joao Gilberto, the man who helped make famous "The Girl From Ipanema."

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ASTRUD GILBERTO: (Singing) Tall and tan and young and lovely. The girl from Ipanema goes walking. And...

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This is the story of Witold Pilecki, a Polish Army officer who, during World War II, while on a secret mission for the resistance, volunteered to become an inmate in Auschwitz, the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps.

On-air challenge: Every answer is a word containing the accented syllable, PEN.

Example: Terrific --> Stupendous

1. A 1-cent coin

2. A part added on at the end of a book

3. A five-sided figure

4. Straps to hold one's pants up

5. Part of a grandfather clock that swings

6. Pricey

7. Money for a retired person

8. Expressing sincere remorse

9. A city on the Florida Panhandle

10. The capital of Cambodia

11. A facility where drugs are given out

12. What a red flag means in sports

Jeffrey Epstein Arrested

Jul 7, 2019

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There are human cancer genes in plants. Scientists didn't put them there. They were there to begin with. NPR's Joe Palca recently went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where he spoke with a scientist who's exploring those genes.

A Senior Women's Soccer League

Jun 30, 2019

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On-air challenge: This puzzle is something different. Read these statements involving words and names, and figure out if they're true or not.

1. George Herbert Walker Bush is the only U.S. president with four names in his birth name.

2. Maine is the only one-syllable state name in the U.S.

3. "Chicago" is the only Academy Award-winning "Best Film" whose name is a city.

4. Hawaii is the only U.S. state whose name ends in a double letter.

5. Tin is the only 3-letter element on the periodic table.

Fears Of Far-Right Terror In Germany

Jun 30, 2019

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Norwegian Island Wants To Be 'Time-Free'

Jun 23, 2019

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There is an island in northern Norway that wants to become timeless, literally. The 300 residents of Sommaroy, which enjoys constant sunshine from May to July, are considering becoming the world's first time-free zone. Kjell Hveding is the leader of the campaign, and he joins us now via Skype.

Good morning, or good day. Or is it good evening? What does it look like there right now? Is the sun shining?

KJELL HVEDING: It is not sunshine, but it's daylight. And it's that 24/7, no matter what.

On-air challenge: Every answer today is the name of a fabric or clothing material. You name it from its anagram.

Example: CLEAN - N --> LACE

1. LIKES - E

2. ON LOW - N

3. NOTARY - T

4. MAIDEN - A

5. ANTICS - C

6. ARCHLY - H

7. RECIPE - I

8. CONTORT - R

9. CALDRON - L

10. REMATCHES - T

11. YOUR CROWD - W

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Training Better Robotic Surgeons

Jun 23, 2019

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