He also noted to me and said on Sunday’s program that he asked his staff’s opinion of his entry choices, but how many options were they shown to choose from and, more importantly, were they also given creations by women for comparison, or just the male runners-up he selected? It is encouraging Shortz asked for any supporting opinion at all since he clearly stated in both the January 15th and January 22nd programs that winning and runner-up entries would be based on his decision alone. On the other hand, it is truly discouraging if his staff all agreed on this rather lame entry — “The Nanny Lost All My Children” — as the most clean+clever offering to his TV title wordplay challenge. I mean, really?!
Ladies out there, I hope you are still challenging your minds with his puzzles and posting them somewhere if only to friends and relatives. Consider it the program’s loss, not yours, and keep on proving Hitchens and Shortz wrong! Since I’m posting his puzzle challenges here anyway [see my one already at http://kat330.posterous.com/my-famous-people-palindromes-per-sundays-npr], I figured I’d go back to post some wordplay I submitted before I even started this space in late 2010. Here below then are my creations submitted to NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” in July 2010. Shortz’ listener challenge was to create clever Spoonerisms in answer to a “What’s the difference between…” setup:
What’s the difference between a fish dinner and half a lobster?
One has coleslaw and the other a sole claw.
What’s the difference between a garage and the speed of woo?
One has a parking space and the other a sparking pace.
What’s the difference between a skillet and a stalker?
One is a frying pan and the other a prying fan.
What’s the difference between golf attire and a mad dash?
One’s a sport shirt and the other a short spurt.
What’s the difference between a place to stage dive and a diva’s sequined glove?
One is a mosh pit and the other a posh mitt.
What’s the difference between a charity and a lump in the throat?
One is a positive cause and the other a causative pause.
What’s the difference between a gunslinger saloon and a Tupperware party?
One has a hitching post and the other a pitching host.
What’s the difference between a southern sport on the sea and a northern pick for VP?
One is parasailin’ and the other Sarah Palin.
What’s the difference between a slumber party and a bachelor party?
One might be a tickle fest and the other might be a fickle test.
What’s the difference between a sucker and a casino dealer?
One is hard candy and the other is card handy.
What’s the difference between a tycoon and a playboy?
One has money bags and the other has Bunny mags.
What’s the difference between a life trainer and a trained assassin?
One offers coping skills and the other is scoping kills.
What’s the difference between an illusionist and a drunk driver?
One does magic tricks and the other is a tragic mix.