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Charleston Lawyer Aces NPR Puzzle


Congratulations to West Virginian Brad Sorrells, who aced all the questions on this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle!

He was selected to play this week's puzzle after correctly answering last week's challenge: Name a certain country. Change one letter in its name to a new letter and rearrange the result to name another country's capital.

Then change one letter in that and rearrange the result to name another country. What geographical names are these?

Answer: Spain —> Paris —> Syria
He then correctly answered all the questions based on this on-air challenge: This Tuesday, Oct. 21, would have been the 100th birthday of Martin Gardner, a longtime "Mathematical Games" columnist for Scientific American. He was also a well-known writer on recreational mathematics, puzzles, stage magic and debunking. Today's challenge consists of classic brainteasers from Martin Gardner books.

Sorrells correctly answered questions about how a baseball can be thrown so that it turns around and comes back to you (answer: throw it straight up) and what to do if your truck gets stuck in an underpass (let some air out of the tires.)

He also gave the correct name of his NPR station: WVPB. This despite the fact that we just changed the name of the Charleston station several weeks ago.

Sorrells is a lawyer for Robinson & McElwee specializing in  commercial litigation, real estate, and bankruptcy matters.

He also serves as the president of Rea of Hope, Inc., and is a board nember of the West Virginia State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program.

Next week's challenge: The following challenge is based on a puzzle from a Martin Gardner book, that may not be well-known. Out of a regular grade school classroom, two students are chosen at random. Both happen to have blue eyes. If the odds are exactly 50-50 that two randomly chosen students in the class will have blue eyes: How many students are in the class?

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If you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here. Listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to play the on-air puzzle. Important: Include a phone number where we can reach you Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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