Sunday, March 14, 2010

NPR Puzzle 3/14/10 -- Something Yummy? Hmmmm...

This week's puzzle:
Think of two words that are opposites, beginning with the letters "H" and "M." Change the "H" to an "M." Say the result out loud, and you'll have the name of something nice to eat. What is it?
Greetings from England.  I'm listening to this week's broadcast over the Internet.

First of all, Audie has just announced that they had just under 3,000 correct answers, so let's see who won.  (Cue the drumroll while I access the necessary post.)  Ross is the winner!  Congratulations, Ross!  Hey, there can be no favoritism here -- but we can't pick a number range if you all have picked it first, so leave a comment below on which tranche you think is what Liane will announce next week for the number of answers they got.

Here are the subdivisions:

Fewer than 100
Fewer than 200
Fewer than 300
Fewer than 400
More than 400 (but less than 500)
More than 500
More than 1,000
More than 1,500
More than 2,000
More than 2,500
More than 3,000
More than 4,000
More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.

 Okay, this is going to be a short post for me today -- I've ducked out from a tea party with Ross and his sisters and their families.  Gotta go back!


henry.blancowhite said...

I think I have an answer, but do those two words really sound the same even in an American accent?

Mendo Jim said...

What with the foolishness called Daylight Saving Time's starting that morning, I was lucky to catch the broadcast and to learn of my failure to win the guess-the-turnout-contest Jaguar.
This was another one solved without writing the clues or thinking very hard.
Henry: My dictionary does have Will's intended pronunciation (if I am right, of course) as preferred. Perhaps you might give us some more information.
I learned on Blaine's blog, confirmed on Wikipedia, that these tasties are off a veggie diet!
I think I'll take the 1001 to 1500 range this week.
Thanks for this page.

henry.blancowhite said...

Interesting. Merriam-Webster online agrees with you. I do not think I had ever heard, or heard of, that pronunciation before. My English dictionary does not give a specific pronunciation for the compound word, implying that each half is pronounced as it would be on its own.

Magdalen said...

We're discussing two short vowel sounds, right? My feeling is that either sound would allow the average American listening to recognize the foodstuff in question. (And you're right, Mendo Jim -- like gelatin, this is not acceptably vegan. I have actually made the stuff at home -- a whole lot of work to arrive at a product that, while different from the commercially available version, is not sufficiently better to be worth the trouble.)

The only time I accentuate the "correct" vowel sound is when discussing the plant -- which goes by the same name, two words -- otherwise, I think we end up with some vowel sound somewhere between the two.

Henry, don't forget to vote. And Jim, don't expect keys with that Jaguar.