Thursday, April 15, 2010

NPR Puzzle 4/11/10 -- Mac & Cheese; What's Yours?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name something you might order in a restaurant — two words, eight letters all together, with four letters in the first word and four letters in the last. Drop the last letter. The remaining seven letters will read backward and forward the same.
We solved it using TEA (note the nice new website for CrosswordMan!).  Here's where this software shines: you type in >>1234321.<< (the dot indicates one extra letter, like a blank in Scrabble), hit enter and you get:
rotatory
selfless
--
Nauruans
race-card
rate tart
repapers
revivers
rock-cork
rotators
side-dish
vitative
Henry has already commented on "rate tart" -- not a food product at all! -- in the comments to last Sunday's post.  Ross once told me he was a rate tart; I might have been confused but for the context of the conversation.  Rate tarts get a credit card when the interest charged is a Low Introductory Rate for the first six months, then when the six months is up, cancel the account and get a new credit card with a Low Introductory Rate, rinse and repeat.  But what a delightfully suggestive term.  Gotta love those wacky Brits.

So, yes, the answer is SIDE DISH, which TEA seems to want to hyphenate.

How many responses do you think this will pull in?  Let's see the list:

Fewer than 100
100 - 200
200 - 300
300 - 400
400 - 500
500 - 600
600 - 700 -- Tom
700 - 800
800 - 900
900 - 1,000 -- Dave
1,000 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,200 - 1,300 -- Amie
1,300 - 1,400 -- J.
1,400 - 1,500 -- Ross
1,500 - 2,000 -- Henry
2,000 - 2.500 -- Mendo Jim
2,500 - 3,000 -- Ben
3,000 - 3,500
3,500 - 4,000
4,000 - 4,500
4,500 - 5,000
More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.

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