Sunday, April 18, 2010

NPR Puzzle 4/18/10 -- Country Cousins

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a country in six letters. Change two consecutive letters in it to one letter to get the name of another country. What countries are these?
We're puzzling over it even as I type this, but you know we'll get it in the end.

How do you guys do it?  Once again, no one (not even me!) won our little contest.  But be assured, I bought more (cheap but topical) prizes this week, so we do expect people to win eventually.  (Oh, and I don't see how we could rig it anyway -- that is surely beyond the scope of Ross's software!)

Okay, we broke out some lists and solved the puzzle.

Here are our pictorial hints:

First, the five-letter country --

And now the six-letter country:

I know -- immediately obvious; you wonder why you didn't see it sooner!  (We'll provide proper attributions for these photos on Thursday, by the way.)

And even though no one won last week, please play the "How Many Entries" game again.  Here are the divisions:

Fewer than 100
100 - 200
200 - 300
300 - 400
400 - 500
500 - 600
600 - 700
700 - 800
800 - 900
900 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,500
1,500 - 2,000
2,000 - 2.500
2,500 - 3,000
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.


Tom said...

I'll take 3,500-4,000 this week.

Amie Devero said...

I'm guessing 1300-1400
It wasn't as easy as last week's...

Roxie said...

I'll take 15 - 2000. After I checked my spelling I realized that a country I thought had 5 letters actually had 6... Oh well, this one wasn't terribly hard (provided you can spell)

Natasha said...

1,200 - 1,300 is my choice.

Dave said...

900 - 1,000.

Mendo Jim said...

Hmmm. Poland-Eland? Things seem to run together sometimes.
Country-based challenges are nice because one has a concrete number of words to deal with.
Accordingly, I respectfully, if not bloodcurdlingly, request the 2000 to 2500 submissions range.

henry.blancowhite said...

Is there a place called Eland? I rejected Aland because it is only an autonomous province, not a country. My only other possible answer is also flawed: possibly I need to get a better list to work from.

I'll take 1,000 - 1,100, in case she says "over a thousand" without counting properly.

Amie Devero said...

I thought the range was 100 submissions--not 500 (e.g., 1000-1100, as opposed to 1000 - 1500)?? Seems like a lot of folks are requesting much larger ranges than 100.

Amie Devero said...

Oh...disregard last comment. Decided to actually read the ranges... DUH. Apologies.

Jordan said...

Is it too late to get in on this? If not, I'll take 3000-3500.

Magdalen said...

Jordan -- All guesses are welcome but obviously it's a first-come, first-served basis. That means latecomers have to read all the comments to see what slots are left.

We post the answers after 3:00 on Thursday, and add our guesses to the list then (and that closes the list). Our thinking is that once we all know the answer, in theory that helps with one's guesses for how many entries are possible.

In reality, we just need an arbitrary stopping point!

Come back on Sunday to see if you won...