Thursday, April 22, 2010

NPR Puzzle 4/18/10 -- You Say Gee-yana, I Say Guy-yana

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?
The answer is GHANA & GUYANA.  We were actually a bit surprised this turned out to be as easy as it was -- when the countries start with the same letter, you'd think that would make it a snap to solve.  But Guyana is one of those countries that you have to think hard to locate on your mental map of the world.  West Africa?  Central America?  South America?

Here are our photos again:

Guyana:


and Ghana:


I have to say -- from my perspective, the country puzzles are fun because looking at all the pretty photos on Flickr is fun!  Both Guyana and Ghana have some stunning waterfalls -- type in "Ghana Waterfall" or "Guyana Waterfall" in Flickr's search function and be prepared to be dazzled!

Now, on to the contest:

Here's who's picked what:

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

I want to comment on something Amie wrote in response to Sunday's post.  There are two reasons why we don't break it down from 0 to 5,000 in groups of 100.  The obvious reason is size -- maybe if we had 30 people trying to play we would, but for now, with about 10 of us (at most) playing, this seems to work.

The other reason, though, is that I'm not confident that the NPR peeps get that granular with the number of entries when it's over, say, 2,000.  I suppose we could have "over 2,500" as a separate pick from "under 3,000," but then what do we do if they announce "we had around 2,800 entries."

We reserve the right to modify the distribution, though, if things change.  (I have a fantasy that Will Shortz has already told the production staff at Weekend Edition Sunday, "There's a blog that has a weekly contest on the number of entries submitted, so make sure you announce that number within 100," but until they do announce something like, "We received over 3,400 entries," I won't know for sure.)

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