Thursday, April 29, 2010

NPR Puzzle 4/25/10 -- Not Someone You Say "Here, Birdie, Birdie" To

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a famous person whose first name is seven letters long and ends with the name of a bird, and whose last name is also seven letters but starts with the name of a bird. Hint: One of these birds is the general name for the bird, and the other is a specific type of bird. Who is it? 
The answer is StepHEN HAWKing.  And while I gather from his Wiki page he's actually got a good sense of humor, Stephen Hawking is not someone I'm comfortable mocking.  So let's mock hawks instead:

That's Pierce, the hawk.  To read more about her (yes, they know it's a girl hawk), go to her Flickr page, which is headed, "Hawk, the Herald Angels Sing."  Only, I didn't think hawks sang very well.  Raptors are not exactly song birds.

I did promise I'd explain the tenuous connection that Ross has to Stephen Hawking.  Well, they're both graduates of University College, Oxford.  Mind you, Hawking's Oxford degree was precisely 20 years before Ross's but still.  Of course, Hawking then decamped to Cambridge for his Ph.D. and to teach.  (Ross's comment: "Apostate!")  (I asked Henry, a Cambridge man, if he'd cared to comment on Ross's comment.  He merely pointed out that Oxonians haven't forgiven his lot for leaving 801 years ago...)  (All of which makes a US college rivalry -- think Florida vs. Florida state, or Arizona vs. ASU -- about as civilized as a barroom brawl.)

Oh, and I looked.  Oddly enough, there weren't any quirky Flickr photos of hens. 

Let's see who's picked what for the Guess the Number of Entries game this week:

Fewer than 100
100 - 200
200 - 300
300 - 400
400 - 500
500 - 600
600 - 700
700 - 800
800 - 900 -- Ross
900 - 1,000 -- Ben
1,000 - 1,100 -- Dave
1,100 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,200 - 1,300 -- Tom
1,300 - 1,400 -- Mendo Jim
1,400 - 1,500 -- Natasha
1,500 - 2,000 -- Roxie
2,000 - 2.500 -- Jordan
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.

1 comment:

Crossword Man said...

We eventually got to the correct answer by thinking of potential first names. Having got to Stephen, we couldn't fail to notice the possibilities in the humorist Stephen Leacock. He might have been the basis for an ever better puzzle ... if anyone now has heard of the man.