Sunday, May 16, 2010

NPR Puzzle 5/16/10 - Wascally Wabbit

Here's this week's puzzle:
Rearrange the letters in the phrase "rabbit season" into two related words. What are the words? 
Very easy.  But you will notice that Will didn't say it was easy.  So take that into consideration.

Oh, does anyone want a hint?  Here's a photograph (unattributed for now) that I found by searching for the answer on Flickr:

So if that gives the game away, more power to you!  And if -- as we intended -- it gets you no closer to the answer, come back on Thursday and all will be explained.  We'll also post one of the YouTube videos that mashes up the Bugs Bunny cartoon playing on "duck season" and "rabbit season."

Meanwhile, Henry's here for the weekend (he's making helping to make a three-section compost bin) so we were having a fun time trying to see if any president has in his name the two-letter abbreviation of his birth state.  (So far, no -- most of them come from Virginia or Massachusetts but don't have VA or MA in their names, unless you spell ADAMS backwards.)  At the same time, I was using TEA for some other reason and just typed in ;rabbitseason and got the answer to this week's puzzle immediately.  But that won't work for most people; the answer shows up in the Wiki dictionary (all of Wikipedia's key words in searchable form) which is new in an upcoming release that's currently being beta tested.  (We'll let you know.)

The disjointed nature of the preceding paragraph rather accurately demonstrates the conversational delights of having Henry visit.  We've already talked about Lincoln's log cabin, Washington's ax, and how if you collected all the slivers of the True Cross that are dotted around Europe, you'd have enough wood to build Noah's Ark.  So much livelier than when Ross and I are on our own.

With just over 1,300 entries, no one won our Guess The Number of Entries game this week.  Which means our tacky delightful puzzle book waits another week to be sent out.  I said that this week's puzzle seems easy; what do you think?  And more importantly, how many entries will NPR get?  Submit a comment with your guess; if two or more comments pick the same division, we go with the first commenter, so read the comments before you choose.  If you're new here, we have a puzzle book to give away to the winner.

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.


Crossword Man said...

I thought Will said it was "straightforward" ... perhaps because the last "easy" one (the C ON C OR D puzzle) got only 460 entries :-) My evil twin has been suggesting I compile a lexicon of such terms ...

Tom said...

I've come up with two seemingly plausible answers. I'll wait to read other comments for possible hints before deciding which answer to submit. I'll take the 1,400 - 1,500 bracket this week please.

Dan said...

I am positive of the answer, though I know what the second runner up is. I will take the 1500-2000 bracket this week.

Natasha said...

I would like the 1200-1300 range. Thanks!!

Ben said...

1300-1400 for me, please.

- Ben

Mendo Jim said...

My neighbor, Rabbi Seaston, was sure he had the answer until he heard mine. Now we agree that there are at least two perfectly workable ones with perhaps four more sort of funny ones.
At first reading I thought the answer was supposed to be related to the clue itself, i.e. "rabbit season" whatever that may be. I guess they just have to relate to each other.
So maybe we have the makings of a new contest to go with the GtNoE game: How many answers will The Master accept?
Online anagram sites sure take on the old bring-out-the-Scrabble-tiles technique.
I think that attendees here may also hang out at Blaine's, Ben's and Renner's places. Richard Renner had a surprising defense today of Will Shortz's (ever more?) frequent lack of rigor. It was surprising because a couple of years ago he chided me for not being tough enough on him.
Oh, yeah; let's see if the same players show up this week. I'll take just over 1300.

Magdalen said...

Mendo Jim -- Ben already has 1300 - 1400. Pick again, okay?

We have a couple alternate answer pairs, but nothing as obviously "the right answer" (in our humble opinions) as the uh, well, what we *think* is the right answer.

Might I suggest that the two words are more aesthetically pleasing as an answer when they are the same parts of speech (i.e., both are nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.)?

Mendo Jim said...

Whoops! OK, if Ben doesn't want to share, I'll take 2000-2500.
I think it would have been a better challenge to ask for more than just one pair of words.

Dave said...

Guess I'm stuck with the 1,100 to 1,200 slot. I agree with Magdalen about her preference for the aesthetically pleasing pair of words.

Jordan said...

I'll take the 1000-1100 slice. Thanks.

Marie said...

I have two answers and I agree with Magdalen. I'll take the 2500-3000 slot.