Thursday, May 6, 2010

NPR Puzzle 5/2/10 -- Concordial Relations

Here's this week's puzzle:
Write down the number "100." Underneath it write "100/500." How the numbers align doesn't matter. What U.S. city does this represent? 
Ross solved this after verifying that the forward slash -  /  - means "or" in certain situations, often when the extra "or" would be confusing: "either/or," "and/or," etc.

So here's how this one works.  In Roman numerals, 100 = C and 500 = D.  So:
100
100/500
is the same as
C
C or D
which can be rephrased as
C on C or D
or Concord.  Which is the answer.  And I'm prepared to wager a tiny amount that this will be the only answer Will accepts.

Of the possible Concords, we picked the capital of New Hampshire.


That's some ice on Hoit Pond.  Here's a more easily recognizable photo of Concord:


And wow, did we get a lot of guesses for our weekly How Many Entries game.  Too many, in fact, so I'm afraid Zack doesn't get the guess he'd picked, as DaveJ beat him to it.  Here are the guesses:

Fewer than 100
100 - 200 -- Ross
200 - 300 -- Mendo Dummy Jim
300 - 400 -- Tom
400 - 500 -- DaveJ
500 - 600 -- Jordan
600 - 700 -- Roxie
700 - 800 -- Dave
800 - 900 -- Ben
900 - 1,000 -- Nanea
1,000 - 1,100 -- Dan
1,100 - 1,200 -- Natasha
1,200 - 1,300 -- Marie
1,300 - 1,400 -- Magdalen
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.

3 comments:

Dan said...

I came up with 100.02 or 10002 which is a famous ZIP code in NYC.

Mendo Jim said...

Well, another weekly puzzle behind (below?) us.
I have to say that "on" describing the spatial relationship between the two parts is immensely less elegant than "JohnUNDERhill AndOVER.."
I started on Roman numerals early on and used up every more accurate term such as over, under, above, beneath, etc.
I also toyed with ZIP Codes and thought for a while about "Seaside" (C CiD) and a sort of phonetic "Century City" (ceedee, mon).
Glad to see the contest's growing attendance.

Magdalen said...

We might have been satisfied if there was a (famous-enough) "Centurion City" (100 = century + ON + C/D = city) but there isn't one.

Where's Ajacquez to tell us what southern city he (she?) was thinking of? The one with piña coladas?