Thursday, June 10, 2010

NPR Puzzle 6/6/10 -- She Wakes to Shake Well the Seashells She Sells

Here's this week's puzzle:
A "spoonerism" is when you interchange the initial consonant sounds of two words to get two new words. For example, with "right lane," you'd get "light rain." Think of a familiar two-word phrase that's an instruction seen on many containers. "Spoonerize" it to name two things seen at the beach. What's the phrase and what are the things? 
When you read it, all is clear.  But we listened to it on the radio and afterward thought Will had said, "Spoonerize it to name two things you see on the beach."  Needless to say, the answer (SHAKE WELL --> WAKE & SHELL) doesn't work if you're trying to think of things you might see on a beach.  But as long as you are on the beach looking out to sea, of course you can see a boat's wake.

I avoided photos with shells or wakes (or even boats) in them on Sunday.  Let's look for more beach photos, this time with the answers in!

Here are the guesses for this week's How Many Entries Game.  (Nope, we still don't have a standardized name for this game.  Any good ideas out there?  Post a comment; if we love it, we'll reward you.)

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 -- Dave
1,100 - 1,200 -- Natasha
1,200 - 1,300 -- Marie
1,300 - 1,400 -- Ross
1,400 - 1,500 -- Tom
1,500 - 2,000 -- Ben
2,000 - 2.500 -- Magdalen
2,500 - 3,000
3,000 - 3,500
3,500 - 4,000
4,000 - 4,500
4,500 - 5,000
More than 5,000 -- Mendo Jim
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.


Mendo Jim said...

I got my contest prize, thanks very nuch to Dagmalen and the Mossword Cran.
It is a puzzle book in the shape of a toilet seat called "Sit and Solve", probably in its first printing.
Neither this answer nor Blaine's alternative "Pull here/hull pier" are true Spoonerisms. Genuine Spoonerisms make some sort of sense read both ways and are not just a sound switching game.
What they also are is deceptively hard to produce. I'll try to come up with a couple for Sunday. Anybody else?

Anonymous said...

Not a spoonerism, but Hake and Swell are also related to the ocean.