Thursday, July 1, 2010

NPR Puzzle 6/27/10 -- Rags to Riches, Pomp, and Circumstance

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a famous English composer with two vowels in his last name. Interchange the vowels and you'll get the last name of a famous American writer. Who are these two people?
Ross got this one immediately.  ELGAR + ALGER  My excuse was that I get confused about Horatio Alger: character or author?  Hey, it can happen.

Here are the clues I provided on Sunday:











          <--RAGS  to  RICHES -->      









        








And Spanish railway stations (el Gar):






But just because it always bring tears to my eyes, here's Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance #1, the one we all know from commencements, but which to the British represents the last night of the Proms concerts, in the Royal Albert Hall:





Yup, still makes me tear up.  (Sorry if that's TMI.)  And no, I don't know why the conductor has an "Advanced Warning: Road Closed" sign on his podium.  Maybe Ross does -- ?


It's time for this week's



P I C K   A   R A N G E

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 -- Mendo Jim (who further thinks it took under a minute to solve)
1,300 - 1,400 -- Natasha
1,400 - 1,500 -- Dave

1,500 - 1,600
1,600 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,900
1,900 - 2,000

2,000 - 2,100
2,100 - 2,200 -- Ross
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400
2,400 - 2,500 -- Magdalen

2,500 - 3,000 -- Tom

3,000 - 3,500 -- Marie

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

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