Sunday, August 15, 2010

NPR Puzzle 8/15/10 -- She Sells C-names at the C-store

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name two girls' names that are anagrams of each other and both start with the letter "C." The answer should be a well-mixed anagram, with more than two letters switched in one name to get the other.
We've found the intended answer and one other.  Of course, we have this book -- which Ross co-edited, so we affectionately call it The Work of Towering Genius just because it was a pig to do and they didn't pay him a lot -- to look stuff up in.  Oh, and Ross has an anagrams function on TEA.  So we cheat.

If you know the intended and/or alternate answer, submit it to NPR here.  We'll give both answers on Thursday.

I did not go to Lollapuzzoola yesterday, even though they have a "pairs" division.  (We'd need to practice.)  Instead, I continued to prepare for our guests' visit starting tonight.  Ross's brother Michael and his family are staying with us for a week, which seems like a fairly good chunk of time until you realize that it will be over before we know it and -- wawh!  I miss them already!

Now, I will happily admit that Ross and I are indifferent housekeepers.  We're not hoarders or anything grotesque like that, but what we're willing to live with is very different from what I, personally, am willing to inflict on my guests.  I want people to see our unique house, not our rather mundane grubbiness.  So we've been cleaning.  And as these are my in-laws, I've been cleaning up to a standard hitherto not seen by Ross.  (He accused me of "staging the house" for sale, but no, I've just been cleaning as if my mother were coming to visit.  "Mother-clean" is very white glove indeed.)

Thus, I did not get to go to Lollapuzzoola yesterday.  Instead, I bought (and planted) an herb garden (will show a photo another day when it's not pouring with rain -- great for new transplants but they are not looking their best), got the groceries, cleaned the refrigerator, stove and the rest of the kitchen, still leaving several critical things to do today.  (Mind you, entire rooms got done earlier and have been embargoed to prevent our cats from shedding in them!)  I even have to tidy my office so that it a) can be vacuumed -- Ross is the vacuum-master; and b) offered as a bedroom.

Still, Ross went to Lollapuzzoola and once again Will Shortz came up and claimed he reads this blog everyday.  As he never says anything more specific *nor* does he ever comment here on the blog, we can only take his word for that.  But of course we can trust everything he says.  I ask you: is this the face of an untrustworthy man?

Uh, on second thought, never mind.  It's nice that he says the words...  (Psst, Will -- I think they have meds now that will help.)

Okay, today's official photos.  These are all of women named -- well, you get the idea.  I'll provide attributions and commentary on Thursday!

Time for ...

P I C K   A   R A N G E

This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the challenge above.  Mendo Jim won our current awesome prize this week, which had just over 1,400 entries.  (Did anyone else notice that Liane actually corrected herself; originally she said, "We had around 1,400 entries" but changed it to "just over 1,400" thus allowing us to know precisely who won.  Thanks, Will!)  But, if you want to win that very same awesome prize (because we have three of them), leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive.  First come first served, so read existing comments before you guess.  Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post.  After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed.

Here are the ranges:

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 - 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
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400
2,400 - 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.


Natasha said...

I choose the 2,000-2,100 range this week. Thanks.

Dave said...

There's a good possibility that there is more than one correct answer for this week's puzzle. I'm going with the coveted 1,600 to 1,700 slot.

Thanks for the puzzle book, Magdalen. I got back from vacation a week ago and there it was, waiting for me.

Anonymous said...

I'll go for 1700-1800 range this week. Of course if he accepts both answers it could be much higher. Jimel

David said...

1900 to 2000

Howard B said...

2100-2200 please. Seems like some flexibility in the answer. Thanks much!

Tom said...

I'd like to squeeze into the 1,800 - 1,900 bracket this week. I too have come up with at least two pairs of names that meet the "well mixed" criteria and I suspect that there may be others as well.

Mendo Jim said...

My neighbor on one side is Carol who has a coral necklace. On the other side used to be Cynda who liked candy. Alas, neither is "well-mixed," surely a qualifier never used before in the history of anagrams.
I have one pair I like fine, but Blaine contends that if your names end in the same letter, then you need to go back to the mixer.
I got an email this morning from Kristen at NPR Services saying my suggestion that more riddles be published has been sent on to Dr. Shortz.
An optimistic 2200-2300 this week please.

Marie said...

I don't think this is an easy one so give me 1500-1600 please.

henry.blancowhite said...

I found a 5-letter solution and a 6-letter solution just skimming through the WoTG, both of which fail Blaine's stricter standard. I had to use TEA to get Magdalen's "official" answer, which is the one I sent in. If I have better luck posting this today than I did on Sunday evening, and if I am not deemed to be too late, may I have 2500-3000?