Sunday, August 8, 2010

NPR Puzzle 8/8/10: Yo! Yo Mama?

Here's this week's challenge:
Take the letters in the name of cellist Yo Yo Ma, and rearrange them to form the initial letters of a familiar six-word question. What is the question?
If you know the answer, submit it here.  We're still working on this, having decided our first guess was wrong...

Stop the presses!  Ross just walked in with the answer.  Initially (no pun intended), we had thought when Will says it's "familiar" he means "obscure" in NPR-speak (you know, where "easy" means "hard," and so forth).  But actually, yeah, I'll give "familiar" to Will and Merl Reagle.

[Confidential to Will Shortz:  I hate the new system for posting your puzzles online.  It used to be we could just go to the playlist for the Sunday show and your segment would be on the list.  Now you've been relegated to the dreaded sidebar, and even when I click on that, I don't get today's challenge.  I have to know to click on the on-air puzzle for today and that will get me to the challenge for the week -- what is this, another test of my intelligence?  Could you tell the brainiacs at NPR to go back to the way it was before, even if it's in addition to this new way?  Also, could you tell them Merl's last name isn't spelled REGAL?  Thanks.]

Oh, and obviously we couldn't tell you the "right" answer to the Spoonerism challenge, so let me highlight them today:

Runner up #1:  Gary Disch of Ottawa, Ontario, for "What’s the difference between a dasher and a haberdasher? One makes short spurts and the other makes sports shirts."

Runner up #2:  Pat Mauer of Los Angeles for "What’s the difference between a guinea hen and a young witch? One is a wild chicken and the other is child Wiccan.”

And the winner was: Michael True of Falls Church, Va.  "What's the difference between a wedding chapel and a restaurant's daily specials? One is a marrying venue, the other is a varying menu."

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.  No one won our current awesome prize last week, which had 1,600 entries.  But, if you want to win that awesome prize, 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.


Anonymous said...

Even though this seems easy a lot of people are still on vacation so I guess 1300. Jimel.

Natasha said...
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Natasha said...

I select the 1,900-2,000 range this week.

David said...

You can also take the letters in "Yo Mama", and rearrange them to form the initial letters of a familiar six-word question. What is the question? Answer Thursday.

David said...

Here were my submissions for the Spoonerism challenge:

What is the difference between a person who is at wits end emotionally and the bottom of a coffin? One is a basket case, the other a casket base.

What is the difference between a famous politician and what that politician could do on a vacation? One is Sarah Palin, the other parasailin'.

What is the difference between a famous movie star and a really smooth painting of pigs? One is Humphrey Bogart, the other is bump free hog art.

What is the difference between the pet you take on a walk every morning and a laid off banker who has to sell his Audi, second home at Vail and Rolex? One is your puppy, the other a poor yuppie.

Also, I couldn't figure good Spoonerism riddle for "Will Shortz" and "Shill warts".

Mendo Jim said...

Maybe not familiar, but heard on Fox: "Are you off your meds, O'Reilly?"
I wrote to NPR Sunday to ask them to consider publishing all, most or at least some of the 1,600 riddle entries they received for the last challenge. It seems a shame to only get three of the products of so many imaginations.
Perhaps more such emails might help the cause. The contact process is just a variation on the one for weekly submissions.
How about a guess of 1400 to 1500 this week?

David said...


Dave said...

1,000 - 1,100

Tom said...

I'll take 1,200 - 1,300 this week (assuming that Jimel meant to take 1,300 - 1,400).

Natasha said...

Merl wrote to Blaine's blog this week.