Sunday, September 12, 2010

NPR Puzzle 9/12/10 - Hoots of Derision

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a common compound word in which each half starts with the letter C. Change both C's to B's, and you'll get the names of two related objects. What objects are they? 
I did not solve this puzzle immediately, as Henry did.  I did not solve it eventually, as Ross did.  I didn't even solve it by cheating, as I normally would.  I basically was led to the answer by the hand, the way one might help a feeble soul across the street.  The titular hoots of derision were just Ross's & Henry's way of teasing.  Charming fellows, these Brits.

As always, if you know the answer you are way smarter than me AND you know not to send it to us or leave it in a comment.  Instead, might I recommend you submit it to NPR here?

Well, you'll notice that Dr. Shortz did not deign to acknowledge any alternative explanation to last week's puzzle.  But the number of entries (over 1,800) strongly suggests that if people were fooled, at least they were convinced both that they understood the puzzle AND that they had an answer!  Which fooled all our entrants to the Pick a Range puzzle last week, so alas, no winner.  (Which is a bit of a relief; we need to buy new prizes...)

Picture time.  Basically, to solve this week's puzzle, you need a compound of two C-words, which yield two related B-words.  That's four different words.  I'm going to find photos that have one of the fours words in them, but a) I won't tell you which word, and b) it may be hard to find or implied by the photo.  If you've solved the puzzle (which I'm sure you have as you are all WAY smarter than I am), you should enjoy figuring out which word I'm depicting.  Because the Flickr pages could give the game away, I'll provide proper attribution on Thursday.

Easy peasy, right?

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.  If you want to win, 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.

We'll have a new prize.  Remember, troublemakers risk winning the American Girl puzzle book, so play nice.  :-)

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.


Jimel said...

If I got it right I think this one was pretty easy. Let's say 2100-2200 this week. Jimel

Marie said...

Me too. I take 2500-3000 because I got it in about 2 minutes and I'm not that good.

Tom said...

I concur with Jimel and Marie - this week's challenge was amazingly simple. Please put me down for 3,000-3,500 this weekl

Jordan said...

I would like 2000-2100 please. Thanks.

Dave said...

1800-1900. It's an easy challenge, but I don't consider the answer to be a common word, as stated in the challenge.

Mendo Jim said...

I was looking for both a more complex and a more common compound word and got a little bogged down. I kind of hope Dr. Shortz' (Shortz's?) listeners come up with more than one answer.
The number of submissions seems be be a function of both the ease of solution and the interest or satisfaction it generates.
I think 1800 to 1899 folks will try this week.

David said...