Thursday, September 16, 2010

NPR Puzzle 9/12/10 -- There's No Crying Over Catcalls in Baseball

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 have already admitted that I did not solve this VERY EASY puzzle immediately, although I fibbed to suggest that I suffered Henry's and Ross's derisive hoots.  That was just a teensy hint to the answer:  CATCALL becomes BAT & BALL.

Picture time.  I may not have gotten the puzzle right away, but I sure had fun with the photos.  Did you see the bats?  How about the (snow) cat?  Here they are again...


Okay, so this is maybe a little hard to spot. Here's the original:


Can we all see the bats now? Good. Moving on.

Here's the cat photo. Look at the upper right corner -- that shape of snow on the branch looks like a cat. At least the photographer thinks so; click on the photo to see the explanation.


The ball is pretty obvious, but I figured if someone hadn't solved the puzzle, this photo (of a Viennese ball in 2009) didn't exactly scream the answer.


And this is the call, although it's actually a statue near Beijing.



Time for ...


P I C K   A   R A N G E

Here are this week's picks for the ranges (sorry, Mendo Jim; Dave got your pick first):

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 -- Magdalen
1,600 - 1,700 -- Ross
1,700 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,900 -- Dave
1,900 - 2,000 -- David

2,000 - 2,100 -- Jordan
2,100 - 2,200 -- Jimel
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400
2,400 - 2,500

2,500 - 3,000 -- Marie

3,000 - 3,500 -- Tom

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

3 comments:

David said...

How about cashcall becoming bash and ball? Unless cash call is two words.

Mendo Jim said...

I can't believe I didn't see Dave's choice of range when I made mine.
I guess I'll just have to play with the three (ahem) I have already won.
I sure hope that doesn't happen when the Aston comes around again!

Magdalen said...

David -- I think the concern with that is that BASH and BALL don't have an independent relationship to each other, which BAT and BALL clearly do have. (Oh, and I don't think CASHCALL is a compound word, no. But nice try and thanks for playing.)