Thursday, September 23, 2010

NPR Puzzle 9/19/10 - It's the Five-Letter Country Tour!

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name five countries whose names are five letters long. Using the middle letter of each country's name, spell the five-letter name of a sixth country.
As I pointed out on Sunday, this puzzle disintegrated almost before our eyes (or ears, as we were all listening to the radio at the time).  In his explanation on the radio, Will Shortz said that Victor Fleming, who sent him this puzzle, used Palau, but Will didn't want to use Palau, so we couldn't use Palau.  But nobody told the people who prepare the online version of the puzzle, so (as you can see above), there are those people who may have used Palau.

Incidentally, here's a very funny diary by a lawyer who spent a year doing a clerkship in Palau over ten years ago.  When you are done reading this blog, go check it out.

Okay, so back to the puzzle.  I'll tell you what answers we got:  ITALY and LIBYA -- and that was without really trying.  (Ross went back and found five answers total, but I will let him tell you about those in the comments.)

How'd you do identifying the country pictures?  Here they are, now identified and if you click on any photo you'll go to its Flickr page for attribution.

ANSWER #1:

CHINA:


QATAR:


SPAIN:


MALTA:


EGYPT:



ANSWER #2:

MALTA:


CHILE:


GABON:


EGYPT:


GHANA:



Time for ...


P I C K   A   R A N G E

Here are this week's picks for 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 -- Dave
1,800 - 1,900 -- Tom
1,900 - 2,000 -- Marie

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

2,500 - 3,000 -- Jimel

3,000 - 3,500 -- David

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

6 comments:

Jimel said...

Malta
Chile
Gabon
Egypt
Italy
=LIBYA

Haiti
Qatar
Spain
Malta
Egypt
=ITALY

Spain
Korea
Nauru
Libya
Italy
=ARUBA

Libya
Aruba
Korea
Yemen
Spain
=BURMA

Yemen
Spain
Palau
Qatar
Ghana
=MALTA

China
Congo
Sudan
Zaire
Ghana
=INDIA
My seven solutions:

Japan
Spain
Malta
Ghana
Aruba
=PALAU

Crossword Man said...

Thanks Jimel. That corresponds with what TEA found, except for Burma (it's now Myanmar) and Aruba, which might be considered part of the (Kingdom of the) Netherlands.

Anonymous said...

Um...Congo and Zaire are the same country just different names.

Crossword Man said...

Good point, Anon. But there are alternatives to both. Here's the list I worked from (all of which I reckon are UN members) sorted by the middle letter:

Spain
Italy
Ghana

Gabon
Libya

Sudan
India

Niger

Chile
China
Haiti

Palau
Malta

Yemen
Samoa

Tonga
Congo
Benin
Kenya

Nepal
Japan

Syria

Qatar

Nauru

Egypt

Magdalen said...

Okay, so what I take from this is that we missed INDIA, which is easily constructed:

Haiti
Benin
Sudan
Chile
Italy

I will accept the exclusion of Palau simply because I heard Will Shortz say to exclude it ("I hear and obey, master...") and I'm with Ross that Burma and Aruba are excluded on political reasons. So I make it three answers total. (Bummer -- I could have done another five photos.)

Mendo Jim said...

As Magdalen requested I posted my ideas about this week's challenge sometime after 3 EDT yesterday, but it disappeared with this new page.
So if she can't bring it forward, any one who is interested can look at the past page.
I know Wikipedia shouldn't be overused, but the entry for Aruba starts out "Aruba is a country" and goes on to describe its situation; same for Wales.
I guess if I can argue for Irak, I have to allow Burma, especially since its new name was adopted by as mean a group of megalomaniacal murderers as ever existed.