Thursday, September 9, 2010

NPR Puzzle 9/5/10 -- Controversy! Conflict! An Answer in Thirteen Letters?

This week's puzzle:
What is the longest common word in which all the letters rhyme with E?
seems to have generated real confusion, as there appear to be multiple interpretations of its meaning and thus its solution.  (I can't wait to hear the official explanation and answer.)  Here at Casa di Crossword, we take the position that the answer will have to contain ONLY letters that each, individually, rhyme with E.  (BCDEGPTVZ)  The longest word we can make is DETECTED.

We had another challenge, in the comments on Sunday's post, from David:
What's the longest word spelled only with E and letters with the short e sound (F, L, M, N, S, X)?
Twelve- and thirteen-letter words are pretty easy (SENSELESSNESS, SELFLESSNESS), but why not make them into plurals?

Also, now that the deadline has passed, please please please argue with us about what the heck this week's NPR puzzle meant.

Meanwhile, here are some more photos (to go with BEEP, BEGGED, 'VETTE and TEDDED, from Sunday):

Deed

Ebbed

Beet

Edge

If I need to tell you what this is, you're reading the wrong blog.

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-- Dave
800 - 900 -- Ross
900 - 1,000 -- Jimel

1,000 - 1,100 -- Ben
1,100 - 1,200 -- Henry
1,200 - 1,300 -- Tom
1,300 - 1,400 -- David
1,400 - 1,500 -- Magdalen

1,500 - 1,600 -- Marie
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

4 comments:

David said...

Senselessness was my word with 13 letters. I don't see a non-awkward way to make that plural.

I agree with the interpretation that makes "detected" an 8-letter answer to the challange (and is what I submitted). The challange was to make all the letters rhyme with E, not all the syllables.

Anonymous said...

pee-pee-ed

henry.blancowhite said...

I think you can justify "senselessnesses" in the sense of "different sorts of senselessness." That's the usual justification for a plural in S or ES on a mass noun or a word with an uninflected plural. It doesn't always work: I'd hesitate to use "sheeps" in that sense.

Magdalen said...

Our best interpretation of the binary code on the egg is that it spells out EASTER {space} EGG.

Anyone know better?