Thursday, September 2, 2010

NPR Puzzle -- A Man of Letters . . . And Books!

Here's this week's puzzle:
Take the word "bookman." Change one letter and rearrange the others to name a famous writer. Who is it?
The answer is Vladimir NABOKOV (BOOKMAN - M + V).  I really did think Ross had coughed when he first told me the answer.  (We've reached the age where, when one of us doesn't understand the other, there are dueling suspicions: Are you mumbling on purpose? vs. Are you going deaf?)

When Henry gets a cold, he's fond of the name Ivan Nastikov.  Say it out loud; you'll get the joke.

Which brings me to the real puzzle this week:  How will Dr. Will Shortz pronounce the name "Nabokov" on Sunday?  I was raised to say it in the English style: NAB-uh-koff, then someone told us the correct pronunciation was nah-BOAK-off, so of course we had to go with that.  (We were pretentious and inclined to herd-like behavior.)  Supposedly the French would say nah-buh-KOFF.  But here's a reference work disagreeing with all of that: nah-BAWK-off.  Depending on how you look at it, either Will can't be wrong, or he can't be right.  Ah, the joys of being a celebrity.

We'll be listening, Will.  Remember, you got my name wrong back in the day.  (He used one of my puzzles back in 2006; he bungles my name at about 4:40 on that clip.) (It's pronounced BRAY-den.)  (I wrote to the Ombudsman at NPR to ask that my name be pronounced correctly the following week and my request was honored, so of course there are no hard feelings.  And I doubt Vladimir Nabokov is
coming back from the grave to comment on whatever Will does to his name.)

Here's the list of Nabokov's works I used for the following photo array.  I concentrated on the works translated from Russian; Lolita was written in English and self-translated into Russian.

King, Queen, Knave:



The Eye:



The Gift:




Glory:


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 -- Mendo Jim

1,000 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,100 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,500 -- David

1,500 - 1,600 -- Magdalen
1,600 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,800 -- Jimel
1,800 - 1,900
1,900 - 2,000

2,000 - 2,100
2,100 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400 -- Tom
2,400 - 2,500

2,500 - 3,000 -- Ross

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.

 

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