Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Puzzle 10/17/10 - That Makes Cents

Here's this week's puzzle:
Rearrange the 14 letters of "OPENING CREDITS" to name two symbols you can type on a typewriter or computer. What symbols are these?
The answers would appear to be PERIOD and CENT SIGN.

I say "appear to be" because there's some question about what can be typed on a computer, for example. A period, sure no problem:  .

But a cent sign?  ¢ can be made by typing an & followed by the word cent and a semi-colon, ;.  I don't think that's typing.  I'd call that html coding.  But hey -- we knew what the puzzle called for, and in that context it's pretty easy.

By the way, I remember when you made a cent sign by typing a lower-case c, then backspacing and typing a forward slash (/). You can't do that on a computer!



And just to end this sentence:


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 -- Henry
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 -- Dave

2,000 - 2,100 -- Tom
2,100 - 2,200 -- Ross
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400 -- David
2,400 - 2,500 -- Magdalen

2,500 - 3,000 -- Marie

3,000 - 3,500 -- Jimel

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...

Note that one can form at least two other symbols with the available letters, but I can't then find another symbol with the remaining letters.

Those words are "percent" and "dot" (but the second is pre-www).

David said...

i mean post-www.

Jimel said...

My old portable typewriter had a cent sign key but you had to type a capital S, backspace and type a slash to get a dollar sign.
There was no cent sign on any computer keyboard that I've had although you can type a cent sign by hold the "Alt" key while typing 0162