Sunday, October 10, 2010

NPR Puzzle (see below) - Are We Having a Good Rhyme?

Happy 10 10 10!

Here's this week's puzzle:
What are the two longest rhyming words that have no letters in common? For example, "pie" and "guy" rhyme and do not share any letters. The answer words cannot start with an unaccented syllable, such as "today." The source for acceptable words is Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary.
We're working on this, and as you can tell there may not be a single right answer.  So far we've got ten letters total (a six-letter word and a four-letter word) but we just know there are lots of better answers.  We're going to keep working on it.  So send YOUR best answer in to NPR here, but then come back on Thursday and tell us about it.

(And by Thursday, of course I might mean Friday if I do what I did this past week and FORGET to pre-post the answer before we went to meet friends for dinner and the theater.  Sorry about that, everyone.)

Hmm... Photos.  Here are some more tens!  (Don't worry, I'll find photos of rhyming words for Thursday.)

I make that a round ten of tens.  Moving on...

Time for ...

P I C K   A   R A N G E

This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the challenge above.  If you want to win, leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive.  First come first served, so read existing comments before you guess.  Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post.  After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed.

When we heard that there were 2,000 (Exactly?  Really?  Are you sure, NPR-intern-whose-name-I've-forgotten?), we worried we'd have to invoke the as-yet-undetermined-tie-break rule.  Which would probably be something like this:   
In the event that a single round number is announced, AND two separate people picked the ranges leading up to and leading up from that round number, the prize will be awarded to whichever entrant had not already won a prize, or in the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose").  
But when we checked the blog, we discovered that actually both Ross and I had picked above and below 2000.  And as we've already won this particular prize -- Les Foeldessy's cool book, Gryptics -- no book is awarded this week.  Les is still willing to give away a copy of Gryptics, so keep guessing.  What's your guess? 

[As always, troublemakers risk winning the American Girl puzzle book, so play nice.  :-)]

Here are 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
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.


Magdalen said...

Update -- Ross has figured out a way to generate all the possible answers, so we are pretty sure we know the parameters of this puzzle. Of course, that's assuming that what Will was trying to tell us by disallowing unaccented first syllables was to stick to single syllable words. If that's wrong -- if there are allowable answers with two-syllable words -- then who the heck knows!

Mendo Jim said...

I know how you love your pictures, but I feel like Chester in "Gunsmoke" limping along trying to keep up with my dial-up modem running at 28.8 kbps. Don't worry, I have lots of time.
I am not positive what Doc S means to exclude with his admonishment, but I don't read it to mean everything but one-syllable words.
toDAY has the accent on the second syllable hence a no-no, but THURSday might be OK.
Even tougher to divine is why he thought it necessary.
This not-unexpected confusion will probably make for a low turnout, so I'll take 1100 to 1200.
As Richard Renner pointed out this morning, the date is 10/10/2010; 10/10/10 was two thousand years ago.
That was the shortest on-air game I remember.
Go Giants (SF, of course)!

henry.blancowhite said...

I think I have a valid pair of two six-letter words, one of them with three syllables. I think there will be a fair number of entries, most of them not long enough to win: pity the poor intern, who will have to open and read every entry. I'll take 1,500-1,600.

Anonymous said...

would caraway and etouffee be legit? obviously omit this post if legit, if please enlighten...enjoy

Magdalen said...

To Mendo Jim: That just means you open our blog and THEN go make your favorite beverage! LOL

To Anonymous: I have no idea. Send it in and see what happens. Good luck.

Magdalen said...

Oh, and a thousand years ago it was 10/10/1010. Which would mean even more photos, so I don't think you'd like that.

Dave said...

I'm going out on a limb and picking less than 100.

David said...

I have a couple 5 and 5 words, and one 7 and 4, all of one syllable. The 7 letter word has one repeat letter.

I'll guess 1700 to 1800.

I received Les Foeldessy's book, Gryptics, for winning a couple weeks ago and it is great fun. They are make you think. Some are pretty easy and some quite challenging, but you can generally complete one in several minutes.

Mendo Jim said...

David said "The seven letter word has one repeat letter."
I have been working on the assumption that only the two words cannot share letters, not that each word has all different ones.
The way I'm going, I think about 16 total is possible.
More important: Will next week's contestant be the person that submits the best (most numerous letter) answer or a random selection of entrants that submit a viable one? Or maybe a drawing of people who tie with the most?
I'm not sure if there has been an out and out competition before.

Mendo Jim said...

OK, sent in a 10-6 and an 8-8.
This may turn out to be a more interesting answer segment than usual.