Wednesday, November 24, 2010

NPR Puzzle 11/21/10 -- No, I Didn't Know Maseru is the Capital of Lesotho

Here's this week's puzzle:
What two world capitals can be found by rearranging the letters in the phrase "serial number."
I looked at those letters, saw BERLIN and anagramed the rest using TEA.  No joy -- but only because I'm ignorant and had no idea that MASERU is the capital of Lesotho.  So, yes, one needs a list of world capitals to play this game.

My challenge with the photos was to find photos from Berlin (a northern hemisphere modern Western city) and Maseru, a southern hemisphere African city) that didn't immediately give the game away.

BERLIN:

MASERU:

BERLIN:

MASERU:

MASERU:

BERLIN:

BERLIN:

MASERU:

For Mendo Jim -- the only brave soul willing to take a chance on clumping the photos -- the right answer was Berlin: 1, 3, 6, 7 and Maseru: 2, 4, 5, 8.

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 -- Ross

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

2,000 - 2,100 -- Mendo Jim
2,100 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400
2,400 - 2,500 -- Marie

2,500 - 3,000 -- David

3,000 - 3,500 -- DAPF

3,500 - 4,000 -- Jimel

4,000 - 4,500 -- Tom

4,500 - 5,000

More than 5,000

More than 5,000 and it sets a new record

5 comments:

David said...

So obviously, the answer to my post of earlier this week is that the Cereal Number is nineteen (as in Kellogg’s Product 19).

I first came up with Berlin without access to a list of world capitals. Working with AEUMRS, I came up with the faux-French spelling of Reaum (for Rome). That still left me with an S that I didn’t know what to do with, until I realized that Berlin was once divided as East Berlin and West Berlin and that when they reunited, it should have been called Berlins. So, I figured the answer as Berlins and Reaum.

Mendo Jim said...

You might have mentioned that brave me got 3 out of 4 for both sets of city pictures.
We had "bear" "lion" that somehow made "Berlin" quite a while back and more recently as part of a two city anagram of Brooklynite.
Who would have thought that Africa would have nine countries. lead by Lesotho, with low points higher than Switzerland, Bhutan and Nepal?

Magdalen said...

Tell ya what, Jim -- I'll give you credit for getting 3 out of 4 right, if you'll give me credit for managing to fool you about two such disparate cities!

Mendo Jim said...

OK

Tom said...

I perhaps had an unfair advantage solving this particular challenge. I served in the Peace
Corps over 30 years ago in Lesotho. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.