Thursday, November 4, 2010

NPR Puzzle 10/31/10 - Polly Want a Cracker - Or Maybe Some Carrion?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a creature in six letters. Move the first three letters to the end and read the result backward to name another creature. Clue: If you break either six-letter word in half, each pair of three letters will themselves spell a word.
We went on a cruise to Alaska with Henry in 2008 (his wedding present to us, which seems perhaps a tad excessive from an ex-husband until I explain that Henry and I just had a handful of states to see together to have a complete set, and as we agreed, why should a divorce ruin a nice plan?).  One of the first ports of call was Sitka, which has a famous raptor center.

Ross saw the road sign for RAPTOR WAY (the Raptor Center is 1000 Raptor Way) looked for the anagram, and came up with PARROT.


Now, if that's not the answer Will was looking for, well, who cares.  It's OUR answer.

Moving on.

Today is Ross's birthday, so in his honor here are some photos of places that mean something to him.  Happy Birthday, sweetheart!

This is, I gather, the Headington Shark.  Ross grew up in Headington, which is virtually part of Oxford proper.  This fellow has been resident for more than 20 years.  Here's a little history about the shark, but the best bit is this quote:
There is nothing about smiling in the analects of the planning committee of the Oxford city council, and that august body ruled that it must come down, giving as the reason that it had been put up without planning permission, or more likely just because it was delightful, innocent, fresh and amusing — all qualities abhorred by such committees. 
That's from the Times, Ross's former employer.  (Don't worry, sweetie -- no photos of the Times will sully your lovely blog.)

Here's Ross's alma mater, University College, Oxford.  We would consider that an oxymoron, as an American college is quite distinct from a university and can't technically be both, but then we would consider so much of the UK bordering on the oxymoronic, as in British haute cuisine.  Hah.  Much we know -- the food in the UK is actually pretty good these days.

This is Twyford, where Ross was living before I snatched him up uh, met him.  Yup, I took him away from all that.

Here's Fountain's Abbey, where we got married.

And here's our view these days --

From the land of Dickens, Shakespeare and Covent Garden to a corner of Pennsylvania where they misspell the obscene graffiti on the road signs -- I hope it has all been worth it, darling. 

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

1,000 - 1,100 -- Henry2054
1,100 - 1,200 -- HenryBW
1,200 - 1,300 -- Tom
1,300 - 1,400 -- Marie
1,400 - 1,500 -- Magdalen

1,500 - 1,600 -- David
1,600 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,800 -- Dave
1,800 - 1,900
1,900 - 2,000

2,000 - 2,100 -- Mendo Jim
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


Mendo Jim said...

Couldn't you have let them finish the church first?

Magdalen said...

We actually got married in a civil ceremony at Fountains Hall, the Elizabethan era house (mansion by US standards) built on the grounds of the Abbey, which was privately owned at that point. But a lot of the wedding photos have us cavorting among the Abbey ruins, which is traditional.

This was actually my third civil wedding. Brit Hub 1.0 and I were married by the federal judge in Philadelphia I'd clerked for. That wedding took place in her chambers -- in the Philadelphia federal courthouse, a rather uninspired bit of late-20th C. architecture.

Then Ross, aka Brit Hub 2.1, and I had to marry for immigration purposes in 2007, so we had the Lexington (MA) town clerk marry us on the deck of the Bauhaus-inspired home of my cousin. Almost a year later, Ross and I married again -- and it was only that last time that I had the big dress, wee bridesmaids, and a significant number of guests.

It says something about me that I know the architectural periods of all my wedding venues...

David said...

You ruined the Abbey with your "cavorting"?