Friday, November 19, 2010

NPR Puzzle 11/14/10 -- A Ton o' Na Na Na Na

Thanks, Ross, for posting promptly yesterday with the answer -- which was Nineteen Ninety-Nine.  His post is here.  He didn't mention how brilliant he was for getting this one, but I was particularly grateful because otherwise I had no (legal or cheatful) way of figuring it out.

Photos, first.  Obviously the idea was to take photos of stuff that happened in 1999 without actually giving the game away.  Not as easy as you might think.  First off, bad stuff happened that year, including the Columbine High School shootings.  But nice things happened that year as well.  Henry and I got married, for example.  We are still good friends (there are three people on this planet whose good opinion means the world to me, and he's one of them) and I remember that day with fondness.

I even alluded to it in the photo array, just because I could.  This photo has no connection to that wedding reception other than location (meaning I didn't use one of our photos from that day; you're welcome):

This is a photo of Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, taken from some tourist's room at the Omni Hotel, where Henry and I had a Monday lunchtime wedding reception.  (I wanted to get married on my parents' and grandparents' wedding anniversary -- January 11 -- and that fell on a Monday.  But for what it's worth, I highly recommend Mondays for weddings.  Look, people have to take time off anyway, so party all weekend, get married on the Monday, and everyone disperses after lunch.  That's what I did for my second wedding to Ross.)

There was a solar eclipse on August 11, 1999.  This photo is probably not actually of that eclipse, or maybe it is, and maybe it was taken with a special optical device.  Don't actually care.

There was a flood in Bavaria, Voralburg, and Tirol in 1999.  It's known as the Pfingsthochwasser because it occurred around Pentecost that year.

This rather anonymous photo of the Alps is actually the launching spot of a successful circumnavigation of the globe by two balloonists, Swiss psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, and Briton Brian Jones. It was the first nonstop trip around the world by balloon. The balloon left Château-d'Oex, Switzerland, on March 1, 1999, and landed at 1:02 a.m. on March 21 in the Egyptian desert 300 miles (482 kilometers) south of Cairo. The two men broke distance, endurance, and time records, traveling 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes.

This is the Swedish singer, Charlotte Perrelli (neé Nilsson), who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem in 1999.

The woman on the left is Helen Clark, who in 1999 was elected the first woman prime minister in New Zealand.  However, as you can clearly tell, this photo was taken in Moldova.  Clark is working with some special needs children as part of a speech she made for the United Nations Development Program.

Yes, I made them impossibly obscure.  Sorry.  (Well, not really that sorry.  Maybe a little sorry.)

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 -- Ross

500 - 600 -- Tom
600 - 700 -- David
700 - 800 -- DAPF
800 - 900 -- Marie
900 - 1,000 -- Mendo Jim

1,000 - 1,100 -- phredp
1,100 - 1,200 -- Dave
1,200 - 1,300 -- Magdalen
1,300 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,500 -- Jordan

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


Mendo Jim said...

I wonder if a number can be accurately described as a "phrase, title or name."
Which one is it?

DAPF said...

I submitted "antenna attenuation" (e.g., a problem recently experienced by the iPhone 4), but Will did not list it as one of the acceptable answers, even though it is a common 18-letter phrase. Oh, well...