Thursday, November 11, 2010

NPR Puzzle 11/7/10 - Paper, Plastic or Proper Ironstone?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Write out the 26 letters of the alphabet. Take a sequence of seven letters, change one letter in that sequence to a U, and rearrange the result to name something you might find in your refrigerator. Hint: The answer is a two-word phrase.
As I wrote on Sunday, this just came to me.  Here's how:  I mentally inventoried the contents of our fridge, which got me to milk almost immediate because we consume a LOT of it (mostly in mugs of tea, that sweet elixir of life) and therefore its status is elevated in the mental stocktaking that precedes a trip to the supermarket.

Okay, milk = I*KLM in the alphabet.  I skipped over the J, I need a U and I can reach the G = MILK JUG.

Now for the much thornier question.  Is the plastic gallon container a "milk jug"?  I clearly think not because while I own ceramic jugs that could be used as milk jugs, I don't use them for that (makes the milk too susceptible to the smells in the fridge, for example).  But can I justify my assumption that the plastic container isn't a jug?  I'd have said that as it's the alternative to the cardboard box, which is clearly not a jug, no.  But I may be dead wrong about that.  Here's a recipe for turning gallon "milk jugs" into decorative Halloween ghosts.  Now, I might quibble with "spirit jugs" sounding like a cheerleader with big bazongas, but otherwise, I'm defenseless against such evidence -- that's Disney Family, and if Walt Disney says a plastic milk container is a "jug," then I must be wrong.

In my book, this is a milk jug.  Ceramics are required.  (And don't get me started on the difference between a "milk jug" and a "creamer" -- as I tried to tell Ross, it's not strictly a matter of what goes in them.)

I had posted some photos on Sunday that referenced (cunningly or indirectly -- take your pick) words that went with MILK or with JUG to form a new compound.  Here are the compound words I was going for:

This is a milk float, which are still fairly common in the U.K.  This is the standard delivery vehicle for milk & dairy products over there.  We Americans can immediately see the design flaws for use over here.  Any place cold & the milk freezes in winter & breaks the bottles (yes, those are glass); any place hot & the milk curdles.  Pretty much the only place with a sufficiently English climate I can think of is San Francisco, and I'm not convinced a milk float could handle those hills.

This is the Claret Jug awarded to the winner of the Open Championship, which we ignorant Americans call the British Open.  But it's not the only claret jug, just the most famous.  Perhaps Henry can tell us why claret (of all wines) deserved a silver jug...

The seed dispersal system for milkweed.  (The photo I had on Sunday showed the rather more obvious seed dispersal system for our beloved dandelion.)

This is a three-fer:  Coconut meat on the left, coconut milk in the smaller glass, and coconut water in the back.

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 -- Mendo Jim
400 - 500

500 - 600
600 - 700
700 - 800
800 - 900 -- Jimel
900 - 1,000 -- Dave

1,000 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,200 -- HenryBW
1,200 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,500 -- Tom

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

2,000 - 2,100 -- Ross
2,100 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,300 -- Tobias Duncan
2,300 - 2,400 -- Marie
2,400 - 2,500 -- David

2,500 - 3,000 -- DAPF

3,000 - 3,500 -- Jordan

3,500 - 4,000

4,000 - 4,500

4,500 - 5,000

More than 5,000 -- Mendo Jim (hypothetically)

More than 5,000 and it sets a new record

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