Thursday, December 2, 2010

NPR Puzzle - 11/28/10 -- Holy Fjords, Batman!

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name the setting for an old television show that was also a series of popular movies. The answer consists of two words, with five letters in each word. The last three letters of the last word plus the first three letters of the first word, in that order, name a country. What country is it?
The answer is NORWAY and WAYne MaNOR, of Batman fame.

This was not precisely hard, at least not with Henry and Ross.  I think technically Ross got it, but that's only in the sense that once he said he'd solved it, Henry and I were both willing to hear the answer.

I'm sorry I couldn't use nice, pretty, fjotos of Norway, but that would have been too much of a giveaway.  And there are photos available of actual houses that have served as the fictional Wayne Manor -- also too much of a giveaway.  But in researching Wayne Manor, a stately home in the Gotham City of Batman fame, I discovered that I was wrong.  I had it in my head that Gotham City was actually Chicago -- even though, yes, Gotham = New York.

So I Wiki'd it, and it is, and I quote, "In terms of atmosphere, Batman writer and editor Dennis O'Neil has said that, figuratively, 'Batman's Gotham City is Manhattan below Fourteenth Street at eleven minutes past midnight on the coldest night in November.'"

So, I looked for photos of Norway that might have been Lower Manhattan, and pictures of Lower Manhattan that might have been anywhere else, and I threw in a picture that someone took someplace that reminded them of Wayne Manor.
Manhattan?  No, Norway:

Manhattan:
Someone thought these gates might lead to Wayne Manor:
Norway, of course:
Manhattan:
Norway:

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 -- DAPF
800 - 900
900 - 1,000

1,000 - 1,100 -- Mendo Jim (as per the arbitrary decision of The Management)
1,100 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,500 -- Ross

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

2,000 - 2,100 -- Ben (as per The Management, who apologizes for failing to spot Tom's prior claim on 2,500 - 3,000)
2,100 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,300 -- Dave
2,300 - 2,400 -- Magdalen
2,400 - 2,500 -- Marie

2,500 - 3,000 -- Tom

3,000 - 3,500 -- Matthew G.

3,500 - 4,000 -- Jimel

4,000 - 4,500

4,500 - 5,000

More than 5,000

More than 5,000 and it sets a new record 

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