Thursday, December 30, 2010

NPR Puzzle 12/26/10 - Thoreau Fare

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a famous American from the past who has seven letters in his or her last name. Take the last two letters, plus the first four letters, in that order, and you'll name that person's profession. Who is it?
Not too hard - Ross, running through professions, said "Writer, author, oh -- got it."  The answer is Henry David Thoreau.

Fun facts about Thoreau: he was born David Henry Thoreau in Concord, Mass, and he lived for a while on Staten Island, at Ralph Waldo Emerson's house.  (I'm pretty sure Emerson wasn't born Waldo Ralph, by the way.)

That explains the first four of the photos I posted on Sunday.  The first three are of Concord, MA:




This next one is of a botanical garden in Staten Island:


Finally, and much more predictably, we have Walden:


Here, it is masquerading as Alaska.

And here it's our good friend, the photo of anonymous trees:


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 -- Jimel
900 - 1,000

1,000 - 1,100 -- Tom
1,100 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,200 - 1,300 -- Dave
1,300 - 1,400 -- Ross
  1,400 - 1,500 -- Grace

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

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

1 comment:

Mendo Jim said...

Well, you guys know how to get 2011 off to a good start.
That is assuming, of course, that Ross is as OK with moving on as he seems. At least he gets to be a Mericun; I have to say that in 70 years, that distinction has occasionaly worn a little thin.
A nice note from Dr. Puzzlemaster, besides.
That can only mean he visits here, too. Happy New Year Will and all.
And this Half will continue!
Poor Henry David or vice versa, people want his name to rhyme with "throw" (last August NPR on-air) or thorough (clever, but not fair).