Thursday, December 16, 2010

NPR Puzzle - If Enron & Amway Had Merged...

...they could have cleaned out your stock portfolio but left a light lemon scent behind.

ENRON and AMWAY are the answers to this week's puzzle:
Rearrange the letters of "Wayne Manor" to name two well-known American corporations, past or present. What corporations are they?
Yes, Tom, it was easy.

But, even if I didn't solve it with the lightning speed of Henry and Ross, at least I came up with a cunning photo array.  I had six photos, three each from the cities where the two corporations are (or were) based.  Enron was, of course, famously located in Houston, Texas.




But I had to do some digging to find out that Amway (which I'd explained to Ross was halfway between the Avon of cleaning products and a pyramid scheme) is based in Ada, Michigan.  Yeah, me neither.  You gotta love Flickr, because there were a goodly number of photos of Ada, Michigan to pick from.

So how do you make a major US city look like a town with approximately 10,000 residents?

Easy -- don't use any photos of buildings.  Trees -- that's what I used.  Here are the photos, now grouped together by their resident corporation:





ENRON:




AMWAY:




Pretty much the one thing that was clear was that Ada was in the northern two-thirds of the U.S.

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 -- Jimel
600 - 700
700 - 800 -- DAPF
800 - 900
900 - 1,000

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

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

2,000 - 2,100 -- Ross
2,100 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400
2,400 - 2,500

2,500 - 3,000

3,000 - 3,500 -- Grace

3,500 - 4,000 -- Tom

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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