Thursday, January 20, 2011

NPR Puzzle 1/16/11 -- Putting On the Feedbag

Here's this week's puzzle:
Take the first seven letters of the alphabet, A through G, change one of these letters to another letter that is also either A, B, C, D, E, F or G. Rearrange the result to spell a familiar seven-letter word. What word is it?
The intended answer is FEEDBAG.  Here's one:


While the obvious sense of the word feedbag is equine, there are other contexts in which it has a more amusing meaning:




Oh, and I promised you an attribution for the photo I ran on Sunday of an Oriental rug  . . . or so you thought!  That was actually a bag face:

Many thanks to the Richard Rothstein Classic Interiors website

Feedbag -- the word, not the actual device -- sounds awfully familiar to Ross and me.  Turns out "Strap On A Feedbag" was an answer in a New York Times puzzle.  I was going to say something about Reduce Reuse Recycle being the motto for Dr. Shortz these days, but then he left a comment on Sunday's post almost apologizing for TAPS and SPAT and we love him again.

Oh, and he also announced the correct number of entries last week -- "just under 1,000" -- which means that Jason won.  Jason also won last time, but we do have a prize different from the one he won then, so I'll leave it up to him.  Jason: do you feel greedy or justly entitled?  You have our email!

Time for ...
P I C K   A   R A N G E

Please note the new, improved, expanded, deliberately-less-easy-to-win, set of ranges!

Fewer than 50       
50 - 100
100 - 150
150 - 200
200 - 250
250 - 300
300 - 350
350 - 400
400 - 450
450 - 500

500 - 550
550 - 600
600 - 650
650 - 700
700 - 750
750 - 800
800 - 850
850 - 900
900 - 950
950 - 1,000 -- Dave
1,000 - 1,050         
1,050 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,150 -- Jimel
1,150 - 1,200 -- Ross
1,200 - 1,250 -- DAPF
1,250 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,350
1,350 - 1,400 -- Tom
1,400 - 1,450
1,450 - 1,500 -- Magdalen

1,500 - 1,550 -- Mendo Jim
1,550 - 1,600 -- Marie
1,600 - 1,650
1,650 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,750
1,750 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,850
1,850 - 1,900
1,900 - 1,950
1,950 - 2,000 -- David
2,000 - 2,050
2,050 - 2,100
2,100 - 2,150
2,150 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,250
2,250 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,350
2,350 - 2,400
2,400 - 2,450
2,450 - 2,500

2,500 - 2,750
2,750 - 3,000
3,000 - 3,250
3,250 - 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.
Our tie-break rule: 
In the event that a single round number is announced, AND two separate people picked the ranges leading up to and leading up from that round number, the prize will be awarded to whichever entrant had not already won a prize, or in the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose")

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