Thursday, January 27, 2011

NPR Puzzle 1/23/11 -- Faiths Gain An Afghanistani

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a nationality. The third, fourth, fifth, sixth and 10th letters in order name a country. Also the fourth, fifth, seventh, ninth and 12th letters in order also name a country. Neither country is related to the nationality. What nationality is this?
You already know what our problem was with the answer, AFGHANISTANI.  It's not the nationality we're all used to.  Afghan.  Afghani.  So when we looked at 12-letter nationalities, it wasn't there.  When we looked at 9-, 10-, and 11-letter country names, we skipped over Afghanistan.  Ross finally solved it by applying the age-old principle:  When the puzzle requires a country in five letters, try Ghana.

What neither of us realized is that "Afghanistani" is politically correct, as it respects all residents of that country and not just those of the Pashtun persuasion.  Here's Wiki on the subject. 

I had some photos on Sunday; here they are, now linked back to their Flickr origins (just click on a photo to read more):








But let's meet some Afghanistanis, shall we?




Time for ...
P I C K   A   R A N G E

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 -- Phil
1,000 - 1,050 -- Marie         
1,050 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,100 - 1,150 -- Ben
1,150 - 1,200  -- Mendo Jim
1,200 - 1,250 -- Grace
1,250 - 1,300 -- Tom
1,300 - 1,350 -- David
1,350 - 1,400 -- Ross
1,400 - 1,450
1,450 - 1,500 -- Dave

1,500 - 1,550 -- Magdalen
1,550 - 1,600
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
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")

1 comment:

henry.blancowhite said...

One of the dictionaries I used was Merriam-Webster online, which ought to be fairly up to date. Google finds 25.5 million hits for Afghan and 100,000 for Afghanistani, which suggests that "Afghanistani" does not have wide acceptance. There are 3 million hits for Afghani, but many of those relate to its other meanings, as a currency unit and a general adjective, rather than a person.
Wouldn't it have been easier to call a Pashtun a Pashtun (or Pushtun, Pakhtun, or Pakhtoon), and an Afghanistani an Afghan?