Sunday, March 13, 2011

NPR Puzzle 3/13/11 But I Digraph...

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a five-letter girl's name that ends in a "J" sound. Change that to a CH sound to get a five-letter boy's name. What names are these?
Not too hard, or is that a hint?

As always, don't tell us the right answers -- send them here to NPR!

I'll admit -- I always thought that two consonants together was a diphthong, but that's two vowels, as in out and loin.  Two consonants make a digraph.  Learn something new every decade.

Quickie photo session as I'm trying to get on the road this morning.  I'm driving to visit a friend who lives in New Jersey, a relatively long trip but she's a special friend (and she has books in her garage that I might just want to borrow).  The sooner I leave, the sooner I get there, even allowing for New Jersey road traffic conditions.

Photo Time!  A couple weeks ago we had Marcia and Marsha and although it was hard, I did manage to find photos of stuff other than people & pets.  Today -- no time!  So I'm going with pets: the following 6 animals have one or the other of the puzzle names.  Don't worry, I don't think they bite.

Names & other attributions to come on Thursday, along with a special British treat that Ross has instructed me to share!  (And Tobias -- if you can read the name on a tag or collar, please let me know.)

Time for ...
P I C K   A   R A N G E

This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the challenge above.  If you want to win, leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive.  First come first served, so read existing comments before you guess.  Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post.  After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed.  The winner gets a puzzle book of our unspecified choosing.

There were "about 800" answers last week.  Which is a completely unsatisfactory form for this particular statistic, Oh Great NPR Intern.  (I suspect it's a new Oh Great NPR Intern, and I'll just have to start the training process all over again.  *sigh*)  So, just to refresh everyone's recollection, we need to know that there were "more than [round number]" or "just under [round number]" and only if there were precisely [round number] of entries should our tie break rule be invoked.

In this case, of course, only Ross had the foresight to pick a number as low as 800.  He doesn't get a prize either (we deprive ourselves so that there might be more prizes for you!) and it's onto this week's puzzle.  Time for one of you guys to win!

Here are the 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
1,000 - 1,050         
1,050 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,250
1,250 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,350
1,350 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,450
1,450 - 1,500

1,500 - 1,550
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")


Anonymous said...

This one was a quick solve. I am 100% positive there will be a few correct answers for this week's puzzle. I know I came up with two of them.

I am going to guess 1200-1250 correct entries.

Jimel said...

This came to me so quickly I wondered if I got the question right. It's looks like I did or Magdalen made the same mistake I did because I actually identified one of those animals. I'll go with 1450 -1500 this week,

Sarah said...

My sister and I actually figured this out last night in about 5 minutes, once the puzzle had been posted on the NPR site. I'm also wondering now if I got the right one or not...

Anonymous said...

I got the same answer you did, Magdalen, but I'm not happy with it. The female name didn't appear in any of three online lists of girls' names. Granted, with the Marsha/Martha thing, Will did say they were "common" names, whereas here the adjective is missing--but the girl's name here just bugs me. Thanks for allowing my anonymous rant. I'll take 800-850 entries.


David said...

I got an answer within a couple minutes after reading it online last night.

I got a second possible answer shortly after, but was unsure of the boy's name, which I couldn't find on any list of names (and is not in the top 1000 at anytime in the last 50 years). When it was an answer in the on-air segment, I figured Marge/March wouldn't even be an acceptable alternate answer. How did the parents who name their children Hunter miss March?

My wife got my first answer before the segment ended this morning.

I couldn't come up with a second pair during my morning run, using my standard method of working through the alphabet, for example: Barge, Carge, Darge, ... Zarge, Berge, Cerge, etc. and then trying a different final 3 letters. I hope kaleenam (and others?) come back on Thursday with the second pair.

Mendo Jim said...

"Jim" ends in a "j" sound, it's just the front end.
My feeling is that Will has a history of getting in trouble when he asks for "sounds like." I don't know if it his mid-western origin or his New Yawk present.
I am pretty certain I have the names he wants, but I may have gotten a blister on my tongue trying to interchange them using only the ultimate sounds. I think it may take the third letter, too. But he used the sounds on-air, so I think that's not the way he hears them.
I've never known, or maybe even of, a girl by the "j" name.
I do have a cousin who chose her sobriquet early on by the shortening of the "ch" name she shared with my uncle. (Goshdarnit, Henry, that's the least of a giveaway I can manage.)
Last week's low 800 certainly wasn't from difficulty, so what was it?
I'll try 850-900.
Beware cats bearing gifts.
Ah, David, Miss March! There have been some great ones.

Magdalen said...

Jimel -- You actually know one of the animals, or you looked up the name and saw one of the animal photos on Flickr?

I have a reason why I don't find the 5-letter girl's name too obscure, but yes, Will did omit the "common" from the girl's name but did apply it to the boy's name. I think that will disqualify most alternatives, so I'm willing to say I'm pretty sure there's only one pair of correct answers.

Dave said...

The 1,000 to 1,050 slot, please. Another easy puzzle. This is starting to bug me.

David said...

I forgot- 1400 to 1450, please.

Tom said...

I suspect that some listeners may have a problem with this weeks challenge. That said, I predict that 750-800 will be the winning range this week.

Paul said...

In other woids, Mendo Jim, "If called by a panther....

Marie said...

I'll take 1950-2000. Magdalen, you're a doll to do all this work for us.

Grace said...

I pick 2000-2050. I wish to tell everyone what a wonderful prize I received from Magdalen. It is a book of HIDATO puzzles.I have never done these before. Love it. Especially the tip that states I can start with any number not just the first.If only life were a puzzle that could be started at either end or in the middle.

Mendo Jim said...

Let the mathine pick it up.

Paul said...

I don't mean to be rude, just comes naturally.
You have a beautiful website, and I'll play your game, if I may.
I'd like the 1900-1950 range, please.
If my ship comes in, please send the monetary value of my prize to the appropriate agency in Japan.
Grace has already provided me with all I need.
All that I need?
All who I need?
All what I need?