Thursday, March 17, 2011

NPR Puzzle 3/13/11 - Midge: PA's Former First Lady, not the State Insect

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?
The intended answers are MIDGE and MITCH.

There was some concern that "Midge" is not a particularly obvious girl's name.  Well, it is if you are a) a resident of Pennsylvania with either some knowledge of politics or federal appellate courts, or b) old enough and girly enough to have had a complete set of Barbies in the 1960s/70s.

Here's my Midge:


Marjorie "Midge" Rendell, current judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and former first lady of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  (Former in that Ed Rendell is no longer the governor, and former in that the Rendells announced in February -- to no one's great surprise -- that they are amicably living apart and it's fine if you want to invite them both to the same social events as that will embarrass neither one of them.)


Here's "midge" the insect (not Pennsylvania's state insect, which is the firefly):

Here's Midge the doll (a friend of Barbie's)











Finally, here's Ross's Midge:



(I set it up to start about 1 minute and 20 seconds into the clip because the beginning is ver-r-ry slow and lugubrious unless you're very young or veddy British.  And if you can't be bothered at all, Midge is the mouse.)

Ross would also like me to mention that the otter in Ring of Bright Water is Mij, pronounced "midge."

(There was another "midge" but if he wants that one included, he can damned well stick it in a comment.)

If you scroll down to Sunday's post, I have provided proper attributions for the animals.  But for quick reference, all the cats are Midges and all the dogs are Mitches.

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 -- Ross
700 - 750
750 - 800 -- Tom
800 - 850 -- Phil 
850 - 900 -- Mendo Jim
900 - 950
950 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,050 -- Dave      
1,050 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,250 -- Kaleenam
1,250 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,350
1,350 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,450 -- David
1,450 - 1,500 -- Jimel

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-- Paul
1,950 - 2,000 -- Marie
2,000 - 2,050 -- Grace
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...

Well, the first two questions in the on-air game both used -dj and -tch sounds, so we knew Will considered those an acceptable pair. Also, try pronouncing Mitge and Midch. They're almost impossible. The reality is that the -dj- and -tch- form digraphs, and you have to voice or unvoice the whole digraph.