Thursday, March 10, 2011

NPR Puzzle 3/6/11 - Two and a Half Million Years Later...

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a two-word phrase that means a time long ago. Move the third, fourth and fifth letters to the end of the phrase, without rearranging those three letters, to get a new two-word phrase that means the beginning. What phrases are these?
The answers are STONE AGE and STAGE ONE.  I have to say I really liked this puzzle.  I like the ones the show that Will (or whoever) is always looking for fun ways to play with letter patterns.  Word solitaire.  Keep it up, Will (or whomever)!

I goofed with the photos on Sunday.  One had a little sign which said ETAPA (stage in some romance language) and the number 1.  But sharp-eyed Tobias Duncan noticed the fine print in the tiny sign, which said stage below ETAPA.  Oops, my bad.  So I didn't yank the photo -- I doctored it so that the sign was there but no longer legible.  A low-tech version of that weird pixelation they use on TV to obscure the faces of people who haven't signed a release.  Anyway, I'm very happy to have figured out how to use that tool, which will surely be very useful in the future, so many thanks to Tobias for giving me the kick I needed!

Here, then are the photos (linked back to their original Flickr pages) with some explanation of what you're looking at.

STONE AGE:

One of the entrances to the stone age village at Sagnlandet Lejrek, a research center/tourist attraction south west of Roskilde, Denmark.

Stone Age (the board game) dice and "meeples"

Someone's lampshade with Stone Age-style decoration

STAGE ONE:


Don't ask me where or why, but this is "stage one" in making charcoal.  (See the non-sign?)

Someone (whose Flickr handle is "Comedy Nose") got married, the "stage one" of which process involved spending £60 here.

In some ways, the most obvious: someone's artwork (Mr. Velocipede's, to be specific) entitled "Stage One."  Which might be written in the lower left corner, but Tobias didn't kvetch, so maybe that print truly is fine enough.
 Time for ...

P I C K   A   R A N G E

Fewer than 50       
50 - 100
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500 - 550
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650 - 700
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800 - 850 -- Ross 
850 - 900
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1,000 - 1,050 -- phredp      
1,050 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,250
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1,400 - 1,450 -- Mendo Jim
1,450 - 1,500 -- Magdalen

1,500 - 1,550 -- Tom
1,550 - 1,600
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1,650 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,750 -- Dave
1,750 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,850 -- David
1,850 - 1,900
1,900 - 1,950 -- Marie
1,950 - 2,000 -- Tobias Duncan
2,000 - 2,050 -- Grace
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2,100 - 2,150 -- Kaleenam
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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")

3 comments:

Tobias Duncan said...

Wow, just re-read my comment from Sunday and it is orders of magnitude snarkier than I had intended.The "What the WTF" joke did not cut the subsequent snark like it was suppose to and I forgot my usual snark-mitigating exclamation points.
Errr sorry bout that...

Tobias

henry.blancowhite said...

"Why" is easy. Stage 2 is you cover those piles of wood with turf to keep the air out, and stage 3 is you set fire to them. Combustion with inadequate oxygen leads to a disproportionation reaction, in which the carbon content of the cellulose is actually reduced to charcoal. (That bit of Sussex used to be charcoal-burning country, so I've read quite a bit about it.)

Magdalen said...

Hey, Tobias -- seriously, man, no worries! I'm glad you spotted it, I'm glad you pointed it out, and I'm glad I learned how to "adjust" those sorts of things in photos I want to post. It's not the first time I left in a key detail that let a sharp-eyed reader figure out the puzzle.

Of course, I just assume that all our readers solved the puzzle long before this blog loads. I know that's true for Mendo Jim, but that's just because his connection is so slow. :-)

You did me a solid, really.