Thursday, April 28, 2011

NPR Sunday Puzzle - Bored in a Room? It's Probably a Boardroom

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a familiar three-word phrase in the form "___ and ___". If you remove the "and" and put the second word in front of the first word, you get a compound word naming a place of power. Hint: The compound word has nine letters. What is the three-word phrase, and what place of power is this?
My hint would have been Donald Trump, if he hadn't been such a putz this week.  But that's what I think of when I think of BOARDROOM (from ROOM and BOARD), particularly as the only board of directors I serve on (for Maternal and Family Health Services, a lovely not-for-profit health care agency that serves low-income women and children in 16 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania) meets in a nondescript room in an office building.  No paneling or leather chairs in sight.

Ross's photo array last Sunday had all the necessary attributions.  Here, then, are some boardrooms:





Time for  ...
P I C K   A   R A N G E

Here are this week's picks:

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 -- Ross
900 - 950
950 - 1,000 -- Phil
1,000 - 1,050 -- Dave
1,050 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,200 - 1,250 -- ~*Kaleena*~
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 -- Mendo Jim
1,750 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,850
1,850 - 1,900
1,900 - 1,950
1,950 - 2,000 -- Tom
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")

5 comments:

Dave said...

I'll grab the 1,000 to 1,050 slot, please.

Mendo Jim said...

I am sure the world is clamoring for my "almost" answer.
The indisputable place of power for a blacksmith (or Thor) is his hammerarm (in nine letters) from the ubiquitous Arm and Hammer baking soda products.
Hey, it is as much a word as bloodcurdlingly.
Two more things as long as I'm here.
The first pic has me stumped. Is that a table with a hole in the middle for the stripper to pop out of?
And what challenge did Magdalen submit that Will refused as cute but no cigar?

"George" said...

The link above did not take me to the Maternal and Family Health Services website, which I believe can be found at www.mfhs.org

Magdalen said...

Dave -- Done.

Mendo Jim -- Well, there's always a *chance* he'll run out of "great puzzles," "good puzzles," "puzzles I thought of while I was driving from the airport," "puzzles sent in by guys I regularly use so I'll use them just to keep them happy," "not so great puzzles but I don't feel like thinking of one myself," and "oh, do I have to use these? puzzles" and get to the "scraping the bottom of the barrel puzzles" of which mine is undoubtedly one.

I'll give him six months. Then I'll tell you.

George -- Thanks. The link is fixed. (I did do it right the first time, but Blogger likes to mess with my head sometimes.)

Anonymous said...

Mendo Jim, I do like your response, and I'm going to work to use "hammerarm" more frequently (which is to say at all).

Magdalen, I'm impressed you even got a response from Will. My suggestions have never generated a response.

To everyone who's interested, I've added the answers to the two religiously themed puzzles in the previous thread.

Phil