Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NPR Puzzle 5/8/11 - Three Women

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of two common girls' names that are seven letters long and that start with the same four letters in the same order. Drop these four letters in each name, and mix the last three letters in each name to come up with another common girls' name in six letters. What names are these?
Well, the answer we came up with -- and I am pretty confident it's the intended answer -- is NataLIE + NataSHA = SHEILA.

If you are keeping score at home, the first two women from Sunday were Natalies, the second pair were Natashas and the final three (including the dog) were Sheilas.  I've rejiggered the photos so you can click on them for more information.

My best buddy Dave wrote to tell me that he had no trouble Googling "woman soccer player tattoo" and getting Natasha Kai immediately.  Here are the two reasons I didn't much care.  If someone reading this blog didn't know the answer but did know how to Google for Natasha's name, that's someone who could have easily solved this puzzle, which I didn't think was that hard.  Second, y'all were missing the REAL hint!

Go back and look at photo #2.  We'll wait.

Okay, so who was that?  I've already told you it's a Natalie.  Go look again.

Still don't see it?

It's Natalie Wood.  (If you're under 35 you may not know her.  Here's her Wiki page.)  So you could Google to find out the identity of the soccer player but you didn't even need that -- there was a much more famous hint staring you right in the face.  (To be fair, Deb may have spotted it right off -- or it could have been Natasha Kai that she recognized.)

Here are some other famous Natalies:

Natalie Gulbis, LPGA star

Natalie Merchant, singer

Natalie Portman, actress
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 -- "Deb"
900 - 950 -- Tom
950 - 1,000 -- Dave
1,000 - 1,050 -- David
1,050 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200 -- Mendo Jim
1,200 - 1,250 -- ~*Kaleena*~
1,250 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,350 -- Jimel
1,350 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,450
1,450 - 1,500 -- Magdalen

1,500 - 1,550 -- Ross
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")

7 comments:

David said...

My comment from the last post included "would be a fatal error", as in Natalie Wood and Natasha Fatale. I didn't include "drives me insane" as in "Pretty Little Sheila".

Mendo Jim said...

I sure didn't come up with it, but Jan at Blaine's place posted "Rosalia, Rosanne and Lianne." It'll be hard for Will to ignore that one.

Dave said...

I thought about Natalie Wood, but I wasn't sure if that was her in the photo.

Dave said...

Another famous Natalie is Natalie Maines, lead singer from the Dixie Chicks, George W. Bush's favorite group.

David said...

I had both Maryann and Marylee, to get Leanne. Also, Kristen and Kristie (or Kirsten and Kirstie), to get Nettie. All names from www.babynames1000.com/seven-letter/ or www.babynames1000.com/six-letter/.

Paul said...

The 5/15/11 NPR puzzle has been cast to the four winds, and I am reminded of a television commercial involving a kindergarten teacher and a dentifrice.

That doesn't mean I'm right.

Anonymous said...

I did get the Natalie by Googling female soccer player with tattoos. And, duh, that sure was Natalie Wood's pic. How'd I miss that?? Didn't have to wrestle with this week's puzzle either. Got a handle on it pretty quickly. Your latest pics, not so much. Deb