Thursday, June 9, 2011

NPR Puzzle 6/5/11 - Americans Idolize Eric Idle

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the two-word title of a TV series. The first word contains a famous actor's first name in consecutive letters. The second word is a homophone for this actor's last name. Name the series and the actor.
The answer is AMERICAN IDOL/IDLE.  Ross got it immediately despite the fact that I've been known to watch AI on occasion.  Hey, what can I say.  Sometimes the singing is pretty good...for that sort of thing.  (For the record, literally, I will admit to owning Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway.)

And the photos -- oh, did I have some fun with them.  Anyone who watches American Idol -- or went to their website -- knows that they have a summer tour with the top finalists singing.

Here are some of the tour dates and locations for 2011:

7/6   West Valley City, UT
7/20 Grand Prairie, TX
7/26 Duluth, GA
8/21 Wilkes-Barre, PA
8/30 Portland, ME
8/28 Albany, NY

Any of those place names sound familiar?  Those are the six names I typed into Flickr to get my six pretty pictures.

Here's what I would have gotten if I'd typed in Eric Idle:


and American Idol:

2010's Idol Kris Allen working in Haiti following the earthquake
Both photos would have given the game away.

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 -- Dave
750 - 800
800 - 850 -- Grace
850 - 900 -- Magdalen
900 - 950 -- Ross
950 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,050 -- David
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 -- Jan
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")

4 comments:

woozy/fleablood said...

No wonder I didn't get your photos. I've never actually seen American Idol much less ever given any thought to their tour. But I did think that the sailboats in the Portland Maine photo were being idyllically IDLE. *hyuck* *hyuck* *hyuck*. In fact, most of the photos looked so peaceful that I thought they should be called AMERICAN IDLES *heeyawr* *heeyawr*.

Anonymous said...

Sheesh. I never had a chance on this one. I don't watch television, but of course I've heard of the show. I just thought it was called "American Icon." Really.

Abashedly,

Phil

David said...

If those are the cities that the winners go to, where do they send the losers?

Dave said...

I doubt if more than 1% of the U.S. population would have recognized Kris Allen in the bottom photo. I admit that I watch American Idol and I didn't know it was him until I read the caption.