Thursday, June 23, 2011

NPR Puzzle - On a Two-Wheeler, He's "Bicycle Helmut" Kohl

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Think of a former world leader whose first and last names both sound like things you might see in a mine. Who is the leader, and what are the things?
I got Helmut Kohl about a second after Ross has proffered "Cole Porter" -- which almost works except for the "former world leader" part and the minor (miner?) detail of what a "porter" might be in a mine.  (Or actually, it could just be the beverage.  Why not?)

Edited to add:  Thanks, woozy, for reminding me to explain the title to the last post.  Real World = World Leader - DE, which is the Internet country code for Germany.  Tricky, hunh?

Okay, so when I went to look up Chancellor Kohl's Wiki page, I discovered that Karl Carstens was mentioned.  He'd been my dad's student at Yale Law School in the 1950s and as they were the same age they struck up a friendship sufficient to keep in touch for what seemed to me to be forever.

I knew that Carstens had been West Germany's president, a largely ceremonial position not unlike our vice president.  What I had not appreciated, though, was that he played a key role in an end run by Kohl to get a solid majority in the Bundestag in 1983.  Probably my father explained all this to me in painstaking (and painful) detail -- Daddy was a constitutional scholar -- and I zoned out the entire discussion!  (Bad Magdalen.)

Back to Helmut Kohl and the photos -- here's what I picked out and why:

I believe this is Ludwigshohe, an estate (?) in the region where Kohl was born. Alas, the Flickr entry is auf Deutsch!

Again, allowing for my non-existent German, this should also be the region where Kohl was born.

The Ossuary at Douaumont; Kohl went there with Francois Mitterand to commemorate, if that's the right word, the lives of those killed at the Battle of Verdun, as well as all the Germans and French killed in the World Wars.

Steinhude Lake in Lower Saxony.  Kohl had a political opponent from Lower Saxony.  (I did say any place name from the Wiki entry!)

This is even worse than the Flickr entries in German -- here the tag is in Polish, so I'm really only kinda sure this is in Poland, let alone it being anywhere near Krzyzowa (Kreisau)

I figured someone would know this is the Knesset in Israel.  Kohl gave a speech there.  Incidentally, note the flowerless "flower clock" in the foreground.  You rather doubt the time when they can't even be bothered to plant any blooms!
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 -- Natasha
350 - 400
400 - 450 -- Ross
450 - 500 -- Magdalen
500 - 550 -- David
550 - 600 -- skydiveboy
600 - 650
650 - 700
700 - 750 -- Dave
750 - 800
800 - 850 -- Marie
850 - 900
900 - 950
950 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,050
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 -- Mendo Jim
2,450 - 2,500

2,500 - 2,750 -- Woozy
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")


woozy said...

Cole Porter. Very cute! But the title "Puzzle for the real world"? Please explain.

As a wrong answer, I still like my Roquat of the Rocks (better known as the Nome King of the Oz books). Unless they don't use rockets in mines.

David said...

I wanted the question to be "sorta sounds like", so the answer could be Golda Meir / gold & miner.

Not a world leader part 1: Bobby Orr / bobbie (investigating an underground crime) & ore.

Not a world leader part 2 (also fictional): John Shaft / john & shaft.

Paul said...

I thought of Helmut Schmidt (Kohl's predecessor) first, and thought Ross might have as well. It turns out there's another Helmut Schmidt who has studied psychokinetic effects on random number generators.
I figured out the Knesset picture from the flags on top of the building and a quick scan of Kohl's Wiki page.
I'm sure everyone involved in the selection of NPR's on-air contestant has as much integrity as Eliot Ness.

Crossword Man said...

Old King Cole was another of my also-rans, the commodity being known as King Coal in its heyday. Now we have President Oil and his volatile sidekick Vice-President Gas.

Magdalen said...

Thanks, woozy, for reminding me. I've edited the post accordingly.

David -- we'd also thought of Golda Meir, although Ross's idea was Gold-ore and My-ear. I had to point out to him that he couldn't actually see his ear.

Paul -- I have to ask. What is it with you and random number generators? They really seem to make you happy! :-)

Paul said...

I intend to remember that "Old King Cole" may have been Constantine's grandpa, although I'm not really sure why I might find that information useful later on. I just think I might.
I'm also not really sure why I'm interested in random numbers, but to say that it's "for absolutely no reason at all" just sounds like it can't be right.

Musing about "King Coal", "President Oil", and "V-P Gas" this morning, and trying to steer away from the ominous "Ayatollah Nuclear", I was about to decide that "Dalai Lama Adenosine Triphosphate" might be my favorite, when it suddenly hit me:

In a mine in the Andes, one might easily see a low, flat frame set on wheels or rollers (for moving heavy loads) and a particular beast of burden.

Mendo Jim said...

I think the leader to whom you refer has the distinct quality of being a current one as well as a past one (and past and past and...).
I like it, though.