Thursday, July 14, 2011

NPR Puzzle -- Beam Me Up, Jean-Paul!

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name a classic television show in two words with eight letters. Remove one letter from each word. The remaining six letters, in order, will spell the last name of a well-known writer. Who is it?
Ross got this almost before I could wrap my brain around the rather obvious fact that "The Honeymooners" wouldn't fit the letter pattern.  The answer is STAR TREK = S_AR TRE_.

As only woozy bothered to guess what other classic TV shows I used for the photo array, I assume this was a boring exercise.  He did get the first one right, which is cool because I honestly don't understand Flickr's heuristics -- the phrase, "all in the family" doesn't show up on that Flickr page.  Anyway, I was counting on Henry to get "Dragnet" (#5) because I suspect him of being the sort of person who would know what an actual dragnet looks like.

But for anyone who cares, here's the explanation of the shows and their photos.  "All in the Family" just because it looks like the snowman equivalent of those weird "here's who's in our family" decals you see on the rear windows of cars:  Dad, Mom, Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat #1, Cat #2.  Incidentally, the Flickr page says the smallest snowman was about the size of a credit card.

"All in The Family"

This is one of four "whale sharks" at an aquarium in Atlanta -- and they're named after the two couples on "The Honeymooners."

"The Honeymooners"

You have to click on this next photo and read all about it, but that's actual gunsmoke!
"Gunsmoke"

Obviously, this has the most connection to its show:
"I Love Lucy" - this is an actual wardrobe sketch from the show!

I can't tell you much more about this photo -- whoever posted it to Flickr claims it's of a dragnet and I don't know any different.
"Dragnet"

The explanation given for this photo and its association with "Gilligan's Island" is that it was clear when they started out, then got very foggy very suddenly and it didn't seem as though they'd make it back to the harbor.  The photographer was convinced they'd be the true life castaways.
"Gilligan's Island"


Finally, do me a favor and click over to this photo, which I so desperately wanted to use for "NYPD Blue" but wasn't allowed to because -- although I only search for Creative Commons-licensed photos -- it's all rights reserved.  Still I love it so much I'm willing to let you leave here and look at it.

But don't forget to come back 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 -- Dave
700 - 750 -- Marie
750 - 800
800 - 850 -- Natasha
850 - 900
900 - 950
950 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,050 -- David
1,050 - 1,100 -- Magdalen
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,250 -- skydiveboy
1,250 - 1,300 -- Phil
1,300 - 1,350 -- woozy
1,350 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,450 -- Mendo Jim
1,450 - 1,500

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")

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