Thursday, September 1, 2011

NPR Puzzle 8/28/11 - Guess Who's Coming to Sunday Breakfast?

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:

Rearrange the twelve letters of the words "AIR CUSHIONED" to name a person in the media, first and last names.
Not hard, particularly when you consider that the answer AUDIE CORNISH will be puzzling with Will Shortz on Sunday as the permanent replacement for Liane Hansen.

Okay, be honest -- did anyone get my meta puzzle?  You take the name AUDIE CORNISH, change two consecutive letters and you get another famous name.  The answer is ABBIE CORNISH.  Yes, I realize you haven't heard of her, but she's actually a modestly famous young actress.  Admittedly she's most famous for having something to do with the break-up of Reese Witherspoon's marriage to Ryan Phillippe, but still, she has a much bigger Wiki page than does Audie Cornish.  And if you haven't even heard of Reese Witherspoon, well, that's just sad.

The point of all that was that I needed a longer Wiki page to get place names from.  Even so, Abbie Cornish barely yielded enough -- it's a good thing her family lives in wine country, so I got two pretty pictures there:


This is the Catholic church in Lochinvar, New South Wales, where Abbie Cornish was born

Ms. Cornish won an award at the 2007 Miami International Film Festival, and this happens to be a house in Miami!

In 2010, Ms. Cornish did something at the San Diego Comic-Con, which is probably nowhere near Mission Basilica San Diego, above

Her family live in the Hunter Valley Wine Region.  Pretty, no?

These are the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Cornish and Philippe attended the Calvin Klein 40th anniversary party on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia.

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 -- Ross
700 - 750
750 - 800
800 - 850
850 - 900
900 - 950
950 - 1,000 -- Dave

1,000 - 1,050 -- David
1,050 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,100 - 1,150 -- Magdalen
1,150 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,250 -- woozy
1,250 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,350 -- Mendo Jim
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
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")

8 comments:

skydiveboy said...

I did not get Abbie Cornish. I never heard of her. I gave up when I got to Abbie Hoffman.

I am wondering if Audie Cornish was listening to the puzzle this week (I'm sure she was) and if she figured it out. We may never know.

Jim said...

Go ahead, ignore my Range guess. See if I care.

Magdalen said...

Sorry, Jim -- I've changed it. Force of habit, I put it in as Mendo Jim. Hope that's okay.

Jim said...

A rose by any other name....

Except I slipped in a different tranche this week.
It was quite low, but justified in the text.
And well worth ignoring.

Magdalen said...

Wait -- Did you actually want 50-100? You were way too cryptic for my tiny peabrain. But if you want it, you got it.

Jim said...

I did, but I don't anymore.
I had a tough time with this one, but most regulars probably got it.
My regular 1300-1350 guess is as unlikely to win as any other, so don't bother changing it.

woozy said...

*I* got the Abbie Cornish puzzle.

>>Skydiveboy, Irene seems a bit pesky but out here in Califoria we had one perfect day ("One Perfect Day"). As for the supposed clue in your post: you're just trying to lure me into a predictable reaction from which you'll really come down on my... hmmm, what's that called again ("Sucker Punch")? Oh well, Everything's fair ("Everything's Fair") on the Internet.

Only 450 entries? Sheesh! Great minds *don't* think alike. In and of itself it was a hard puzzle but with the anouncement that next sunday would be Audie's host debut, I thought it'd be obvious.

Magdalen said...

Just in case anyone is wondering if Abbie Cornish is real (I *could* have created her Wiki page, I suppose) here's a page from the wonderful Fug Girls' website.