Thursday, September 22, 2011

NPR Puzzle 9/18/11 - Gent Pet U. Will Teach Me to Blog Before Solving!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the name of a well-known university in two words. Switch two letters in the respective words; that is, take a letter from the first word, put it in place of a letter in the second word, and put that letter where the first letter was. The result will name something you might take on a camping trip. What are the names of the university and the camping item?
Here's the answer:


If you swap the K with the second T in STATE, you get:


TENT STAKE.

Which is regrettably close to my original thought, TENT PEG.  Thing is, I hadn't solved the puzzle when I did my measly placeholder blog post, and as TENT PEG is clearly not the right answer and it didn't jog my mind into thinking of the right answer and we didn't have time or energy to solve the darn thing...  Well, let's just say it was an inadvertent clue -- and not a very good one as it didn't help me solve the puzzle.

We still haven't listened to the podcast, but I gather from David that the Pick-A-Range answer was "about 150" -- a rather unsatisfactory answer as either Dave won, or I did.  I leave it to Dave: did you win?  If you did, we'll send a prize.  (And, yes, David, it would be very much appreciated if the Unpaid and Underappreciated Intern would give us the under OR the over!)

I've edited the Pick-A-Range range so that it makes it clear the round numbers belong to the lower range.  (By which logic, Dave wins.  But I'll let him tell me that.)

Next confession:  Ross doesn't read my blog posts all the time, so he actually didn't see my mistake (let alone catch it).  He didn't solve the puzzle until our flight home on Monday when he started scribbling on an air sickness bag and came up with the right answer.  And that would be the precise moment I understood the point made by the commenter formerly known as Mendo Jim referencing the "blogmistress's hint."  (I at least understood Jim was talking about me.)

Normally, jet lag is worse on the eastbound flights, but we've both been a bit logy for the past couple of days. I've been accepted to the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program, and that meant a certain amount of paperwork to do yesterday.  Once that was done, I felt like crawling into a cave and sleeping for a full day.  Not possible, but the feeling is distracting enough.

Hopefully everything will be back to normal on Sunday.

Time for ...

P I C K   A   R A N G E
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 500
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- Magdalen
901 - 950
951 - 1,000

1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- Ross
1,201 - 1,250 -- Dave
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350 -- Mendo Jim
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750 -- Marie
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000

2,001 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300 -- skydiveboy
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 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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