Thursday, October 13, 2011

NPR Puzzle 10/9/11 - Crabby Reindeer on Dancing With the Constellations?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name something that is part of a group of twelve. Change the first letter to the next letter of the alphabet to name something that is part of a group of nine. What are these things?
Once you get past months of the year and positions in a baseball game, this gets a bit easier.  I actually asked Google for things that came in twelves, but I still wouldn't have solved it if I hadn't also asked for things that come in a nine-pack.  Or, at least, I think I wouldn't have -- it was late (NPR posts the puzzle at midnight east coast time) and I get a bit blurry in the wee hours of the morning.

Anyway, the answers are CANCER, a sign of the zodiac, and DANCER, a reindeer in the post-Rudolph collection.

My compliments to Jim and others for taking Blogger head-on in order to post their comments. Blogger sucks, but then Ross and I must also suck for being too lazy to move the blog to Word Press (which also sucks, albeit less badly).

Here's what I had to say about photographs:
Take one of the two words that make up the answer.  Think of another word for that thing.  Here are some photos of various things, the names of which combine with the new word, usually to make a noun conjunction.  (Like "watch strap," in case you were wondering what a noun conjunction was.)
and here's what my thinking was.  CANCER is the CRAB.  If you look for types of crabs and pass over the obvious names like MARYLAND, ALASKAN KING, and BLUE, you get some fun words:

Flower Crab

Coral Crab

Stilt Crab

Bubble Crab

Garland Crab (what - you were expecting "Wedding Reception Crab" or "Table Skirt Crab"?)

Velvet Crab

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 -- Natasha
451 - 500 -- Mendo Jim
 
501 - 550 -- skydiveboy
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000

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

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
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
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")

5 comments:

skydiveboy said...

What! No mention of Dungeness Crab!

David said...

Earlier I wrote "Magdalen, do you know that if you take one of your pictures and insert a letter, you get a word that sounds like half the answer?" I didn't say that it was one of this week's pictures.

The picture is from the palindrome week. If you insert a "d" into (Mount) Rainier, you get "Raindier", which could sound like "Reindeer".

Skydiveboy, don't say too many good things about Seattle. It will just encourage people to move here.

skydiveboy said...

David: aka Emmett Watson, Jr.?
You are right and thank you for reminding me. Dungeness Crab tastes worse than Godfather's Pizza! You wouldn't want to eat it.

Dave said...

As a fellow Pacific Northwesterner from Eugene, I wholeheartedly agree with you, David and SDB. Not only is the crab no good, but I'd rather eat farm-raised salmon and drink sewer water than Oregon salmon and pinot noir. Besides, it rains here all day, every day.

Magdalen, if it's not too late, please put me down for 201 to 250. Thanks.

I submitted Darth and Earth. Darth Vader was one of the twelve members of some council (my teenage son explained that to me) and earth is one of nine (now eight) planets.

skydiveboy said...

Dave:
Isn't Pinot Noir French for iron point?