Thursday, December 15, 2011

NPR Puzzle 12/11/11 - Wait, I Almost Forgot the Elephant!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of an animal whose name contains an O. Change the O to an H, and rearrange the result to name another animal. What animals are these?
It's easy. Go to a list of animals and then use Ross's TEA to run anagrams of all the names with O's in them. It's an alphabetical list, so

ANTELOPE - O + H = ELEPHANT

Here's the fun part. There are a gazillion different sorts of antelopes, and they live in some unexpected places, so I have lots of photos to choose from. I didn't even bother with the elephants, although for all I know, there are some who live in these places as well.


The Sinai - the Arabian Oryx lives here (well, not in the water, but you know what I mean)

The Republic of Kalmykia in Russia - one of the last natural habitats of the Saiga Antelope

The Cape of Good Hope - the small African antelope, the Klipspringer lives here

A papyrus swamp in Uganda, a natural habitat for the semi-aquatic antelope, the Sitatunga

Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, India, where the Blackbuck antelope is the state animal (yes, I daresay there are some elephants here too)

Tularosa Basin, New Mexico - the Gemsbok was introduced in 1969 and has thrived; there are an estimated 3,000 living here today
Time for ...
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400 -- Joe Kupe
401 - 450
451 - 500
 
501 - 550
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 -- Dave
1,151 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300 -- Ross
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Skydiveboy
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- Curtis
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800 -- Jim (Mendo)
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...

Actually there a few elephants in some of the photos you posted, but they are grayed out.

DaveJ said...

Knock Knock

Who's there ?

Elephants.

Elephants who ?

Elephants Gerald !

skydiveboy said...

Regarding my hint. Sunbathers have tan lines. Railroads have trunk lines.

Anonymous said...

what's wrong with ORCA....CHAR ?
I enjoy your blog.....

Anonymous said...

My father used to recall an exam question from his university days (ca. 1935) that began "A small elephant, whose weight my be neglected..."

Henry BW