Thursday, December 8, 2011

NPR Puzzle 12/4/11 - Baroque 'N Dishes

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name a style of music. Change the middle letter to a B, and you'll name a style of cooking. What are the style of music and the style of cooking? (There are several ways to spell the cooking style, but the answer is one of them.)
Ross and I had no trouble with this, primarily because we'd been to the Met Opera Company's high definition live relay of Rodelinda, a Handel opera. Handel's music is squarely in the Baroque period.
BAROQUE - R + B = BAR-B-QUE
Yes, that's not the standard spelling for barbeque, but it is a valid spelling.

My meta-puzzle (Take a name associated with the style of music, swap the last two letters and you'll get a word associated with the equipment/utensils you need to make the style of food) played with the obvious way to misspell Handel's name. I then culled the places from Handel's Wiki page. Conveniently, he spent some time in Italy before moving to England.

Halle, Germany, where Handel was raised. According to Wiki, Handel defied his parents by practicing at the keyboard (!).

Florence, Italy, where Ferdinando de' Medici hosted Handel in 1706

Burlington House (in London, 1961); the 3rd Earl of Burlington was Handel's first English patron

Handel lived in Cannons, a stately home that no longer exists. The paintings in this chapel in Witley had been in the chapel at Cannons.

Dusseldorf, which has some connection to Handel but damned if I can remember what.

Her Majesty's Theatre, London. Probably not the actual building where Handel's operas were performed, but the same name.

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
401 - 450
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Curtis
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- Ross
851 - 900 -- Joe Kupe
901 - 950 -- Dave
951 - 1,000

1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,201 - 1,250 -- Dave
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
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
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950 -- Skydiveboy
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 -- Jim (Mendo)
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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