Thursday, February 23, 2012

NPR Puzzle 2/19/12 - What's Larger than a Minimart?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Next week's challenge is a spinoff of the on-air challenge. The word "marten," as in the animal, consists of the beginning letters of "Mississippi," "Arkansas," "Texas," and "New Mexico"; you can actually drive from Mississippi to Arkansas to Texas to New Mexico in that order. What is the longest common English word you can spell by taking the beginning letters of consecutive states in order as you travel through them? Puzzlemaster Will Shortz's answer has eight letters, but maybe you can top that.
Our answer, done rather hastily because of transatlantic travel for both of us, was MINIMART; MINnesota, Iowa, Missouri, ARkansas, Tennessee (or Texas, but I picked Tennessee for the photos.)

What were your words/states?

Photos were as follows:
Minnesota Sunset
Iowa County, Iowa
Ozark National Scenic Riverway, Missouri
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas
Talimena Scenic Drive overlooking the Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas
Overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, just off I-40 in Tennessee
Time for...
Here are this week's picks:

Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150 -- Paul
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300 -- Joe Kupe
301 - 350
351 - 400 -- Skydiveboy
401 - 450 -- Magdalen
451 - 500 -- Marie
 
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 -- Henry BW
1,101 - 1,150 -- Ross
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
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
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...

As I just posted in the previous section:
OMISSIONS at nine letters driving through Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Not a nice drive.

Alex said...

Are you allowed to repeat states? Because you can get AMALGAMATE fairly easily driving through the south. I didn't submit because I was unclear on that point and because ... I plain forgot to enter.

David said...

Only a 7 letter word, but you can get "minimal" by driving North to South along the Mississippi River- MINnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana.

Anonymous said...

I had the same answer as skydiveboy.

HenryBW

Dave said...

301-350 if it's not too late. Sorry.