Thursday, February 9, 2012

NPR Puzzle 2/5/12 -- At Least They Don't Eat Each Other

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name an animal. Add the letters "A" and "T," and rearrange the result to name another animal. These are both animals that might be found in a zoo, and the last letter of the first animal is the first letter of the last one.
Ross solved this using TEA, I believe. But he's in the UK now so I can't ask him. Anyway, the answer is GORILLA + AT = ALLIGATOR

Yup, it's my turn to keep the home fires burning. Literally: here's our wood stove which heats 2/3 of our house!

Photos. I didn't ask you to guess what these photos had to do with gorillas and alligators, but I'm curious if anyone did. It's a variation on a now-familiar theme: I go to Wikipedia, look up the answers, and find photographs of something in the relevant Wiki pages. Clearly I couldn't use habitat photos: the relevant regions of Africa for the gorilla are pretty specific and thus too much of a hint. Ditto the habitat of the alligator. So I settled on the stuff these animals eat (or in the case of the larger mammals shown, the stuff that alligators ambush because I honestly don't know if alligators eat Florida panthers, or just kill them).

First up: the alligator's "diet" includes:
The Black Bear (teeny splodge in the center of the picture)

The Florida Panther

The Razorback, here in metallic form in Little Rock, Arkansas
By contrast, the gorilla eats rather lower on the food chain (and, one might say, more healthily):
Bananas (yes, this is just a banana leaf, but don't you think an actual banana would have been too much of a hint?)

Ants. That's an anthill in Mali, by the way. Using the foliage for scale, it's freaking huge.

Bamboo, in this instance used as a decorative element in Paris.

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 -- Paul
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Joe Kupe
551 - 600 -- Henry BW
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Ross
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- Magdalen
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Dave
951 - 1,000 -- KJ

1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300 -- Skydiveboy
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
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 -- Marie
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000

2,001 - 2,050 -- EKW
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 -- Jim of Mendo fame
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")

4 comments:

skydiveboy said...

Magdalen:
I am surprised you did not see the three gorillas in your first photo. They are hiding in the mist. I left a hint to this in my previous post that used the word, "missed."

Magdalen said...

Nice try, but I'm confident there is no habitat in common for black bears and gorillas. And as there IS a black bear in that photo, I deduce there can be no gorillas.

Which for some reason reminds me of a favorite knock-knock joke:

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Gorilla.
Gorilla who?
Gorilla my dreams.

Anonymous said...

Yes, a banana might have been too much of a hint. In fact, if you read Sunday's comments thread again, you will see that I only got the answer after Anonymous pointed out that Curtis's reference to a banana skin was a clue.

Henry BW

skydiveboy said...

Magdalen:
A closer look might reveal a rather bewildered look on the face of that bear, indicating confusion about his surroundings and how he happened to get there. Perhaps it has something to do with Wildlife Management or Child Protective Services. Also, notice the banana peal left carelessly on the dirt road above. A clear indication of simian presence.