Thursday, March 8, 2012

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the trees hemlock, myrtle, oak and pine. Rearrange the letters in their names to get four other trees, with one letter left over. What trees are they?
The answer trees are ELM, HICKORY, LEMON & TEAK. The letter left over is P.

Photos. I had fun with these -- I wanted photos that would be recognizable only if you'd solved the puzzle. For example, you might know that the first one was a citrus, if you were very skilled at botany. But even so, why not lime? (The explanation at Flickr says this is a two-year-old lemon tree; they are NOT speedy growers.)


Lemon

Hickory

Pignut hickory on the right; cottonwood on the left

Hemlock

Teak (click on the photo for more trees photographed on a walking tour in Malaysia)

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

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

1,501 - 1,550 -- Magdalen
1,551 - 1,600 -- Marie
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 -- Jim (Mendo-esque)
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")

1 comment:

Joe Kupe said...

OK, we went with Hickory, Elm, Maple and Kent. A Kent tree is a type of Mango tree; curious to see what Will says. Also contemplated a Knot tree, but felt that was too obscure.