Thursday, April 19, 2012

NPR Puzzle 4/15/12 - It's Magic! No, It's the Dickens!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous novel in two words. The first word has five letters, and the second word has 11. If you have the right novel, the initial letters of the novel's title, reversed, are the initials of its author. What's the novel, and who is the author?
Ross is a bit of a Charles Dickens aficionado, so this one was easy. Okay, so I first thought of Great Expectations (5, 12) but then Ross thought of David Copperfield (5, 11) and all was well.

Haven't I done Charles Dickens' Wiki page already? No? It just feels like I have. Anyway, I decided to do David Copperfield's Wiki page. The magician, not the nearly-orphan. (I had to ask Ross if the character was an orphan. I mean, they're all orphans eventually, but I gather DC has a stepfather, for what that's worth.) So here are places from David Copperfield's life, starting with the surprising fact that he was born in Metuchen, NJ:


Metuchen, NJ, David Copperfield's birthplace

Copperfield has levitated over the Grand Canyon

And walked through the Great Wall of China (lower left)

And had a show in Las Vegas (seen here from Henderson)

In 2006, Copperfield bought Musha Cay in the Bahamas from the co-founder of the Blockbuster video chain

West Palm Beach, Florida, where David Copperfield was not robbed at gunpoint. Oh, the gun was there, but he used sleight of hand to hide his possessions from the thieves.

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
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000

1,001 - 1,050
1,051 - 1,100 -- HenryBW
1,101 - 1,150 -- Jim, Mendo
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300 -- SkyDiveBoy
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500 -- Ross

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600 -- Magdalen
1,601 - 1,650 -- Dave
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750 -- Marie
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000

2,001 - 2,050 -- David
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 + 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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