Saturday, April 28, 2012

NPR Puzzle 4/22/12 - Someone Tell Will TYRA is not Common, She's FIERCE

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a common man's name in four letters, one syllable. Move each letter exactly halfway around the alphabet. For example, A would become N, N would become A, and B would become O. The result will be a common woman's name in two syllables. What names are these?
Oh, Dr. Shortz would be in SO MUCH TROUBLE if it weren't for the minor detail that Tyra Banks probably doesn't know who "the Puzzle Master" is. Because while the less-common single-N spelling of GLEN doesn't make that an uncommon name, there really is only one Tyra, just as there's only one Madonna or one Iman or one Beyoncé. In other words, you can give your child the name Tyra, but it'll be awhile before people stop saying, "Oh, you mean like Tyra Banks."

The reference to "fierce" comes from her TV show, America's Next Top Model. I don't watch it, but I gather it involves telling young attractive women to make pouty faces and angry eyes and call it "fierce."

Admit it, you would love to be a fly on the wall if Tyra Banks came around to Will's home to explain to him what "fierce" looks like.

And speaking of fierce: if you're on Facebook, check out our own "Dave" (not to be confused with "David"), who's running (literally) to win a prize trip to South Africa. He told them he'd paint himself with Leopard spots and run through his neighborhood, so that's what he's done: DAVE IN A SPEEDO VIDEO

For photos, Nothing so exciting. I went with the oh-so-singularly-obvious Tyra Banks and the very-nearly-as-obvious Glen Campbell.

I couldn't find a nice photo of Tyra's hometown, but she moved to LA to studying modeling at an early age, so the train station seemed pretty good.

Similarly, I couldn't find a photo of Glen Campbell's specific birthplace in Arkansas, but as a child he was sent to live with his uncle Dick Bills in Albuquerque, NM.

Tyra Banks did some modelling in Milan, Italy -- where the Duomo is actually taller than the Galleria!

Generically lovely scenery in Arkansas, but I have no clue if this is anywhere near Delight, Glen Campbell's birthplace.

Tyra also modeled in Paris, where occasionally the sky looks really, really interesting.

One of Glen Campbell's biggest hits was "By The Time I Get to Phoenix." This is Phoenix.

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 -- Ross
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Magdalen
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Dave
951 - 1,000

1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- HenryBW
1,101 - 1,150 -- Jim, Mendo
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
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 -- 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
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")

3 comments:

Magdalen said...

I did draft this on Thursday, and set the timer to publish it at 3:13 p.m.

Blogger sucks.

But Mendo Jim is my hero, because he's the one who let me know it wasn't up!

skydiveboy said...

Magdalen, we were all so very worried. Some of us even thought you might have been eaten by a leopard.

skydiveboy said...

Speaking of being eaten by leopards. When a leopard is about to eat a young maiden, what condiment does he prefer?













Answer: If the maiden is saucy enough no condiment is needed.