Thursday, May 17, 2012

NPR Puzzle 5/13/12 - Dr. Shortz's Take on Healthcare?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a state capital. Change one of the vowels to another vowel and say the result phonetically. You will name a revered profession. What is it?
Uh, okay. MADISON (Wisconsin) becomes MEDICINE. (Hey, it could have been worse. Will could have claimed that THE LAW was a revered profession!)

Photos. Don't feel bad if you didn't guess the connection. I picked one of our more famous "doctors" and grabbed Flickr photos from his life. Who's our lucky doc? Why, it's Dr. Seuss! (The last photo was as close to a giveaway as I got.)

Theodore Geisel's hometown (complete with Mulberry Street): Springfield, Massachusetts. This is actually Main Street.

Geisel's alma mater, Dartmouth

Geisel was supposed to get his doctorate from Lincoln College, Oxford. He met and married his wife there but left without earning the degree.

Read all about "Essomarine" in the Wiki piece, but it boils down to a luncheon in 1940 here at the Waldorf-Astoria.

The Geisels retired to LaJolla, California. And can you blame them?

Islands of Adventure includes "Seuss Landing" a Dr. Seuss-themed amusement park in Orlando, Florida.

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
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 -- Ross
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000 -- Magdalen

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 -- Mendo Jim
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250 -- Dave
3,251 - 3,500 -- Marie
3,501 - 4,000 -- Curtis
4,001 - 4,500 -- skydiveboy
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:

David said...

I was hoping for sacramenti (plural of Sacramento), the profession of those who do sacred things. That would be revered, right? (You could also then change one vowel in a different state capitol to get, phonetically, an adjective that describes that profession- Salem/solem.)

I couldn't figure out a capitol that works with silversmith, which was a revered profession around the time of the American revolution.

Rose & Valerie said...

Yeah, Boston. St. Paul, Raleigh....none of 'em work.

It NEVER occurred to me before that it could be a tool rather than a product.

Paul said...

But suppose "THE LAW" is (whatever the meaning of "is" is) a revered profession, and suppose "diver" is also a revered profession. It casts new light on a certain familiar joke, ....no?

"I'd like to be.....under the sea..."