Thursday, June 14, 2012

NPR Puzzle 6/10/12 -- A Puzzlemaster Walks Into a Bar...

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name something to sit on. Divide the letters of this exactly in half. Move the second half to the front, without changing the order of any letters. The result will name some things seen on computers. What are they?
The answer is BARSTOOL which becomes TOOLBARS. I think this was one that you either saw or you had to hunt for really hard. I might never have gotten it. (Yes, Puzzlemaster, cheating did not work for me. You are very wise and clever. You have earned your smugness justly-deserved title this week.)

Photos. Did anyone get my meta-puzzle? Here it is again:
Okay, clearly the answers to this week's NPR puzzle are anagrams of each other. If you take a single letter out, you can anagram the remainder. The photos all have that third, one-letter-shorter, anagram in their Flickr info. (And if you're playing at home, it's not the fish.)
The answer I was going for was BORSTAL (the fish is ROBALOS), which is a place in Kent, England, but it's also the British term for a juvenile detention center, or "juvie." Occasionally one of our pets will have to go into borstal, usually by being removed from the room. (When we lived in England, we loved the show, "Dog Borstal" where the owners have to live in tents and get trained to be better dog owners.)

The River Medway, Kent, looking over at Borstal.

Luddesdown, near Borstal

The abandoned chapel at a borstal. Remember, England has a national religion, so even a state-sponsored reform school would have a chapel.

Just a great photo, really, but it was taken near Borstal, in Kent

This is a photo taken at a bus stop in rural England. There's a large building on the horizon that's a borstal. Click on the photo to see the helpful box showing you which blob is the borstal.

The abandoned chapel at Eastmoor Reformatory, near Leeds

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

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
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
1,801 - 1,850 -- skydiveboy
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")

5 comments:

Curtis said...

I did get your borstal hint, and thought the horse was a clever diversion.

Paul said...

The abandoned chapel at Eastmoor Reformatory, near Leeds


All right, what does that have to do with the price of eggs?

Anonymous said...

Regarding "The abandoned chapel at a borstal. Remember, England has a national religion, so even a state-sponsored reform school would have a chapel", note that this is "muscular christianity": the wall-bars show that it was a gym after it was a chapel.

Okay, and if "13 bees cuss", who is the robot?

Henry BW

Magdalen said...

@Paul - I gather that Eastmoor Reformatory is a derelict borstal.

@Henry -- Say what? I completely fail to get the 13 bees cuss reference. I must be dim this week.

Paul said...

Yes, of course...Reformatory.
I don't know why that did not compute prior to my irrevocable decision to submit my earlier comment...but it didn't.
Well, to err is human.
113 furbyh....what the waggle waggle waggle round round round waggle does that mean?