Thursday, June 7, 2012

NPR Puzzle - Does NPR Get Product Placement Fees from NBC?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the names of two state capitals. Change one letter in each one, resulting in a phrase naming someone you will see soon on TV. Who is it? (Hint: You don't really have to know anything about TV to solve this puzzle.)
The state capitals are OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON and DOVER, DELAWARE. Change a letter in each and you get OLYMPIC DIVER.

Now, I said on Sunday that without the hint, this could have been a really elegant & challenging puzzle. What I meant by that was that we could have figured out that it had to be someone generic (as opposed to a specific person) and that the time of year was significant. Royal Jubilee (or, as Ross calls it, "the Jumbilee")? No, because that was hardly as ubiquitous as the Olympics. Presidential candidate? Well, yes, they really are ubiquitous, but not in every state...at least not as compared to "swing" states. And anyway, they won't become ubiquitous (please, oh please) until after Labor Day.

See? You could have figured out that it had to be the Olympics. But once he said the hint, the Olympics were almost a foregone conclusion. Or so it seemed in this household.

I thought the "hints" in the Pick-a-Range comments were all much more elegant and subtle than Will Shortz's hint. But then I would. :-)

For the photos: I could have gone with Greg Louganis's Wiki page, but I kept it simple. I simply typed in the key words and names, Olympia & Olympic and Dover & diver, into Flickr, and here's what I got:

Dover Castle, Dover, England
Olympic National Park, Washington
Acapulco Cliff Diver (there's one in there; click on the photo to see the original in Flickr, which has a helpful box showing you where he is!)
A garden in Olympia, Washington
A rather more typical picture of Olympia, Washington (it's a rain forest, after all)
Silver Lake, Dover, Delaware

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 -- Dave
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 -- Ross
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850 -- Magdalen
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 -- skydiveboy
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 -- Mendo Jim
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:

skydiveboy said...

I hope no one will mind, since I live in Seattle, if I point out that Olympia is not near a rain forest. The Olympic National Park, which is in another area of the state has three rain forests, the Queets, Hoh and Quinalt. These are the only rain forests in the state. Most of the park is not rain forest. The photo shown looks like many forests here in Washington, but the rain forests are very different. Without a trail to walk on it is not possible to walk through them. The photo shown is not even old growth, but simply a typical wooded area here. Wanted to clarify things since I have been hiking and climbing here in Washington for sixty years now.

Anonymous said...

If Will had not included that hint, I would have assumed the answer was the name of some media personality I'd never even heard of, and probably not even attempted the puzzle.

Henry BW

Magdalen said...

@skydiveboy -- No, on the contrary: pointing out my ignorance is HIGHLY encouraged around here! Thanks.

@Henry BW -- Maybe so, although as you pointed out on Sunday, it assumes facts not entered into evidence, given that you (and millions like you) won't actually see an Olympic diver in July. But I think there would have been a way for him to communicate that they were looking for a type of person and not a specific individual without making it so clear that TV was an accidental medium. After all, the puzzle makes it clear you need to start with state capitals. Surely "Olympia" to "Olympic" would have occurred to you?