Thursday, June 21, 2012

There's No Whining in Puzzles!

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Think of a common French word that everyone knows. Add a "v" (as in "violin") to the beginning and an "e" at the end. The result will be the English-language equivalent of the French word. What is it?
Yes, the answer is WINE. V+VIN+E with the trick being that two Vs make graphically make up one W.


Wasn't that fun? In the comments, Mendo Jim remarked that this reminded him of some other stinker puzzle, but I don't remember what puzzle that was. Ross suggests searching for "tricky" as code language for devious puzzles.


If you want some more oenophilic fun, can you guess which vineyards are in which countries? Click on the photos for the answers.


One more:

Time for...
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50 -- Ross
 51 - 100 -- Curtis
101 - 150 -- Blaine
151 - 200 -- skydiveboy
201 - 250 -- phred
251 - 300 -- Marie
301 - 350 -- David
351 - 400 -- Magdalen
401 - 450 -- Ben
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Kevin
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000

1,001 - 1,050
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
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
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")

8 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

Two v's make two v's

David said...

In Roman numerals, II V's make X.

Anonymous said...

I have to laugh at this week's puzzle. I came up with the correct answer and a few others, and I nearly posted them as a joke. Among my answers were "il" and "vile," which I thought would appeal to misandrists, "erreur" and "verreure" since the former means "error" in French and the latter is clearly an error in English, and "vin" and "wine." But I thought these all too silly to share. Well, silly me, I suppose.

Phil

Crossword Man said...

Two v or not two v, that is the question.

Crossword Man said...

Don't the French say "double vay" for W?

Magdalen said...

I think it's like those matchstick puzzles--which I could never do, by the way--where the right answer required some lateral thinking.

The saving grace (I originally typed "saving grave" -- that's telling!) for this puzzle is that VIN really is a very common French word. Does everyone know it? Enh, probably not. But enough people do that I can't fault him on that aspect.

So, on balance, I'm cool with it.

I gather that none of our merry band of puzzlers got the on-air gig. Bummer.

Curtis said...

I was hoping that the number of submissions would be low enough to give one of us in the Ross & Magdalen merry band to get on air. Are Ross and Magdalen close enough to Robin and Marian for us to be a merry band?

Dave said...

If you look in the previous thread, I took the 201 to 250 slot, not phred. Merci!