Thursday, July 5, 2012

NPR Puzzle 7/1/12 -- This Puzzle Really Slayed Us!

...Killed us? Did us in? Took us out?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a well-known retail store chain in two words. Remove one letter from its name. The remaining letters, in order, will spell three consecutive words that are synonyms of each other. What are they? Hint: The three words are all slang.
The answer is the elided (so one-word??) OfficeMax chain of office supply stores. (Here's the Wiki page.) But clearly Dr. Shortz intended Office Max to give us OFF, ICE, and AX as three words meaning to kill.

And before we all get huffy, consider how annoyed we'd have been if Will had told us that it was a one-word retail chain? So cut him some slack. It's just a puzzle.

Today I hand over the CrosswordManBlog (see? one word or three??) to Ross, the Crossword Man himself. I'm off to Maine for my MFA. Yes, ten days on the coast of Maine! Sheer bliss...until you realize that I'll be inside all day, at classes from 8:30 a.m. to mid-afternoon, then at readings after dinner. So for the next two weeks, I'll be a fan of the blog just like all of you. I know Ross will find some fun stuff for us.

Photos. I mentioned an Ed McBain 87th Precinct mystery--one of the really early ones--called Ice. In the novel, the title represents diamonds, murder, and something else. Maybe, even, frozen water. That was the meaning I intended when I found photos of glacial ice:








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 -- Dave
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050
1,051 - 1,100 -- Anonymous
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- Magdalen
1,251 - 1,300 -- Ross
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450 -- Marie
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- skydiveboy
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900 -- KDW
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")

1 comment:

Mendo Jim said...

I think I'll use the "It's just a puzzle" rationale to post the answer to next week's challenge on Sunday.
I sure hope you all don't get huffy.

Maybe when (if?) Will realized that neither "one word" nor "two words" was really correct, he should have axed this particular puzzle and propounded a different one.

I don't see any reason to always admire Will's new clothes when sometimes he actually has none.

Have fun in Maine.