Thursday, August 2, 2012

NPR Puzzle 7/29/12 - How Ironic!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of the last name of a famous person in entertainment. The first two letters of this name are a symbol for one of the elements on the periodic table. Substitute the name of that element for the two letters, and you will describe the chief element of this person's work. What is it?
Tina Fey...FE=IRON...Irony.

And here's my irony. I fully intended to augment Sunday's post when we got to the B&B in Idaho. Only, when we got here I immediately fell ill. No causation implied, by the way; Idaho is lovely. But we arrived, our hostess showed us our room and when Henry and Ross went off to look at Henry's room, I stayed behind, you know, just to lie down for a couple minutes. Within two hours, I was sick as a dog. A day later, I made the decision to seek medical care. The diagnosis? Well, chances are, it was just a bad cold (although the sudden onset was a bit worrisome) but because the doctor "heard something" at the bottom of my lungs, they couldn't rule out pneumonia.

I know. Crazy, right? So I have an inhaler, special heavy-duty cough syrup, and two antibiotics. Which, if it's a cold is a bit like the Howitzer to kill a fly, but given that we're flying home tomorrow, I'll take all the help I can get! (Not to worry: I strongly suspect I'm fine.)

Anyway, that's why there weren't any photos of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania (Tina Fey's hometown). Here's some "ironic" photos to tide you over to Sunday. As always, click on the photo to get proper attributions, etc.







Before I go, please join me in wishing Henry happy birthday. It's all my fault that he has to spend most of it in airports and airplanes, but he swears it was okay to end our trip on his birthday. Plus, it's turned out that he gets multiple birthday presents as a result. Happy Birthday, Henry! 

Time for...
No one won last week (sorry to leave you all hanging on this point). Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400 -- Joe Kupe
401 - 450
451 - 500 -- skydiveboy
 
501 - 550
551 - 600 -- Magdalen
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Mendo Jim
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- Dave
901 - 950 -- Ross
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
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 -- Marie
1,651 - 1,700 -- KDW
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 with a qualifier such as "about" or "around" (e.g., "We received around 1,200 entries."), AND two separate people picked the ranges of numbers just before and just after 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").  As of July 2012, this rule is officially no longer obsolete (and also I still just like having fine print). 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was stuck on Lou Ferrigno aka The Hulk, and his first film Pumping Iron. Never got beyond that answer once the Hulk was etched in my brain. Sort of like trying not to think about pink elephants. No wonder my phone didn't ring at 3 PM today!!