Thursday, August 16, 2012

NPR Puzzle 8/12/12 -- Attack of the Killer Bee!

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name two insects. Read the names one after the other. Insert an H somewhere in this string of letters, and you'll complete a familiar word that is the opposite of what either of these insects is. What word is it?
The answer is BEHEMOTH = BE(H)E + MOTH

Full marks to Ross, who could see that "moth" could be the ending of an adjective. I got stuck on "ant" for that purpose! Silly me.

Photos: All I could think of was MOTHRA (the notable exception to the rule that all moths are small), and on MOTHRA's Wiki page, there was a mention to MOTHRA's similarities to a phoenix.

I promised you some photos of actual insects:







Time for...

Here are this week's picks (N.B. to Joe Kupe--Skydiveboy beat you to that range.):
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 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- Magdalen
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550 -- Barbara
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- KDW
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800 -- Kenneth
1,801 - 1,850 -- skydiveboy
1,851 - 1,900 -- Ross
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 -- Mendo Jim
2,351 - 2,400 -- Curtis
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:

Curtis said...

Love the photo selection!