Thursday, August 9, 2012

NPR Puzzle 8/5/12 -- The Post in Which I Quote Nash

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the name of a well-known U.S. city with four syllables. The first and last syllables together name a musical instrument, and the two interior syllables name a religious official. What city is it?
The answer is KALAMAZOO: kazoo around lama.


Time for some Ogden Nash:

 The one-l lama,
 He's a priest.
 The two-l llama,
 He's a beast.
 And I will bet
 A silk pajama
 There isn't any
 Three-l lllama.*
to which Nash appended the footnote
  *The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known
  as a three-alarmer. Pooh.
My thanks to the Wandering Minstrels. I have nothing witty to say about the lowly kazoo.

As for the photos, the only interesting thing to note is that there appears to be a Kalamazoo, Florida, at least according to the folks who posted Photos 3 & 4 on Flickr (everything else is of Kalamazoo, Michigan):








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 -- Ross
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Joe Kupe
551 - 600 -- Magdalen
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- skydiveboy
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Curtis
801 - 850 -- Anonymous
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- KDW
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 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). 

2 comments:

KDW said...

Thanks for getting the Ogden Nash quote right! There seem to be a ton of errant variants out there.

My remark that the answer came to me with "alarming ease" was a (very?) oblique reference to Nash's "three-alarmer" in his footnote.

Paul said...

The Termite

Some primal termite knocked on wood
And tasted it, and found it good!
And that is why your Cousin May
Fell through the parlor floor today.


Ogden Nash