Thursday, September 13, 2012

NPR Puzzle 9/912 - St. Tatarinova is the Capital of One of the Stans, Right?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a world capital whose letters can be rearranged to spell a popular and much-advertised drug. What's the capital, and what's the drug?
The answers are TRIPOLI and LIPITOR. We know nothing about Tripoli, but we're both taking Atorvastatin, the generic name for Lipitor.

Photos: Here's the Wiki page for Atorvastatin. And here's the Wiki Page for Bruce Roth, the inventor of the drug. Luckily for me, Bruce has studied or worked at lots of universities with pretty campuses before ending up at Genentech in San Francisco. Note that I was able to get all four seasons and two times of day in the photo array:


St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia

Iowa State University (freezing fog, according to the photographer)

The Quad, University of Rochester

Ann Arbor, Michigan -- Summer Festival. This is an acrobatics troupe called "Strange Fruit" from Melbourne, Australia

San Francisco, morning

San Francisco, sunset

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 -- EKW
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- KDW
801 - 850 -- Dave
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Marie
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- skydiveboy
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450 -- Magdalen
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550 -- Ross
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850 -- Joe Kupe
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050 -- Mendo Jim
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...

That's the problem with TIVO - you get to skip all the ads, so remembering the names of heavily advertised medicines is not so easy.

Henry BW