Thursday, November 1, 2012

NPR Puzzle 10/28/12 - Happy Half-Price Chocolate Day

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a word associated with Halloween. Add a letter in the second position to create a new word that does not rhyme with the first. Then add another letter in the third position of the word you just created to complete another word that does not rhyme with either of the first two. What words are these?
We've been away from Casa du Crossword for the week, so that's why this blog post is late. (Okay, the real reason is that I had two deadlines--one for school and one for a publisher--but those wouldn't have been a problem if I hadn't also been in vacation mode.)

Anyway, the answer to this puzzle is pretty cool:

TREAT + H = THREAT + E = THEREAT (pronounced there-at), a nice legalism that I daresay I've used in some legal document at some point.

Here are some more obvious Trick or Treat photos:








Before it's "Time for Pick A Range" I need to mention that last week's answer was under 800 and no one won. (Also, an apology to our two most recent winners; prizes are sitting at home, waiting patiently to be sent to you. All fault is mine.)


Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Dave
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Joe Kupe
551 - 600 -- skydiveboy
601 - 650 -- EKW
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Marie
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500 -- Betty Anonin LS

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
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

 > 5,000
 > 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). 

4 comments:

skydiveboy said...

I found the following, further progression ignoring the rhyming:

A
AT
EAT
TEAT
TREAT
THREAT
THEREAT

Mendo Jim said...

Whoops.
I stopped looking for alternatives when I found BAT, BEAT, BEGAT, and figured that Will assumed the last was pronounced like BEGOT.
As I posted, such errors are so routine in our weekly game that this didn't slow me down at all.
The real challenge and answer are better than usual.
I wish I had a robot to help with the secret words

Paul said...

A
AT
MAT
MATE
MATTE
MATTER
SMATTER
is about the best I can come up with
I
IT
WIT
WITH
WITCH
SWITCH
SWITCHY
isn't quite so tidy

How does one pronounce 'samhein' with the silent letter(s) removed?
My friends who gather every morning at the Nagrom Community Center for coffee, crosswords, crullers, conversation, and culture are curious.

Paul said...

'Samhain', ...silly me.