Thursday, November 15, 2012

NPR Puzzle 11/11/12 - Anyone Found a Glass Slipper?

Ross here, with a confession to make: I just went in to add Paul's "pick a range" to Magdalen's draft post and somehow the whole thing disappeared and then got autosaved. How can that happen?! Oh, I'm going to be in so much trouble over this! So here I am rewriting the post for you.

First, the answer to this week's NPR Puzzle:

With one stroke of a pencil you can change a capital F into E; you can change an O into a Q, and so on. Write the phrase "LEAD PENCIL" in capital letters. Add a stroke to one letter and rearrange the result to name a classic movie. What is it?
We think the answer's Cinderella—the P becoming an R—and assume the 1950 Walt Disney version is the classic one referred to. The American Film Institute judges it the 9th greatest animated film (number one being Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs).

The answer to Magdalen's bonus challenge (adjust one letter in "BACCHANALS" and rearrange) is, of course, Casablanca. In this case, that H morphs into an A.

What would Magdalen have done for pictures this week? I'm guessing glass slippers, which folklorists incidentally think were originally furry slippers (the French word for squirrel fur "vair" being confused with "verre", the word for glass). Here goes:

Would you rather wear these?
Or these?

Would you rather wear these?
Or these?

Would you rather wear these?
Or these?

Time for Pick A Range:

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

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- skydiveboy
1,651 - 1,700-- Paul
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000 -- Marie
2,001 - 2,050 -- KDW
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). 

5 comments:

Paul said...

heaven?...hell?...meh!

Magdalen said...

My mother always said the saddest words in the English language are "It was to have been so nice."

If I'm upset, it's only that I had SUCH NICE photos for you guys, and instead you get a bunch of lousy slippers.

(Kidding. It's fine. Ross doesn't have to sleep in the doghouse tonight. Just as well; it's going to be wicked cold out there...)

skydiveboy said...

Come on; it was just a slip up.

Thanks for the puzzle book that just came in the mail.

Anonymous said...

Ross: No, no, and no. (Okay, maybe the second pair of the first pair, but if I saw a squirrel that colo(u)r, I'd run a mile, whatever I had on my feet!

Paul said...

Better lousy slippers than mangy ones, I always say(when i'm not saying anything else)....For now we see through glass, fuzzily....