Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NPR Puzzle 11/18/12 Obama: The Alpha Dog from the Aloha State

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a familiar five-letter word in two syllables. Change the middle letter to the preceding letter of the alphabet, and you'll get a familiar five-letter word in three syllables. What words are these?
The answers are ALPHA & ALOHA.

Honestly, I have no idea how long it would have taken us to solve this, but we made some obvious deductions early on: had to start with a vowel, middle letter likely to be a B, F or P than a J or a V, etc. Still, it was nice not to have to struggle.

Photos: I don't think anyone got the mix of photos correct, but that may have something to do with the first one, which just screams "alpha dog" and not the actual title of the photo: Aloha. Anyway, you can click on all the photos, but for what it's worth, 1, 4 & 5 were ALOHA (the dogs, a picture of yes, Hawai'i, and Aloha Lake, the further of the two lakes in northeastern California), while 2, 3 & 6 were ALPHA (Mt. Alpha, Alpha & Beta Centauri--you have to look hard at the photo to see them, and the Alpha Theater).







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 -- Joe Kupe
451 - 500 -- Ross
 
501 - 550
551 - 600 -- KDW
601 - 650 -- Norrin2
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- Dave
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- skydiveboy
951 - 1,000 -- Magdalen
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- EKW
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350 -- Laura
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
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

 > 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). 

2 comments:

Paul said...

Well, if the first one 'screams' alpha dog, that's probably why I heard it; and the slippers don't look the slightest bit mangy to me(neither do the dogs).

KDW said...

My first thought about photo #1 being part of the "alpha" pix was, indeed, because that lovely black Lab in the photo looked like an alpha dog, next to its two smaller pals. It was only when I went on Flickr and found that the photo was indexed under "aloha" (I believe the caption said something about "my shoes have 'aloha' written on them") that I realized I was mistaken.

As usual -- fun and neat! Thanks, folks....

I'm going to do something reckless: Like everyone else, I haven't even heard the upcoming puzzle, but I'll go for the 1,701-1,750 range!