Thursday, December 20, 2012

NPR Puzzle 12/16/12 -- He Knows When You've Been Naughty

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a two-word geographical location. Remove the first letter. Move one of the other letters to the front of what's left. This will result in a single word. And this word names what you are most likely looking through when you see that geographical location. What is it?
The intended answer, I believe, is NORTH POLE and PORTHOLE. So, unless you're being pulled by eight reindeer, you're looking at the North Pole through a porthole in an airplane. Which I think of as a window.

Oh, well, never mind.

Commenter Paul mentioned that if you anagram  PORTHOLE you get two things from my book (did you miss the plug for my book, Love in Reality?): HERO & PLOT.  Well done, Paul. I'll happily name a character after you!

We were naughty recently. We used a Flickr photo taken by a fellow who calls himself Sir Henry. He merely pointed out that we should have asked him before we used the photo. We took it down immediately, but in my response, I explained that his photo was identified as being governed by Creative Commons license, that specified simply that it couldn't be used by a commercial site. Which this isn't.

Sir Henry replied that it wouldn't have been hard to ask him. And I replied:
I appreciate your position, but we do two blog posts a week, with six photos each time. We make sure the photos all click through to the Flickr page. If I had to write to six people every Sunday and Thursday, wait for their replies, and choose photos on the basis of whether the photographer agreed, I simply would never blog.

Much easier to post only Creative Commons photos. If the photographer complains (which has happened twice in four years), we just remove the photo. Vastly easier.
His reply was this photo, which he has kindly allowed us to use:

Presented with permission of the photographer
I happily echo Sir Henry's sentiment.

Also in our mailbag this week was this photo:

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory; The North Pole Environmental Observatory; http://psc.apl.washington.edu/northpole
That seems to be all the identification and credit I'm requested to use. Many thanks to frequent commenter EKW for going to a LOT of trouble to get me permission to use this photograph of the actual North Pole.

All the photos from Sunday were of "North" or "Pole." You can click them now to see what they're of, who they're by, and so forth.

And I think I'll leave it at that for the Photo section this time. No point pushing my luck!

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 -- Ross
401 - 450 -- Joe Kupe
451 - 500
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750 -- Dave
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
1,101 - 1,150 -- Barbara
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300 -- skydiveboy
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Magdalen
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 -- KDW
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000 -- Marie
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 -- Curtis
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750 -- Paul
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250 -- Laura
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

 > 5,000
 > 5,000 + new record -- EKW
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:

Curtis said...

Shameless plugs are good. I love the cover of your book; it's fun and compelling. Speaking of shameless plugs, I still maintain my photography site at www.curtisjohnsonimages.com.

Paul said...

I can't wait to see what sort of *nebbish* Paul turns out to be.

jan said...

I thought Paul wanted us to anagram NORTH POLE, and was implying that your book included HOTEL PORN.

Paul said...

I meant PLOT&HERO. The fault is mine for careless wording.

Magdalen said...

I would NEVER make a character named Paul into a nebbish! Perish the thought.

Jan -- I like the idea of hotel porn. I may know just the person to use that idea... :-D