Thursday, December 13, 2012

NPR Puzzle 12/19/12 - Flaky, Flabby & Flawed

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a major US city in two words. Take the first letter of the first word and the first two letters of the second word. Read together, they spell the standard three letter abbreviation of the state the city is in. What city is it?
The answer...oh, why bother? Here it is:


(And may I register my protest about these asinine snowflakes? Some have four sides, some five (!), and the ones that have six look like asterisks.) Plus, how often does it snow in Fort Lauderdale, for crissake?)

All the pictures in Sunday's post were, of course, of Fort Lauderdale. Scroll down and click for more information about any of them.

For today's photos, let's go to the other extreme and look at snowy places. So far, all we've gotten is frost here. It's pretty, but snow is prettier. Until there's too much of it, and then it isn't. As usual, you can click through to the original Flickr post to see more about these pretty pictures.







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

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 -- skydiveboy
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950 -- Paul
1,951 - 2,000 -- Marie
2,001 - 2,050 -- Joe Kupe
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250 -- Magdalen
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 -- EKW
2,751 - 3,000 -- Jan
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:

skydiveboy said...

I think now is the time for a little clarification. All snowflakes in Broward County, Florida, where Fort Lauderdale is located, have six points (sides); it is just that some of them are never counted.

David said...

Something triggered my memory. What Roy Rogers said when he was telling his wife that he was going to that enclosed army structure to wash his clothes was "I'm going to the fort to launder, Dale."

Paul said...

I'll admit I had some possible Roy Rogers jokes percolating this week, but they weren't as clean as David's, so I opted for the warm glow of satisfaction knowing I had kept to the high road. Besides, I didn't want to infringe on SBD's territory(oops! I meant SDB).
'Asinine asterisks'?...Phht!...What's up with that; I mean, what's up with that, for crissake? And when did we start getting all J.D. Salinger?
Seriously, though, I neglected to mention that any proceeds from my range guess should be forwarded (forthwith?) to the Red Cross.
Thanks.

EKW said...

It snowed in Fort Lauderdale in January, 1977. I was there and I remember it. It was about 9 AM and they let the kids out of school to play in the snow while it lasted!
So the answer to how often is not often!

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