Thursday, January 24, 2013

NPR Puzzle 1/20/13 - The Three Generals Joke

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the last name of a famous world leader of the past. Rearrange its letters to name a type of world leader, like czar or prime minister. What world leader is it?
Ross got this as soon as I reminded him to consider the Middle East. Thus, we assume the correct answers are GOLDA MEIR and EMIR.

Here's the three generals joke. (My thanks to J-Weekly for reminding me of this one.)
Once, when Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir met with President Richard Nixon, he told her that he would trade any three American generals for Israeli General Moshe Dayan. “OK,” she said, “I’ll take General Motors, General Electric and General Dynamics.”
An oldie but goody.

All but one* of the photos from Sunday's blog post were generated by the extraordinary facts of Golda Meir's life. She was born in Kiev, but grew up in Milwaukee before living briefly in Denver. All wonderfully misleading cold weather locales. Thank you, Wikipedia!

*And the outlier? Meir went to North Division High School, but I suspect that no longer exists, so I "stole" a similarly-named high school, the former North West Division High School in Chicago (it's now called the Jose De Diego Community Center).

Here's some more appropriately Middle Eastern photos:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Nahal Dishon, Israel

Mt. Caramel, Israel

Mitzpe Yiftah, Israel

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

1,501 - 1,550 -- Mendo Jim
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). 

1 comment:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

They photos you've picked of Israel make it look much like my favorite states, Colorado & Utah