Thursday, January 31, 2013

NPR Puzzle 1/27.13 - Segue to a Segway?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a personal mode of transportation. Remove its first and sixth letters. What remains — in sequence, without rearranging any letters — will spell the names of two parts of the human body. What are they?
The answer is WHEELCHAIR yielding HEEL and HAIR. I don't recall how we solved this, but I liked David's story about running behind his wife before he got it. Was he looking at the ground and saw her heels, or up at her head and saw her hair?

Sorry I'm several hours late posting this. I'm ::this:: close to being done with the draft of Book 2 of the Blackjack Quartet. In fact, as soon as I publish this I'm back to writing.

Very quickly, then, some photos:







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 -- EKW
 
501 - 550 -- Joe Kupe
551 - 600 -- Marie
601 - 650 -- Mendo Jim
651 - 700 -- Ross
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Magdalen
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- Paul
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Laura
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- KDW
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
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 -- skydiveboy
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050 -- Word Woman
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). 

4 comments:

David said...

I started at head and worked my down, so hair was my second part. I already tried various parts early in my run, with no success.

Paul said...

If anybody has any insights into photo#6, I'm all ears.

Magdalen said...

It's a painting at the Belvedere Museum in Vienna. That's all I have for you. :-(

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Hmmm - picture #3 - Wheelchair Packing. Is that the Boston version of Wheelchair Parking?