Thursday, February 21, 2013

NPR Puzzle 2/17/13 - Sequel Academy

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:

Name a well-known movie in two words with a total of 13 letters. Each of the two words contains the letter C. Drop both C's. The letters that remain in the second word of the title will be in alphabetical order, and the letters that remain in the first word will be in reverse alphabetical order. What movie is it?
I loved the spirited defense (well, some of you said you liked it) of this movie: POLICE ACADEMY, which spawned five sequels.

One comment regarding alphabetization. Any anagrams reference guide (Ross has one for the Kindle, here) will lined up all duplicate letters quite happily. So the movie minus the Cs is POLIE AADEMY.

Police Academy was filmed in Toronto. Here are a short stack of beautiful Toronto photos:





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

Mendo Jim said...

"Police Academy" was not intended to educate, uplift or enlighten, but to be funny and to make money for those responsible.
It did these in spades. It was the sixth grossing (NOT grossest) movie of 1984.

I have to say that "a,a" may actually be in reverse alphabetical order.

skydiveboy said...

I did not see this poor excuse for the use of film, but anytime a Hollywood movie is high grossing you can safely bet on not seeing me watching it. Occasionally there is an exception, but this is more like the poster boy.