Thursday, February 28, 2013

NPR Puzzle 2/24/13 -- Who Let The Dogs Out?

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name two parts of the human body, 10 letters in all. Place their names one after the other. Take a block of three consecutive letters out of the second word and insert them somewhere inside the first word without otherwise changing the order of any of the letters. The result will name a kind of doctor. What kind of doctor is it?
This is a close one. The parts of the human body are VEIN and ARTERY. VE(TER)INARY.

Here's what Merriam-Webster has to say about the adjective "veterinary":
of, relating to, practicing, or being the science and art of prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease and injury in animals and especially domestic animals
I dunno--does an adjective satisfy the precise wording of the puzzle? I'm not sure it does. I suppose it can be added to the phrase "kind of doctor" so the answer implied is "a veterinary kind of doctor." But I can't say I like the answer being adjectival.

Oh, well, moving on.

To the extent that we at Crossword Man Blog have a policy about tolerance and free speech in the comments, it's roughly this: We tolerate differences in opinion, but we reserve the right to yank a comment that offends us personally or that we believe will offend others. No one has violated this common sense standard recently (or ever, that I can think of). We just thought we'd mention it.

Photos: Of course what I wanted was a photo of the circulatory system that had been made into a kaleidoscope. In that quest I was disappointed. My second hope, namely for an overhead shot of some spaghetti junction, was also dashed.

Still, I'm a sucker for a bare tree...







Time for
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150 -- Paul
151 - 200 -- Curtis
201 - 250 -- skydiveboy
251 - 300 -- Dave
301 - 350 -- EKW
351 - 400 -- KDW
401 - 450 -- Zeke Creek
451 - 500 -- Laura
 
501 - 550 -- Word Woman
551 - 600 -- Ross
601 - 650 -- Magdalen
651 - 700
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). 

5 comments:

Word Woman said...

Hi, AudioEnglish.net/dictionary/veterinary considers veterinary to be either a noun or an adjective. But, both uses are very rare. I imagine that's why it took us awhile to solve this one.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I think the clustering of the Pick a Range guesses speak volumes about what the readers of this blog think about the wording of the puzzle. I take my cats to a veterinarian, who went to Veterinary College. Similarly, I once had a severe cut to my hand, and the doctor who sewed me up had a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) degree. I wouldn't say I went to see an Osteopathy; I would just call him a doctor, or an OD, in same way we would refer to most doctors as MDs.

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Word Woman said...

Third time's a charm. Fibonacci Kaleidoscope