Thursday, February 7, 2013

NPR Puzzle 2/3/13 - "No More Twist!"

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous author, first and last names. Change an X in this name to a B, and rearrange all the letters. The result is how this author might address a memo to the author's most famous character. Who is it?
The answers are: BEATRIX POTTER and TO: PETER RABBIT.

This wasn't precisely hard, but it's one of those puzzles I particularly enjoy. How clever of someone to see the connection between a near-anagram of Beatrix Potter and her famous rabbit.

That's not my favorite Potter story. That honor goes to The Tailor of Gloucester, simply because I love love love the embroidered waistcoat:

An embroidered waistcoat at the Victoria & Albert Museum
I had to scrounge on Sunday for photos of exotic places mentioned in Beatrix Potter's Wiki page, which is why there are some museums in the mix. The fact is, she didn't so a whole lot of travel away from her beloved Lake District. And photos of Lake Windermere would rather give the game away. Not today, though. Today, we get to revel in the glories of the Lake District. (Click through for more information on each photo.)







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 -- Laura
 
501 - 550 -- Michelle
551 - 600 -- Marie
601 - 650 -- Joe Kupe
651 - 700 -- Ross
701 - 750 -- KDW
751 - 800 -- Curtis
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- Paul
901 - 950 -- EKW
951 - 1,000 -- Anonymous
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150 -- Richard
1,151 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
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 -- skydiveboy
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000 -- Marie
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). 

3 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

I thought this was a cleverer than usual challenge.
I did kind of like Rex Stout and "To Buster."
Not many of Nero Wolfe's friends probably called him that.

skydiveboy said...

On that other blog post are being counted, but not posted. I just wanted to see if this is also happening here too.

Paul said...

Congratulations, Mendo Jim!