Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Voyage of Discovery

Ross again ... which can only mean there's something up with Magdalen. Yes, she's unfortunately back in hospital with some serious post-operative problems. We don't know when she'll be released yet, so after this post the NPR blogging will be on hiatus for at least a week.

Here once again is this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a category of books, in two words. Add one letter to each word — the same letter of the alphabet in each case. Rearrange the letters of the first word plus the added letter to make a new word. For the second word simply insert the new letter somewhere inside it. The result will be the two-word title of a famous movie, which is based on a book, which is definitely not found in the category of books you originally named. Name the category of books and the movie.
I found it easier to think of book categories, arriving eventually at chick lit. Not correct, but it was tempting that you can make list from lit and it prompted the movie name and hence the book category. Yes, the category is children's lit from which you can make the movie Schindler's List.

I'll try and work out Magdalen's picture choices from her notes:

This is from Corpus Christi, TX where entertainment executive Sid Sheinberg was born. Sid is credited with "discovering" Steven Spielberg. It was he that later suggested a movie based on Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally.

This is from Cincinatti, OH, the birthplace of Steven Spielberg, who tried to assign the movie project to several other directors before finally deciding to direct the film himself:

This is from Paris, France, where Roman Polanski was born. He was Spielberg's first choice as director, but turned down the gig:

Spielberg also offered the film to Sydney Pollack, born in Lafayette, IN:

and to Martin Scorsese, born in Flushing, NY:

Billy Wilder born in Sucha Beskidzka, Austria-Hungary (now Poland) also expressed interest in directing the film "as a memorial to most of [his] family, who went to Auschwitz."

Time for
Here are this week's picks (and the winner may elect to switch the contribution to the Oklahoma City Tornado Recovery Fund):
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150 -- EKW
151 - 200 -- Mendo Jim
201 - 250
251 - 300 -- Magdalen
301 - 350 -- Word Woman
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Marie
451 - 500 -- David
501 - 550 -- Ross
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050
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). 


David said...

Sorry to hear about Magdalen.

As I was saying earlier, I don't think that Schindler's Ark qualifies as Children's Lit(erature). In my mind, it is a little mature to qualify as being for children. I would include Charlotte's Web, Alice in Wonderland, the Narnia's and Oz's as Children's Literature.

I would include Schindler's Ark, the Diary of Anne Frank, and The Hunger Games as Young Adult.

Marie said...

I'm so sorry to hear bout Magdalen too. Praying for a full and speedy recovery.

Word Woman said...

Sorry to hear this, Magdalen. Come home soon!

Ross Beresford said...

Hi Word Woman.

It looks like you won last week's Pick a Range contest.

If you'd like one of our puzzle book prizes, email your postal address to ross at crosswordman dot com.

Or we could make a donation The One Fund Boston and/or the Oklahoma City Tornado Recovery Fund. Just let us know which.

Thanks, Ross aka Crossword Man

Word Woman said...

Hi Ross,
Please get back to Magdalen and don't worry about this. When things settle, please donate to my New England roots at the One Fund Boston. Thanks and take care.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to pass along "sable whistles," though I may have mistyped that. I do hope you, Magdalen, have a speedy and full recovery. You are missed.


Ross Beresford said...

Magdalen is back home now and I've made a $10 donation to One Fund Boston per Word Woman's request.

Paul said...

Best news I've heard all week!

Word Woman said...

Thank you Ross and Magdalen. And, welcome home, Magdalen...and please, do stay there!

All the best,
Word Woman

Magdalen said...

Thanks, everyone. I *almost* resumed the blog last Sunday, but honestly didn't feel up to it. This Sunday for sure. Also >blush< I don't know the answer to last Sunday's puzzle. (I got home last Wednesday; my brain didn't rejoin me until a couple days ago.)

I'm slowly recuperating from pneumonia and a super-huge lung infection. I'm on IV-antibiotics for a few weeks which is giving me lots of time for schoolwork and writing. I just can't go swimming with Ross. :-(

And yes, I am determined to stop this trend of illness. Four months is enough!

Denise said...

Wishing you a quick recovery Magdalen!