Thursday, August 22, 2013

NPR Puzzle 8/18/13 -- Last? Really? That's the Answer?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The Roman numeral for 38 is XXXVIII. What is special or unusual about this Roman numeral that sets it apart from every other Roman numeral that can be written?
This is very easy to solve...if you cheat. If you don't cheat (and I know NONE of you ever do that), then the solution depends on thinking about XXXVIII as letters as well as numbers. If you put all the Roman numerals in alphabetical order, XXXVIII is always going to be last on the list. Always.

[...commence groaning in V...IV...III...II...I...]

For the photo array in Sunday's post, I looked up "last" and "final" in Flickr. In order, the photos represent "final approach," "last stars," "last day of summer," "last light," "last light," and "final resting place."

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



7 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

Groaning.

zeke creek said...

Groan. I kept it mathematical. All the numbers 1 through 37 are inclusive with the letters used to make the number 38. This ends the string.

skydiveboy said...

Reminds me of a couple of jokes I made up some time ago:

I bought a can of alphabet soup once and considered myself a man of letters.


Once I was dining on a bowl of alphabet soup in a posh bistro and complained to the waiter that there was a fly in my soup. He correctly pointed out that it clearly said ant.

Joe Kupe said...

I got the call and I got the range! What a week!

zeke creek said...

Congrats, JK. I will be listening and cheering you on your way.

Word Woman said...

Congrats, Joseph! That was a hard puzzle this morning. My language Sunday morning is often "Coffee."

Joe Kupe said...

Thanks for the support everyone! Will and Rachel were very engaging and personal. Also, their Production Assistant Kaitlyn pulls it all together; the behind the scenes folks are often unheard from and she did an awesome job coordinating the segment and with a pre show interview.