Saturday, August 10, 2013

NPR Puzzle 8/4/13 -- Abducted by Aliens Eating Sushi (that's my story...)

Oh, wow. So sorry I didn't post on Thursday. I have an excuse for not posting on Thursday at the normal time, but NO excuse for the 44 hours after that. And it's not like I can claim the dog ate the post! (I did get abducted by aliens, in that I started reading Linnea Sinclair's sci-fi romances, and really did get caught up in them!)

Still...

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a foreign make of automobile. Cross out several letters in its name. The remaining letters, reading in order from left to right, will spell a food that comes from the country where the car is made. What is the country, and what is the food?
The answers were MITSUBISHI, JAPAN and SUSHI. We so happy that Dr. Shortz had a pleasantly mindless vacation in the Land of the Rising Sun.

I'll explain the photos below (in Sunday's post), but not post new ones. Everyone knows the "Three Diamonds" logo for Mitsubishi cars, right? That's one explanation for the manufacturer's name. But according to Wiki, it's actually "Three Water Caltrops" or water chestnuts. The photo that has a clementine as an orange Halloween moon? Those "bats" are actually caltrops. Photo #2 shows caltrop leaves. The other photos are all taken on the campus of Seikei Universtiy, which has a close association with Mitsubishi.

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
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750 -- Paul
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- Joe Kupe
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 -- zeke creek
1,901 - 1,950 -- Ross
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050 -- Word Woman
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300 -- Magdalen
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400 -- Curtis
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750 -- Marie
2,751 - 3,000 -- David
3,001 - 3,250 -- skydiveboy
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). 

1 comment:

Mendo Jim said...

I am hoping that Rachel announces 2000 entries.