Thursday, September 19, 2013

It Would Take More Than Two Letters To Turn Ford Into Gore

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a well-known person from the 20th century who held an important position. Take the first and last letters of this person's last name, change each of them to the next letter of the alphabet, and you'll get the last name of another famous person who held the same position sometime after the first one. Who is it?
Vice presidents on parade! Gerald Ford, who has by far the more interesting geographical history (see his Wiki page) was Nixon's veep, and Al "The Shortest Name in Politics" Gore was Clinton's veep. The only real argument is whether vice president is "an important position."

Sunday's photos are all about Gerald Ford. (I'll be honest; I liked his wife, Betty, more than I liked him.) The first three are of Grand Rapids, MI, then one of Oak Park, IL, and the bottom two are Omaha, NE.

By contrast, Al Gore would have been Tennessee and Harvard. Boring. (I like him better than his wife, although I daresay she's a perfectly lovely person despite being called "Tipper.")

You can click on any of the photos in Sunday's post for more information.

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

2,501 - 2,750 -- Mendo Jim
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).

4 comments:

Word Woman said...

Gerry played football but Betty knew the score. I admired Betty Ford as well, Magdalen.

The Fords also spent a lot of time in our beautiful state of Colorado. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail are breathtaking.

Paul said...

Gore may not have invented the internet, but I think he gets credit for coining the phrase 'information superhighway', which no one uses anymore.
Joe Kupe's comment reminded me of a commercial, PSA, blurb, something-or-other, back in the day, featuring a young boy (maybe in Magellanesque costume) saying something about a highway that "will not go from here to there. There will be no more 'there'. It will all be 'here'".
Anybody remember anything like that?
Please prove I'm not a madman.

Mendo Jim said...

Look for an Anna Paquin commercial from 1994: "No More There." It's on Youtube.

Paul said...

So it was a girl under that hat! My mistake. Thanks, Mendo Jim.