Thursday, September 26, 2013

Questioning Dr. Shortz's Character?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The name of what character, familiar to everyone, contains each of the five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) exactly once? The answer consists of two words — eight letters in the first word, four letters in the second.
Get read to roll your eyes, if you didn't solve this by now. The answer is QUESTION MARK. Yes, it all came down to the meaning of the word "character."

When everyone's done groaning, here's something to cheer you up:



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

3 comments:

Paul said...

'ready', with a (sometimes) 'y'.
It's alright. Things happen.
Nice clip!...!! Thanks.

Word Woman said...

Thanks, Magdalen! Enjoyed that!

zeke creek said...

My favorite was his licking of the left forefinger to turn sheet music right handed.