Thursday, October 31, 2013

Enough to Drive a Puzzler to Drink!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a brand of beer. Rearrange the letters to name an activity often associated with beer.
Ross got this literally a) today, and b) only after I nagged him because I hadn't a clue! He did. He'd guessed, correctly, that he'd solve it from the activity, not the name of the beer.

He was right. The activity is TOASTING and the beer is Chinese: TSINGTAO. (The link takes you to their Wiki page.)

That was close. I really did not want to write a blog in which I had to admit we hadn't been able to solve it.

According to "Squashimono," who took the first photo, "Qingdao is a happy city. Laid back, full of charm, nice architecture, great seafood and tasty tasty beer."







Time for

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

3 comments:

zeke creek said...

I picked POOL Beer from Joliet, IL. Nothing says beer like a POOL hall.

Mendo Jim said...

I've drunk a lot of beer and participated in a lot of toasts, but darned if I can remember ever drinking a toast with beer.
Will Shortz, you epicure, you.

zeke creek said...

Oops, that would be Polo Beer.