Thursday, December 12, 2013

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I Have a Puzzle in Kalamazoo

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a U.S. city in nine letters. Shift the third letter six places later in the alphabet. Then shift the last letter seven places later in the alphabet. The result will be a family name featured in the title of a famous work of fiction. What is the city, and what is the family name?
Interesting puzzle. The answer is KALAMAZOO, becoming KARAMAZOV. Clever, yes?

I'm sharing part of the Glenn Miller Band's double-barreled rendition of "I Have a Gal in Kalamazoo." First half is Tex Beneke, but the better half is the Nicholas Brothers, who sing and dance. Their legs look like rubber bands! (That's a compliment, if anatomically confusing.)



Time for

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

6 comments:

Word Woman said...

Thanks, Magdalen. Really enjoyed the dancing also.

"She's a real pipperoo!" They don't write 'em like that any more! ;-)

Paul said...

I am strangely (very strangely) reminded of the time I was walking to the Fair, and I heard a young person (10 - 12, give or take, I don't really know) on the other side of the street loudly singing "Abra, abra - cadabra, I want to reach out and grab you!"

David said...

I'm pretty sure that magicians turn corpses into zombies using the magic phrase "Abra-Cadaver".

Word Woman said...

David, great deadpan delivery there.

Mendo Jim said...

What is tougher than big photo files for a dial-up modem? You-tube videos! Poor me.
Kalamazoo didn't ring a bell until I looked up found the catch:
"lama" inside "kazoo."
Only just over a year ago too!

Paul said...

I still think ATP is the way to go.