Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Bronx is Up and the Battery's Down

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name an island in which some of the letters appear more than once. Drop exactly two instances of each repeated letter. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name something to eat. What is it?
We're not sure if Will Shortz realizes this, but if you look up "islands" in Wiki (to get a list, of course), the picture is of Manhattan. Look no further--no matter what the intended answer is--because MANHATTAN = HAM. Do tell us all the other foody islands in the comments!

I did violate my own no-hinting rule (which you guys obeyed beautifully--I didn't get any of your hints because you are clever and I am...not) by picking Eastern Europe for the Photos from Sunday. See, when I think of "ham" I remember Roland Cyr, a supervisor of mine from 30 years ago. One of my colleagues saw the name "Pinkham" and pronounced it wrong. Mr. Cyr, a rather uncouth Jackie Gleason type, corrected her. "Pink ham is what you have on Easter. Pinkham is pronounced pinkum."

Easter led to Eastern which led to the photo array you saw.

Here's some seasonal pictures from Manhattan:













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

1,501 - 1,550 -- David
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 -- zeke creek
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050 -- Sarah
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 -- Richard
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).

5 comments:

Word Woman said...

"Led the photo array your saw". . .Are you speaking in tongues, Magdalen? (Tongue firmly in cheek).

I went for ALONISSOS and SNAIL, a gastronomic gastropod {with my (its) foot in mouth}. ;-)

Magdalen said...

Ha! You caught me. Not speaking in tongues, nor blogging in tongues. Just blogging late last night (as I was on the road all day) and making molto mistakes. I think I've fixed them.

Thanks for pointing them out. (Really. If you don't tell me, then Ross sees them, and he already thinks my spelling is atrocious. He doesn't need additional evidence.)

Word Woman said...

I think your spelling is just fine.

I had a geologist boss who simply had to find a spelling mistake somewhere in my reports so I'd put it on page 6 and he'd leave the other 200 pages alone.

Sarah said...

I got Achill to chia (a seed) and Rangitoto to grain.

David said...

My alternates (clue / food / island):

Supreme Court Decision- Roe vs. Wade / Roe / Otter

James Brown's shoes- sole (soul, also) / sole / Nelson

John Glenn- per Wikipedia "Sales of Tang were poor until NASA used it on John Glenn's Mercury flight, ... and subsequent Gemini missions." / Tang / Tanaga

All are Alaskan islands.