Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Rose by Any Other Name (+ Two More S's)...

Here is this week's NPR Puzzle:
What word, containing two consecutive S's, becomes its own synonym if you drop those S's?
Roses BLOSSOM & BLOOM.

As Astute Commenter, Alex B. clearly figured out, I referenced the Nineties sitcom Blossom, starring Mayim Bialik as the titular Blossom and Jenna van Oy as her BFF, Six.

Special heads-up to Mendo Jim. The following photos are all of roses, so feel free to ignore the eternity it will take for them to load.















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 -- Maggie Strasser
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Paul
701 - 750 -- zeke creek.
751 - 800 -- Marie 
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- Magdalen
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- Ross
1,201 - 1,250 -- Word Woman
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
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).

1 comment:

Word Woman said...

And then there's Seven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRUdaWZ4FN0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

And Guess (with bonus colorful photos):

http://wordwomanpartialellipsisofthesun.blogspot.com/2014/01/petrographic-thin-sections-deadlines.html

Great rose photographs, Magdalen.