Thursday, January 16, 2014

I'm Picturing Martial Arts for Nerdy Professor Types

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a familiar form of exercise in two words. Switch the order of the two words. Then say them out loud. The result phonetically will name something to wear. What is it?
Familiar? To some people, I suppose. People such as Crossword Man, who got this puzzle immediately. It's like he has a mental card catalog that flips through all the words meaning exercise in crossword puzzles and, as his list is sorted by length, this came up first:
TAE BO (pronounced TIE BO) becomes BOW TIE.
And yes, my presentation went well, thanks for asking. (Ross took photos but they do not show his photography skills OR me at our best.) I'll find out in a month or so what people thought (they have to write out an evaluation and I'm supposed to get copies), but I was pleased with how it went. Plus, I was very pleased to get it over with. On Monday, I did my reading, which also went well. That completed my requirements for my MFA, so I'm done. We drive home on Saturday. Yay!

Let's see what cool bow ties Flickr has, shall we?













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

8 comments:

Alex B. said...

So there's no form of exercise called a "brah push-up"?

David said...

Congratuloations, Magdalen.

David said...

Or, congratulations, if you prefer.

Marie said...

Got the call, yikes! Any tips for me? Thanks.

Mendo Jim said...

It is getting so that when Will uses such words as "familiar" I prepare myself to learn once again what far apart planets he and I live on.
Tae Bo, indeed. A term that rolls as easily off the tongue as its apparent inventor, Billy Blanks!

Good luck Marie. Use paper and pencil. Will actually seems to get miffed if he doesn't get use a few of his prepared hints, so don't worry.

Magdalen said...

Marie, that is so exciting! I love that we'll get to hear your voice. The hell with how you do (you'll do great!!); what I want to know is, what question are you going to ask Will Shortz?

Ross's suggestion: Does he [Will Shortz] think the crossword will be around in another hundred years? (You're welcome to use that, or ignore it completely. All the questions I might ask him arise from my day job as a romance author and are undoubtedly NOT appropriate to ask on the air...)

Word Woman said...

Congrats Magdalen and Marie. A banner week for M Women Bloggers!

Marie said...

Taping is done. Whew! I didn't fall flat on my face and it was a bit fun, so I am happy. Thank you all for your good wishes and helpful tips. Magdalen, I didn't get to ask Will a question! Ross' suggestion was excellent, and I would have liked to have heard Will's response. Looking forward to wearing my lapel pin!
BTW, in real life, I am Christine.