Thursday, January 9, 2014

No, Not a Female Horse You Rent For 24 Hours

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name something in five letters that's generally pleasant, it's a nice thing to have. Add the letters A and Y, and rearrange the result, keeping the A and Y together as a pair. You'll get the seven-letter word that names an unpleasant version of the five-letter thing. What is it?
As Mendo Jim pointed out, the five letter word (DREAM) is easy. But the seven letter word, DAYMARE, is not one people use on even an irregular basis. I'm beginning to suspect that when Dr. Shortz doesn't say "a common English word," it's safe to assume the omission is intentional.

Let's see if Flickr has any "daymare" photos...Holy moly, they do! I don't "get" them, but they're there. [Edited to add: the photos aren't showing up in preview mode, but I hope they will show up for you.]














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

Marie said...

Magdalen, I believe I picked 851