Thursday, January 23, 2014

Streetcar Named What Now?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous person whose first and last names together contain four doubled letters — all four of these being different letters of the alphabet. Who is it? For example, Buddy Holly's name has two doubled letters, D and L.
"There's a very obvious answer and at least one less obvious (but more likely to be the "right") answer. And then a lot of people whose "fame" can be debated."

Yup, I wrote that. And I was an idiot. The obvious answer is TENNESSEE WILLIAMS. Ho hum.

Now, about that less obvious answer that we thought must be right... Here's what I was thinking. The way the puzzle read "...whose first and last names together..." suggested to us that the first name ended with the SAME letter to begin the last name. Thus, by putting the two names together, you'd see the double letter.

We were wrong. My apologies. Tennessee Williams is the right answer. Here, though, are my wrong answers:
BROOKE ELLIOTT (the link is to her Wiki page) and
DEBBIE ELLIOTT (ditto, plus here's a link to her NPR page)

I can make a better case for Brooke Elliott, the TV actress who stars in Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva. But being the star of a basic cable TV show is still not as famous as Tennessee Williams.



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

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am glad other, nicer people met the challenge standards.
I came up with Addison Mitchell McConnell, "Mitch" of Senate Minority Leader infamy.

Mendo Jim (since Blogger doesn't want to supply a name block)

Anonymous said...

Tennessee Williams came immediately to my mind, but I never was able to solve the puzzle. I took the puzzle literally. Since Tennessee Williams's first name is Thomas, I dismissed that possible answer.

Oh well.