Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lady Gaga Lays in Egg (in Puzzle Form, at Least)

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous entertainer: two words, four letters in each word. You can rearrange these eight letters to spell the acronym of a well-known national organization, and the word that the first letter of this acronym stands for. Who's the entertainer, and what's the organization?
We solved this on our way to Hilton Head on Monday. We had to get up early, take the dog to the kennel, then make our way to the small local airport near Scranton, Avoca. We're lucky--it's a lovely airport, complete with free WiFi. Ross found a list of "entertainers" and lo! he found LADY GAGA. He said, "GAY," and the rest was easy. I remembered GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a legal misnomer that I'm glaad they've abandoned), and the puzzle was solved.

We found it hard, although I gather some of you solved it right away. (Congrats!)

I'm going to skip the photos this time. (Hey, I'm on vacation. Can you blame me?)

Time for

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

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was a difficult challenge and, aside from the fact that I didn't solve it, seemed free of any of the frequent problems encountered on Sunday mornings.

If I had known a clean answer existed, I would have not given up as soon as I did.

Actually, I don't know what the "inelegance" mentioned by Alex B. and seconded by Word Woman was.

Word Woman said...

For me, Anon, it was the fact that the organization has given up the words GLAAD stands for and now just goes by GLAAD. So, technically, the G no longer stands for Gay.

Overlookable, I think.

Magdalen, is Lady Gaga having a new show where she's in an egg? I am not a fan so it could be...

Alex B. said...

Yep, that was it. Overall, I think this is a great bit of wordplay; it's just too bad GLAAD isn't an acronym anymore.

Incidentally, is there a word for an acronym/initialism that doesn't stand for anything anymore, like GLAAD or AMC? If not, we should invent one.