Thursday, February 27, 2014

No, Not the Peritonsillar One...The One With a C!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Write down these six words:
  • Cupid
  • Yoo-hoo
  • Eyeball
  • Entrance
  • Seafood
  • Wiper
The six words have something unusual in common. And when you've figured out what it is, that unusual something will suggest the name of a well-known U.S. city. Name that city.
Two tricks to this puzzle. First, spot that the words all start with the sound of a letter other than the one the word starts with. So Q and C for CUPID. Second, spot the acrostic: QUINCY.

Which got me thinking about QUINSY, one of those delightful archaic terms for a medical condition that, when I read about it, I never wonder what the condition actually is. Dropsy, for example. What's that when it's at home?

Quinsy is an infection near a tonsil. Dropsy, I have just learned, is good old edema by another name. Learn something new everyday. (I haven't linked to Wiki because you can go look them up, and medical stuff makes some people squeamish.)

Did you look at the photos in the Sunday Monday post? I couldn't do a complete 6-letter city with the "special" feature, but I managed five of the six letters. Go back and see if you can figure it out. (Clicking or hovering the cursor over those photos will help.)

Here are some photos of Quincy and my 6-letter city (clearly, if you check the final three photos, you'll see the answer):













Time for

Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200 -- Word Woman
201 - 250
251 - 300 -- Mendo Jim
301 - 350
351 - 400 -- Magdalen
401 - 450
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Joe Kupe
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Marie
651 - 700 -- Ross
701 - 750
751 - 800 
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- zeke creek
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
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 -- Phil
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:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I think my guess might have been overlooked.

Maggie Strasser said...

701-750 range please.

Happy to say, I actually figured this one out....with some help from a friend.