Thursday, March 20, 2014

Greased Lightning...or an Oily Miata?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the brand name of a popular grocery item, written normally in upper- and lower-case letters. Push two consecutive letters together, without otherwise changing the name in any way. The result will name a make of car. What is it?
We got this batting ideas around. I thought of an o or an a bumping into an l to make a d. Ross thought of Mazda. I confirmed that Mazola was a product in the supermarket.

The Mazda Corporation is based in Fuchū, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Here are some non-controversial photos from Hiroshima Prefecture:














Time for

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

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