Thursday, March 27, 2014

John Phillip Sousa & I Only Got One Answer

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a capital of a country. Change the first letter to name a familiar musical instrument. What is it?
Solved it...and then heard tell of multiple answers. We got JUBA (capital of South Sudan) and TUBA. What else did you guys get?

In honor of Sousa's father, who was Portugese, I had photos of Portugal on Sunday. Since I don't know what other countries to run, here are some photos of South Sudan...or nearby places in Africa (because, sadly, a lot of South Sudanese have had to seek refuge in nearby Uganda).













Time for

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

1,501 - 1,550 -- David
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 -- Joe Kupe
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).

4 comments:

Henry BW said...

I missed the Juba Tuba because my list of capital cities was too old to have South Sudan in it.
I saw the Caracas Maracas. What's the third one?

I can't make anything of Simferopol, possibly the world's shortest-lived national capital ever.

Anonymous said...

Maracas was what I remember from a few year old challenge. I think that "maraca" was the answer, engendering a discussion about singular/plural.
I couldn't make much sense out of third possibilites at Blaines.

No name box today.
Mendo Jim

David said...

Repeating my Blaine comment, I got DOHA (Qatar), BOHA (a kind of a bagpipe), but I submitted Caracas/Maracas.

Paul said...

This week's puzzle reminded me of a Cox/Rathvon clue from the late 70's:

There's nothing in false drugs, but people go crazy when out of them (6)

I hope Emily and Henry will forgive me if I've misquoted, and refrain from suing me if I haven't.