Thursday, April 17, 2014

Is There a Doctor in the White House?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a well-known American company. Insert a W somewhere inside the name, and you'll get two consecutive titles of popular TV shows of the past. What are they?
I solved this one! Here's how I did it:
  1. Think of a company name with a lot of letters. [Westinghouse] 
  2. Insert a W. [WestWingHouse] 
  3. Look sheepish. 
  4. Argue with Ross about whether this works given that the full title was The West Wing
  5. Sigh.

WESTINGHOUSE + W = [THE] WEST WING + HOUSE

And wasn't it technically House, M.D., anyway?

Guess where I am? I'm in Little River, California, which is just a hop (over Little River), skip (over Big River) and a jump (to avoid crazy drivers) from Mendocino! Here are some photos by better photographers than I:













I'm actually staying at the precise place where they filmed Same Time, Next Year. The resort has the movie on continuous loop, so I watched it last night. Best part: the music by Marvin Hamlisch, and in particular the song by Johnny Mathis and Jane Olivor, "The Last Time I Felt Like This." Second best part: the location shots in the movie. You can tell most of it was filmed on a stage set, but every once in a while the characters walk outside into...my view!

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
401 - 450 -- Word Woman
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Ross
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- zeke creek
701 - 750 -- KDW
751 - 800  
801 - 850 -- Joe Kupe
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- HenryBW
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- Magdalen
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450 -- Marie
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550 -- Mendo Jim
1,551 - 1,600 -- Paul
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).


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I suspect that Westinghouse is the intended answer, I can't help but be amused by the fact that if it is, it only misses being accurate by two shows. Put another way, it gets all of the show titles right except for two.

I enjoy the comparison of this puzzle to the TWOWS puzzle. In that one, we needed to ignore punctuation and keep the article. In this one, we have to ignore the article and a significant part of the television show's title (at least according to IMDB, which does claim that "House M.D." is the title of the show, and according to the video boxes--but not according to Wikipedia).

I wonder, though, whether there is a company in whose name we can insert "a w" to form to television shows' titles.

So, along those lines, I did some thinking, and I realized that if you take Quaker State and add "aw," you can get quawaker state. In other words, you get quAWAKErstate or you get quawakERstate. Since both "Awake" and "er" are former TV shows, I reckon my answer works. Sure, I have leftover letters, but so be it.

Or you can take the company LALED, add "aw" to get LALAWED--L.A. Law and Ed, both former television shows.

OK, so my first example has extra letters, and the second one uses a company that probably isn't well know. But at least I got two complete titles.

Phil