Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Puzzle That's a Hole Lot of Fun

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name certain trees. Also name something that trees have. Rearrange all the letters to get the brand name of a product one might buy at a grocery or drug store. What is it?
Uh-oh. This is going to irk Mendo Jim no end. Another FIR puzzle! FIRS + LEAVES = LIFE SAVERS. (And yes, A Hole Lot of Fun is Life Savers' official motto.)

I guess it was hard if you didn't have Ross's software. Which is cheating, which is why I don't try really hard to sell you the software.

Anyway, I digress. According to Wikipedia, firs have "needle-like" leaves. And cones.

I will assume that because I found the following photos by typing in "fir" at Flickr, that they're all of fir trees.













Time for
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100 -- Barbara
101 - 150 -- Mendo Jim
151 - 200 -- Joe Kupe
201 - 250 -- Marie
251 - 300 -- Ross
301 - 350 -- Zeke Creek
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Jan
451 - 500 -- Word Woman
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Magdalen
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800  
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Maggie Strasser
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
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).

4 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

And it came to pass that the Puzzlemaster's eyes were opened and he knew that he was naked.
So he covered himself with a fir leaf.

BTW, are there enough "s's" in your answer?

Magdalen said...

Mendo Jim -- LOL! And thank you--I'd lost track of the need for the trees to be a plural as well. Fixed it now.

zeke creek said...

I don't believe this 651 to 700 range counts for this week
I'm sorry to respond so late, but could you make a donation to the Red Cross?
thank you

Ross Beresford said...

Thanks ZC ... fixed the extra range and made a $10 donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief in your honor.