Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Puzzle Wolf of North Capitol Street

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
This week's challenge comes from listener Mike Reiss, a former writer and producer for The Simpsons. The film Wild Wild West had three W's as its initials. What prominent film of last year had two W's as its initials?
This should have been easier for all of us, as we got to SEE the puzzle. Orally, it's much harder. When you look at the puzzle (above) you see the fateful words: "two W's as its initials[.]" Read that again: "TWOWS as its initials."

Got it now? The Wolf of Wall Street has the intitials T.W.O.W.S.

Clever.

Photos! (Note, the "pretty" one is of sunrise over The Farm of the Wolf, somewhere in Brazil. I can't resist the pretty.)













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

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 -- Paul
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).

6 comments:

Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim, I believe you have the range sewn up this time!

Ok to be stumped every now and again...Especially when it is clever. Not all that interested in this movie but TWOWS is a fun initialism/acronym--T WOWS indeed. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Ugh. I don't like this one at all. I loathe dishonesty in puzzles. I love cleverness but not when it relies on deception.

This reminds me of the garbage riddle "Does England have a 4th of July?" The answer, of course, depends on whether you capitalize "4th" when it's spelled out. So it's a careless puzzle, and both answers are wrong. If you say yes, of course England has a fourth of July, I act as if the word is capitalized and say you're wrong. If you say no, the Fourth of July is an American holiday, I ask what separates the 3rd from the 5th.

So in fairness, if you *heard* this puzzle, did you really have a chance? And if you read it, the apostrophe is incorrect.

I just think that if it's so clever, a little more effort could be put into phrasing it so that the answer does not rely on deception.

I'd really like to hear why War Witch is wrong. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. Even though it was made in 2012, it seems to me that it was prominent in 2013 as being one of the five non-US films nominated. So since it was prominent IN or DURING 2013, why can't we call it a prominent film OF last year? If he says that it was made in 2012, I call bull. If the puzzle is not literal orally, he can't rely on technical wording there.

Thanks for the soapbox. In case it wasn't clear, I loathe this puzzle. With a passion.

By the way, when I said earlier in the week that I realized War Witch must be wrong, it was because finding it involved no cleverness. So I knew it wasn't intended, but I didn't know what basis WS would have for denying it as a valid answer.

Phil

Mendo Jim said...

Hmmm, TWOWS?
The Worst Of Will Shortz?

Actually far from his worst, but far from his best as well.

zeke creek said...

As long as we're using punctuation as empty space then the Z may assume the role of the number two. Thus World War Z becomes 2 W's.

Joe Kupe said...

Phil, I'm with you!

Joe Kupe said...

Boo! Boo! Boo! At least I was close with the range!