Thursday, May 1, 2014

Offering Cate a Carte Blanchett

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous actor or actress whose last name ends in a doubled letter. Drop that doubled letter. Then insert an R somewhere inside the first name. The result will be a common two-word phrase. What is it?
I mentioned on Sunday that Ross solved it inadvertently. What I meant was this. Ross got started working on it, then said out loud, "crate blanche?" To which I replied, "Do you mean carte blanche?" It took me a second to hear that he'd solved the puzzle, and it took him about two seconds longer to realize he'd inserted the R into CATE BLANCHETT in the wrong place.

I secretly hinted--so obscurely that no one was going to get the hint--as to the actress's identity with my photos of San Francisco. She just won an Oscar for her performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, which was set in New York and S.F.

Here are some photos of her homeland, Australia. Specifically, Melbourne. (She was born in Ivanhoe, which is near Melbourne, I gather. I tried for photos of Ivanhoe. I don't think there's much there there. That's when I went to the metropolis!) I figure, you have to love a place where even the parking garage ("car park") is way cool.














Time for
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250 -- Mendo Gin
251 - 300
301 - 350 -- Joe Kupe
351 - 400
401 - 450 -- Ross
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Legolambda
651 - 700 -- Maggie Strasser
701 - 750 -- KDW
751 - 800 -- Paul  
801 - 850 -- Zeke Creek
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Magdalen
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

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:

Word Woman said...

Huh. I hypothesized your inadvertent clue referred to the color green in French, just a hue or so away from Blanche en francais. . .

zeke creek said...

I must admit that I was enlightened by some of the most blow away puzzlers in the lower 48. My grandson and I go to breakfast every Sunday morning. The staff at Waffle House eagerly awaits the Sunday Puzzle. One of the servers has a customer who is presently working with Cate. Along with screeming scatterered smothered covered there was a certain amount of chest thumping going on.

Word Woman said...

zeke creek, did you get help or do you need help?

Is screeming a diner thing with coffee creemer?

Awaiting your answers here at the Blank Slate Geologic Cafe.

zeke creek said...

I helped myself to the creamer. : )
Fun people and puzzles go together.
I enjoy their quick wits and minds.