Thursday, May 29, 2014

Please God, Not Photos of Teeth...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The word "sort" has an unusual property: the first letter, S, is found inside the word "first." The second letter, O, is found inside "second." The third letter, R, is found inside "third," and the fourth letter, T, is found inside "fourth." Think of a familiar three-word phrase in 10 letters that has the same property, in which every letter in the phrase is found inside its corresponding ordinal. Here's a hint: It's something most people have, lose and regain. What is it?
There was some discussion in the comments about how one solves this. Whether you used a computer or not, there is only one answer: SET OF TEETH

Now, there was also a discussion of whether the puzzle itself was accurate. I could go find a photo of a juvenile skull with both "baby" and "adult" teeth--but it's easily one of the scarier things I've seen online recently, so I won't inflict that on you.

What was missing in the comments was an explicit request for Flickr photos found using a specific word or phrase. Hmmph.

But first, let me explain Sunday's photos. The train is TOM CRUISE; the stream (a beck) is GLENN BECK (and yes, I had to cheat on this one because if you type in Glenn Beck with both N's, you get a whole hell of a lot of photos of people for Glenn Beck, people agin Glenn Beck, and people who are Glenn Beck); DREW BREES is the two women, although I have no idea why; NEIL DIAMOND is the Solitary Man; HOLLY HUNTER is the purple photo of the house, supposedly showing that it's haunted; and the frosty photo is TIGER WOODS.

Curtis stressed the word "pretty" in his comment, so let's use that, shall we? I like pretty things...













Time for
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350 -- Ross
351 - 400 -- Maggie Strasser
401 - 450 -- Word Woman
451 - 500 -- Alex
 
501 - 550 -- Joe Kupe
551 - 600 -- Magdalen
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Paul
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- anonymous  
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Zeke Creek
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
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
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).

3 comments:

David said...

Since next week's puzzle is on June 1 (or May 32 if you prefer), use "June" for the Thursday pictures.

Word Woman said...

I second that vote for June, David. The local newspaper reported I was born on May 32nd!

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