Thursday, June 19, 2014

On Safari. Call Back Tomorrow

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a certain trip that contains the letter S. Change the S to a C and rearrange the resulting letters. You'll name the location where this trip often takes place. Where is it?
SAFARI - S + C = AFRICA

I didn't get this in the split second that you guys did. I was going to say I was distracted by my writer's conference and the reading I did that night, but really, I'm just slow. I am, in safari terms, the wildebeest that gets culled from the herd for being elderly.



Show of hands all those who are the right age to get this. ::waves hand:: I laughed out loud. Ross...not so much.

Here's Ross's panorama from the top of the Rockefeller Center:


My reading went well. My mother was an actress so I just channeled her. I'd suck at "real" acting, but I know enough to make a reading lively. Here's the excerpt I read; it's from Love in Reality, my first romance.  (There's more there than I read, clearly, but if you read the first five pages, you'll get the flavor of what I did on Sunday.)

Hoseart is the WORD! Oops, no photos under Creative Commons. (You can see the two photos under any license here.)

Instead, we're going with CROP CIRCLE because I'm fascinated by them. And I like mandala shapes, obviously.














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 -- Joe Kupe
451 - 500 -- Phil
 
501 - 550
551 - 600 -- Lego
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Ross
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- B. Haven
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Magdalen
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Paul
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- Mendo Jim
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350 -- Word Woman
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
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 -- Marie
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...

The rains down in Africa on Toto's puppy face was simply splendid, Magdalen. Glad things went well at your reading. Looking forward to having a look this evening. WW

Word Woman said...

The rains down in Africa on Toto's puppy face was simply splendid, Magdalen. Glad things went well at your reading. Looking forward to having a look this evening. WW

Anonymous said...

I just want to thank Joe and Lego for joining me toward the lower end of the Pick a Range. For a while there, seeing all of the higher guesses, I felt kind of left out.

Phil

jan said...

Don't know what's the right age, but I really liked the Toto foto.