Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Secret's in the Broad Construction

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name part of a TV that contains the letter C. Replace the C with the name of a book of the Old Testament, keeping all the letters in order. The result will name a sailing vessel of old. What is it?
We managed to solve this pretty expeditiously, although I don't recall quite how we did it. Probably by seeing that CHIP - C + S = SHIP. Oh, and that 1 KINGS could be I KINGS.

V CHIP - C + IKINGS = VIKING SHIP

As NOVA puts it, "The secret of the Viking ship lay in its unique construction."

I gather people did not feel this was an easy puzzle. Ross will have a hard time getting a nice, low range to pick.

Curtis put the word "tricky" in bold to signify it should be today's Flickr word. Turns out to be a UK band that everyone loves to take photos of! But also some other pictures:














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

3 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

I figured out what the intended answer was and apologize for a hint that was too obvious.

While waiting until Sunday for Paul's promised comeuppance, I have to say that Will insults his followers with this kind of challenge.

Maybe the PMaster just didn't know his statement of it was misleading.

legolambda said...

Very interesting range chart this week: everything under 601 is taken; everything over 600 is not taken!

I guess we thought this puzzle was a toughie.

Lego...

legolambda said...

Magdalen and Ross,

Thank you very much for including Puzzleria! on your Blogroll.

I launched it only three fortnights ago. Yesterday I uploaded only my sixth weekly (Friday) post.

I guess "with six you DO get Blogroll!"

Thanks again!

LegoGrateful