Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bad Baking & Breaking Bread

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a popular TV show about cooking. I guarantee it's a show everyone has heard of. Remove the second and third letters of the first word and insert them after the first letter of the second word. You'll get a phrase for a different kind of cooking. What is it?
Here's a perfect example of a puzzle that works because of the wording. "Take a hit TV show, shift the letters, etc. to name a cooking method..." would be boring. But the misdirection "show about cooking" was perfect. Stress that phrase the right way and "cooking meth" comes immediately to mind. (Well, Ross's mind...)

So the answer is: BREAKING BAD comes out as BAKING BREAD.

Here's some bread:













Time for

Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100 -- Curtis
101 - 150 -- Phil
151 - 200
201 - 250 -- Magdalen
251 - 300 -- Ross
301 - 350 -- legolambda
351 - 400 -- Jan
401 - 450 -- zeke creek
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- Marie
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Joe Kupe
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850 --Mendo Jim
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Word Woman
951 - 1,000 -- Maggie Strasser
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 -- B. Haven
2,751 - 3,000 -- Paul
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).

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm still stunned by the range of guesses for this week. My guess was based on the luck I had getting this right. I could only name two cooking shows about food, and neither one worked. So Will's guarantee led me to the trick in the wording, and then I just happened to luck into the solution even though I've never seen Breaking Bad.

Anent charities, I'm not sure Charity Navigator is the best site for looking up charities, but it's certainly a good start. The problem with Charity Navigator, apparently, is that it relies on information provided by the charities. I probably have that wrong, but I also use GuideStar to evaluate charities, and the two services sometimes differ dramatically in their evaluations.

So to Magdalen and Ross, I'd respectfully suggest that you pick a charity you personally support. I understand your desire not to be too local or at all political, but I've found that I'm more comfortable giving to smaller charities because I believe my smaller donations will be put to real use, not tossed atop a massive pile of funds. And I don't see much wrong with giving to a regional charity. After all, the point is to do good somewhere. At any rate, that's my suggestion. Take it for what it's worth.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, hoping we'll have a good puzzle, and knowing I'll be tuning in if for no reason other than to hear the number of correct answers,

Phil

Word Woman said...

Puzzles? We got puzzles galore this Sunday!

What was the answer to your challenge from the last post, Phil?