Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bad Breath? Try Colgate!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a boy's name and a girl's name, each in four letters. The names start with the same letter of the alphabet. The boy's name contains the letter R. Drop that R from the boy's name and insert it into the girl's name. Phonetically, the result will be a familiar two-word phrase for something no one wants to have. What is it?
As we said, not hard. BRAD - R and BETH + R = BAD BREATH

Now, why didn't Will Shortz run this puzzle BEFORE offering us a name brand of toothpaste?

Here's what Flickr offers for "bad breath":













Time for

Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150 -- Paul
151 - 200
201 - 250 -- Natasha
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400 -- Ross
401 - 450
451 - 500 -- Phil
 
501 - 550 -- Joe Kupe
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Word Woman
651 - 700
701 - 750 -- Magdalen
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- B. Haven
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150 -- zeke creek
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
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 -- legolambda
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:

Anonymous said...

Well, phooey.
I went with Bart.
Do you suppose Will will accept it?

Mendo Jim

Word Woman said...

Don't hold your Bre(a)th, Mendo Jim ;-)

Have a safe 4th!

Paul said...

I thought about Jethro Tull this week, too.

Penney, Press & ... Howe?