Thursday, July 31, 2014

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
There are three popular men's names, each six letters long, that differ by only their first letters. In other words, the last five letters of the names are all the same, in the same order. Of the three different first letters, two are consonants and one is a vowel. What names are these?
 We got Austin, Dustin & Justin. Do tell us what other trios answer this puzzle!

Ross and I drove on Tuesday to Princeton, NJ. The campus didn't line up with my recollection from the only other time I've been there (about 20 years ago; a law school classmate had gone to Princeton as an undergrad, so I got "an insider's tour"), which was disconcerting. Memory is unreliable, as I know but don't always believe.

Anyway, I turned to Ross and said that "Princeton" had to be the Word of the Day so that I could pick some nice pix for this post. Flickr, don't fail me now.

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 -- Phil
451 - 500 -- Mendo Jim
501 - 550 -- B. Haven
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- zeke creek
951 - 1,000 -- Marie
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300 -- legolambda
1,301 - 1,350 -- Maggie Strasser
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500 -- Ross

1,501 - 1,550 -- Joe Kupe
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 
1,651 - 1,700 -- Magdalen
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 -- Word Woman
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).


Alex B. said...

That's really the only answer. If it was female names you could argue for Helena, Selena and Yelena.

jan said...

RUSTIN also works.


All except Dustin are on the Moby Word List.

In what way didn't Princeton line up with your recollection? And do you mean the campus or the town?

Anonymous said...

Earvin, Garvin, and Marvin was my second answer, the first being Austin, Justin, and Dustin.

I really would have had to try hard to miss Austin, Dustin, and Justin since I teach during the summer and have at least one of each in my classes (including one class with an Austin and a Justin).

But I don't understand why Earvin, Garvin, and Marvin would not work, so, Alex, I'm going to respectfully disagree with your assessment.


Alex B. said...

Fair enough! The list of names from NLTK does not include "Earvin" (and my list of famous names does not include "Garvin.")

Mendo Jim said...

I read that Garvin is the man with a spear. Not a name I've heard, but good enough.
Marvin, of course, is the man with gardens and Earvin is the MAN with a ball.
That ball is in Will's court, so to speak.

Magdalen said...

Jan -- I had a very specific memory of a Neo-Gothic building in old gray stone. Maybe it's still there, in a part of the campus we didn't walk to on Tuesday, but I wasn't able to line up what we did see on Tuesday with my memory from 20 years ago.

My trip on Tuesday was with Ross (who went to Oxford, where the buildings aren't "neo" anything!!) and my friend Jay, who went to Yale and the University of Michigan Law School. He says both Yale and UofM Law School beat Princeton for the "trying hard to look like Oxbridge" award.

Word Woman said...

Brown U does a good job of that too. . .

I have seen these variations of the "in" names: AUSTYN, DUSTYN,JUSTYN and AUSTEN, DUSTEN, and JUSTEN.

legolambda said...

Procreators of wee'uns may or may not have a marriage license, but they all, alas, have a license to neologize.


Word Woman said...

LegoLambdyn (daily self neologizer),

True, and it is often more fun for the neologizer than the neologized. Witness the 8-year-old boy I met at the library named "GUESS."

Btw, LegoLambdyn is a good name for you ;-)

Werd Woumin

Word Woman said...

^^^(Scroll to the end of the comments section for some great Lego dialogue). . .

Phil, where do you teach these Austins, Dustins, and Justins? The elementary school kids I have taught include several Austins and Justins but no Dustins. And one of the Austins is a girl.

jan said...

Magdalen, much of the Princeton campus is available for browsing on Google StreetView, if you want to re-align your recollection. I haven't been there for years, but, happily, my son will be visiting for the Fall semester, so I expect I'll be doing some recollection realignment of my own.

Anonymous said...


I teach high-school students, mostly Asians. I've had quite a few Austins and Justins and a few Dustins too.


Mendo Jim said...

OT: Did anyone else think that Cooper's response of "era" last evening was a good as "eon?"

jan said...

Mendo Jim, I think you may be on the wrong blog, but I happened to watch the Jeopardy Teen Tournament final while exercising inside today (too rainy for a bike ride), and I agree with you.

Mendo Jim said...

Jan: I have been told I was born on the wrong blog.
But thanks.

Word Woman said...

Glad that got cleared up, jan and Mendo Jim. I had no idea what you were talking about. What was the Jeopardy answer to which era or eon was the question?

jan said...

Ah, now what I've seen the clue again, I realize that the ruling was correct, "era" was incorrect.

The category was "3-letter words with 2 vowels".

"The last class of the day seems to last this long, the longest division of geologic time."

Mendo Jim said...

Darn, I hate to admit I was wrong on this.
Even after nearly 60 years of interest in the history of the world, I am not sure that I would have gotten the answer in the time allowed even if I heard the question correctly.
Perhaps I was ready to squawk about anything after they put on the hurry-up and confusing sudden death tie breaker. I wonder if Alan (second place) even knew the format; I didn't.
A little incursion into the comeercial marathon that precedes Final Jeopardy would have helped.

Not their best effort. Or mine.

And I was surprised to follow jan's lead and find discussion forums that talked about both of these problems.

Paul said...

I wonder if there are any fascinating photos associated with equipoise?