Saturday, July 12, 2014

Saturday is the New Thursday (Just This Once)

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous actress of the past whose last name has 5 letters. Move the middle letter to the end to name another famous actress of the past. Who are these actresses?
This was not hard. In fact, it was bizarrely easy. Think of a famous actress of the past...and your first guess might easily be Greta GARBO. Move the R to the end, and you get the GABOR sisters: Magda, Eva & Zsa Zsa. Yes, they weren't great actresses, but they were famous. As Wiki points out, they were famous for the number of their marriages: nineteen (or twenty, if you count the illegal one) among the trio.

Someone wanted Thunder as the word of the week. We can get behind that!













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
451 - 500
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Maggie Strasser
701 - 750 -- legolambda
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- Natasha
1,051 - 1,100 -- KDW
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- Phil
1,251 - 1,300 -- Ross
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450 -- Magdalen
1,451 - 1,500 -- Paul

1,501 - 1,550 -- David
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800 -- zeke creek
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000 -- B. Haven
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 -- Word Woman
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250 -- Joe Kupe
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).

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