Thursday, July 24, 2014

Water Turns Into Sweat

Here is this week's OFFICIAL NPR Puzzle:
Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that you probably have a lot of in the summer, but that you probably don't want. What is it? (HINT: the second thing is a form of the first thing.)
I gather this has been deemed a super-easy puzzle. The answer I assume Will Shortz wants is WATER - R + S = SWEAT (not WASTE). But I could be wrong.

Ross has decreed that the word of the week is TORNADO, possibly because there was one in our corner of Pennsylvania two weeks ago. Well, actually, there were four, but one in particular touched down two miles from our house.













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

1,501 - 1,550 -- Joe Kupe
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 -- Phil
1,951 - 2,000 -- Marie
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 -- Maggie Strasser
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).

12 comments:

Word Woman said...

Magdalen and Ross, glad the tornado did not hit any closer to your home. Sounds like there were, thankfully, no injuries.

Henry BW said...

And after last Sunday's segment, I challenge you to find photographs for "diatonic phrygian tetrachord" as the "word" of the week.

Mendo Jim said...

Name something in five letters that's nice to have a lot of in the summer. Change the last letter to the following letter of the alphabet. Rearrange the result, and you'll name something else that is also vital to have a lot of in the summer.
That is the challenge that an assistant might have convinced the PMaster to use.

Anonymous said...

Oh, your answers are much better than mine. I guess I was thinking too much along the lines of last week's Breaking Bad puzzle. For something good to have in the summer, I came up with "speed." I changed the d to an e, rearranged, and had epees. Since I always buy fencing supplies in the summer only to realize that I don't actually fence, I thought my answer was perfect. As for the hint, I figured you can probably make an epee from speed if you really wanted to.

Oh well.

Phil

Word Woman said...

Hi Phil,

Never mind epees...What was your answer to this puzzle you posed?

"Think of a country. Change the fifth letter to an A and rearrange the letters to NAME (hi, Mendo Jim) a container frequently associated with a product from this country." WW

Paul said...

For the benefit of WW, I repeat my hint to Phil's puzzle: consume mass quantities.
I also divulge my alternative answer to a previous Phil puzzle, which I could not divulge earlier: GARB,GRAB,BRAG,BARG(look it up!)
No one showed the slightest bit of interest in my KITTY FOYLE / ELLEN FOLEY puzzle. I'll get over it.
I second Henry's nomination of "diatonic phrygian tetrachord".
If the magic number this week is in the 1251 - 1300 range, I'll make a contribution to WVIA. Fair's fair.

Word Woman said...

Paul, lots of communion wafers?

Sorry, Kitty Foyle and Ellen Foley are not on my radar.

And I will second your second for DPT as THE WORDS.

Anonymous said...

WW, I can't come up with an answer to my puzzle. I mistyped, it seems. I meant to change the FOURTH, not the fifth, letter. Sorry about that. I really hope you didn't expend any energy on that one. I'll post the answer on or after Sunday in case you want to try it now.

Mea culpa,

Phil

Paul said...

Like I said, consume mass quantities.

Word Woman said...
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Word Woman said...

Got anything else, Paul?

Phil, any hints from you? First letter or . . .

Anonymous said...

WW, I'm not very good at hints, but I can tell you that the country is in Europe, that the container is for a liquid, and that you might see it at a restaurant.

Phil