Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thank U, U Thant

Here's this week's Sunday NPR puzzle:
Name a world leader of the 1960s — two words. Change the last letter of the second word. Then switch the order of the words — that is, putting the second word in front. The result will name a hit song of the 1990s. Who is the leader, and what is the song?
I used the answer as the title for this post, but in case you never look at the title, here it is U THANT - T + K = U THANK => THANK U

I guess the thinking is: if you're too young to have heard of or remember U Thant (former Secretary General of the United Nations) then you've heard of Alanis Morisette and her song.

From the Wikipedia entry on U Thant:
"U" is an honorific in Burmese, roughly equal to "Mr". "Thant" was his only name, per Burmese convention. In Burmese, he was known as Pantanaw U Thant, in reference to his hometown, Pantanaw.

And from the Wiki entry on Alanis Morisette (really, Will should make a puzzle out of how many letters are doubled in her name, i.e., only one):
"Thank U", the album's only major international hit single, was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance; the music video, which featured Morissette nude, generated mild controversy.
Did you notice how Wiki didn't link to the music video? Well, I'm not going to either.

Let's see what "thank" gets us over at Flickr. For some reason, when Flickr photographers want to thank us, they say it with flowers...which mysteriously prompted me to pick only two floral tributes!













Time for


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

2 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

I was surprised at how many folks on the two blogs had to look at lists to find the name U Thant.
I think he was within the first ten names I thought of whilst still abed. I guess those both must be functions of age.
The song of course followed easily, but I thought Will was having one of his moments with the spelling, I remember the song, but possibly never saw the title in print.
I guess I have mistakenly thought U was his first name for all these years.

Joe Kupe said...

I was born in 1965 and had never heard of him prior. It took multiple searches to finally find him. You know I will not forget him now. NPR - Learning Moments Each Week!