Thursday, August 7, 2014

When Kissing Flowers, Tulips are Better

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the name of a modern-day country. Add an "A" and rearrange all the letters to name a group of people who used to live in the area of this country. Who are they?
I made a fatal mistake in trying to solve this. I assumed--quite wrongly--that the country couldn't have too many letters. Hah! The answer is [The] NETHERLANDS + A = NEANDERTHALS

Okay, so a couple points of interest. I gather there are some tangential references to "rotter" and then "rotterdam" in the comments on Sunday's post. I don't see that as impermissible hinting, mainly because they arose by my referring to Ross (who did solve the puzzle) as a rotter. Just to restate my rule on NO HINTING: if the hint is so broad that I notice it (and you've seen, I'm not exactly eagle-eyed), then it's illegal.

Next, I gather there's a whole social life going on among our most regular of regulars. Love it!

Finally, and lastly, Blogger hates Mendo Jim. How else can one explain the tendency for Blogger to snatch up his comments (and his alone) as spam. Mind you, the spam feature DOES catch actual spam. A lot of it, as it happens. It also grabs MJ's posts. Our apologies, MJ. Please continue to comment, and please continue to contact us when your comments don't appear.

Curtis has asked for Flickr images based on, and I quote, "the foliage that many folks heavily associate with the puzzle country, or at least with one region of [The Netherlands]." Really not sure what foliage you're thinking of, unless it's pot. No, I stand corrected. It's TULIPS! (Silly me. I read "foliage" and thought of leaves, not flowers.)

Here ya go!

Time for

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


Mendo Jim said...

Sorry, but "Netherlands" is NOT a stand alone country name.
"The Netherlands" is and "the Neanderthals" is a perfectly good way of referring to that group of humans.

Unfortunately Will told us to rearrange "all" the letters, which wss misleading.

In the transition from "THE NEthERlandS" to "THE NEandERthalS," the capitalized letters are not changed.
That is 8 out of 15, not even half.
Pretty easy, if flawed.

Did anyone remember the "Pretty damn seldom" routine from lng ago?

Word Woman said...

I liked your foliage suggestion, Curtis. Pursed my two lips together to say "By golly, it does include flowers!" And, no, not more pot stories/photos, please, Magdalen. I don't know about you, Curtis, but I'm growing a little weary of all the weed talk/buzz.

Great tulip photos, Magdalen.

I didn't make the jump from rotter to Rotterdam until Lego made the dam leap (unknowingly). . .Of course, now Rotterdam is Scoundreldam to me ;-)


Anonymous said...

I agree, WW: I'm over the weed legalization. 7.5 months into the legalization, the world has not come to an end. And, like most folks who didn't smoke it before Jan 1, I'm still not smoking weed. I pass by a large weed store twice a day (to and from work), and have never stopped in.

Word Woman said...

A few years ago, I happened upon an old Victorian house off Colfax Ave after a run in City Park. The tasteful sign proclaimed "Spa Massages Available Here." I walked in, it looked legit and clean so I asked the receptionist if I could book a massage. She asked if I had a doctor's note.


It turned out to be a medical marijuana store. I was clueless. And I didn't stay. . .

Everyone was pretty mellow though.

Paul said...

I'd never heard of the "'pretty damn seldom' routine" before; I had to Google it, and, frankly, I was a bit relieved; I was afraid a) someone was trying to usurp your identity, b) you had finally gone completely over the edge.
Pretty funny stuff!

Mendo Jim said...

Thanks, Paul, I was beginning to think the same thing myself.

Our family discovered that poignamt little story when I was in my teens and we used it our every day communications about housework, homework etc. for years.

If your Google search came up with a discussion on the FunTrivia website, may I suggest a looksee at the quiz contributions of player "scalar."