Thursday, August 14, 2014

Would the Real La Bamba Please Say Baa?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a well-known movie of the past — two words, seven letters in total. These seven letters can be rearranged to spell the name of an animal plus the sound it makes. What animal is it?
As far as we know, the intended correct answer is LA BAMBA = LAMB + BAA.

Now, would you clue that as a movie? Or a song? Or both? Cluing it as both makes it WAY too easy. And a song title would seem to be too hard. But saying it's a foreign language song makes it too easy. Enh, it is what it is.

Here's a link to the original Ritchie Valens version. Or, if you prefer, the Los Lobos version, complete with scenes from the movie.

Let's look at some lambs, shall we?













Time for

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

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