Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rawr! It's Jurassic Puzzle!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a word that means "to come before." Replace its last letter with two new letters to get "someone who comes after you." These two words are unrelated etymologically. What words are they?
Here's our answer: PREDATE - E + OR = PREDATOR. The etymology of these words is left as an exercise for the reader.

I'm using PREDATE as my Flickr word, mostly because the photos for PREDATOR was boring, in the "red in tooth and claw" sense.













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 -- Magdalen
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- legolambda
651 - 700
701 - 750 -- Ross
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- Mendo Jim
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Word Woman
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Marie
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- zeke creek
1,251 - 1,300 -- Joe Kupe
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 
1,651 - 1,700 -- B. Haven
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).

8 comments:

Joe Kupe said...

I think you guys posted this a day early! I did though have the answer and was coming to post a range!

Joe Kupe said...

Oh, and 1151 to 1200 please!

Mendo Jim said...

It's Thursday, Joe.

My comment/hint "Tuesdays with Barry" referred to our somewhat prematurely named Nobel Peace Laureat's regularly scheduled meeting to select on to which Pakistani wedding or group of 10 year old Afghani clousins out gathering firewood to unleash an American Predator drone.

legolambda said...

Mendo Jim,
Yes, it is Thursday, but you will notice that Joe posted his comment just after midnight, well before Will's 3 p.m. deadline.
Lego...

Mendo Jim said...

Whoops, did I miss that? I thought Magdalen was on time.

I meant "laureate" and "cousins."

Joe Kupe said...

Late nights watching Seinfeld and browsing the internet, ahh!

Magdalen said...

I screwed up--I set the timer to post this at 3:10 p.m. (<--correct) but forgot to change the date (<-- incorrect). So when I hit Publish, it published (<--incorrect) and I didn't double check (<--more incorrect).

When I got up early this morning, Joe's comment tipped me off to my mistake (thank you, Joe!) and I was able to yank the prematurely published post and get it (correctly) scheduled.

It was a long day yesterday. My apologies!

Joe Kupe said...

We're all friends here, no worries! Happy to assist, and thanks for the site!