Thursday, October 16, 2014

Honiara Where--?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a certain country. Change one letter in its name to a new letter and rearrange the result to name another country's capital. Then change one letter in that and rearrange the result to name another country. What geographical names are these?
I promised you FOUR answers. You get to guess which one was the intended one.

The mostly European, everyone's heard of theses places, answer:
SPAIN -- PARIS -- SYRIA
The so easy, did Will Shortz mean this one, answer:
IRAQ -- RIGA -- IRAN
The delightfully elegant and it uses a non-Iraqi Q! answer:
ARUBA -- RABAT -- QATAR
And finally, the so obscure it's way cool plus long answer:
ROMANIA -- HONIARA (capital of the Solomon Islands) -- BAHRAIN
Did you get them all? And will Will announce them all? Join us on Sunday to find out!

Here's what I got with "Empire State Marathon" on Flickr. No runners, but a steam train for Henry!










Time for


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

Alex B. said...

Spain / Paris / Syria has to be the intended answer. Honiara is too obscure, Aruba may or may not be a country, and Iran / Iraq / Riga changes the same letter each time. Still, cool that there were so many possibilities!

Paul said...

Who cares what the intended answer was. As they say in Boston:

RIGA!