Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mister Cellophane Makes a Call

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a 10-letter word that names an invention of the early 20th century and includes an A and an O. Remove the A. Then move the O to where the A was, leaving a space where the O was, and you'll name a much more recent invention. What is it?
Rather easy--I did it in reverse. I thought of a more recent invention in two words (three words in nine letters seemed unlikely) and worked backwards. At first I thought of cars, but it's clear the A disappears. Then phones. Bingo! The correct answer is CELLOPHANE which becomes CELL PHONE.

I asked Ross for a word for today's photo montage. Perhaps in response to the riot of autumnal colors here, he picked CERULEAN. There is a bird and a butterfly by that name. I went with the pretty blue color, though.













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

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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