Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rock-and-Roller Cola Wars

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the first four letters of a brand of toothpaste plus the last five letters of an over-the-counter medicine, and together, in order, the result will name a popular beverage. What is it?
We assume we have the right answer: PEPSodent + RICOLA = PEPSI-COLA

Nobody calls it Pepsi-Cola, of course, but for some reason using the full name made me think of the "cola wars" lyric in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire." (Sorry for the ear worm, folks.) The Wiki page for the song is a veritable font of information, including how the song came about and what Joel himself thinks about it.

Unrelated completely from the puzzle, I've selected SPLENDID as the word of the day. I'm surprised, honestly, that the word doesn't yield a treasure trove of awesome photos. Still, I only need six. (Oh, dear. I was supposed to use "tour des 300 metres" as the Word of the Day. WW, I promise, I will use it on Sunday. Promise!)













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
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- Ross
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- zeke creek
1,251 - 1,300 -- legolambda
1,301 - 1,350 -- Curtis
1,351 - 1,400 -- Maggie Strasser
1,401 - 1,450 -- Magdalen
1,451 - 1,500 -- Joe Kupe

1,501 - 1,550 -- Word Woman
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- B.Haven
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 -- David
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).

1 comment:

Seth said...

Well that was disappointing. I think of Ricola as containing medicine, not being medicine. I feel like this is sort of like saying Vicks VapoRub is medicine.

Also, Pepsi-Cola is not the name of a popular beverage. It's the name of a popular beverage company. No one -- no one -- calls it Pepsi-Cola. It's Pepsi, or Cola, or Coke, or soda, or pop, or whatever.