Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'll Let the Chickens Decide

Here is this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a country. Drop one of its letters. Rearrange the remaining letters to name this country's money. What is it?
I solved this by looking at a long list of currencies, in alpha order, with their countries next to them. The answer is BELARUS - A = RUBLES

Here's a joke about rubles:
During the waning days of communism in the Soviet Union, an inspector was encharged with visiting local poultry farmers and inquiring about the amount of feed they were giving their chickens. Central planning was still in effect and each farmer was allocated 15 Rubles to spend on chicken feed.
One farmer very honestly answered that he spent five of the allocated 15 Rubles on chicken feed. The inspector took this to mean that the thieving farmer pocketed the other ten and promptly had him imprisoned.
Hearing of this through the rumor mill, the next farmer down the road insisted that he spent all 15 Rubles on food for the chickens. The inspector saw this as a case of budget padding and the farmer as a wasteful opportunist. He too was imprisoned.
The third farmer heard of both episodes and was more prepared for the inspector's arrival.
"How many of the 15 Rubles do you actually spend on chicken feed," asked the inspector.
Like a true nascent capitalist, the farmer threw his hands in the air and answered, "Hey! I give 15 Rubles to the chickens. They can eat whatever they want!"
I got that at this Notre Dame site.

I've picked "warmth" as the word du jour:













Time for



Here are this week's picks:
Negative
50 or less
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250 -- Ross
251 - 300 -- legolambda
301 - 350 -- B. Haven
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450
451 - 500 -- Magdalen

501 - 550 -- Word Woman
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Maggie Strasser
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Paul
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
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).

1 comment:

Paul said...

I've read the joke 3 times now and I still don't get it.
Whatever that says about me, I'd like to suggest SUNSHOWER as a 'picture word'.