Thursday, December 25, 2014

...Creature Was Stirring, Not Even a Sundry Bullock

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the first and last names of a well-known actress. Her first name has two vowels. Change them both to new vowels, and the result names part of a common Christmas decoration. What is it?
Apologies for being a day late with this. Anyway, I promised you three answers:

Wrong: Jade Garland
Right: Holly Berry
Funny: Sundry Bullock (you know, one of the animals in the Nativity Scene)

There are sundry bullocks in the nativity scenes below...













MERRY CHRISTMAS, guys! (And/or HAPPY THURSDAY!!)

Time for

Here are this week's picks:
Zero and fewer
    1 - 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350 -- Joe Kupe
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Magdalen
451 - 500 -- Ross

501 - 550
551 - 600 -- B. Haven
601 - 650 -- Jay
651 - 700 -- Word Woman
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- legolambda
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Phil
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).

3 comments:

Paul said...

I actually like the Jade Garland idea, but Sundry Bullock -- LM*O!

Joe Kupe said...

We actually went with the Jade Garland, but I believe you nailed it with Holly Berry!

Word Woman said...

Magdalen and Ross, you often steer us in a humorous direction. My creche creatures are amused. . .Happy Boxing Day!