Thursday, January 15, 2015

A City Twin with TWO in its Name

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a U.S. city whose name has nine letters. Remove three letters from the start of the name and three letters from the end. Only two will remain. How is this possible, and what city is it?
Ross saw through the wording immediately. I heard what I thought was the meaning "Only two [letters] will remain" and thus missed the point.

Given that there is no WENTWORTH large enough to be considered a city, we assume the intended answer is FORT WORTH, the city twin of Dallas, Texas.

Word Woman asked last week for TRANSLATION to be the word of the day. The challenge here was to avoid the dozens of photos from International Translation Day 2011.














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 -- Ross
351 - 400 -- Jay
401 - 450 -- legolambda
451 - 500

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Magdalen
651 - 700 -- Margaret G.
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- Mendo Jim
901 - 950 -- B. Haven
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
1,101 - 1,150 -- Maggie Strasser
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- Word Woman
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 -- jan
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).

4 comments:

Word Woman said...

Thanks, Magdalen. The artichoke-winged woman is especially wonderful.

Seth Cohen said...

This answer bugs me. I appreciate the misdirection in the puzzle, but WENTWORTH would be a more satisfying answer. FORT WORTH separates the TWO, so "only two will remain" is no longer correct. "T WO" remains, not "TWO."

Also, the puzzle reminds me of this: http://xkcd.com/169/

Word Woman said...

I agry on both fronts, Seth.

Mendo Jim said...

First, the solution to my 7 letter city poser is Al(too)na. I thought of this while working on Will's spoken clue.

Second, the Robot thingee often never opens at all, then fails to engage when it does. Maybe I AM a robot.

Third, I think Seth has a point. I first felt that the separation of the letters in "two" made for a more challenging chalenge, but it really does seem to remove its essential "twoness."
I hope Mr.Cohen continues to help hold the PM's feet to the fire.