Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bell Buoys Are Boring...Just Try Talking to One

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name someone who welcomes you in. Insert the letter U somewhere inside this, and you'll name something that warns you to stay away. Who is this person, and what is this thing?
Ross solved this one on his own while I and my knitter friends...well, knit. (Everyone has their process. Mine is marriage to a really smart guy.)

Anyway, the answer is BELLBOY which becomes BELL BUOY.

Someone (Margaret G., whose dear husband wants it as his Pick-a-Range) mentioned the Atlas Mountains. Let's look, shall we? (Because fundamentally, buoys are boring. Here's a very popular photo of one over on Flickr. See? Boring.)













Time for


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

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Margaret G.
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- B. Haven
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).

4 comments:

Word Woman said...

Hi Magdalen, would you add my range pick at 151-200. And my other range pick is the Dolomites ;-).

Paul said...

After Googling, I second the nomination of Dolomites, and I'll put in a bid for Appalachian at some point in the future.

Mendo Jim said...

I skipped over this solution early in my short search as not really meeting either definition in the clue.
Kipling's "The Bell Buoy" referenced by ron over at Blaine's is definitely a warner, and a darn good poem.
Though a horseshoe answer, I kind of like embracer/embrasure.

I continue to have very poor luck with the new CAPTCHA thingamajig.
I gave up after 4 or 5 attempts yesterday and am about to after 5 today.
Every "improvement" on the internet assumes ever greater connection speeds, whereas I am stuck at the 31.2 kbps I have had for 15+ years.

Jay said...

Have not had any luck with puzzle the last two weeks--so I'll take the 101-150 range.

Pictures of the Atlas Mountains brought back memories as we traveled thru them several years ago--awe inspiring! Then on to the Sahara.