Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ich Bin Ein Berliner Puzzle

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a world capital. Change a letter in it and rearrange the result to name a country. Then change a letter in that and rearrange the result to name another world capital. What names are these?
Ross came up with three answers, one of which is more obviously the "right" answer. "j" totally called on these three.

Right: Berlin -- Brunei -- Beirut
Almost right: Rabat -- Aruba -- Abuja (Aruba is a constituent country of The Netherlands, like Scotland is of the U.K.)
Not right: Baku -- Cuba -- Juba (insufficient anagramming)

Let's look at some photos of Berlin, shall we?













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 -- Curtis
351 - 400 -- Maggie Strasser
401 - 450 -- legolambda
451 - 500 -- Jay

501 - 550 -- Ross
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Magdalen
651 - 700
701 - 750 -- Word Woman
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- zeke creek
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Joe Kupe
951 - 1,000
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).

7 comments:

legolambda said...

Magadalen,

What does " 'j' totally called on these three" mean? Does the "j" have any connection, as blog commenter Paul wondered to Word Woman's spatial puzzle posted this week over at the Puzzleria! blog? It is:

J

____________


TITANIC


(Or, Word Woman said, you can substitute ANDREA DORIA for TITANIC.)

I, and Paul, are stumped. Can anyone here in AESAP Nation solve it?

LegoIAlreadyHaveTooManyPuzzlesToDealWith

legolambda said...

Blog commenter David also posted a spatial puzzle on Puzzleria! that has me (and perhaps other Puzzlerians!) stumped:

HIIR

Can anybody help me? (I mean, help me with solving these puzzles... as any number of psychiatrists can attest, I am otherwiswe beyond help!)

LegoCouchPsychiatrato

Paul said...

I forgot to say thanks for the recalibration pictures.

Thanks for the recalibration pictures.

Especially the "Center of the World" one, which has an interesting story connected to it.

What do you think about TRIFECTA?

Word Woman said...

Or TRANSLATION (as in Enoch, etc.)

Word Woman said...

Ooh, ooh, how about FIKA and/or JELLY DOUGHNUT?!

Anonymous said...

Here was my solution.

For the first capital, I used Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (capital of Sri Lanka).

I changed the J, which gave me Syria as the country. How? I changed it into an eraser and was able to get rid of all the letters other than the first 5.

Then I change the S in Syria to a dh and rearranged to get Riyadh.

Some may quibble with my decision to change one of the letters in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte to an eraser. I tried changing it to a black hole, but I had far less control that way.

I didn't get a call from NPR today, so I assume that lots of other people must have had the same solution.

Phil
(Who is still a bit upset about having to prove he's not a robot after that solution, which I think beyond the ken of most robots)

legolambda said...

Phil,
Your solution is beyond the ken (not to mention the barbie) of the least Pavlovian most, impulsive, impetuous, unpredictable and freest of spirits!

You are no robot. You, sir, are an anarchist! (Not that there is anything wrong with that.)

That is the most beautiful solution to a puzzle that I have ever seen.

LegoRoboto/MissAstronautBarbie