Thursday, February 5, 2015

Erie Goes to Eire

Sorry this is a few hours late...

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a well-known place name in the U.S. that's four letters long. Switch the second and third letters to get a well-known place name in Europe. What is it?
We Ross thought of this one all on his own: ERIE (as in the lake, or the Pennsylvania city & county) and EIRE. Are there any other answers?

Still stuck on mountains--here are the Appalachians!















Time for



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

501 - 550 -- Margaret G.
551 - 600 -- Word Woman
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Mendo Jim
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
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).

3 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

Only Henry mentioned my pronunciation query, but there was a little discussion at the other place.
I was surprised a few years ago by the discovery that the correct way to say Eire was not as in Ireland, but as in era (AIR uh). I don't think I had actually said a whole lot of times, but was still chagrined.
I am going to see if I can work up an understanding of the Wikipedia pronunciation system. It seems to have burst into being without bringing me along.
The first thing I just found out is that, even if I knew the code, my keyboard doesn't support it.
Any ideas?

Henry BW said...

I played the audio file. I cannot read the International Phonetic Alphabet without a crib-sheet. As for typing it, start here? http://ipa.typeit.org/

legolambda said...

Will's puzzle is clever this week, but IMO is worded somewhat unfairly. I will soon post what I consider a more fair rewording in the comments section of Puzzleria!

301-350 for me this week, please.

Lately on this wonderful, peak-performing blog the "pick a range" chart has been been preceded by "picture a range."

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