Thursday, February 19, 2015

Keep Hope Alive

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a major U.S. city in two syllables. Reverse the syllables phonetically to get the cost of attending a certain NBA game. What is it?
Not hard at all, although I agree that one imagines the Puzzlemaster was referencing a specific game--game 6 of the Playoffs or something--rather than a generic game with a specific team. Nonetheless, we figure the answer is PHOENIX -- FEE NIX -- NIX FEE -- KNICKS FEE.

I wasn't supposed to be doing this post. Ross was going to fill in for me today and Sunday as I wended my way across Canada on the Toronto-to-Vancouver passenger train. Sadly, a freight train derailed last Saturday west of Sudbury, Ontario and the burning wreckage has effectively severed east and west Canada, at least in terms of train travel. (And yes, it was very similar to the derailment and explosion in West Virginia, suggesting that maybe those "safer" oil tanker cars aren't actually "safer.")

So I'm home, but not in terrible straightforward fashion. I'd flown to Toronto on Monday and met up with my friend, Jay, who had been doing a car trip around the Great Lakes (Philly to Pittsburgh to Cleveland to Ann Arbor to Detroit to Toronto). He was already booked into a hotel in Niagara Falls for two nights, so I just joined him. We ate a lot of good food, some just-okay food, and looked at the frozen falls.

I took photos from my room, but let's be honest--others have taken way better super-cold winter/frozen Niagara Falls photos. Here are six:













Time for

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

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

1,501 - 1,550-- Word Woman
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- Ross
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 -- Joe Kupe
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 -- legolambda
 > 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).

8 comments:

Joe Kupe said...

OK, we had Phoenix, Knicks Fee too, but we also had Raleigh, Lira whereas Lira is the currency in Turkey and the NBA played an exhibition game there this year and that is a certain NBA game! Curious to see how he scores this one!

Paul said...

I like joe Kupe's alternative answer better!
Nevertheless, my hint for the 'ho-hum' answer was 'trouble', which is what happens in River (no, not Salt nor Gila) City when youngsters buckle their knickerbockers improperly. About as subtle as a brass band.

legolambda said...

I also like Joe's Raleigh/Lira solution. Very clever, Joe. Will will have to allow it, and he should mention it on-air as an alternative answer.

Your answer only reinforces my belief that there will be 5,000+ correct responses to this puzzle.

LegoForBroke

Seth Cohen said...

I thought of Buxton --> ten bucks. Not basketball specific, but I suppose it works.

Anonymous said...

Either everyone or no one caught on to what they were having for lunch in heaven on the PM's arrival day:
Subarctic liver is mashed cruciverbalist.

Maybe I should call myself HAL, since I have as much trouble as Mendo Jim proving I am not a robot.
When it says a problem occurred, why am I supposed to say "OK?"

Word Woman said...

Might you connect the dots between subarctic liver and mashed cruciverbalist, please?

HAL said...

WW, I am surprised.
Peter the Saint thought to put a poser to Will the Short before he let him "enter."
Quite appropriately, he asked where their lunch, subarctic liver, came from.
Appropriately, because it is an ANAGRAM (mashed) of Will's stock in trade as a CRUCIVERBALIST.
Will failed.

Word Woman said...

Ah, I see. I was trying to anagram the whole phrase "mashed cruciverbalist."

Thanks, HAL.

We are having a good old-fashioned blizzard with mighty mashed winds :-).