Thursday, February 12, 2015

Knock, Knock...

Here's this week's Sunday NPR Puzzle:
Name someone who's the subject of many jokes; two words. Remove the space between the words. Insert the letters O and N in that order — not necessarily consecutively — inside this string of letters. The result, reading from left to right, will be two words of opposite meaning that this someone might say. Who is it, and what are the words?
Ross got this pretty quickly, while I was still stuck thinking about various clerical types walking into a bar... The answer (we believe) is ST. PETER + O + N = STOP + ENTER.

Here's the sort of New Yorker cartoon that one's expected to think of:


There are funnier St. Peter cartoons, but that one leads back to Bob Mankoff's piece for The New Yorker about his book, How About Never--Is Never Good for You? (I'm sort of hoping with all those links back to his work, that Mankoff will let my tiny copyright infringement slide...)

Is that a joke? Dunno. Here's a joke:
   A cab driver reaches the pearly gates. St. Peter looks him up in his Big Book and tells him to pick up a gold staff and a silk robe and proceed into Heaven.
  Next in line is a preacher. St. Peter looks him up in his Big Book, furrows his brow and says, "Okay, we'll let you in, but take that cloth robe and wooden staff."
   The preacher is shocked and replies, "But I am a man of the cloth. You gave that cab driver a gold staff and a silk robe. Surely I rate higher than a cabbie!"
   St. Peter responds matter-of-factly, "This is Heaven and up here, we are interested in results. When you preached, people slept. When the cabbie drove his taxi, people prayed."
I found that one here; maybe you can find one you find funnier. We know, for example, that when Mendo Jim gets to the Pearly Gates, St. Peter will ask him to type what's shown in the blurry picture... (Sorry about that Mendo Jim.)

LegoLambda wisely pointed out that recent photo sections, featuring ranges people picked, was "Picture a Range." Here, then, is what I get if I ask Flickr to show me PICTURE:















Time for




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

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100
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...

Will Shortz comes up with such lame puzzles that I really don't think he knows it.
If he had the back-up consultant that I have suggested, he would have been informed that "St." is not a word.
This is the worst challenge of the year and is in the running for last year, too.
And blurry pictures were a pleasure compared to the current anti-robot, with whom, unfortunately, I am about to tilt.

Paul said...

Third picture
very good
In my opinion

legolambda said...

Paul,
Yes, that one caught my eye too(th). Very artistically savory, like Escher with a camera. That the girl is holding the frame a tad atilt only adds to the effect. This is why photoshopping was invented!

Good pix picking, Magdalen!

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