Thursday, February 26, 2015

Still Activia After All These Years

Here's this week's NPR Sunday puzzle:
Name a famous living actress who goes by three first names, all of them traditionally considered male. The names are 5, 3 and 6 letters long, respectively.
Ross rather expects me to know ALL actor and actress names off the top of my head. Hah! He got this one: JAMIE LEE CURTIS.

I read through the comments (22--that's a lot for our little blog; I love the sense of community you guys create!) to see if anyone had nominated a subject for our photo section. I lit on "ray" in one post--you meant it in the name sense: Mendo Jim's Stevie Ray Vaughn and Billy Ray Cyrus are almost solutions to the puzzle, except for all the ways in which they aren't.

Anyway, let's catch some rays:













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
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 500 -- Alex B.

501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- Ross
851 - 900 -- Mendo Jim
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 -- Magdalen
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550-- Word Woman
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- legolambda
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750 -- B. Haven
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900 -- Jay
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050 -- Joe Kupe
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:

Anonymous said...

While I did get this answer, I was, as I indicated earlier, disappointed at how long it took. I heard the puzzle at 9:40. About an hour later, I spoke to a friend of mine. His name is Curtis. Two hours later, I saw another friend. Her name is Jamie. And about two hours after that, I saw an acquaintance whose last name is Curtis.

And still I didn't have the answer. I kept thinking of two names: Rickie Lee Jones, which I knew didn't fit--and, oddly, Mendo Jim just because of the letters (5 and 3).

Phil

legolambda said...

Phil.

I could die a happy man if the answer to Dr. Shortz's NPR Sunday puzzle would someday be "Mendo Jim!"

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Word Woman said...

Mendo -- Si? No?

;-)

legolambda said...

Indeed!

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