Thursday, March 26, 2015

Is "Pass-Fail" Easy or Hard?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the word "die." Think of two synonyms for this word that are themselves exact opposites of each other. What two words are these? A hint: they have the same number of letters.
I didn't think this was so easy, but it was (we believe) PASS - FAIL. What other answers did everyone come up with?

I've pulled DIE, PASS & FAIL up at Flickr. Can you tell which photo was found using each of those words? (Two of each.)













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 -- Joe Kupe
351 - 400 -- Ross
401 - 450
451 - 500

501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600 -- Magdalen
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Word Woman
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- legolambda
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 -- Margaret G.
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Maggie Strasser
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700 -- B. Haven
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 -- Curtis
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).

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

My answer was "le" and "el." That's what I submitted.

Phil

Dave Taylor said...

The way I tell if a Sunday Puzzle is "hard" (relative term) is to count the number of entries on this and "the other" blog. If it is an easy puzzle, entries can reach 100 or more.

Only 50 or so by 3pm EST on Thursday - I'm guessing less than 500 entries this week.

However my theory falls aparts if there are sideline (non-puzzle) discussions and excludes me from formally participating here, but it's just for fun !

Word Woman said...

Hi Magdalen, I think you have me down for last week's guess (2501-2750) which was close-ish to 3200. This week's guess was 751-800. Many thanks. WW

Mendo Jim said...

I suppose at least "pass/fail" and "pass/stop" are answers that might be accepted, although the former is pretty sure to be Wee Willy's fav.
It took me until this morning to figure out my unease with this challenge: It may just be nitpicking, but I think a better way of putting it would have been "in another sense the words are opposite."
Words that are "exact" opposites should be so in every way.

Anonymous said...

Mendo Jim,

I'm not sure I agree with your comment about the phrasing, especially from a linguistic sense. I don't think exact opposites exist if we require words to be opposites "in every way." I thought the other sense was implied.

Nonetheless, it was the word "exact" that I seized upon, hoping that my facetious or contrarian solution would, by having exact opposites (in the order of letters) cause WS to overlook the synonym problem. Of course, I don't expect my submission to be accepted, but I suppose I received some lulz from it, and that's adequate compensation.

Phil

Word Woman said...

Lulz, hmmm. Learn something new every week, Phil.

Anonymous said...

WW, you must have something on captcha butthead.
I tried posting that very same sentiment four different times over two days with NO results.
I'll try anon again. Mendo Jim

2nd try

Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim,I believe that's a first for my having "something on captcha butthead." Lulz