Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bootie Pasta, Anyone?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name something that might be worn on the foot. Change one letter in it without changing the order of the other letters. The result will name something one might wear on the upper part of the body. What is it? Here's a hint: The thing on the upper part of the body is a two-word phrase.
Intended answer (we think): BOOTIE => BOW TIE

Guess what the words are for today's photo section? You got it! (Is it me, or have we seen the Pikachu bow tie before? Anyone remember the context? Oh, wait, I found it: Tae Bo becoming Bow Tie, blogged and pictured here.)













Time for


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

501 - 550 -- Margaret G.
551 - 600 -- Magdalen
601 - 650 -- Joe Kupe
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- David
1,001 - 1,050 -- Jan
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- Word Woman
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 -- B. Haven
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).

9 comments:

Henry BW said...

I could not have got that answer, because I had never met that spelling of "bootee." The OED won't even allow it as an alternative spelling.

Okay, this page is displaying comments nos. "1-0 of 0". And it asks ME If I'm a robot?

legolambda said...

For those of you AESAPs followers who may have missed it, I wrote my version of this week’s NPR puzzle two months ago. It can be found here. It is the “Specialty of the House Slice: Haberdash!”

LegoPuzzleria!

Mendo Jim said...

I Googled "bootie" and got something like 26 million hits, the first several pages of which were about a variety of womens boots I never heard of. Actually Google suggested I really wanted "booties" or "booty."

Henry: Perhaps the OED doesn't care for the word, but the OEDILF has this delightful limerick:

"My girlfriend was knitting a bootie,
A pink-and-blue-striped one, a beauty;
And she knitted non-stop. "A
Surprise for you, Poppa!"
I married her; that was my duty"

It is by SheilaB, a regular at The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form, oedilf.com.

Anonymous said...

I'm just curious. I assume someone got the call on Thursday. Technically, was that a bootie call?

Phil

legolambda said...

Good stuff, Mendo Jim and Phil.
Here is a link that manages to encapsulate Will's past two puzzles: A marriage of "bootie" and googol.

LegoBootiePlex

Paul said...

If you can read this, you're following too invertedly.

Great find, lego!

Word Woman said...

Yes, great find! Well plated. . .Hope the driver never ends up with the car upside-down, though.

Anonymous said...

Gaahhh!
I read that at a glance.
I think the PM owes us all an apology!

I think it may be Mr. Captcha's car.
Mendo Jim

Alex B. said...

I assume the "two-word" hint was to discourage people from submitting "sock" and "jock."