Thursday, April 23, 2015

Marco & Ted's Excellent [NOT Democrat] Adventure

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the first names of two politicians in the news. Switch the first letters of their names and read the result backward to name something that each of these politicians is not.
Totally not hard, given that both men have announced their candidacy for the presidency in the past few weeks. MARCO Rubio and TED Cruz => TARCO + MED => DEMOCRAT.

Word Woman (who moonlights as my editor, since my live-in editor can't be bothered) called S (for shotgun?) this week's photo section. Let's see what a single letter gets us:














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 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Jay
451 - 500

501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600 -- Legolambda
601 - 650 -- Joe Kupe
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Richard
801 - 850 -- B. Haven
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Margaret G.
1,001 - 1,050 -- Word Woman
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- Ross
1,201 - 1,250 -- David
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450 -- Magdalen
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750 -- Marie
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950 -- Mendo Jim
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:

Joe Kupe said...

Don't forget, Joe Kupe has 601- - 650!

Word Woman said...

Lovely 'S' images, Magdalen. How about 'S' for Shakespeare as it's the bard's birthday today.

David said...

Did you hear about the contortionist who quit his job because he didn't want to keep making an S of himself in public?

Word Woman said...

David, I like it. Almost as good as the "S car go " punchline of French snail fame.

Anonymous said...

I really wish I hadn't been so busy this week. I would have liked to submit an answer to NPR. The intended answer was, I thought, obvious, and in point of fact, I had "democrat" almost immediately and then just had to find the names to fit it. That didn't take long.

But the puzzle is so absurdly open-ended that I thought it must be easy to find other names that aren't intended. I don't have an example off the top of my head, but suppose we had two politicians named Moover and Ram. We could do the change to come up with Hoover Dam, something that neither politician is.

I don't know. Maybe it's harder than it seems to come up with such an example, but I have a hunch it wouldn't be that hard.

Phil

Mendo Jim, B.C. said...

As I have said too many times, Will Shortz' least endearing attribute is his deafness to workable answers that don't meet his preconceptions.

I think if I were NPR's Puzzlemaster, I would not only encourage alternate resoponses, but would give them place of prominence in each week's show.

To go further, I think that that would show a real interest enigmatology instead of what seems to be burnout on Will's part.

I am guessing he is no more interested in my opinion than in my and Phil's attempts to flesh out a puzzle's possibilities.

legolambda said...

Mendo Jim, B.C.,

Amen!

LegoAndAwomenToo!

Unknown said...

Wowee Wow Wow - I won! "around 960 of you submitted correct answers"... so what did I win? --Margaret G.

phredp said...

1,451 to 1,500