Thursday, May 14, 2015

How Many Answers Did YOU Think Of?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
The letters of the one-syllable word "groan" can be rearranged to spell "organ," which has two syllables. Here's the challenge: Think of a common one-syllable, five-letter word whose letters can be rearranged to spell a common two-syllable word — and then rearranged again to spell a common three-syllable word. I have two different answers in mind, and it's possible there are others, but you only have to think of one.
Leaving aside the question of whether one could submit an answer telepathically, I believe Will Shortz was covering his posterior because one of the two answers we came up with is a bit technical in part. Here they are:
AIDES = ASIDE = IDEAS (and yes, that's three syllables: eye-dee-uhs)
AIMED = AMIDE = MEDIA (an amide is a chemical compound; you can read about it here)
How many answer sets did you all get?

I wonder if Flickr has any answer sets...

Nature

Camouflage 101

VII. The Last Glance: Santa Barbara

Hidden red answer

Ten things you can do to improve interestingness and increase chances of getting into Explore

CPR / My Neighbour to the West



Time for



Here are this week's picks:
Zero and fewer
    1 - 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200 -- Joe Kupe
201 - 250
251 - 300 -- Magdalen
301 - 350 -- Jay
351 - 400 -- Maggie Strasser
401 - 450 -- Curtis
451 - 500 -- David

501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600 -- B Haven
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Mendo Jim
701 - 750 -- Word Woman
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- Legolambda
851 - 900 -- Ross
901 - 950 -- Margaret G.
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
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).

5 comments:

Joe Kupe said...

We had the IDEAS answer and had to verify it was three syllables! We thought this was pretty tough and had 151-200 entered before 3:00 but don't see it on the listing!

Henry BW said...

But "only I like you." has at least two meanings, if you include "only" in the sense of "... except that".

Alex B. said...

AMIDE isn't in the CMU pronouncing dictionary so I wasn't about to find that one. I wonder what the second one Will had in mind was, since I don't see anything resembling "common" in my list.

Some interesting ones of other lengths --
6: bruise / buries / busier
7: claimed / declaim / medical

Mendo Jim said...

We came up with the aides, aside ideas combo, but thought there must be many others. Maybe not.
I think a really low range is in store.

Magdalen said...

Joe -- You've twigged to our dirty little secret (which I've confessed to before, so not even that secret; just dirty and little, I guess). I write the blog post in advance because I travel on Thursdays. Ross is *supposed* to check for last minute range picks before 3:00 p.m. I spoke to him this afternoon at 3:30 and he sheepishly admitted he hadn't done that. Hence the delay. Our apologies!