Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kansas is Flatter

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of a common two-word phrase for something you might see in a kitchen. Reverse the words — that is, put the second word in front of the first — and you'll name a food, in one word, that you might prepare in a kitchen. What is it?
CAKE PAN --> PANCAKE

Has Will Shortz used this puzzle before? It seems so obvious. Anyway, it reminds me of a topological analysis of which was flatter--Kansas or a pancake. Turns out, it's Kansas. If you enlarged the surface of the average pancake to the size of Kansas, it would be hillier.

In honor of that factoid, here's our Photo Section:

















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

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Legolambda
801 - 850 -- Joe Kupe
851 - 900 -- Ross
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Natasha
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
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 -- Richard
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 -- Margaret G.
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250 -- Word Woman
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

 > 5,000
 > 5,000 + new record -- Mendo Jim
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:

Word Woman said...

Another quite flat place

Mendo Jim said...

John McPhee has taught me some of the things I most like knowing.

Paul said...

Henceforth, when my inspection mechanic questions the viability of my tires, I shall inform him (or her)that they are hillier than Kansas, and see how far I get.

Word Woman said...

Me, too.

Word Woman said...

I'd believe the Kansas flatter thing for western Kansas but near Manhattan, KS, it's pretty hilly.

Word Woman said...

I'd believe the Kansas flatter thing for western Kansas but near Manhattan, KS, it's pretty hilly.

legolambda said...

All I know is, when you're sledding, skiing or bobkerfufflesledding, flattery will get you nowhere.

LegoFlatEarther

Anonymous said...

Lego, But isn't flattery the highest form of immigration?

My reCAPTCHA story: Commenting earlier today, I had to identify steaks, which got me thinking of types of steaks. One such type is a porterhouse. So as I left my kitchen, the guy I pay to open the door was there, and it hit me: he's a house porter. And he handed me a bottle of my homemade ale, which is also a house porter. Thanks, reCAPTCHA, for the hint!

Phil