Thursday, May 21, 2015

Placeholder Post NOW WITH OFFICIAL BITS!

Quickie post--I'll update this on Saturday, so you can check that YOUR range was correctly picked. I'm making a wedding cake this week, and it's a tad exhausting, so I'm keeping it simple in other sectors of my life.

The answers were Korean and Ukraine. I do like Koala Nigel, though. (Did I get that right?)

OFFICIAL BITS:

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a country with at least three consonants. These are the same consonants, in the same order, as in the name of a language spoken by millions of people worldwide. The country and the place where the language is principally spoken are in different parts of the globe. What country and what language are these?
Our answers: KOREAN and UKRAINE. I gather that Albanian and Lebanon are also acceptable answers, although I'm not sure Albanian is as popular as the puzzle would suggest. (Not sure how Ross missed those, but then again, that's why we have super-smart regular readers...)

Time for some "wedding cake" house photos. (No actual cakes, let alone the one I made. I'm tired of looking at that.)

DSC02009 Wedding Cake House column detail

The Wedding Cake House

Wedding cake house

Northern Territory Legislative Assembly May 2010

The Wedding Cake House

Wedding Cake House - Side

Time for

Here are this week's picks:
Zero and fewer
    1 - 50
 51 - 100 -- Paul
101 - 150 -- Margaret G.
151 - 200 -- Alex B.
201 - 250 -- Mendo Jim
251 - 300 -- Joe Kupe
301 - 350 -- Jay
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- B Haven
451 - 500 -- Magdalen

501 - 550 -- David
551 - 600 -- Ross
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Maggie Strasser
701 - 750 -- Natasha
751 - 800 -- Legolambda
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050
1,051 - 1,100
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).

4 comments:

Alex B. said...

Wow, I didn't even see that one! I had Albanian and Lebanon.

Anonymous said...

I just realized that Koala Nigel won't work for Klingon. The last consonants are the same. Everyone reduce their guesses by 1!

Phil

legolambda said...

Mea culpa, Phil, regarding my nominee for the country to complement your KLiNGoN language. It was just a case of “right country, wrong politician!”

The country is actually Koala Nagin, founded not by Australia’ Nigel Scullion but by former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin. Last August, after being convicted on corruption charges, Nagin began serving a ten-year sentence at a Texarkana federal prison. But official from the U.S, State Department and CIA sprung Nagin in December after, in exchange for commuting his sentence, Nagin would he agree to participate in the overthrow of that portion of the Malaysian Peninsula that includes Kuala Lumpur. The U.S. wanted to gain a strategic toehold in that pivotal global region and needed an experienced savvy politician to provide “the face” of the new regime.

Nagin agreed, so the CIA staged a coup and set up a shadow government (propping up Nagin as its figurehead) in the former Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, renaming it Kuala Nagin, now spelled Koala Nagin to make it seem more warm, fuzzy and adorable.

LegoKoalaNaginite

Joe Kupe said...

Was hoping they wold have taken Hindi - Honduras but maybe Hindi is not spoken worldwide, but Korean is?