Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chairman of the Bored

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the phrase "I am a monarch." Re-arrange the 11 letters to name a world leader who was not a monarch but who ruled with similar authority. Who is it?
The intended answer is CHAIRMAN MAO.

We didn't mean to hint anything with the cat pictures on Sunday--Ross is just such a great cat dad (and we have no children) that it seemed appropriate for Father's Day. But we did think about how little pictures of cats could help someone who hadn't solved it, no matter how close "meow" and "Mao" are in sound. There should be a word for "reverse hints" -- clues that only work if you already know the answer.

I bet there are cats named Chairman Meow (or Miaow in French):

miao!

meeeooow

Lost Cat

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chairman meow

Chairman_Meow_and_Olive

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 -- Ross
651 - 700 -- Maggie Strasser
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Joe Kupe
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- jan
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry B.W.
1,101 - 1,150 -- Legolambda
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250 -- David
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
1,401 - 1,450 -- Magdalen
1,451 - 1,500 -- Jay

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 -- B Haven
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350 -- Margaret G.
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750 -- Word Woman
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).

8 comments:

Word Woman said...

The Chinese word mao - 猫 - māo
(cat in Chinese). This is different in meaning from Chairman Mao's name but still pretty similar.

Also, Mao enjoyed being pulled on a sled by 200 cats. . .

Categorically speaking,
Word Woman

legolambda said...

Dashing through Lan-Chou
In a 200-cat-power sleigh
Mao, he mans the chair,
Meowing all the way...

LegoWishingYouARedChristmas

Paul said...

Wait a minute.
Mao had to weigh in at 200+.
>1 lb./cat
This isn't computing for me.

Henry BW said...

"we did think about how little pictures of cats could help someone"... would big pictures of cats have helped less?
Paul: You don't actually need much power, or much weight, to pull a heavy load, as long as the load has low friction. So if the sled's runners were slippery, and the cats' paws dug into the snow to give them some traction, and the people holding the 200 sprigs of catnip as bait kept just off-camera, it would be workable. Or, you could cheat, and do it on a downhill slope that is almost, but not quite, steep enough for the sled to slide of its own accord.

Mendo Jim said...

The minimum number of stable workers needed to harness 200 cats would have to top 600.
This is a dangerous image you have conjurued, WW!
"On Felx, Sylvester, Cheshire and Krazy..."

legolambda said...

Paul,
Henry BW laid out the physics scenario explaining how 200 cats could haul Mao (catnip is key!), and Mendo Jim explained how they could haul A SSanta and his bagful of toys. (Rest assured, Mendo Jim, Santa has elves enough who would be capable of herding and harnessing the “cat-tle.”)

Remember, Paul, a cat is roughly the size of a bunny rabbit, and 200-times-this generates a lot of pulling power!

LegoLetItReinCatsDog-goneIt!

Word Woman said...

And this is one powerful rabbit attacking a snake who is going after her babies Big power in a little package

Mendo Jim said...

On Thomasina, on Garfield, on Morrris and Socks
On Heathcliff, on Puss, on Tom (but not Jerry)

CAPT PITA needs to take his meds.