Thursday, June 18, 2015

How Famous is Herb Alpert, These Days?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of an adjective that describes many shampoos. Add the brand name of a shampoo in its basic form. The result, reading the letters in order from left to right, will name a famous musician. Who is it?
I like the word play in this one: HERBAL + PERT = HERB ALPERT. Well spotted, Will Shortz. Let's bring back the bounce:



The problem, of course, is that Herb Alpert is, arguably, no longer famous. I know him, you know him, but we're ... older than the national average, say. In Will's defense, I checked Herb Alpert's Wiki page, and it included this: "In 2013, he released a new album, Steppin' Out, which won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album." I don't think that makes him currently famous, particularly when his last chart-topping hit was in 1979, but it doesn't hurt.

Let's see what "herbal" gets us on Flickr.

Classy Calendula by My Lovely Wife (Explore #243 2/26/12)

Jardin d'herbes du lac... festival de gouttes de lumière... un nouveau jour se lève...!!!

Herbal Tea

Queen Anne's Lace, 2011

Herbal stamp massage

A7_37576

Time for

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

501 - 550 -- David
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700 -- Margaret G.
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- B Haven
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950 -- Joe Kupe
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- Word Woman
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150 -- Legolambda
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 -- Mendo Jim
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...

I don't think Herb Alpert is the problem with this question. By at least one measure of fame, he rates as 100/100. The bigger problem is the awkward phrasing of "the brand name of a shampoo in its basic form" and the fact that no shampoo with the name of "Pert" exists (at least in this country).

Paul said...

I think a shampoo with the name of "Pert" did, at one time, exist in the USofA; and, besides, "Plus" is obviously something ... added.

I was thinking about hinting (not here ... elsewhere) that Will was 'dating himself' with this puzzle, but decided against it.

David said...

Alex, it takes an ex-pert to know.

Word Woman said...

How about Herb AlPert Plus The Tijuana Brass?