Thursday, June 11, 2015

Will We Get a Lynch Mob?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a famous person in Washington, D.C. — 7 letters in the first name, 5 letters in the last. Drop the last sound in the last name. The result — phonetically — will be the first and last name of a famous living entertainer. Who is it?
Sadly, it took another instance of questionable police activity to let me solve this one. The answer is LORETTA LYNCH (newly confirmed attorney general); drop the CH sound and you get (phonetically) LORETTA LYNN.

And yes, I can see that regular NPR listeners have a leg up on this one. Let's see if a lot of people send in answers!

Anyone else remember when Loretta Lynn's music was called "country & western"? (I'm old, yes.) Now it's just country. Still, here are three photos found with "country" and three with "western." Can you tell which are which?

Country seat Hoog Beek en Royen, Zeist, Netherlands - 1531

sunova-surfboards-bert-burger-photography-lifestyle-travel-landscape-western-australia-supertubes

Country

Misty Western France

Yellow Western School House

Hill Country Color

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 -- Margaret G.
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900 -- Legolambda
901 - 950 -- David
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- B Haven
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150 -- Magdalen
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350 -- Ross
1,351 - 1,400 -- Curtis
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 -- Mendo Jim
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:

David said...

My answer was Barbara Boxer / Barbara Bach (although I think that Lynch / Lynn will be the intended answer). I wonder if Will is accepting alternate answers this week.

Alex B. said...

I would argue that you need to remove more than one "sound" to get from Boxer to Bach.

John McCain to John McKay is an interesting one, as is Geraldine Ferraro to Geraldine Farrar (though obviously neither works for this particular challenge)

legolambda said...

I predict that Will will accept David's Boxer/Bach answer. It all hinges on how he defines "sound." And "Sir" is as much of a sound as "Ch" is, IMHO.

LegoLambdacher

legolambda said...

Magdalen,
I am not sure if it is a "Country" picture or a "Western" picture, but my favorite C&W picture you posted is the one-room Green Bay Packer schoolhouse!

LeGoGreen&Gold,SchoolAllOpponents!