Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hey Bartender!

Here's this week's Sunday NPR Puzzle:
Name an occupation starting with the letter B. Remove the second, third and fourth letters. The remaining letters in order will name something you might experience in the presence of someone who has this occupation. What is it?
I solved this the way anyone with a blog post to write would: Google "occupations starting with the letter B" and scroll. Luckily BARTENDER comes pretty high up on the list. Remove the second, third and fourth letters, you get BENDER.

I don't even want to know what you get when you ask Flickr for photos of bartenders. Here's what "bender" netted me:

Bender 047

Bender Swamp (2)

Bender Swamp (1)

Hotel Bender

Oklahoma Capital Dome Droste effect

Gender bender on hold

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 -- Margaret G.
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Magdalen
451 - 500 -- Legolambda

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Joe Kupe
651 - 700 -- Paul
701 - 750 -- Word Woman
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Maggie Strasser
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry B.W.
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350 -- B Haven
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).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Or, for fun, barman, barkeep, and barkeeper, all of which are less satisfying than the bartender answer but which have some logic.