Thursday, July 30, 2015

OJ & Vodka = a Drunk Murderer?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name something in three syllables that an auto mechanic might have. Move the second and third syllables to the front. The result, with some respacing, will name a group of auto mechanics. What is it?
While I was working on Sunday's post, Ross presented me with a hand tool and said, "Here's a clue." It was, of course, a SCREWDRIVER. Properly (or improperly, if you're of that opinion) manipulated, you get DRIVERS CREW. (I assume it's the missing apostrophe that worries some people.)

As you might have imagined, there are precious few interesting photos on Flickr for the keyword "screwdriver." When I separated the two nouns, I got a few more options. (Like the driver screwing around on a beer cart.)

the main of my aj collectioin

SCREW THE DRIVER (jan2014)

1958 Edsel: Lousy Car But Great Planter.

Memorial to prisoners of Syrets concentration camp

Australian Summer

8.14.14 Wisconsin International Raceway - Driver on beer kart

Time for

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

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Margaret G.
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry BW
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 -- Word Woman
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).

3 comments:

legolambda said...

Magdalen,
Nice screw driver pix. I love the Edsel!
(You assume correctly that its the missing apostrophe in “drivers crew” that worries some people, including me.)

I just uploaded this week’s Puzzleria! (Check out “Blogroll” at the right side of this blog.) Four puzzle slices plus one appetizer. And NO missing apostrophes!

LegO’Lambda…TopO’TheMorning

Mendo Jim said...

Sigh. Another week without a Range guess.
Actually the whole Tranche/Range guessing thing is a dumb idea and whoever came up with it should be banned from future submissions.

Magdalen said...

Mendo Jim -- That would be me (or I, if you're feeling pedantic). Even with the "please, please fund me" letters we get from NPR stations across the country, we rather like the Pick a Range feature, so it's sticking around.

As you know, you picked a range that had already been selected by someone else. I did contact you privately so you would have time to select another range, but you didn't respond.