Thursday, August 13, 2015

A City I've Been to!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name part of a car. Drop the fifth letter. Now reverse the order of the last three letters. The result, reading from left to right, will name a major American city. What city is it?
Like Curtis, I solved this with good ol' Wiki's list of American cities. Flip the last three letters...and you get gibberish. Until you don't. SEAT BELT > SEAT ELT > SEATTLE

Before I get to the photos du jour, I want to preview the upcoming ALL NEW Pick a Range chart. This is my answer to the fact that we're all pretty smart at guessing which will be the really low-entry puzzles, and the fact that there simply aren't enough ranges between zero and, say, 500. Well, with this new array, there will be twice as many.

Here are the ALL NEW & IMPROVED ranges:
  0 - 25
26 - 50
51 - 75
76 - 100
101 - 125
126 - 150
151 - 175
176 - 200
201 - 225
226 - 250

251 - 275
276 - 300
301 - 325
326 - 350
351 - 375
376 - 400
401 - 425
426 - 450
451 - 475
476 - 500
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000

1,001 - 1,050
1,051 - 1,100
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 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,500
2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

More than 5,000
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."), the prize will be awarded to the entrant who picked the range including that precise number, e.g., 551 - 600 wins if the announced range is "around 600.").  As of August, 2015, this rule is officially even more complicated than it's ever been, but at least it's consistent with what we actually do.

So far, the low entry-generating puzzles have had pretty specific numbers announced--270, 165, that kind of thing. As long as that continues, we're good. As the fine print explains, the range that contains the number announced is the winner. With the words "more than," it's the range starting with X+1, so that "more than 300" is 301-325. Same for "fewer than" in that the winning range will be the one including numbers leading up to the round number. I'll leave you to mull over your New & Improved picking strategy. Remember: throwing a dart is still a good one!

But here's the thing. I will announce this again on Sunday, when you'll be expected to use the new ranges. Picking 251-300, for example, will be a null pick. So don't lose your chance to get a fabulous prize!!

On to pictures of Seattle.

Seattle

Daleks Invade Seattle

Seattle Graffiti

Sail On

Seattle Public Library IMG_2865

Seattle from Harbor Ave

All That Love All Those Mistakes

color blocked

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 -- Legolambda
451 - 500 -- Magdalen

501 - 550 -- Natasha
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Joe Kupe
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 -- Paul

1,501 - 1,550 -- Word Woman
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650 -- B. Haven
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:

legolambda said...

For what it's worth, Magdalen and Ross,I think your new pick-a-range chart makes sense. It does mean, however, that the "winners per year" ratio will decline somewhat.

You pictures make Seattle look like a nice place to live. Never been there, though.

LegoButIKnowSomeGreatPeopleWhoLiveThere