Thursday, August 20, 2015

We've Got Ten! Do I Hear Eleven? Going...Going...

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
This is an open-ended challenge. Take the word EASILY. You can rearrange its letters to spell SAY and LEI. These two words rhyme even though they have no letters in common.

What is the longest familiar word you can find that can be anagrammed into two shorter words that rhyme but have no letters in common? The two shorter words must have only one syllable. I have my best answer, which I've given to NPR. Next week we'll compare that to your best.
Ross wrote a Perl program using a rhyming dictionary as a database. Henry (our Fresh Air Fund kid for a few days while it was ten degrees cooler here than in Philadelphia) just thought about it. He came up with SHINGLY = NIGH + SLY.

Ross's computer did a bit better: three 9-letter words, and one ten:
PHYSICKED = PSYCH + DIKE
PEACHICKS = CHIC + SPEAK
POWERCUTS = COUP + STREW
LIGHTYEARS = SLEIGH + TRAY
Given that a brainiac thinking for a few hours came up with a seven-letter word while a computer was needed to come up with a few nines and one ten-letter word, I think it's safe to say this was a toughie. I'll be interested to hear what wins and what Will Shortz had in mind AND whether anyone got anything longer than ten letters. (And yes, power-cuts is, at the least, hyphenated. But c'mon, it was worth reporting...)

Buzz Lightyear is boring; peachicks are boring; what do we get with power cuts?

sunlight cutting through

(25/52) Flower Power

56080

Clue 4: Leo Szilard conceived 'Neutron Chain Reactions' whilst waiting for the lights to change on this street. The resident hairdressers are still in the dark.

Blackout

Mamallapuram, Arjuna's Penance


Time for

Here are this week's picks:
  0 - 25
26 - 50
51 - 75
76 - 100
101 - 125
126 - 150
151 - 175
176 - 200
201 - 225
226 - 250 - Margaret G.

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

1,001 - 1,050 - David
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 - 2,250
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 goes to the person who picked the range that includes that specific number.

5 comments:

Alex B. said...

Funny that CHICKPEAS didn't come up in Ross's search but PEACHICKS did!

Mendo Jim said...

On 10-17-10, Will gave his answer to the 10-10-10 Sunday puzzle asking for the two longest rhyming words using different letters:
"beaux" and "throws", 11 letters.
He accepted "through" with "flew", "view" and "slew(?)." Others would work.
I could not find any single word that included any of these, so it would seem 10 might be the magic number.

PS Seems so at Blaines.

Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim, I knew I was close to something!

From Blaine's this week:

Word Woman Sun Aug 16, 11:47:00 AM PDT

Gardening calls, I'm at 10 (truly), and will leave you with the completely silly BEAUXTHROW: Taking several of your suitors to a pottery class.

legolambda said...

BEAUX + THROWS = BEAR TUX SHOW

LegoTuxedo

B. Haven said...

Sleigh and tray was my submission too. I don't think there is a longer solution. I really wanted to find one with "through" and a four-letter rhyme, but nothing came close to a familiar word.