Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Reel Waist of Thyme

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Take the words FORETOLD and FOURFOLD. They start with homophones, FORE and FOUR, and they end with rhymes, TOLD and FOLD. The challenge is to find two common nine-letter compound words that have the same property. Specifically, the two homophones are each five letters long, and the rhymes have four letters each. What words are these?
We believe the intended answer to be WAISTBAND and WASTELAND. Did anyone get anything else?

Was there some disagreement about homographs and homophones? Here's a Venn diagram to help:

I have no idea if that's accurate. What can I say? I got it off the Internet! (Here, to be precise.)

More September photos!

Sunset

The Blue Mountains Westin Hotel - HDR

Kirkjufell

DSC_9828 - All alone am I...

Parrot

Trostansfjörður

Time for:
Here are this week's picks:
  0 - 25
26 - 50 - Margaret G.
51 - 75
76 - 100
101 - 125 - Paul
126 - 150 - Word Woman
151 - 175
176 - 200 - Maggie Strasser
201 - 225 - Joe Kupe
226 - 250 - Ross

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

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

4 comments:

Natasha said...

I got the same answer.

Mendo Jim said...

Is it just my slow internet connection that prevents me from seeing Blaine's comments past Wednesday?

skydiveboy said...

Mendo Jim:
Open Blaine's and also open the comments. Go to the bottom of the page and in the center you should see a small button: LOAD MORE. Click that button and life will resume just as crappy as it was before you clicked it, but you will be able to view the full list of posts.

Mendo Jim said...

Thanks, SDB. Already tried several times with no result. Don't really care.