Thursday, September 10, 2015

What's that Big Mountain Called, Really?

Here is this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a well-known U.S. geographical place — two words; five letters in the first word, six letters in the last — that contains all five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) exactly once. It's a place that's been in the news. What is it?
I've looked and the news coverage, and as as far as I can tell, the mountain formerly known as "Mount McKinley" is now known as "Denali." Not, as this puzzle would suggest, MOUNT DENALI. If someone has evidence to the contrary, I'd love to see it.

I figured the puzzle out because Wiki has an entry for "Mount Rainer" which is a misspelling for Mount Rainier. I asked Ross to find all the incidences of place names in the US that satisfy the terms of this puzzle. Here they are (five also have a single Y):

Aiken County [in South Carolina]
Amite County [in Mississippi]
Davie County [in North Carolina]
House Island [in several states]
Mount Bailey [in several states]
Mount Bassie [in Alaska]
Mount Daniel [in Washington]
Mount Gilead [in several states]
Mount Hygeia [in Rhode Island]
Mount Mageik [in Alaska]
Mount McAdie [in California]
Mount Raimer [straddling Massachusetts and New York]
Mouse Island [in Ohio]
Outer Island [in several states]
Sousa Bridge [in D.C.]
South Vienna [in Ohio]
Union Chapel [in several states]
Union Tavern [in North Carolina]
Union Valley [in several states]


No matter how many words in its new official name, it's a gorgeous sight:

Denali lifts her skirts

Road to special places

Upper Muldrow Glacier

Denali  & Wonder Lake

Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos ssp.)

The High One II

Time for


Here are this week's picks:
  0 - 25 - Mendo Jim
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 - Ross
476 - 500
501 - 550 - Joe Kupe
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850 - Magdalen
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 - Natasha
1,201 - 1,250 - legolambda
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350 - Curtis
1,351 - 1,400 - Maggie Strasser
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 - Word Woman

2,001 - 2,250 - Paul
2,251 - 2,500 - Margaret G.
2,501 - 2,750 - Marie
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.

3 comments:

Paul said...

Not there!
You may continue to refer to me as MI.

Mendo Jim said...

Mount Denali?
As Magdalen points out, there is no such place.

Seth said...

If that's the answer Will has in mind, that's a pretty egregious error.