Thursday, December 10, 2015

I've Been Everywhere

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a state capital. Drop one of its letters. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name of another major city in the United States. What is it? There are two different answers, and you should find both of them.
We solved this one by virtue of two things. One was Ross's TEA software, which allowed me to enter the letters of each capital and ask for all the anagrams made with N-1 letters of that capital. The other was our guest, Ellen, who opened an app on her phone showing the United States map with the capitals highlighted. She started in the Pacific Northwest, which allowed her to get SALEM > MESA right away while I worked my way down from nine letter capitals to six. ST. PAUL > TULSA. We rejected HARTFORD > HARFORD, even though we live in HARFORD because it is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a major city (or a city or major or even an anagram).

The entire exercise made me think of the Johnny Cash song, "I've Been Everywhere," now featured in a Southwest Airlines ad. (You can listen to the song here.)

Has Flickr been "everywhere"? Let's see.

Coca-Cola - Sold Everywhere 5¢

everywhere

Red is everywhere...

Shoes Here, Waves There, Love Everywhere

Love is everywhere

Land of 4 million pagodas (explored)

Summer Wild Flowers ~ Sony A580

Water, water everywhere.

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 - Word Woman
226 - 250

251 - 275
276 - 300 - Joe Kupe
301 - 325 - Magdalen
326 - 350
351 - 375 - Curtis
376 - 400 - Fred
401 - 425 - Ross
426 - 450
451 - 475
476 - 500 - Maggie Strasser
501 - 550 - Paul
551 - 600
601 - 650 - Natasha
651 - 700
701 - 750 - Margaret G.
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 - 2,250
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. 

1 comment:

legolambda said...

I was, alas, too late to qualify for this week’s range-picking party. (I woulda opted for the 901-950 range.)

Puzzleria! this week (click the link on the “blogroll” on the right margin of this great blog site) features an excellent puzzle contributed by ron, a valued Puzzlerian! and clever puzzler. ron’s puzzle involves double letters, as in the word “bookkeeper.” We call it “DDoouubbllee VViissiioonn.”

There is also a puzzle I created that “Rips off Shortz” called “Capital Reduction.” Instead of state capitals and metropoli, it involves state capitals and mythologi. There are also three other original puzzles on P! this week. Visit us while you wait for Will Shortz’s NPR offering Sunday morning.

LegiLambdi