Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Notion of a Lotion Potion Motion

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Think of four common six-letter words that all end in the same five letters, in the same order. And the first letters of these four words are consecutive consonants in the alphabet (like B, C, D, F). No other common six-letter words end with these five letters. What are the words?
Ross solved this the easy way: he used some software he created for jobs just like this one. There are other sets of four consecutive consonants (sowing, towing, vowing & wowing, to name just one) but those sets violate the second part of the puzzle, namely uniqueness (e.g., with bowing). So the answer--and we think it's unique--is LOTION, MOTION, NOTION, POTION. Nice puzzle. Edited to add: In light of Curtis's answer (see the comments), we freely admit a) that ours is not the only possible answer [I never thought it was, merely that there were no other "_otion" words; I apologize for my misleading statement] and b) ours may not be the answer Will is looking for. Nicely done, Curtis. Anyone else get anything else?

Time to see what SOLSTICE gets us over at Flickr:

Solstice Dawn

Solstice Fire II

Winter Solstice Sunset

Happy Winter Solstice

Norwich cathedral solstice day

Hammock on the Solstice I

Solitude on a Winter Solstice..

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

251 - 275 - Joe Kupe
276 - 300 - David
301 - 325 - Magdalen
326 - 350 - Jay
351 - 375 - Curtis
376 - 400 - SarahE
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 - 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. 

4 comments:

Curtis said...

I got BROWNS, CROWNS, DROWNS, & FROWNS, which also happens to fit the sequence of letters given in the on-air clue.

Seth said...

I thought of the same answer as Curtis. Kind of unfortunate that the clue on air gave have a sort of hint to this. Or maybe that was the point: it was a diversion of a diversion, because we would think "well it can't be B, C, D, and F." If so, well done WS...

Mendo Jim said...

Merry Christmas to all the folks here at the CWMB.

David said...

I can go back to 1001 to 1050 with this one. Magdalen, I bet you can get a lot good pictures of the animal in question.