And as though the world wished to inaugurate my new computer in all the ways it could, on Tuesday The Price Is Right played ``Pay The Rent'' again. Well, sort of. They billed it as ``Pay The Tuition'', although as the rules didn't change and the set different was just making the house props a little more messed up with the word ``Tuition'' put on a sign over ``Rent'', I think this was just a bit of whimsy to go along with an episode which was generally Spring Break-themed. Barring a repeat performance I'm going to suppose this doesn't represent a change in policy.
The small prizes this time were energy drink, fabric ``refresher'', plastic cups, corn chips, a pack of ramen noodles, and pizza rolls. The contestant, clearly not getting the flow of this game, put the ramen in the first level, the cups and fabric ``refresher'' on the second, the corn chips and pizza rolls on the third, and the energy drink up top. With ramen at 29 cents this was a waste of the first level. The cups ($3.49) and fabric ``refresher'' ($2.99) left her alive for a total $6.48 that level and $5,000 prize; and even the corn chips ($4.99) and pizza rolls ($4.49) made for a decent third level, $9.48, and $10,000 prize. Proclaiming that she had a ``lot of loans to pay off'', she decided not to take the $10,000 and instead went on in the hopes that the energy drink was more than $9.48. I don't buy energy drinks and even I knew that was stupid. The drink was $6.99. I admit I wouldn't have priced an energy drink that accurately, but even I knew it wsan't more than ten bucks.
As far as I can tell there's only one valid solution: pizza rolls in the first level ($4.49); ramen and corn chips in the second ($5.28); cups and fabric ``refresher'' ($6.48) in the third; and energy drink ($6.99) up top. Curiously, this makes the winning partition 6|54|32|1. I wonder if that was meant.
Trivia: With the successful launch of Vanguard I, the backup booster TV-4BU was returned to Glenn Martin Company for conversion to a booster which could be used for production satellites rather than experimental ones. (It would ultimately launch Vanguard III.) Source: Project Vanguard: The NASA History, Constance McLaughlin Green, Milton Lomask. NASA SP-4202.
Currently Reading: Charlatan: American's Most Dangerous Huckster, The Man Who Pursued Him, And The Age Of Flimflam, Pope Brock. (It's a fascinating book about John R Brinkley, of ``goat gland'' implants and invention-of-annoying-radio fame.)