Sunday, August 24, 2014

Flown the Coop

Here's this week's Sunday NPR puzzle:
Name a world leader of the 1960s — two words. Change the last letter of the second word. Then switch the order of the words — that is, putting the second word in front. The result will name a hit song of the 1990s. Who is the leader, and what is the song?
I got this in my usual haphazard fashion: I thought of a name, manipulated it and lo! I had the right answer.

NO HINTS! This means "if I think it's a hint, it's out." If you've solved the puzzle, you'll know which hints--a plethora, to be sure--I'm talking about.

But do, by all means, submit your answer using the NPR Contact Us form I've cleverly linked to right here.

If I use "Cooperstown" as the word for this week, I get a lot (A LOT) of bronze plaques from the Baseball Hall of Fame. So I've used Otsego (the name of the lake, and the county, associated with Cooperstown) instead. (There are some gorgeous, non-baseball-specific, Cooperstown photos on Flickr that I can't use because they're not Creative Commons. Please go look at them by clicking on this link.)














Time for

This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the challenge above. If you want to win, leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive. First come first served, so read existing comments before you guess. Or skip the comments and send an email with your pick to Magdalen (at) Crosswordman (dot) com. Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post. After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed.

The winner gets a choice: they can receive a puzzle book of our choosing or they can ask that a charitable contribution is made in the winner's honor. As of this week, we are providing an alternative to the Red Cross. If the winner wishes, we will make a contribution to his/her NPR station. Send us the call letters and we'll do the rest.
Linda Wertheimer (I love her voice; click to see what she looks like) got real specific: 1,000 entries for the Sam Loyd puzzle, and no one picked that. Interesting to hear how many people send in entries for today's puzzle.
Here are the ranges:
Fewer than 50       
51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 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
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 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.
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 will be awarded to the entrant who picked the range including that precise number, e.g., 551 - 600 wins if the announced range is "around 600." We retain the discretion to award the prize to an entrant who picked the adjacent range (e.g., 601-650) if that entrant had not already won a prize. In the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose").  As of January, 2014, this rule is officially even more complicated than it's ever been, but at least it's consistent with what we actually do..

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bull's Eye? Or a Target Ad?

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
You have a target with six rings, bearing the numbers 16, 17, 23, 24, 39, and 40. How can you score exactly 100 points, by shooting at the target.
This seems so simple: Ignore all the higher numbers. 16 + 17 + 17 = 50. Do that twice and you have 2 x 50. So, hit the 16 twice and the 17 four times and you're at 100.

Henry, Ross and I have spent the past few days in and around Cooperstown, NY (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame). We toured the Ommegang Brewery today. The tour guide said the name, Ommegang, comes from the Flemish for milling around (close enough) because it's an annual festival in Belgium. Here are some photos of ommegang.













Time for

Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300 -- B. Haven
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 500
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750 -- LegoLamba
751 - 800
801 - 850 -- zeke creek
851 - 900 -- Phil
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
1,051 - 1,100 -- Henry B.W.
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200 -- Magdalen
1,201 - 1,250 -- Word Woman
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350 -- Curtis
1,351 - 1,400 -- Maggie Strasser
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500 -- Ross

1,501 - 1,550 -- Joe Kupe
1,551 - 1,600 -- KDW
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 -- Marie
2,001 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150 -- Mendo Jim
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 5,000

 > 5,000
 > 5,000 + new record
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."), AND two separate people picked the ranges of numbers just before and just after that round number, the prize will be awarded to whichever entrant had not already won a prize, or in the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose").  As of July 2012, this rule is officially no longer obsolete (and also I still just like having fine print).