Thursday, April 1, 2010

NPR Puzzle 3/28/10 -- If It's All The Same To Will Shortz . . .

Here's this week's puzzle:
This week's challenge comes from listener Mike Reiss who's a former writer and producer for The Simpsons, and who co-created The Critic. What 6 letter word beginning with the letter "S" would be the same if it started with "TH?"
We were wondering if the fact that today is April Fool's Day was relevant here.  But in any case, the answer is SESAME = THE SAME.

Hard?  Or just hard to say if it was hard?  I'm pleased to see so many people entering into the silly spirit of our How Many Entries contest.  I'll post the entrants below here, but before I forget, here's a special note for Ben:  We trust you when you say you did send in the winning entry last week, so if you would send us an email (use Ross (at) crosswordman dot com) with your snail mail address, we'll get that out to you.

And if you're reading about this contest for the first time, here's how it works:

Every week during NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday's puzzlemaster segment, Liane introduces Will, finds out the answer to the previous week's puzzle and then says, "We had more than / less than _____ entries, and the randomly selected correct entry is . . . " We're inviting readers to guess (or calculate using higher mathematics, human psychology and/or ESP) what the number will be that she announces.  As the number is given in the form of a round number, you get to pick this in pretty big chunks.

Here are the divisions, and who's picked what:

Fewer than 100
Fewer than 200
Fewer than 300
Fewer than 400
More than 400 (but less than 500)
More than 500
More than 1,000 -- Mendo Jim
More than 1,500 -- Roxie
More than 2,000 -- Howard B.
More than 2,500 -- Tom
More than 3,000 -- Ben
More than 4,000
More than 5,000 -- Henry
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.

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