Sunday, April 25, 2010

NPR Puzzle 4/25/10 -- Here Birdie, Birdie . . .

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a famous person whose first name is seven letters long and ends with the name of a bird, and whose last name is also seven letters but starts with the name of a bird. Hint: One of these birds is the general name for the bird, and the other is a specific type of bird. Who is it? 
Oh, there are so many ways to hint about this one but I won't.

Nope.  You can stop asking.

Sorry, not even a blurry photo.

Oh, all right: here's a completely useless hint.  There is a tenuous-at-best connection that our "Birdperson of Shortzatraz" has to Crossword Man that she or he does not have to me.  Deets (and be prepared to be underwhelmed) on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, here are some pigeons for aviary inspiration:

Alas, no one won last week's Guess the Entries Game.  Jackie announced "just under 1,500 entries," so the "winning" guess was 1,400-1,500 entries.  (Well, I suppose I "won," but as I don't get the prize, I didn't really win.)  Let's play again, shall we?

Just a reminder:  You're guessing the range that you think includes the number Liane (or guest host) will announce next Sunday as how many entries they got.  You guess this based on how hard (or easy) you think the puzzle is.  Leave a comment with your guess; first come first served, so read existing comments before you guess.  Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post and that's when we close the game for the week.  You'll note that up until Thursday, this week's correct guess was still up for grabs -- so never think it's too late.  (Until after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday; then it is too late.)

Here are the divisions:

Fewer than 100
100 - 200
200 - 300
300 - 400
400 - 500
500 - 600
600 - 700
700 - 800
800 - 900
900 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,500
1,500 - 2,000
2,000 - 2.500
2,500 - 3,000
3,000 - 3,500
3,500 - 4,000
4,000 - 4,500
4,500 - 5,000
More than 5,000
More than 5,000 and it sets a new record.


Roxie said...

I just got the answer - it took me a while (I was over-analyzing, thanks to W.S.' last bird puzzle).

Since they had ALMOST 1500 entries - I am going to take the same slot I had last time: 15 - 2000.

Natasha said...

I choose 1400 to 1500.

Tom said...

I'll take the 1,200 - 1,300 tranche this week.

Dave said...

1,000 - 1,100

Ben said...

I'll go with 900-1000 this time.

- Ben

Mendo Jim said...

Will often spoils wide ranging speculation with boring things like numbers of letters.
I will ask anyway if former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger has a son named Martin? (And is it even legal under the Endangered Species Act to say eagleBURGER?)
And is there any chance Mrs. Robinson's first name was Phoebe?
I wanted to be brief, but blew it, so I'll just ask to squeeze into the 1300 - 1400 slice.

Jordan said...

May I please be put into the 2000-2500 slice.


Crossword Man said...

I nearly made eagleburgers on I-84 near Lake Wallenpaupack: a baldy decided to swoop down to pick up carrion right in front of our car and took off again with inches to spare. Can running over the national bird land you in jail in this country? Every time we go that route, I hope to see flocks of bald eagles, but it never happens.