Sunday, April 4, 2010

NPR Puzzle -- 4/4/10 Stephen King The Great

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a 15-letter word that is spelled without using any of the letters T, A, X, E or S. And it means how Stephen King writes.
Yes, I cranked up TEA and -- after asking Crossword Man how to structure a search for words without specific letters -- I got the answer.  And yes, that's cheating.  (Just a reminder: we never send our answers in.)

Here's a photo of King Stephen the Great, in Budapest:

This may not be the Stephen, king, that Will's talking about...

The real shocker (to me) is that no one picked 500-1,000 as the correct number of entries.  And this week's puzzle is supposed to be hard?  Interesting.  I think we'll break down some of the ranges so that everyone gets a shot at the puzzle.  (I assume that when Liane says "We got just under 1,000 entries," that would mean 900-1,000 is the correct range, because if it had been below 900, she would have said so.")

We really do have prizes to give away.  Here's what you get first:  Charles Berry Townsend's The World's Best Puzzles.  It's more amusing than hard, so if you have precocious toddlers around, it might be just the ticket.  (Actually, it's fun to look at -- some of the puzzles are oldies-but-goodies.  If you're American, it may take you right back to reading old issues of Highlight magazine in the dentist's waiting room.  Uh, okay, so maybe that's not the happiest memory.  But you get the idea.)

After that -- well, let's see how things go.  And if you aren't sure what the heck is going on, here's what we're doing for our NPR Sunday Puzzle fans:

Every week, on the radio (and the podcast), Liane says, "We had more [or fewer] than _____ entries, and the randomly selected correct entry is . . . " and that introduces the player/winner for that week.  We're inviting readers to guess -- based on as many or as few factors as you like -- what she announces the number of entries to be.  Generally, it's given in the form of a round number. 

Here are the (newly revised) 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.

So leave us a comment with your guess as to what the number Liane will announce next week, and if yours is the correct guess, we'll send you this lovely (cheap) puzzle book.


Roxie said...

I think I may be going a little batty - but I found a grand total of 3 (three!) words, not proper nouns, in the entirety of the English language that fit the criteria. One of those words may fit the bill, but I'm not certain about that. I think I may be missing some clever connection...
I did however find a word that's just plain fun to pronounce "infundibuliform" :-)

Crossword Man said...

infundibuliform - a word that manages to be a syllable longer than what it means (shaped like a funnel).

Roxie said...
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Roxie said...

Since Stephen King doesn't write funnel shaped, I had to count this one out - it is still fun to pronounce. And I shall use this word next time I have to refer to something funnel shaped; I'm just that sesquipedadalian!

Roxie said...

I am somehow not managing to spell sesquipedalian....

Mendo Jim said...

I knew Will sometimes visits the sites that pay attention to his Sunday Puzzle.
So, after complaining about their being too easy, here's another nice mess we've gotten into.
I'm still working on this one; I'm up to a good 12 letter answer. Just three more to go and I'll be back.

Ben said...

I'm positive I have the answer. Not to be immodest. I'm just a positive person, or so I'm told.

I'll take the 800-900 tranche this week, please.

- Ben

Magdalen said...

Wow, everyone's being so industrious! Don't forget, Jim & Roxie, to join Ben in guessing the number Liane's going to say next week. You don't *have* to get the prize, if that's what's stopping you.

Ben -- I think it's great to be positive, as I am as well. We'll send you your book -- won weeks ago when your post got gobbled by Blogger! -- tomorrow. If you win again, we have an even sillier prize lined up.

Dan said...

I am going to have to go with Roxie on this one. I will take the 600-700 bracket this week.

Natasha said...

I take the 900-1000 bracket this week.

Tom said...

I've submitted my answer even though I'm not entirely convinced that it's a real work (at least I couldn't find it in my dictionary). But, it does show up in a Google search. I'll take the 700-800 group this week.

Roxie said...

I guess I'll have a little more faith and shoot for 1000-1100.
I've submitted my answer after some reaffirming internet sleuthing. (Also, I read every 15 letter word in the English Language and have confirmed my answer by exclusion). Surprisingly, there really are not that many 15 letter adverbs out there (Thank God).

Jim said...

Late comer (and first timer here) - I'll wax optimistic and take 1100-1200. Although I was surprised at the relatively small number of correct entries last week...

Mendo Jim said...

Well heck, I thought he said TEXAS! No wonder it took me so long.
I'll be grumpy and take 500-600.

Magdalen said...

Very funny, Mendo Jim. My first smile of the day; thanks.