Sunday, May 9, 2010

NPR Puzzle 5/9/10 -- Oil Be Seeing You in All the Old Familiar Places

Of course I have that song stuck in my head now, but it's actually quite lovely.  I listened to LOTS of singers before picking the Michael Bublé version.  Click on it as the audio feed for this post (the photos are nothing special...)

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a big name in the oil business, then drop the first and last letters to get another big name in the oil business. What names are these? 
We have the answer.  But I can say nothing more about it: any hint is too much of a hint.

I'm pretty sure this photo, entitled "Oil & Water," won't give too much away, though:

Don't forget to get your answers in by Wednesday.  (Did they say why it has to be a day early this week?)

And in other news, we have another winner!  DaveJ won by being the first to pick 400-500.  (And in a sad note, Zack didn't win.  Comment sooner, Zack -- and get the slot YOU want.)  You know the drill, DaveJ -- email either Ross or Magdalen at with your address so we can send out a flimsy thrilling puzzle book.

Interestingly, Liane told us that they had nearly 460 entries.  If they continue to be that specific, we can make our slots more granular.  But for now, we'll keep things as they are:  So with this week's puzzle (which Will Shortz did not describe as "easy," meaning it is), select from the levels below the number of entries you think they'll announce next week on the radio.  Enter by adding a comment to this post please.  Remember, just as the deadline is Wednesday for sending in your answer to NPR, it's Wednesday for picking the number of entries.

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.


Mendo Jim said...

A happy and rewarding Mother's Day to everyone and especially those of you who qualify.
There is a battle between the distraction of the day and the simplicity of the challenge that makes guessing this week's turnout difficult.
I'd like to slip into the 2500 to 3000 slick.

Crossword Man said...

Readers, please make your estimate of entries as a comment, so others can see what has been taken. This once, we're going to allow an emailed entry from CharlieP who guesses 3000-3500.

Tom said...

After last weeks challenge the answer this week came surprisingly easily. I'll take the 3,500 - 4,000 bracket this week. Happy Mother's Day to all of the mother's out there.

Dave said...

1,100 to 1,200. This one is pretty easy.

Jordan said...

This week I'll take 1000-1100. Thanks for the fun game.


Ben said...

I'm in for 2000-2500.

- Ben

Marie said...

I got this one pretty quickly, so I think it's easy. 4000-4500 is high, but not much left to pick from.