Sunday, June 13, 2010

NPR Puzzle 6/13/10 - What's In a Name?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Write down the following five names: Christian Dior, Anne Boleyn, Edna Ferber, Indiana Jones and Richard Simmons. The first four names have something unusual in common that the fifth name does not. What is it? Give another name that shares this property. Hint: It's a property that only a few names have. To show that you have the right answer, think of another name that shares the same property. Any name that shares the property will be considered correct. 
But wait!  There's more!!
Special puzzle for Dr. Will Shortz:  Take your own puzzle, as above, and extend the "property" even farther.  We've found two names of famous people who meet the more stringent extended standard.  Send your answer in to Magdalen at by 3:00 on Thursday to win a special Crossword Man prize!
But for the rest of you, you just get to compete for the lapel pin at NPR.  As well as our thrilling How Many Entries puzzle below.

My challenge now is to find some photos of people whose names meet the criteria in the puzzle.

Here's one:

Our next example:

Sorry for having to amputate his hands -- what I was really doing what amputating his name chiseled into the granite.

Here's a pretty redhead:

She's a television star whose name fits the puzzle requirements.

Here's a celebrity:

Here's one:

Last one, I promise:

There you go -- all of these people have names that would satisfy the NPR Puzzle.  If you know one of them you can try submitting that person's name.  Warning: the most recognizable of these people might be a right answer only if you get the name just right.

And that's not the only prize you could win this week.  Tell us how many people will send in entries this week and you could win a nifty prize.  Alas, I won the prize this week.  (And Ross had scoffed at the idea it could be more than 2,000 people!)  So let's send one out next Sunday, shall we?

Just a reminder:  You're guessing the range that you think includes the number of entries NPR get for the puzzle above.  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.

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.


Anonymous said...

Does this "property" have any true definition? I know the answer, but I'm curious if it is called something in specific..

Magdalen said...

We don't think the "property" has a name. But we'll talk more about that on Thursday!

Tom said...

I had difficulty articulating my answer - hopefully the fact that I submitted a name that shares this property will convince the arbiters of correct responses that my answer is correct. I'll take the 1,500 -2,000 tranche this week please.

Natasha said...

I would like the 1,000-1,100 range. I submitted the first picture you posted on here. I have high expectations of being called this week.

Dave said...

I'm going with 900 - 1,000. Medium difficulty this week.

Mendo Jim said...

I got the property in a minute or so. I kept coming up with possible names, but was stuck for many famous ones until I realized that is not part of the challenge.
Is that your "extended standard?" You have some good ones, if so, and I have a few others.
Am I missing something when you define the "guess the entries" as applying to the "beach theme" challenge.
Gimme 1300-1400, por favor.

Crossword Man said...

Hi Mendo Jim. Yes, we goofed on the explanation of the game, but it's now correct. Well spotted!

Mendo Jim said...

I can't believe it took me 'til today to figure out what you meant by "extending the property."
Now I have to find my page of notes and re-open that part of my brain I'd closed for the week.