Sunday, June 27, 2010

NPR Puzzle 6/27/10 - Artsy-Fartsy Types

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a famous English composer with two vowels in his last name. Interchange the vowels and you'll get the last name of a famous American writer. Who are these two people?
Ross figures this one is super easy, but then who knows?  We thought last week was easy too...  If you know the answer, submit it to NPR here.

Here's my challenge: to find photos that will amuse those of you who have figured out the answer, while not giving too much away to those of you still working on it.

Here's a clue:



Now for a clue to the other name:

That's Estacion de Aranjuez.  You can click on the photo for more information.

Here's another great photo:

Again, click on any photo to see if it helps.  (I wouldn't say that if I thought it would give the game away too easily!)

It's time for

P I C K   A   R A N G E

This is where we ask you how many entries you think NPR will get for the puzzle above.  It was a bit surprising last week that there were only 1,300 - 1,400 entries, particularly as the lowest guess we had here was 1,800.  This week's puzzle strikes me as even easier, but it's a holiday weekend coming up, so maybe people are already on holiday and just don't care.

What do you think?  Leave a comment with your guess for the range of entries NPR will receive; first come first served, so read existing comments before you guess.  Ross and I guess last, just before we publish the Thursday post.  After the Thursday post is up, the entries are closed.

Here are the ranges:

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 - 1,600
1,600 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,900
1,900 - 2,000

2,000 - 2,100
2,100 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,400
2,400 - 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.

*Sorry, Ben -- we changed your name to Pick-a-Range.  Less chance for people to think we had anything to do with the "fat cats on Wall Street."  But you still get credit!


Natasha said...

I place my money on the 1,300-1,400 range this time. Thanks!!

Tom said...

I agree that this weeks challenge is even weaker than last week. I'm going to go out on a limb and pick 2,500 - 3,000 again this week.

Dave said...

1,400 to 1,500. I prefer Pick-a-Range to Tranche.

Mendo Jim said...

Well, the number of entries doesn't seem to have much to do with the ease of solution. If that theory is correct, then there may be even fewer this week.
I wonder if listeners want to be associated with answers that took a little time.
Or perhaps they just think there will be so many sent in that the chance of being chosen is too small.
A hardly-needed hint for this week: After every San Francisco Giants game, they play "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" on the PA system.
This week's on-air game was tougher than usual, even if Will had given Linda a chance to use the pencil and paper he recommended.
It has been so long since I read "Tristram Shandy" that I forgot who wrote it and that its complete title was so long. I wish I could say for sure that I have heard of Lorne Michaels.
As for a range, I'll resist mentioning my kitchen stove and try out my theory with 1200-1300.
Another possible challenge to go with "Pick a Range" would be "Pick the Solution Time," since Liane almost always inquires. I'll pick under a minute this week.

Marie said...

I got this in a matter of seconds. Could be because the composer is a fave of mine. Still I think it's easy--I'll go with 3000-3500.