Sunday, July 11, 2010

NPR Puzzle 7/11/10 -- A Pore Excuse for a Pun

This week's puzzle:
Take the phrase "Deep Cleanse" — a way of ridding the body of toxins or clearing the pores. Rearrange the 11 letters of "Deep Cleanse" to name a well-known American landmark. The number of words in the answer is for you to determine.
Not hard (if you don't mind a pointed comment from yours truly).  If you know the answer, submit it to NPR here.

I'm in a tearing hurry, as I need to leave in 15 minutes for Metuchen, New Jersey.  (I'm told there's excellent Indian food there...)

So I'm going to limit the photo array today to just one:

which happens to be the answer!  (Oh, as if that immediately gives it away.  Puhleeze.)

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.  
We have a winner from last week, with just over 1,200 entries:  Dave!  (Just send us an email to Magdalen or Ross at to remind us which Dave you are, and we'll send out your prize!)
Want to win a prize?  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.


Roxie said...

Somehow it appears to me that the clue and the answer give some awkward innuendo (or that might just be my dirty mind).

In any event - gauging by the time it took me to solve the puzzle - I'll shoot for the 1800 - 1900 slot, please.

Also, I wanted to ask for a favor: I came up with a puzzle earlier today and have been contemplating submitting it to NPR. Dan however thinks it's way too hard and not fun (I disagree, naturally).
Would you mind if I emailed it to Crosswordman et al for potential feedback? If you're busy, no worries :-)

Magdalen said...

Of course you can, Roxie -- we'd love to try it. Send it to both of us: double the eyeballs!

Natasha said...

I choose the 1,300-1,400 range.

henry.blancowhite said...

I will go for 1,400 to 1,500. I thought it was a fairly easy one. I thought of the right landmark immediately, but then had to solve the anagram because I couldn't remember what the landmark was actually called.

Dave said...

I'm going with 1,200 to 1,300 and trying to get back to back wins.

Ben said...

1500-1600 please.

- Ben

Tom said...

I'll take the 1,100 - 1,200 range this week please.

Anonymous said...

too easy 2100-2200. Jimel

KitanaOR said...

Very easy! 1900-2000

Mendo Jim said...

It doesn't pay to come late to this party, but it looks like I can squeeze into 2000-2100.
This anagram is tough because it is counter-intuitive on a couple of levels; current online resources call for self-discipline.
I have this little need for a "The," but then even "Grand Canyon" sounds better that way.
When a bank built its headquarters in the same region, its uninspired shape and almost extactly right size earned it the unfriendly sobriquet as "the box the (landmark) came in."
Maybe Roxie will share her "awkward inuendo" next week.

Marie said...

I lived near this landmark for 6 years and still didn't come up with it right away...I'm taking 1600-1700.