Sunday, August 29, 2010

NPR Puzzle 8/29/10 - I'm Sorry, Did You Just Cough?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Take the word "bookman." Change one letter and rearrange the others to name a famous writer. Who is it?
That was easy.  Or maybe we all have colds in the Crossword Man household.  We'll find out next week, by which time we should be feeling better.

Don't forget -- and Anonymous, I'm talking to you! -- if you KNOW the answer, don't send it to us, don't write it in the comments, but do click here so you can submit it properly to NPR.  Thanks.

Hey, Natasha won this week's Pick-a-Range contest!  Whoo-hoo! Congratulations, Natasha.  Email your address to Magdalen or Ross at  We'll get your prize out to you in the next couple days.  (And no hints about what it is, Mendo Jim -- although yours may not have arrived yet -- so that it's a big surprise for Natasha.)

In this week's photo session, I've got pictorial representations of some less well-known titles of this week's bookman.  Trust me, it's highly unlikely that you'll solve the puzzle from any of these, but you're welcome to figure out what I was going for AFTER you've solved the puzzle.

You can click on any of these photos to read more about them, and the titles of our bookman's works are right there.  They just aren't famous titles...

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 bookman challenge above.  If you want to win that awesome prize (because we have just one left*), 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.
* And then we'll have to get a new sort of prize.  Remember, troublemakers get the American Girl puzzle book, so play nice.  :-)

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.


Natasha said...
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Natasha said...

Magdalen, I feel like a celebrity today. Is this my 15 minutes of fame?? I sent my address to Ross. Cannot wait to see my prize. This is so much fun. Thank you for this great site. OK too can win!

August 29, 2010 11:40 AM

Tom said...

A fairly simple challenge this week. I'll take the 2,300 - 2,400 bracket this week please.

henry.blancowhite said...

I had to use TEA to solve this one, but I think that was just me being dim. I'll be boring and go for 1,000 - 1,100.

Anonymous said...

I agree a fairly simple one this week but it is that last week before labor day. I'll say 1700-1800.

Mendo Jim said...

Another week and another well-mixed anagram, reasonably challenging, but no mistakes to cause me to send in an entry.
Sorry I'm late weighing in, I had to get my girlfriend to the school bus.
I wonder if the unidentified author of this week's challenge took his or her cue from the anagram of the subject writer's whole name used in his or her best known work.
It is amazing how such an accomplished person can have such narrow fame (or infamy).
No spoiler for Natasha, but another reason I'm late is that I was looking at my exciting, just arrived new "Range" prize, a tape worm's delight.
I think caution is order, so I'll take 900-1000 this time.
(My girlfriend, just so you'll know, is the bus driver.)

David said...

1400 to 1500.

I noticed the solution as part of a clue in a recent NYT crossword puzzle.

Dave said...

One of the easiest puzzles ever. I'm going for the 1500 - 1600 range.