Sunday, September 26, 2010

NPR Puzzle 9/26/10 - Who is the Patron Saint of Puzzles?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Take the phrase "patron saint," remove a letter, then rearrange the letters to create a new, familiar two-word phrase that names something important in life. Hint: The first word has three letters, the second word has seven.
Not all that easy to solve in the conventional methods, although we've managed it.

If you have the answer, send it in to NPR here -- and please do not post it in the comments!  Thanks.

This puzzle was sent in by Will's friend (in a fairly loose sense of the word "friend") Elizabeth Gorski.  She's got the Crossword City blog, and has even featured a photo of Ross solving a crossword with the sort of "help" that doesn't actually improve one's statistics.

And who is the Patron Saint of Puzzlers?  I'm guessing Saint Peter might be your man -- he's the patron saint of lost things, as in, "What's the word again?  Oh, it's just on the tip of my tongue..."

Alas, the photo section won't be as much fun this week, but with Ross's awesome help, I'm found some good stuff.

I should explain that if I were to do my usual thing, you'd get this:

(You'll have to wait for Thursday to be able to click on it.  But trust me, it's the answer.)

Okay, so that's no fun.  Here's another photo of "the answer":

Yes, that's Will Shortz.  And yes, Will is the answer.  (If you've solved puzzle, you can work this one out in your head.)

Here's another one:

And another:

Now, come on -- you have to have solved it by now!

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 challenge above.  If you want to win, 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.

David won a copy of the new prize -- Les Foeldessy's cool book, Gryptics.  (David -- could you email us with your address so that we can forward that on to Les?  He'll send out the book directly to you.  Magdalen or Ross at  Thanks.)  
Les is willing to give another copy of Gryptics, so guess hard this week.  [Remember, troublemakers risk winning 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.


Mendo Jim said...

I would like back the time I wasted on this one.

Magdalen said...

Oh, Jim -- that's not the right sort of "can do" and "we all pull together" spirit!

Plus, how many are you picking for the Pick a Range, hmmm?

Jordan said...

I'll take 1000-1100. Thanks.

Tom said...

Oy vey. I'm with Mendo Jim - nonetheless, I'll take the 1,100-1,200 range this week. A common two "word" phrase was a bit of a stretch.

David said...

I cant believe that the answer is the answer, but...

I'll take 1500 to 1600.

Thanks for last week's prize. Another way to screw up my productivity.

Dave said...

I'll bake 1,200 to 1,300 for $1,000, please.

Dave said...

I meant I'll take, not I'll bake.

Mendo Jim said...

I think you can catch Wayne LaPierre on one of them.
And of course they are important to life if you live in Grano or Rolette, North Dakota or Viking, Minnesota among other places.
A question for the Crossword Man filling in for Mr. "Word"play: are acronyms "words" in crosswords?
I don't think any of the permutations of the possibilities (e.g. 119 ARP's [air refueling point?}) work in Scrabble, a pretty good arbiter of words.
So I'll take the Range that includes the only right answer: Fewer than 100 (fewer than one for that matter). And I'll take my prize in Nepalese Rupees.
There, Magdalen, you've made me waste some more time to show my spirit.
My "answers" on Thursday.

Mendo Jim said...

Well, heck. I thought I was through with this challenge, but I'll be darned if there isn't a viable answer (if you like m&m's).
I think I'll send it in with my others.

Ben said...

I'm in for 1300-1400. Must be pledge week.

- Ben