Sunday, October 3, 2010

NPR Puzzle 10/2/10 - Calling Sheesh Shredder?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a famous person whose first name has six letters and last name has eight. In this person's first name, the first two letters are the same as the last two letters. And, these two letters also start the last name. The first two letters of the last name are pronounced differently from how they're pronounced in the first name. Who is this person?
Pretty easy, I'd say.  We'd solved this much: xxxxxx xxx????? when we got bored and used a computer.  Yeah, that's right, Doctor Will Shortz -- we use a computer for some a lot most of the NPR puzzles.  Well, most of the ones Ross doesn't solve immediately.

Now, as for why he didn't solve this one after I gave him the first name (my dad's, coincidentally) and the first three letters of the surname, I blame that on the fact that neither of us is feeling 100%.  We went to a party last night and I immediately wanted to come home again.  I even went to bed early.  Turns out we have colds.

Here's a hint: if you solve it with a computer, the answer Will is looking for is not the Swiss silent movie star or the trap shooter who won Olympic gold for Canada.

And, as always, if you solve it, don't post the answer in the comments.  Send it to NPR (here) instead.

Anyway, we did solve it, and now for the photos.  Once you've solved the puzzle, have fun figuring out what these photos have to do with our 6-8 famous name.  If it helps you, I will say I can't (yet) connect each photo to its Flickr site, as that would give too much away.  All will be explained on Thursday.

Photo 1:

Photo 2:

Photo 3:

Photo 4:

Photo 5:

Photo 6:

Fun.  I do love this job.

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.

No one won last week's prize -- Les Foeldessy's cool book, Gryptics -- because clearly, with only 597 (such a precise number; nicely done, NPR-intern-whose-name-I've-forgotten) entries, we were all way too high last week.  Les is still willing to give away a copy of Gryptics, and today's puzzle is way easier.  What's your guess? 

[As always, 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.


Natasha said...

Glad Will accepted Rap Station. Any hints for today's puzzle?

Ben said...

1800-1900 for me, please. - Ben

Jimel said...

The low number of entries last week confirms that most of us don't consider Npr to be work. This week's is fairly easy so I'll guess 2500 - 3000

KarenintheKitchen said...

It took me a few minutes... but I don't usually see them right away. I think it will come to people once they think about it a while. My guess, 3000-3500. And I can't wait to find out what the photos mean... but I have an idea.

Dave said...

Easy puzzle. I'll go with the 1200 -1300 option.

Note to Natasha: Just think of a six letter first name that begins and ends with the same two letters. That's a good start.

Tom said...

Wow! Only 597 entries last week? It didn't seem all that challenging. This weeks challenge is MUCH easier, I'll take 2,100-2,200 this week please.

Jordan said...

I'll take 1500-1600. Thanks

Mendo Jim said...

There are 1,135,575 Americans who have an unfair advantage in this challenge.
It is pretty easy, but only if you assume the letters have to be in the same order; "Norton" could work as a first name, e.g.
Liane had a substitute and I thought for a moment Will did too: He actually revealed his thinking about the challenge!
I think 2400-2500 might work this week.

David said...

I'll go with 2200 to 2300. It took me less than a minute, without computer.

jimel said...

I see I made a typo in my first comment -- "work" instead of "word." By the way identifying the photos was more fun than coming up with the name. Thanks.

Troublemaker said...

David: Think how much more fun you would have with these blogs if you had a computer!