Sunday, November 21, 2010

NPR 11/21/10 -- A Two-Capital Idea!

Here's this week's puzzle:
What two world capitals can be found by rearranging the letters in the phrase "serial number."
First of all, many thanks to regular reader (and Ranger) Mendo Jim for pointing out that the puzzle is posted EARLY on the regular NPR website.  But if you've solved it, send the answer in here.

Anyway, I got up early and despite the lack of caffeine (waiting for Ross to wake up & make the tea), I managed to solve this puppy on my own.  With computer-powered help, of course.  Honestly, a piece of paper & a pencil might have been easier.

Photo time!

You know the drill -- I make 'em as unidentifiable as possible, so as not to give anything away.  Wanna have some fun?  I'll number them, and you guess -- just by number, mind you -- which photos belong to Capital City #1 and which belong to Capital City #2.  (If you click on the photos, they're numbered 1-8 but that's just for my file-keeping purposes.)

Number 1:

Number 2:

Number 3:

Number 4:

Number 5:

Number 6:

Number 7:
Number 8:

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.
With fewer than 300 entries, no one won last week.  Ross is annoyed that he didn't guess low enough.  Hey, buddy, it's not like you get the prize if you *do* win!

[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.

Our tie-break rule: 
In the event that a single round number is announced, AND two separate people picked the ranges leading up to and leading up from that round number, the prize will be awarded to whichever entrant had not already won a prize, or in the event that both entrants had won a prize already or neither had, then to the earlier of the two entries on the famous judicial principle of "First Come First Serve," (or in technical legal jargon, "You Snooze, You Lose")


Jimel said...

Missed last week's puzzle -- sometimes business has to come before pleasure, though I did manage to enjoy a few "Gryptics" during the week. This week's puzzle seems particularly easy so I will pick the 3500 - 4000 range.

DAPF said...

Very easy one, so the 3000-3500 range for me, please

Tom said...

I concur with Jimel and DAPF about the ease of this weeks challenge. I'll take 4,000-4,500 this week please. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

David said...

You really knew both of those cities? I had to look at a list of world capitals to get the second. Also, I have to wait until after the deadline to make my joke about world capitals.

Alternate joke (and crossword puzzle clue): Cereal Number? Note that the answer is related to last week's puzzle.

I'll take 2500 to 3000.

Mendo Jim said...

I'm pretty sure that this is at least the third time one of these cities has been the answer to a challenge.
The other is about as familiar as "Antoine et Antoinette."
My stations were off the air this morning, but if Dr. S didn't explain how a number is a "phrase, title or name," then that puz goes down in my book as unacceptable.
I imagine Magdalen has been sneaky here, but I'll group the pics as 3,4,6,7 and 1,2,5,8.
Actually, #1 should be in Kingston, mon.
Then to wrap up, I'll take 2000-2100.

henry.blancowhite said...

Easy if you either have an anagram solver or take the time to work through a list of capital cities to find the second one, but I think it will eliminate a lot of the casual entrants, so I'll go with my usual 1,000-1,100, please.

I confess to having cheated on the picture puzzle: I found seven of the eight by typing the cities into Flickr and leafing through, and the last by an obvious text search.

Marie said...

Wow, that last one could have been a record low! I would never have gotten the second capital without a list so I'll go 2400-2500.

Jordan said...

I'll take 1900-2000.

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