Sunday, November 28, 2010

NPR Puzzle 11/28/10 - Say That One More Time?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name the setting for an old television show that was also a series of popular movies. The answer consists of two words, with five letters in each word. The last three letters of the last word plus the first three letters of the first word, in that order, name a country. What country is it?
Okay, with Henry and Ross both here, this one was tedious but not impossible.  The hardest part for me was to get straight which three letters went where.  So I'll make it easier for all of you:

If Will wanted a state instead of a country, and the answer was KANSAS, then the setting would be SAS-- --KAN.  But while we were trawling through a list of countries, I couldn't keep it straight and made Henry split the countries' names into the right pattern.

Submit your answer to NPR here.  And PLEASE don't give too much away in the comments.  It's an easy puzzle, unless you don't see it, and it would be far too easy to hint.  Comment on the Thursday post.

Just as I did last week, I'm going to jumble up some photos representing the country and the TV show/movie.  (Solved the puzzle?  Want to argue with me about my photo selection?  Email me with your complaints -- Magdalen (at)  I got my reasons.)

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.

Did I not give enough thanks to Nameless NPR Intern on Thursday?  Clearly not because once again we have "around 2,000" as the answer. But our tie-break rule covers this situation.  Even though Mendo Jim commented before Jordan, Jordan hasn't won a prize (whereas Mendo Jim has won so many prizes, he is a prize -- and we treasure him!), so Jordan is our winner!

Send me your address, Jordan, and we'll get the prize out to you.  Magdalen (at)

[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")


DAPF said...

Not knowing anything about that particular franchise, I was still able to solve the puzzle working backward from the country name and using a bit of googling. I'll humbly request my usual range: 700-800

Tom said...

I found this to be another remarkably easy challenge. I'll take 2,500-3,000 this week please.

Mendo Jim said...

All the pics are of the country, none of the setting (with the great parking).
You guys had it too easy with the ceremony clue fresh in your little minds.
I think the country may have been an answer in the past.
No sense in my guessing a range. :=(

Ben said...

2,000-3,000 please.

- Ben

Magdalen said...

Mendo Jim, that's just silly. C'mon, pick a range. Remember -- if you are in a tie-break with another former winner, it's first come, first serve.

Mendo Jim said...

Silly me.
I like Ben's approach, so will take 1000-2000.
Everybody just scrooch in where you can!

Magdalen said...

Don't forget -- we have two American Girl puzzle books, so if Ben & Jim don't specify a range we ACTUALLY offer, that book's going to both of you! (We have your addresses on file.)

Otherwise, I'll arbitrarily assign 2,500 - 3,000 to Ben.

And Mendo Jim will get 1,000 to 1,100 for being a wiseacre.

Dave said...

I'll go with the 2,200 to 2,300 option. I hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving.

David said...

Are you saying Ben and Mendo Jim are deranged?

I'll go with 1500 to 1600.

Mendo Jim said...

Nope, trenchant (var.).
Sorry to have surprised Magdalen with my apparent prescience about the challenge a few weeks ago. I did try to warn her on 3/29/10.

Matthew G. said...

Long-time reader, first-time commenter, and first-time NPR puzzle entrant here. I agree that this was a very easy puzzle, so I'll go with 3,000-3,500 on the reasoning that if I finally bothered to submit an answer for the first time, perhaps many others did too.

Jimel said...

I'll go even higher with 3500-4000 this week. It was an easy but fun puzzle which might attract many.

Marie said...

Looks to me like we have 2 people on 2500-3000. I'll take 2400-2500.

Danny said...

I gotta admit. I'm having a hell of a time figuring this one out, even with having a list of all countries with six letters. It seems like it's so obvious, but I'm still overlooking it. Maybe my optic nerves don't work anymore or something. Arg!

David said...

Sorry, Danny, but there is no way any of us will give you a hint.