Sunday, November 7, 2010

NPR Puzzle 11/7/10 - What's in YOUR Refrigerator?

Here's this week's puzzle:
Write out the 26 letters of the alphabet. Take a sequence of seven letters, change one letter in that sequence to a U, and rearrange the result to name something you might find in your refrigerator. Hint: The answer is a two-word phrase.
This is an easy one.  Here's how I know it was easy.  I solved it.  In my head.  Before Ross even got done writing it down.

I am not the better puzzle solver in our household, and I don't normally work very hard at these, but sometimes you just get it.

When you've solved it -- and without giving anything away -- just say in the comments whether you have this thing in your refrigerator.  We do not.  (We do, however, own one.)

Photo time.

Here are four photos of words that might make compound words or phrases with one or the other of the two words in this week's answer.  But be warned -- I have deliberately tried to make it a bit more challenging.  Explanations on Thursday.

Photo 1:

Photo 2:

Photo 3:

Photo 4:

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.

They had 640 (many thanks again for the reasonably precise number, NPR-Intern-Whose-Name-I-Should-Know) entries this week. [Hey, NPR-Intern-Whose-Name-I-Should-Know, send me an email at Magdalen (at) and I'll actually use your name in the future.]  Ross came the closest, but was still too high.  Who knew that would be a hard puzzle? 

We have fulfilled our obligations to give away free copies of Les Foeldessy's book, Gryptics, so it's back to our usual cheap, sleezy EXCITING prizes!  Pick a range and see if you can win one.

[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.


DAPF said...

Cool, I am the first one here today 8^) Well, given how fast I and the people around me solved this one, I would say it is an easy one. I'll go for 2700-2800 (3 times my usual range) this week.

DAPF said...

I was so excited to post the first comment that I did not check that there is no such thing as a 2700-2800 range around around here Oops. Let's say 2,500 to 3,000 then.

Anonymous said...

I do not have one of these in my refrigerator. Heck, I don't even have the stuff that goes inside one of these.

Mendo Jim said...

You say "without giving anything away" and then you post a pic of a floating red balloon! Sheeesh!
Anyhow, yes I got some, but maybe not the quantity implied.
Actually, following Dr. S's suggestion to write the alphabet made this pretty easy and there is no reason why over 5000 people should not send in correct entries. Therefore I'll go with the 300 to 400 Range this week.

David said...

I had the answer before they ended the segment. I do have the object in my refrigerator (at least according to some pictures I have seen online). I'll take 2400 to 2500.

Tom said...

I for one was shocked at the low number of entries last week. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the number of entries that I can discern. So, I'll just arbitrarily predict 1,400-1,500 this week.

Jimel said...

I can't believe how low last weeks entries were. Is Will losing audience share or is this time of year too busy. This week's was extremely easy but I used to make up alphabetic guides to library card catalog drawers (e.g., james to jim) and during my college days I had a summer job involving answer. I think I'll stick with my award winning 800-900 range.

henry.blancowhite said...

Thank you to the three people who have provided the extra hint I needed to solve this. After consulting Merriam-Webster online, I am unable to answer unambiguously the question whether I have this thing in my refrigerator until Thursday evening.

May I have my usual 1,000 - 1,100, please.

Anonymous said...

No, I don't have one in my refrigerator, nor do I own one. Thanks for the fun!

Jordan said...

I'll take 3000-3500. Thanks. -Jordan

Marie said...

I agree with Tom on rhyme and reason. I think listenership must be down or people are too busy, maybe looking for work. Still this was SO easy I'll take 2300-2400.

Dave said...

I'll go with the 900 - 1,000 slot, Dolly.

Tobias Duncan said...

We dont have those limey red balloon thingies in the US of A so I call shenanigans.
Having gotten that off my chest I will take 2200 to 2300.