Sunday, December 12, 2010

NPR Puzzle 12/12/10 - Will Gives Us The Business(es)

Here's this week's puzzle:
Rearrange the letters of "Wayne Manor" to name two well-known American corporations, past or present. What corporations are they?
Ross got this right away.  Henry and I are in the middle of Cookie Weekend, and thus functionally brain dead, so we didn't get it.  Oh, wait.  I lie.  Henry got it.  I didn't get it.  I'm the brain dead one in this trio.  (And if you got it, send your answer here and don't leave it in the comments.  We've been known to delete even comments with wrong answers...)

Did I mention Cookie Weekend?  Yeah.  It's a lot of cookies -- around 20 recipes this year.  Here's last year's product before being packaged up in tins:

Exhausting but fun.  And, uh, yummy.

Okay, so once again I have to own up to being the eejit in the house.  (I'm pretty sure our dog didn't get it either, but then she's completely flaked out in front of the fire, so her brain activity is low at the moment.)

Photo time.  Hmm.  How can I depict anything without giving the game away?  Here's what I've done.  Below are six photos -- three from the city where one corporation is/was located and three from the other corporation's home city.  Enjoy!

Yup -- that's my big hint: both places have trees!  Whoo-hoo, I'm really risking you all getting it just from this blog.

By the way, Henry says this one was easy...  Thanks for rubbing it in, just how stupid I must be.

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 -- the answer, < 1,000, was the number of ENTRIES, not the number of people who sent in the correct answer.  This makes sense to me, because I suspect what Intern Pat does is tally the number of entries and then open them until he/she finds a correct answer.

[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")


Anonymous said...

I guess 3000 to 4000 enties.


DAPF said...

Too bad they did not count the number of correct entries. Is it possible that the number they announce each week is the total number of entries, NOT the number of correct ones? In any case, I'll take the 700-800 range again this week.

Magdalen said...

DAPF -- I'm pretty sure that's always the case, because I'm certain Intern Pat doesn't open all the email entries, just knows the number. Ross and Henry's supposition, though, is that Intern Pat has to keep opening entries until he/she finds a correct answer, which gives Liane a rough idea of how many or few correct answers there were. H & R rather think Intern Pat opened quite a few this week before getting to a winner! (Henry points out that this only works if the error rate is high.)

Tom said...

I have to agree with Henry, this weeks challenge seemed particularly easy (sorry Magdalen). I'll take 3,500-4,000 this week.

Mendo Jim said...

Don't they KNOW that there is this intrepid band of five or six of us who live and die by the RANGE???
"Less than a thousand" "Very few correct answers (ahem)". Means nothing!
And even the guy who came up with the puzzle got it wrong! And who knows when the right answer was finally exposed.
The on-air guy was good; I have the feeling that Will had some hints up his sleeve that he never got to use.
I picked up today's challenge yesterday, thought it would be a snap, eventually figured it was another mistake and waited for the show.
A ten letter, two word anagram sent me to my Scrabble™ tiles! "TM" How about that; I learned it here.
Long experience and the scientific method doesn't do diddly, so I'll close my eyes and put my finger on the screen and take ..... 1900-2000.
Maybe some cookies for a prize, huh, huh?

Jimel said...

It seems like a pretty easy puzzle this week. After all each had corporate headquarters in a city that has trees which eliminates Barrow, AK.
However, we're in a period that has people going to parties and baking cookies leaving little time for puzzle solving so I'll go to the low side and pick 500-600.

Dave said...

1,700 to 1,800. Another easy puzzle.

David said...

I'll go for 1800 to 1900.

There are too few letters involved to make this weeks puzzle difficult, but it seems that not as many people are submitting answers as there have been in the past. Maybe the new format format for submitting answers is reducing the number of entrants?

I would guess that a clever IT person (which does not include me) could scan the submissions for the correct answer (for last week's puzzle, look for "96") and get a good estimate of the number of correct entries (but that may miss "ninety-six"). It should be even easier to get the total number of entries. Then Liane could tell the listeners something like, "We had 2,357 entries , of which 1,919 were correct."

Magdalen said...

David -- If Liane started to do that, of course we'd have to make it expressly clear which number wins the prize. As it is, everyone knows what number they're guessing: it's the only number that Liane gives out. What we're not sure of is what that number actually signifies.

David said...

I think it has not been consistent over the years. If they do give numbers, percentage correct would also be good to track.