Sunday, February 13, 2011

NPR Puzzle 2/13/11 - Two Presidents Walk Into a Capital...

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a world capital. Add the letter R, and rearrange the letters to name two U.S. presidents. What is the world capital and who are the presidents?
Okay, I admit it.  I didn't figure this one out as quickly as Ross did.  He tells me that he looked at a list of capitals and the answer leaped out at him.  He's a clever fellow.  (And if you're just as clever, no need to prove it to us -- send your answer direct to NPR here!)

But now I get to look for all the disguised photos of trees (and other things) in this capital.  Who's the clever clogs now, hmm?

I'll repost those photos on Thursdays with their proper attributions.

Alas, no news this week.  Or, to be more honest, no interesting news.  We are allowed to be boring, you know.

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.  The winner gets a puzzle book of our unspecified choosing.

More than 1,700 people entered, which means that Ross was too low and David was too high.  Better luck this week!

I always remind you that troublemakers risk winning the American Girl puzzle book, so play nice.  I will admit that thus far, even Mendo Jim (who covets the American Girl puzzle book) has been behaving himself.  Thus far...  :-)

Here are the ranges:

Fewer than 50       
50 - 100
100 - 150
150 - 200
200 - 250
250 - 300
300 - 350
350 - 400
400 - 450
450 - 500

500 - 550
550 - 600
600 - 650
650 - 700
700 - 750
750 - 800
800 - 850
850 - 900
900 - 950
950 - 1,000
1,000 - 1,050         
1,050 - 1,100
1,100 - 1,150
1,150 - 1,200
1,200 - 1,250
1,250 - 1,300
1,300 - 1,350
1,350 - 1,400
1,400 - 1,450
1,450 - 1,500

1,500 - 1,550
1,550 - 1,600
1,600 - 1,650
1,650 - 1,700
1,700 - 1,750
1,750 - 1,800
1,800 - 1,850
1,850 - 1,900
1,900 - 1,950
1,950 - 2,000
2,000 - 2,050
2,050 - 2,100
2,100 - 2,150
2,150 - 2,200
2,200 - 2,250
2,250 - 2,300
2,300 - 2,350
2,350 - 2,400
2,400 - 2,450
2,450 - 2,500

2,500 - 2,750
2,750 - 3,000
3,000 - 3,250
3,250 - 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...

Now that I have solved this one, I can spend a leisurely Sunday enjoying my current read (a Paul Auster novel).

Dave said...

It took a little detective work, but I was able to solve the puzzle by using one of the photos. Thanks for the hint!

I'll snag the 1,200 to 1,250 slot.

Jimel said...

I went at in reverse and came up with the capital pretty quickly. Glad it was a place that had some tree. Let's go with 1700 - 1750 on this one.

David said...

Ross and I had the same method, looking at a list of capitals. I wonder how many people would get this answer without using the internet (or some other reference source).

Also, how do people come up with these puzzles? Do they see a word and say, "Look, if you add an "R" to Treevinehowloosees (which is the capital of North Obscuria) and rearrange the letters, you get Eisenhower and Roosevelt, 2 US presidents (actually three, but who's counting?)"

DAPF, what Paul Auster novel? I am currently in the middle of The Book of Illusions.

I'll go with 1600 to 1650.

Tom said...

I initially struggled with this but then it came to me. I'll take 1,400-1,450 this week please.

Mendo Jim said...

Well, one president and two doofuses anyway.
As I predicted last week Audie reported "another big week of entries" of under 2000.
Richard Renner, who has the longest running NPR Sunday Puzzle commentary, said this week that he met a man who told him that he and his friends "not only guess at the weekly listener challenge, but also at the number of entries Liane will report." Is there a "Jonathan" here?
750-800 is as good a guess as any.

DAPF said...


I am currently reading "Invisible." Many years ago I really enjoyed all of Auster's early novels; then he lost me around Timbuktu; as it happens, I was out of ideas for reading material this week so I decided to try a recent novel of his; I like it so far).

By the way, my post here was a hint at the solution to the puzzle, but I am glad that the Paul Auster reference was picked up by someone 8^)