Sunday, March 6, 2011

NPR Puzzle 3/6/11 - A Long, Long Time Ago

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a two-word phrase that means a time long ago. Move the third, fourth and fifth letters to the end of the phrase, without rearranging those three letters, to get a new two-word phrase that means the beginning. What phrases are these?
Not too difficult.  Ross got it, but that's because I was -- I was cooking.  Yeah, that's right.  I was busy cooking and he had time to think of the answer.  (By the way, for the purposes of this excuse explanation, "cooking" is a fairly broad term that includes "reheating stuff in the microwave.")

After you've sent your answer in to NPR here, here's Don McLean's American Pie.  (Just click on the link -- no video required -- and you can continue to read this lovely blog post.)

As usual, I just typed each of the answers (the two phrases) into Flickr to see what I would get.  Normally I would mix up the resulting photos to prevent unintended hints.  But my results seem to be mixed up enough.  So the first three are for the "time long ago" phrase, and the second three are for the "beginning."  You've all solved the puzzle -- so enjoy trying to figure out what those two phrases have to do with these six photos:







I'm telling you, this is the best gig!

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.

There were more than 1400 answers last week.  Once again, I missed by just a teeny bit.  More prizes for all of you!

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")

10 comments:

phredp said...

I'm going with 1,050 - 1,100. This week was a little tough!

Tobias Duncan said...

what the WTF guys? get that dang fourth picture out of there. some of us have better vision than you do.
I am going with 1950- to 2000 this one took me about 30 sec and no paper instead of half a morning like usual.

Magdalen said...

Tobias -- Sorted!

David said...

I had the answer before they finished the sign-off from the segment. It just happened to be the first thing I thought of for the long time ago piece. I'll go 1800 to 1850.

Dave said...

The coveted 1700 to 1750 slot, please.

Mendo Jim said...

I also had it within about a minute after Will finished.
Unfortunately, I had mulled it over off and on for the fifteen hours since it went online having transposed two very important words.
If you want a tougher challenge, try it that way (hint: they're early in the clue).
The on-air portion was one of the easiest in a while if you don't count Hasbro.
1400 worked last week, so I'll try it this.
And we'll want to see the deleted pic on Thursday.

Grace said...

I choose 2000 - 2050

Tom said...

I'll take 1,500-1,550 range this week please.

kaleenam said...

This is my second week playing the Sunday Puzzle. It has been a lot of fun.

I am going to guess that 2100-2150 correct answers.

Marie said...

1900-1950 for me please--I just got it...several wild goose chases.