Sunday, April 10, 2011

NPR Puzzle 4/10/11 - Measure for Measures

Here's this week's puzzle:
Name a unit of length in the plural form. Rearrange the letters to spell two units of weight, also in the plural form. What units are these?
I solved this before Ross did.  I'm so chuffed.  (Chuffed is Britspeak for being pleased with oneself.)

If you solved it even before I did -- and I'm sure that you did! -- send your answer in to NPR via this site right here.

By the way, thanks to Ross for pinch-hitting for me on Thursday.  He neglected to mention that the two-word, 11-letter book title that added up to 148 was Little Women.  At least, that's the one I was thinking of.  David's guess of Barry Lyndon is equally valid.

April is all about the quilting for me.  We're going to a wedding at the end of the month and, while the quilt is not a wedding present, I did promise the bride a quilt as a graduation present.  She graduated from law school two years ago...  So I'll be sewing my tiny heart out from now until then.  I'll post photos when I'm done.

I won't short-change you guys, though -- I've got my priorities straight.  But I've got a problem.  I have to come up with photos for units of measurement.

So here's what I've done.  I took the unit of length and asked TEA to give me the longest names I could get out of that word.  I then looked some of them up in Flickr.  Thus, the grand total of points connecting the photos below and the puzzle above are some subset of letters.  Good luck figuring it out from that...

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.

I had to call Henry to get the announced number of entries because our local NPR affiliate, WVIA, ran long with their Arts Calendar announcements and didn't join the national feed until after Will had started with the on-air puzzle.  (Grrr.)  According to Henry -- and by all means let us know if we got this wrong; I just don't want to wait until the audio file is available at noon DST -- there were "about 1200" entries this week.  If that's right, either no one or Ross is the winner, and as Ross doesn't actually win ("Members of the Crosswordmanblog staff and their families are ineligible to win any prizes"), we're good.

But I need to reiterate for Nameless NPR Intern Whose Job It Is to Tally the Number of Entries Each Week -- dude, you will endear yourself to me immeasurably if you would include whether it's over or under the Nice Round Number.  For everyone else, I will state the obvious: if the number of entries continues to be announced as "about Nice Round Number" we'll treat that as the same as if they said it was precisely Nice Round Number, meaning the tie-break rule is applied.

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")


David said...

Again, not to difficult, but longer than the end of the segment. I'll go with 1500 to 1550. (And it was announced as about 1200 on air for last week.)

By the way, my hint last week about the Barry Lyndon connection to a presidential election- obviously, the first name of the 1964 election candidates, Barry (Goldwater) and Lyndon (Johnson).

Jimel said...

Back from family visiting -- including looking at quilts! I not surprised Magdalen came up with it quickly. Quilters are always measuring and weighing. I'pick lucky 1300-1350 this week.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think the puzzle is wrong this week? Or am I stuck on a plausible answer that turns out not to be the desired one? The problem is that one of the two words I have for units of weight is not, in fact, a unit of weight. I think I'd be giving too much away to state what I have, but suffice to say one of the units is for something else. Anyone else encounter this problem? Or do people indeed have two units of weight?


Mendo Jim said...

I am gradually, if reluctantly, giving up on trying to hold Doctor Puzzlemaster to any kind of rigor. Not only is he careless in what he calls correct or incorrect, he doesn't give a hoot.
Extending the wish for the fine point to science really is an excercise in futility.
Phil is right: the two units in the anagram are different, but commonly confused. Blaine (of the hard-to-join NPR Puzzle blog) compounds the problem by calling them both the alternative term to "weight." There is one of each.
Discounting that mistake, this was clever challenge and one that was satisfying to get without pencil and paper.
That 1200-1250 Range seems hot, so gimme.
Now to click on "Post Comment" two or three times before it decides to give me the secret word.

Grace said...

This was simple for someone who measures in "Canadian". No search engines needed. That is the LONG and the SHORT of it.
May I mention a item I read about your F.B.I. They have a unsolved murder case in which the deceased had a coded message in his pocket. The F.B.I are asking the public's help in decoding it. It was to hard for me,however, I am thinking this sight has master puzzle solovers. Would the the skills required not be similar?It can be found at their web sight.

Marie said...

Entries are down but I'm going to be optimistic and stick with 1950-2000

Dave said...

Another easy puzzle. I'll snag the 1400-1450 range, please.

Mendo Jim, why do you say that Blaine's Puzzle Blog is hard to join? I think anybody can chime in.

Mendo Jim said...

Dave: This blog allows "Name/URL" and "Anonymous" as choices for posting comments.
These in addition to what I assume are six membership ID sources.
As far as I can tell, Blaine's blog only allows input from folks with ID's from the membership places.

Mendo Jim said...

Tarnation! I already sent an answer to Dave's question, but it disappeared.
I don't have an account or whatever on what I guess are Blog screening outfits listed under "Comment as" below.
Ross and Magdalen accept posts from folks without such accounts. I don't believe Blaine does.
If this post violates a rule, let me know.

Crossword Man said...

Mendo, the comment that "disappeared" got marked as spam by blogger - that held it up for a bit.

Grace said...

I think the entries will be from 1000-1050.