Sunday, May 29, 2011

NPR Puzzle 5/29/11 - No One Wins This Week...

...because we're all losing Liane Hansen.

I did think that Audie Cornish did a lovely job with the true-false questions, so it will be a pleasure to have her puzzling with Will when the time comes.  But we're still going to miss Liane.

Here are some photos to tide you over till next week:

The only photo (with a Creative Commons license) on Flickr that comes up if you type in "Liane Hansen."  You can click on it to see why, although honestly I'm not sure what the photo has to do with Liane.


The rest of the photos are of words you can make from AAEEHILNNNS (the letters of Liane Hansen):

Hennas:



Linnaean (in this case, the Linnaean Libation League, which meets in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden):


Linens (here they're vintage):


Sea Lane (a miniature steam railway at the North Sea Lane station in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire):


Alien (the caption explains that their son made the sole alien cookie, which they then didn't want to eat):



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.

Ah, what to do about Pick-a-Range this week?  I think, to keep it interesting, we'll reopen it.  D'you think hundreds of people will either solve the puzzle or find someone (who, me?) to tell them the answer?  If so, and because we all got caught wrong-footed by Will's change of plans, we're reopening the Pick-a-Range contest.  If you didn't pick last Sunday, pick now.  If you picked last Sunday, you get another shot at it.  Both last Sunday's and today's picks will be counted, so scroll up to see who's already snagged what ranges.

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")

7 comments:

Natasha said...

Thanks for reopening the "Pick-a-Range", Magdalen!! I select 2,000-2,050. Thanks.

David said...

I would guess a 50% increase, so 1500 to 1550.

David said...

After some more time to work on this puzzle, there is a good list of opposites here, a German website for learning English:
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/words_list/opposites.htm

"Rural" happens to be the last word on the third of four pages of opposites

Dave said...

I'll up my guess to 1,700 to 1,750, por favor. Muchas gracias!

Grace said...

I pick 2100-2150

Kathy Ink said...

I'd go for 1,900 - 1,950. Beautiful photos by the way.

Magdalen said...

Kathy Ink -- Did you intend your pick to be for the current puzzle post?

I ask because this puzzle lasted forever, but it did finally close this past Sunday. ("around 800" was the answer.)