Sunday, May 8, 2011

NPR Puzzle 5/8/11 -- Endless Names

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of two common girls' names that are seven letters long and that start with the same four letters in the same order. Drop these four letters in each name, and mix the last three letters in each name to come up with another common girls' name in six letters. What names are these?
Wow - there are many pairs (or triplets) of girls' names in seven letters that start with the same four letters.  The key is to think common and also to assume that Will would not have found "cute enough" a puzzle that relied on variants of the same name.  So it's not going to be Britney and Britnie (even assuming you could anagram EEINNY as a third girl's name).

We have an answer -- but I think Will's going to find that the intended answer is not the only answer possible.

You should send all your legal answers to NPR here!

Before I get to today's photos, a shout-out and a huge thank you to Dave Taube.  In addition to being smart enough to have had two puzzles used on air and lucky enough to get picked as the on-air contestant, Dave has been providing me with lots of useful information about his home town, Eugene, Oregon.  As luck would have it, I sent the heroine of my current novel off to Eugene where her mother needed heart surgery.  Now the hero's shown up and I need to get them out of the hospital for a bit.  Dave's explained where the pair of them should go for lunch.  Even I got hungry from Dave's descriptions!

Photo time.  I love the name puzzles -- here are some women (and one dog), selected at random because I thought the photos looked nice, with the forenames used in this week's puzzle:

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 "about 700" entries (NPR Intern: we had that discussion already.  Don't make me call you out by an exaggerated job title to make the point that the number should be characterized as "above" or "below"). Ross had one of the two ranges adjacent to 700; no one had the other.  No prize this week.

But next week -- I'm feeling good about sending out a book.  Make it happen.  Pick the right range!

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...

I have three possible pairs, including, I think, the intended answer. On the pair I assume is the intended answer, the four common letters are pronounced differently and all three names are pretty common (at least in the Sunday Puzzle world).

It would be a fatal error to think there aren't other good answers. One of my other two has a particularly pleasing six letter name, but the seven letter names aren't as good.

I'll take my regular 1000 to 1050 spot, please.

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled on your site as I was playing this week's name game puzzler. Thanks to one of the posted pics - by Georgia, I've got it! While I'm here, I'd like the 850-900 range, please. -- Anonymous Deb

Mendo Jim said...

Happy Sunday and Mothers' Day to all.
First, let's wind up things webbed. Duke minus "e" sounds like Duck, of which generic group the Drake is the male. Dave hails from Eugene, home of the University of Oregon Ducks.

My intuitive feeling that the Sunday Puzzle is winding down contunues.
In today's truncated version Liane didn't ask how long Larry had been playing the puzzle or what he did for a living. The on-air playing section had to be the shortest ever and, aside from the pin, one now has to go to the website for the list of prizes.

I came up with what must be Will's three intended names quite quickly and further cogitation hasn't turned up any more that I think he will accept. The only problem with my answer is that they are names of women, not necessarily of girls.
1150-1200 entries seems as good an unsupported a guess as any for this week.
(And now for the third time I'll click on "Post Comment" and hope I get the magic word.)

Dave said...

Anonymous Deb, I also got the answer from one of the pictures. It was the first hit on Google. Let me know which photo gave it away after the Thursday noon deadline.

I'll take the 950 to 1,000 slot, please.

By the way, I was happy that there were only 700 entries to last week's puzzle. That means that my puzzle was a challenging one.

henry.blancowhite said...

I have two answers, the other of which requires all three words to be variants of the same name, and requires a slightly questionable variant spelling of one of them.

May I have 1,050-1,100, please.

Jimel said...

What with Mother's day, a birhtday and a recording session I had little time to think about the puzzle but I looked up and saw a fellow singer who had a seven letter name that worked -- AHA ! I had an answer. I'll try the 1300 slot this week

Natasha said...

I wasted a lot of time on solving this puzzle.

Dave said...

That's pretty fumny, Natasha.

Dave said...

Oops. I meant funny.

Tom said...

I've only been up to come up with one pair of names so far. Fortunately, the answer came fairly quickly and I didn't waste a lot of time solving this weeks challenge like Natasha. I'll take the 900-950 range this week please.

~*Kaleena*~ said...

I think I got the names....Here is hoping anyway. I am going to take the 1200-1250 range.

Anonymous said...

To Mendo Jim: I completely missed the significance of Dave's location. Thanks for pointing out the meaning of your hint.

To everyone: Does the change in the on-air format for disclosing the awards mean the end is nigh? Or is it the opposite? After all, if Will plans to follow Liane off into the sunset, why change format now with so few shows left?

For what it's worth, I agree with the answer Magdalen has, an answer, I gather, that is the same as others' here.

Phil, who takes 900 to 950 but only because all the good answers are taken

henry.blancowhite said...

Yes, I think I like Dave's solution slightly better than mine (which seems to be the same as David's).

Natasha said...

What happened to yesterday's post?

Crossword Man said...

Good question Natasha ... it was there last night. Hope it can be recovered, as I'm not sure Magdalen will be happy to write it all again.

Crossword Man said...

Natasha, it looks like a blogger snafu resulted in yesterday's post being taken offline temporarily. Hopefully it will be restored anon.