Sunday, August 7, 2011

NPR Puzzle 8/7/11 -- I'll Take Phrasal Verbs for 200, Will

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take a common two-word phrase that's the present tense of a verb. Move the last two letters to the front without making any other change, and you'll get a new two-word phrase that is the verb's past tense. What phrases are these?
I'm letting Ross take the lead on this one -- wait, no I'm not.  Well, I was, but then I found the answer on my own.  Because two heads are better than one, particularly when they're both sleep-deprived.

If your one head was even better than our two heads, go ahead and send the answer in to NPR using this helpful form.

Ross was at Lollapuzzoola yesterday (and if that isn't how it's spelled, it should be) so we're all a bit sleepy this morning.

Photos?  Gosh.  I'm going to be wildly obscure and you'll just have to guess what I'm on about.  When you've gotten the answer, EMAIL me (Magdalen at CrosswordMan dot com) (and not in the comments, please) places where you've [phrasal verbed] too, and I'll post some of those photos on Thursday.  That is, if any of you have ever [phrasal verbed] anywhere interesting.

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.

Just over 1700 entries last week, so skydiveboy is the winner.  Send your snail mail address to Magdalen at CrosswordMan dot com, and we'll mail out a puzzle book.  If you want a puzzle book.  If you want something else (aren't you the guy who only wants a dictionary?), then email Ross at CrosswordMan dot com and discuss the alternatives, if any.  (Not promising anything, mind you.)

See?  We do *try* to accommodate people's unique interests.  Enter this week's Pick A Range and see what you might win.

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")


Paul said...

Twice the difficulty...half the number of correct entries...850-900, please.

phredp said...

I'll go with 900-950. Pretty sure under 1000.

Dave said...

Any hints? I'm stuck.

DAPF said...

Based on the small number of comments so far this week, I am guessing that Dave and I are not the only ones who are stuck on this one.

Mendo Jim said...

Me, too.

skydiveboy said...

I suspect lots of answers that are incorrect will be submitted, but the number of correct ones will be under 300. I doubt they make the distinction at NPR however.

David said...

I'm back from my vacation on the Channel Islands, where I got through about 2/3rds of the first puzzle book I recently won, after working on several puzzles I had saved up for my trip (see below for relevance).

I didn't find the puzzle too hard. I had my spouse get the puzzle on her phone and got the answer after thinking about it for just a couple minutes (several hours after hearing the puzzle) lying on the top bunk of the Amtrak Coast Starlight. What is interesting is that the phrase was an answer in a recent New York Times crossword puzzle that I had done earlier that day (before hearing the puzzle).

I'll try the 1000 to 1050 slot again, please.

DAPF said...

Now that I have an answer, I am pretty confident that it's the one Will expects. The space is in the same position, that is, it has the same number of letters on each side in both tenses, but it is not between the same letters.

woozy said...

Well, I *didn't* get it. It was a fair puzzle. I *should* have gotten it but I didn't think of "eat". I tried *** go => gone **** and **** do => done **** but got no-where. Had I thought of "eat" it would have fallen in. (And *what* did you eat? A tea.)