Sunday, September 25, 2011

NPR Puzzle 9/25/11 - Back to Normal

Here's this week's puzzle:
Think of a ten-letter occupation ending in "er." The first four letters can be rearranged to spell something that person would study, and the next four letters can be rearranged to spell something else that person would study. What is the occupation?
A nice puzzle, the sort that makes one think, "I wish I'd thought of that."

Of course I used Ross's software to solve it.  Not making that mistake (i.e., blogging without solving) again!

And of course you've solved it.  Send your obviously correct answer in to NPR here.

Now as we know, if you have a profession, you have some people famous for being in that profession.  Here are photos of the birthplaces of 6 famous ********ers:

Think you know your ********ers?  I'll reveal all on Thursday.

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.

It's official, the Unpaid & Underappreciated Intern is annoying me.  Dude, it isn't rocket science (so to speak) -- "about 1,500 entries" can just as easily be phrased as "just under 1,500" or "just over 1,500."  Now, I've tried to accommodate the U&UI by making it clear that the specific number 1,500 belongs to the lower range, but that really doesn't do the trick.  "About 1,500 entries" means it could be 1,492 or it could be 1,507 -- which fall in two different ranges.

I could, I suppose simplify the game so that there's just a list of round numbers.  Then it's no longer "Pick-A-Range" but instead "Pick-the-Number-the-U&UI-Will-Identify."  That seems wrong.  And when this U&UI moves on to other, greener ($$) pastures, we'll have to start all over again.

So I apologize for the sense of uncertainty (although clearly no one won last week), and we'll soldier on.

Pick a range, accept that the answer won't be satisfactory, and hope to win a prize!

Here are the ranges:
Fewer than 50       
51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450
451 - 500

501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000
1,001 - 1,050         
1,051 - 1,100
1,101 - 1,150
1,151 - 1,200
1,201 - 1,250
1,251 - 1,300
1,301 - 1,350
1,351 - 1,400
1,401 - 1,450
1,451 - 1,500

1,501 - 1,550
1,551 - 1,600
1,601 - 1,650
1,651 - 1,700
1,701 - 1,750
1,751 - 1,800
1,801 - 1,850
1,851 - 1,900
1,901 - 1,950
1,951 - 2,000
2,001 - 2,050
2,051 - 2,100
2,101 - 2,150
2,151 - 2,200
2,201 - 2,250
2,251 - 2,300
2,301 - 2,350
2,351 - 2,400
2,401 - 2,450
2,451 - 2,500

2,501 - 2,750
2,751 - 3,000
3,001 - 3,250
3,251 - 3,500
3,501 - 4,000
4,001 - 4,500
4,501 - 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")


Anonymous said...

Fairly simple puzzle this week. I'll take the 1,201 - 1,250 range please. Tom

skydiveboy said...

This reminds me of Jackie Gleason.

NOTE: I posted the above in another blog and it was removed by the administrator as being too obvious. I do not understand this and so posted it here for the more down to earth people.

Natasha said...

Amazing correlation with the occupation! I choose 1451-1500.

Dave said...

SDB, I don't think that your clue gives the answer away. I didn't get your reference until I had solves the puzzle.

Dave said...

I meant "solved."

Natasha said...

My previous post has clues.

DaveJ said...

@SDB I too did not get your reference until after I had solved the puzzle. However one of Magdalen's pictures inspired me to think of the profession !

skydiveboy said...

To the two Dave's:
After giving this more thought, I don't think anyone is likely to be thinking of what I had in mind when I posted that clue. It was NOT the name of anything. After I posted it here I realized what Blaine must have been thinking and can sort of see his point, but still do not agree with him on this one.

Anonymous said...

I hope somebody is going to explain this discussion on Thursday. May I have my usual 1,051-1,000, please. And isn't the small-print tie-break rule now redundant?

Henry BW

David said...

I guess I need to claim my regular 1001 to 1050.

skydiveboy said...

I am amazed that so few sent in solutions to our last puzzle. I thought it was so simple that it might go off the chart. So this week I will go with 900. (Sweat now pouring off my brow!)

Jim said...

Not too tough, but I agree this example of word play might well be better known.

Maybe a note (on the Blogmistress's letterhead)to one of several contact addies on the NPR Puzzle page might catch the U&UI's attention. Put it in BIG caps.

There is no reason why my 1301+ Range shouldn't be just as hopeless as usual.

Anyone else visit the OEDILF page? I do it regularly, both for the new words and for the endless imagination. Today you can learn about the Avalerion (as well as the Karua and the Garuda). Keep your eyes open!

skydiveboy said...

Jackie Gleason, in the TV show, The Honeymooners, used to threaten Audrey Meadows: "To the Moon, Alice! To the Moon!" I think this is an excellent clue, and not at all obvious, but it was removed from another site by the moderator. With therapy I probably will get over it eventually. Maybe.