Sunday, October 2, 2011

NPR Puzzle 10/2/11 - All the Puzzle You Can Eat

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a common one-word entrée and dessert. When you insert the name of the entrée into the dessert's name, it will read as a certain meal. Name the entrée, dessert, and meal.
Okay, I admit it -- we needed half of breakfast (hint:  BREAKFAST is not the answer!) to solve this, and even then we used a reference work for some help.  (NB to Henry:  It was the elderly copy of Baus, btw.)

But once you solve it, it seems easy.  And I know you all have solved it, so here's where you send in your answers to NPR.

Photos?  Aghh!  I can't provide  a photo with the entree (too recognizable) or the dessert (you guessed it -- too recognizable) or the meal, or any of the attendant details associated with the meal.  But one of the words in this puzzle (not saying which one) has some variants, a few of which are geographically linked.

Here, then are some places associated with an element of the puzzle.  And I really can't twist myself into more of a pretzel without courting a visit to a chiropractor!

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.
Thank you, Unpaid & Underappreciated Intern!  The stated number of entries this morning was "just over 1,000."  Yes!  And David is our winner.  (Do we have your address, David?  I think so, but I'll have to check with Ross.  If you're worried that we may not, feel free to email it to me at Magdalen {at} 

Now that we've established that people CAN win, pick a range and go forth with renewed hope that you'll 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")


David said...

Yes, you have my address. (Thanks again.) And no, I have not solved the puzzle. As you implied, "Kfa" is not a dessert.

I will have to go with 1001 to 1050 again.

skydiveboy said...

I'll go for 800 before someone else snaps it up forst.

skydiveboy said...

I am sure I posted this earlier today, but I can not find it now. I will go for 800 before someone snaps it up first.

skydiveboy said...

Maybe it's too late, but I'm ready now for a spot of tiffin.

Dave said...

I'm keeping tight-lipped on the answer, but I'll go for 901 to 950.

Jim said...

Well, well. I think this post may actually go through after 5 or more flops yesterday. Those got to the "Post Comment" point and then used that to simply delete the whole works. Today I enabled "Third Party Cookies" and not only got the post to work, but got the secret code on the first try instead of the usual third.
We'll see if it really works, but if it does, I'll bet ol' Goog added added another intrusion on 10/1.

Anyhow, today's challenge is a snap, especially since Dr. S used it before and I guess my synapses only had to follow an established path.

He also was a little short, so to speak, on the on-air portion prep. Probably had other things to do last week. I wonder if he got paid any less.

Might as well stay with 1300+.

Now, drum roll, please....

Marie said...

It was easy, but the Sunday Puzzle seems to be losing its popularity. Still I'll take 1501-1550 and be as happy as I can.
Thanks Jim, I was not able to post last week, but followed your directions and it worked!

skydiveboy said...

"I will go for 800 before someone snaps it up first." This is a clue referring to clams that can snap.