Sunday, October 30, 2011

NPR Puzzle 10/30/11 - Logo to Go-Go?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a well-known singer. Drop the first and last letters of the singer's first name and you'll get the letters of a well-known company. Drop the first and last letters of the singer's last name, and you'll identify the logo that the company is classically known for. Who is the singer and what's the company?
We were in a bit of a hurry to solve this as we need to get on the road promptly this morning -- in fact, we'll be listening to the puzzle in the car like so many other people.  I'm "pre-blogging" this so that you'll have it to look at, but if Will says something funny (peculiar or ha-ha) on-air, please know I'm not intentionally ignoring it.

And if someone won the Pick-A-Range, we'll discuss that in the comments when we get back to our computers.

I'll be honest - I never solved it. Ross did. Not sure what method(s) he used, although I know there was a list of singers involved. (I'd used a list of singers, too - my list didn't include our corporate logo singer.)

Regardless of how you got it, if you know the answer, send it in to NPR using this cunning form right here. (That sounds rude, doesn't it? I don't mean it to.)

Photos - you know how I roll when it's a famous person: look up their Wiki page & find photos from places mentioned on that page.  That's what I did here:

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.
As I mentioned above, I've "time-shifted" the blogging this week. Did you win? If so, there'll be a delay in getting your prize to you. And if you didn't win last week, try to win this week. Pick a range in the comments to see if 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").  And yes, this rule is most-likely obsolete but I just like having fine print. 


DAPF said...

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to bring to your attention that the on-air puzzle once again contains more details about the answer than the online version.

skydiveboy said...

That is too bad because it was not necessary. As usual.

skydiveboy said...

Looks like Ross guessed correctly this week. I thought I was probably guessing too high because the number of persons sending in answers lately has been very low. I wonder why.

I think 350 has a nice ring to it for this week.

Jim said...

I wondered here a few months ago if Will would lose interest in the Sunday Puzzle with Liane's departure.
I would say he has.

David said...

I need to go with 1001 to 1050 because I always do, even though that is probably too many. I did like the puzzle, though.

Jim, I don't recall if I said this with Liane's departure, but it seems analogous to when Bob Edwards was replaced at Morning Edition. His standard guests were eventually also replaced, but gradually so as not make the change seem too radical. That may also be going on with the Sunday Puzzle.

DAPF said...

I don't mean to be saucy, but where the heck is everybody?!? Is the puzzle really losing steam?

Magdalen said...

Magdalen here. I did a dumb thing and left my laptop at home where it's doing me NO GOOD at all. So when you go to look for Thursday's post, know that it's going to late. Really late. Like Friday, even, maybe.

On the other hand, it's been lovely to feel cut loose from a whole bunch of editing and stuff I might have felt I had to do otherwise.

Marie said...

800-850 for me. Took me a long time to get this one. My first inspiration was almost correct, one letter off, and that made all the difference.

skydiveboy said...

Yes, a Dear John letter can make all the difference too. And I seem to recall that a Dear John letter was the answer of one of these puzzles once. Also, didn't Hester Prynne have a problem with a letter once?

Dave said...

751 to 800, merci.

DAPF said...

Did anybody notice the hints in my previous posts? namely:

he risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to b to your ention...

I knew they were easy to spot once one knew the answer and hoped that they were obvious otherwise.

Also, in my second post, "saucy" referred to the variety of sauces that the artist is selling on her web site.

Well, I had a lot of fun with the puzzle this week!

DAPF said...

I just realized that my first set of hints disappeared from my previous post because I put them inside angle brackets; so here I go again:

AT The risk of ... bRING (a bell) to your ATTention ...

All right, let's see how this posts turns out...