Sunday, October 9, 2011

NPR Puzzle 10/9/11 -- Multiples of Three

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name something that is part of a group of twelve. Change the first letter to the next letter of the alphabet to name something that is part of a group of nine. What are these things?
Ah, that wasn't so very hard.

You'll want to send your right answer in to NPR using this form right here.

Don't ask me what I'm going to do about photographs.  I have at least a paragraph to think of something.

Oh, heck, now I have to think of a subject for the paragraph that's going to give me time to think of something to do for photographs...

Okay, here we go.  Take one of the two words that make up the answer.  Think of another word for that thing.  Here are some photos of various things, the names of which combine with the new word, usually to make a noun conjunction.  (Like "watch strap," in case you were wondering what a noun conjunction was.)

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 "around 470."  Beautifully specific!  No winner, but if the Unpaid & Underappreciated Intern would like to get in touch, I'd happily send him/her a thank you gift.  You -- anyone, really -- can mail me at Magdalen {at} 

Pick a range 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. 


David said...

You know how sometimes, it is better to go about the puzzle backwards? For example, using last week's puzzle, it would be think of the meal first (CLAMBAKE), then break it into an entree (LAMB) inserted into a dessert (CAKE). Well, this week not so much.

Magdalen, do you know that if you take one of your pictures and insert a letter, you get a word that sounds like half the answer?

I'll take the 1001 to 1050 slot, again, please.

Magdalen said...

David -- We're all a bit puzzled by your comment. Of course, I know what the photos are supposed to be, which might make it harder for me to see what you see.

Come back on Thursday and tell me what I'm missing, okay?

David said...

Of course.

skydiveboy said...

Only about 470 entries! I will go with 550 this time then. I think the rather poor description of the puzzle for this week will keep the number low again.

Jim said...

This week's process has been enough to make this crusty old man kind of cranky.
I agree with SDB that the puzzle could have been better stated.
I kept going off on what seemed worthy avenues, then rereading the challenge and starting over.
Even when I solved it, I was left pretty dissatisfied.

One answer which I liked was: there is a "d" in "dozen." Change that to an "e" and and find it in "nonet." Gee, I hope that's not it.

Getting around to posting this, I had to re-set my advanced privacy settings to "prompt before accepting third party cookies."
This site, Blogger, Google and several other mysterious entities wanted 34 separate cookies before allowing me to continue.
Well, it would have been continue if it didn't lead to the worst computer freeze I've had in years. The kind you have to pull the power cord to get back on track.
Then another 50 or so cookies to get back here.

I kind of like that "around 470," so gimme.

Pardon me for saying so, but if Magdlen's picture poser this week was the challenge, the intern could stay home.

Natasha said...

Please put me down for the 451-500 range this week. Thanks***

Marie said...

I will optimistically go for 1051-1100. Unlike others, I liked the puzzle this week; proud that I resisted the urge to do an internet search on a certain group of twelve--just kept trying to recall all 12 things....finally got it.