Sunday, December 11, 2011

NPR Puzzle 12/11/11 - Animal Crackers

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of an animal whose name contains an O. Change the O to an H, and rearrange the result to name another animal. What animals are these?
I wish I could tell you how I solved this, but it's all potentially hint-ful. I can't even say much about the puzzle itself, other than that we (Ross, Henry and I) all liked it.

If you solved it and liked it--and even if you solved it but didn't like it--send your answer in to NPR via this link right here.

Here are some photos of places Wiki says one or the other of these animals lives.






Time for ...

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. No one won. Remember, we're looking for the total number of entries. So pick a range in the comments to see if you'll win a prize!

But Henry has explained something that's had me scratching my head for quite some time. He says that if the Unpaid & Underappreciated Intern is at all technologically-inclined, he (or she) can search the bodies of all the week's entries for the correct word/s. So, last week, she (or he) could have searched for "baroque" and "barbque"/"bar-b-que." This would generate the number of correct entries rather than just the total number of entries. Of course, we'll never know unless the U&UI comes forward and lets us interview him/her.

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. 

12 comments:

DAPF said...

The letters of the first animal can be rearranged to spell two adjectives that apply to some animals but typically not to this one.

DaveJ said...

The second animal also works as a "knock-knock" joke where the answer is a famous singer....

skydiveboy said...

Don't let this puzzle bug you too much. It reminds me of a railway.

I forgot what I was going to pick for this week. Oh yeah. I will go with 1400.

David said...

As frequently happens for me, I thought of the second answer (the "H" animal) before the first answer (the "O" animal).

I'll go for my standard 1001 to 1050.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...got an answer that works but not sure if it's the one they're looking for...
Oh well. Guess I submit it anyway and wait to hear Mr. Shortz's mellifluous voice.

skydiveboy said...

God can remove any obstacles you may be experiencing in the solving of this puzzle.

Mendo Jim said...

Boy, that Coot has some feet on it; the Edward Scissorhands of the bird world. And Good Lord, there is a house on that cliff!

This is a nice anagram challenge, but sort of familiar somehow.

Actually, Audie reported "more than 1700 of you figured out the answer." This is different than just over 1700 entries.
And I have to say that both Skydiveboy and I guessed more than 1700.

I am afraid that the Range challenge is always going to be a little squishy.
It is never quite clear if we are gloing to get total entries or correct entries.
And there certainly is no match between our tranches and theirs. I think 1799 is likely to be reported as 1800 or "over 1700," not "over 1750."

Anyway, I'll take over 1750.

I think I will quit visiting Blaine's until after I have solved the puzzle or have admitted defeat. Many hints and clues there slip into giveaways.

Magdalen's photos made the point that "Baroque" is far more than a music style.

Marie said...

My answer seems to be different than most, but it works, so I went with it. 1051-1100 please.

Joe Kupe said...

I am having some trouble this week but not giving up yet! I will say 351 to 400.

Dave said...

I'll take the 1101 to 1150 range.

Curtis said...

One might find part of the answer between Gilbert Bay and Farmington Bay. I'll guess 1601 - 1650 this week.

skydiveboy said...

Railways have trunk lines and Ganesh, aka Ganesha, is a Hindu God with the head of an elephant and is known for removing obstacles.