Thursday, January 26, 2012

NPR Puzzle 1/15/12 - American Idol

Although Magdalen's been back in circulation a few days, this is Crossword Man finishing up where I left off two Sundays ago, with my thoughts on this NPR "creative" challenge:
Combine the titles of some TV shows, past or present, into an amusing sentence or statement. For example: "TODAY / SISTERS / NAME THAT TUNE / FATHER KNOWS BEST," "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES / BEWITCHED / MY THREE SONS / ONE DAY AT A TIME," "I'VE GOT A SECRET / MURDER, SHE WROTE / THE F.B.I." Entries will be judged on their sense, naturalness of syntax, humor, originality, familiarity of the TV shows named, and overall effect. No more than three sentences per entry, please.
Some commenters prefer the puzzles with a definite answer, but I recall these challenges have been popular in the past. I'm definitely going to aim high in the Pick a Range this week.

Great to hear the 10-minute special for the 25th anniversary of the NPR Sunday Puzzle: we sometimes moan and groan about certain of Will Shortz's ideas, but overall The NPR Sunday Puzzle is one of America's Most Venerable Institutions, which we should all be proud of. Will's stamina calls to mind that of the British crossword compiler Jonathan Crowther, who has been cranking out the amazing Azed cryptic for over 35 years and is now well past number 2000 in that series.

Magdalen and I tried to come up with some example sentences and found the lack of verbs troublesome, but then we didn't look outside Time's Top 100 TV Shows. Here's the best we did:
  • Wiseguy / lost / the office / soap
  • Six feet under / second city, television / roots / lost / 24/60 minutes
  • The honeymooners / see it now: / sex! ... and the city / cheers
Let us know what you came up with.

Here are the answers to my picture/number puzzles:

Roots
Leave It To Beaver

Cheers

M*A*S*H

Lost

7  123423478763639
The Odd Couple

2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23 29 31 37 39?
Prime Suspect


Time for ...
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250 -- Marie
251 - 300
301 - 350 -- Skydiveboy
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- Joe Kupe
451 - 500 -- Magdalen
 
501 - 550
551 - 600
601 - 650
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- Ross
801 - 850
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000

1,001 - 1,050 -- David
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")

2 comments:

skydiveboy said...

I submitted the following:


1. LISTEN UP / CAPTAIN KANGAROO / WHILE YOU WERE OUT / CLUELESS / IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT / THE LOVEBOAT / BURNS AND ALLEN / SKINS / FLIPPER / JUST FOR LAUGHS / WHO’S THE BOSS? / WISEGUY!

2. SMALL WONDER / THE OFFICE / SOAP / SCRUBS / THE SOPRANOS / STARK RAVING MAD / YOU ASKED FOR IT.


3. TO TELL THE TRUTH / EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND / THE SAINT / WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIR / DANCING WITH THE STARS / FOR BETTER OR WORSE / AS THE WORLD TURNS / BACK TO THE FUTURE.

Curtis said...

I came up with:
1. "MY FRIEND FLICKA/SCRUBS/MY MOTHER THE CAR/IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT."
2. "THE FLINSTONES/MEET THE PRESS/BACKSTAIRS AT THE WHITEHOUSE."
3. "THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER/CHARMED/ALL IN THE FAMILY."

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