Sunday, February 26, 2012

NPR Puzzle 2/26/12 Bye Bye Birdie

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a bird. Change its second letter to an E to get the first name of a famous actor. Then name the female of that bird, and double one of its letters. You'll get the last name of this actor. What are the birds, and who is the actor?
Sadly, both Ross and I have been felled by "the dreaded lurgie" (which is, I gather, Britspeak for any nasty viral cold/flu thing). He's just getting over it, and I'm just starting mine. That's why this post is going live a bit later than usual. To be accurate, the delay isn't from solving the puzzle, which is pretty easy. More that I just didn't feel like getting out of bed this morning.

I'm sure you've all solved the puzzle in short order, so you'll want to send the answer in to NPR here.

Photos: I looked at the selection of photos associated with the bird's name and I'm afraid it's too much of a giveaway. So I went with the tried and true approach: All of the following pictures are of places mentioned in the actor's Wiki page. (So if you've solved the puzzle, go Wiki the name and see if you can tell where these photos were taken. No hints in the comments, though.)

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.

Ooh, we have two answers: 90 "correct" entries out of 270. That means Joe Kupe wins. Joe won in January so we have his address and we'll mail out his prize. And for everyone else, try to guess how many entries this week's relatively easy puzzle will yield and you too could win a cheesy 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. 


DaveJ said...

Lurgi Etymology from Wiktionary:

A nonce word popularized by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes, scriptwriters for a 9 November 1954 programme of The Goon Show, "Lurgi Strikes Britain", in which Ned Seagoon must deal with a national outbreak of a highly dangerous, highly infectious and — as it turns out — highly fictitious disease known as the Dreaded Lurgi

Curtis said...

There are a couple of well-known actors with this first name, both with the same double letter in their last names. I started by figuring out the wrong actor, which led me to the correct one. I'll go with 1351 - 1400, please.

David said...

This one took me 5 miles into my Sunday run to figure out. I tried to find an acor whose first name had an "e" as its second letter, using my methodical approach, working through the alphabet, tryining Ae..., Bea..., Beb..., Bec..., etc and came up with a couple incorrect actors (George Clooney and Meryl Streep) whose names fit (but lacked the bird connection). That didn't work, but for some reason, the answer just came to me. Actually, it is immaterial how I solved the puzzle.

I'll try my 1001 to 1050 range again.

Dave said...

Actually, I got it on the second bird that came to mind. I just had to look up the female counterpart because I had no idea what it was.

My clue is X-4-161-1.

I'll stick my neck out and go for the 601 - 651 slot, please.

Anonymous said...

Kind of corny, but not too rough.
After some challenges that took some time and thought, this was back to the "solve it and then get out of bed" category.
Pretty slick finding a Range winner with that report and I'm not just sure from what pool they picked the on-air guy (who aced the anagrams quite nicely).
3000 + this week.

Mendo Jim

Anonymous said...

It is disappointing when a post appears, then disappears.
The garbled code words are also sometimes too much so.

Mendo Jim

Howard B said...

1201-1250 sounds good.
I actually solved this one, which for cinema and celebrity-related puzzles is a rare thing. So that bumps up my estimate a tad.

Anonymous said...


skydiveboy said...

I want to milk this one for all it's worth, so I am going for 251.

Anonymous said...

Mendo Jim makes one last attempt.

Joe Kupe said...

Honored to be a two time winner, thanks so much!

Got this one after a few rounds of bird searching!

451-500 please.

Marie said...

I hope I'm right, otherwise, I'm dead wrong....951-1000 please and thank you.