Sunday, March 11, 2012

NPR Puzzle 3/11/12

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The answer is a two-word name. Inside this name are the consecutive letters I-L-E-H. Remove these four letters, and the remaining letters in order will name something commonly found inside the original thing with the two-word name. What is it?
I have to admit something. We have software, as you know, that has some pretty hefty databases, including all of Wikipedia's entries. And we're stumped. So if that's a hint, you're welcome to it!

If you know the answer, send it in here. No, not us! This here NPR site...

Oh, that's better. Henry knew the answer. Okay, onto the photos.

I looked up one of the elements of the puzzle and creatively cropped the resulting photos to make them less recognizable and prettier. Full versions on Thursday. Enjoy!

Obvious...if you've solved the puzzle. Hopefully not so obvious if you haven't yet solved the puzzle.

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.

Rachel announced that they had more than 1350 entries. Again! That means Dave wins. A prize will go out forthwith. 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! With that, let the race for the coveted 1351-1400 tranche begin!

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...

Thanks to your (apparently undercropped) photos, I got the answer. I'll go with the 1001 to 1050 range once more.

Magdalen said...

Oh, phooey. Not my intention at all. Oh, well. That's life.

skydiveboy said...

Kenny Rogers

I came so close the last two weeks, so I will again go with 351.

Alex said...

Yeah, I got the answer from the photos too ...

(I guess a "mile house" isn't a thing?)

Dave said...

Got the answer from your photos. Going to eat some gumbo now.

Looks like I got the range correct last week since I took 1301-1350.

I'll take the 501 to 550 range please, Eric.

Anonymous said...

Alex: No, I went down that road, too. "Mile castles" are quite common (the road is apparently the B6318 through Once Brewed) but not mile houses.

1051 to 1100, please.

Henry BW

Paul said...

Since Dave doesn't want 1301-1350 this week, I'll take it.

I'm afraid I have to ask if Eric is in any way related to Rachel or Linda.

Joe Kupe said...

3001 - 3250 please. And thanks for the brain teaser book. I am thrilled to be a two time winner, now if Will would just call me I'd be all set!

Curtis said...

For some reason, this week's puzzle was easier once I got around to listening to the audio. Reading the puzzle online didn't get me the answer nearly so easily. I'll take 1351 - 1400 again, please

skydiveboy said...

This may be due to the problem I pointed out yesterday on Blaine's blog.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet everyone tried to think if they had ever heard of a mile house and if it was known for rodents, perhaps a field house mouse.
I saw a cartoon years ago with a disappointed prisoner getting one of these with his birthday cake in it.
I'll take 1101-up just to stop Magdalen from assigning me an overly optimistic Range.
With this separate Blogger box, I'll have remember to take time to look at the pics.

Mendo Jim

skydiveboy said...

Since we all now know the photos gave it away I won't feel guilty informing you folks that it is a CROCODOME.

Curtis said...


I submitted REPTABITAT

skydiveboy said...

Curtis, i do hope you realie both of these are not acceptible answers.

Curtis said...

Yes I do. My post was a joke.

skydiveboy said...

The word submitted had me wondering.

skydiveboy said...


I also like MILE HOUSE = MOUSE