Sunday, March 18, 2012

NPR Puzzle 3/18/12 - Crossword Widowhood

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the phrase "no sweat." Using only these seven letters, and repeating them as often as necessary, can you make a familiar four-word phrase? It's 15 letters long. What is it?
Not hard. That's all I'll say. Oh, all right, I'll make the obvious joke: it was no sweat.

If you agree, it's because you've figured it out & sent your answer in HERE.

This is the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament weekend, and for the first time in a while, Ross is there on his own. I'm home writing fiction. I use more words that he does, but his job is harder. Sounds like a riddle, but actually it's just the alchemy of the ACPT. Good luck, sweetheart!

Photos. I will not make the same mistake as last week, so you can rest assured that whatever the connection is between these photos and the answer to the puzzle, you won't be able to solve the puzzle from the photos. Email me if you think you can solve the photos (i.e., what their connection is) from the puzzle itself. Good luck on that one; I made it HARD this week.







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 nearly 570 entries. No one picked that slot, so no prize this week. But we've been sending puzzle books out like cah-razy for the past few weeks, so there are prizes. No really. There are. Submit your preference for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio and see if you can win one.

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. 

10 comments:

Curtis said...

I'm tempted to say this puzzle has been reused, or recycled from else. I'll pick my usual 1351 - 1400 please.

David said...

I'll go with my standard 1001 to 1050, but there probably be more. It seemed pretty easy for me.

Anonymous said...

Japanese patent attorneys have a word for it, but I'd better not be more specific before Thursday.

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

skydiveboy said...

I'll spend no more time on this but will go with 351 again.

Dave said...

SDB, there were probably 351 correct answers before the puzzle was read on the air. Possibly the easiest puzzle ever.

I'll hastily grab the 1,401 - 1,450 slot.

Anonymous said...

Posting as anonymous on the new Blogger is sort of like sending a letter to Santa.
This challange shifts back to the too-simple era. It seems like the only tough ones anymore are that way by dint of some kind of error.
Oh well.
Put me in for the 1101-up tranche, por favor.

Mendo Jim

skydiveboy said...

I know as I got the puzzle the moment it was posted on their website and had the answer a couple of minutes later and immediately sent it in. However last year I twice solved the puzzle as I was reading it the first time. That is a strange sensation where you are pleased with yourself for solving it so quick, but where is the fun of working on it?

Howard B said...

This feels easy, but perhaps not everyone is as attuned to the same anagrammatic wavelength as this finely-tuned audience :).

That said, I'll see those ranges and raise to 1,501 - 1,550.

Marie said...

751-800 please and thank you.

Joe Kupe said...

Not so easy for us this week! 651 - 700 please.