Sunday, March 25, 2012

NPR Puzzle - Everyone's Discussing Abler Barley? Really?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a much-discussed subject in the news. Two words (five letters in the first, six letters in the last). The letters of the five-letter word can be rearranged to get the first five letters of the six-letter word. The six-letter word ends in a Y. What's the subject?
I'm much more interested in all the wrong answers, so while you're all sending the correct answer in to NPR's contact page here, why not send the obviously WRONG answers that fit the pattern in to us, via the comments function. Or, as Mendo Jim calls it, The North Pole.

Ross is back in the UK, so I've got sod all to tell you about life at Casa Crosswords. Let's go straight to the photos.

Again, every effort has been made to obscure the actual answer. I hope I have succeeded.

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.

Over 1600 entries...and no one guessed that high last week. So I dunno, is this an easy puzzle or a hard one or doesn't it matter?  Submit your guess for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio and maybe you'll win some fabulous prize. Okay, so the prizes aren't all that fabulous, but they're better than nothing.

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. 


Anonymous said...

With Ross gone, my anonymous post may never make past the spam police.

For a master of words, Will can sure grate. To paraphrase St. Matthew: "the last shall be second." Not your fault, Magdalen.

Another one solved before really starting the day. I remember when some challenges took 'til mid-week.

I guess 1101+ again.

Anonymous said...

Whhops! First post by Mendo Jim

skydiveboy said...

Was anyone surprised that it took the couple (woman & her hysband) until Wednesday evening to finally get the answer? What were they doing to waste all that time!?

On here why does it say there are 4 messages when there are only 2? Same thing was happening yesterday too.

I would have preferred the puzzle was:
Think of the last name of a person who is in the news lately. Six letter name with Y as the last letter. Now, take the first 5 letters and change one of them to an O. Rearrange these five letters and you will comu up with another word which describes this person. Who is it?

David said...

Skydiveboy, then you can insert an "M" in the descriptive word and come up with another word that describes him.

I'll take the 1001 to 1050 range, please.

ZeeMann said...

Two of the more fun wrong answers that fit the pattern were:


skydiveboy said...

Thanks for that insight. How about putting the two descriptive words together to get a more accurate description? Although it would be an oxymoron.

Anonymous said...

I was not aware that the VATIC CAVITY was so much in the news.

1051-1100 as usual, please, though such an easy puzzle is likely to get a higher entry than that.

Henry BW

Anonymous said...

Skydiveboy, there's clearly something wrong, because the number of comments at the top of the pop-up comment window is correct, but the number on the link on the main blog window is two higher than that: and they both went up by one when I posted my earlier comment.

Henry BW

skydiveboy said...

I know. Scroll down to March 18, where it shows 11 posts but there are only 10. I hope this does not continue.

Curtis said...

It took little effort to solve this one; the answer came as easily as a breath of fresh air on this Spring morning. I'll take 1351 - 1400 again, please.

Marie said...

Just heard the puzzle and need to give up the computer so no answer yet but I can pick a range anyhoo...1151-1200.

Tobias Duncan said...

This is way too easy.I will take 1701 to 1750

Joe Kupe said...

Way Way To Easy! 1651 - 1700 please.

Dave said...

It may be water under the bridge, but my son and I always wind up with the same answer. I'll go with 901 to 950.

skydiveboy said...

1751 is my guess.

KenT said...

OK, how about:

Inked Kidney
Model Melody
Court Outcry
Tapir Parity
Sprat Pastry
Prune Penury
Brain Binary
Capon Canopy
Cobra Carboy
Quiet Equity
Freak Fakery
Fetal Fealty
Trope Poetry
Paler Replay
Other Theory

I confess I used some automated method to find these.

Got to go now, all these words have made me drowsy.

skydiveboy said...

What about SUDAN SUNDAY?

Paul said...

Stern Sentry
Saint Sanity
Surer Surrey
Patha Apathy
Toper Poetry (Nevermore)