Sunday, April 15, 2012

NPR Puzzle 4/15/12 - A Novel Idea

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous novel in two words. The first word has five letters, and the second word has 11. If you have the right novel, the initial letters of the novel's title, reversed, are the initials of its author. What's the novel, and who is the author?
Not hard.

If you thought so too, send your answer in to NPR here.

And for photos, it's the same old story: I've selected place names from the relevant person's Wiki page. Enjoy!







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.

Just under 1500 entries, which means two things. First, no one won, and second, the number of entries is going back up, presumably because the puzzles are easier. Maybe we will set a new record again... Submit your guess for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio and if guess correctly, you'll win a 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. 

7 comments:

Tobias Duncan said...
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Dave said...

I expect 1601 to 1650 correct submissions.

David said...

Visiting the east coast, I couldn't stay awake late enough to check the online puzzle, so I had to read it this morning. The solution took about 2 seconds.

Just to be different, I'll go with the 2001 to 2050 slot.

Marie said...

I SHOULD have gotten it in about 2 seconds, but I did not. It took a few minutes, before I realized it was the book that I am reading right now! Good grief, I can be dense! I will go with 1701-1750.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure some of the photographs are the right colo(u)r.
My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

Anonymous said...

This challenge took just a little more effort than some recent ones. There are a lot of books and I hope someone comes up with an altenative answer (and Will deigns to pass it on, of course).
Since ther will be 1147 correct submissions, please give me the tranche which includes that number.

Mendo Jim

skydiveboy said...

I forgot to guess. How about 1251?