Sunday, April 29, 2012

NPR Puzzle 4/29/12 Coming May 3: Hint-a-palooza!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name the capital of a country that, when said out loud, sounds like a three-word phrase. This phrase might describe the reason why the police did not catch a barefoot thief. What is the capital, and what is the reason?
Okay, so let's make a deal, shall we? I won't say a single thing about this puzzle (no hints at all) AND I'll make sure that the Thursday post goes up on Thursday (Blogger sucks) so that everyone can rag all they want about this one. In exchange, you guys won't start your hints until later in the week. Because this puzzle does rather invite hints, doesn't it?

But do send your answers in to NPR here.

Photos. Not saying much about these, either.





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 1,000 entries, which means once again no one won, although Dave got close. (Don't forget to check out his leopard print body paint job here!) No need for camouflage when you submit your guess for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio! If you 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. 

14 comments:

DaveJ said...

Will often gets challenged for his puzzles involving pronunciation - you do need to squint your ears a bit on this one.
Depending on how you pronounce it, you could also say this was how the police were able to catch the ANIMAL...

Anonymous said...

Were able or or were not able? The puzzle said "were not able".

DaveJ said...

They could catch the animal but not the man

Anonymous said...

Is the barefoootedness relevant?

Tobias Duncan said...

I sure do wish people would not drop hints here.

Anonymous said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

Anonymous said...

No hints here.
Commenting on a Sunday Puzzle always carries the danger that one has the wrong answer.
This time, I actually hope I do out of embarassment for the Puzzlemaster.

Mendo Jim

skydiveboy said...

2301

David said...

I actually had to go through a list of capitols three times before getting the answer.

I need to stick with my regular 1001 to 1050.

Curtis said...

Anonymous - Yes, barefoot is relevant. I'll take my regular 1351 - 1400, please.

kaleenarheeya said...

I figured it out. :) I am going to say that between 1201-1250 will get it right this week.

Dave said...

Andrew Luck new that he was going to be a Colt on the first day of the draft and Coby Fleener knew that he was going to be a Colt on the second day of the draft. Pretty cool that the Stanford grads will be on the same team.

I'll go with 951 to 1,000, s'il vows plait.

Dave said...

Oops! That's s'il vous plait.

Tobias Duncan said...

I will take 900-950