Sunday, April 8, 2012

NPR Puzzle 4/8/12 - Where do They Wear Labcoats?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name an article of clothing that contains three consecutive letters of the alphabet consecutively in the word. For example, "canopy" contains the consecutive letters N-O-P. This article of clothing is often worn in a country that's name also contains three consecutive letters of the alphabet together. What is the clothing article, and what is the country?
Well, now, that's an interesting question, and I'm not sure how to answer it. There are articles of Western attire that are worn almost everywhere. On the other hand, there are some pretty obscure items worn in foreign countries. And among those, the names can have alternate spellings, etc. So what are they really looking for?

Okay, I admit it. We don't have an answer yet.

If you're not only smarter than us but faster too, submit your undoubtedly correct answer here: The proper Send Us Your Answer page at NPR.

Ahh. Ross solved it. Having a lot of obscure words stuffed in his head helped. Oops. A hint. Yes, Virginia, the word is obscure. Take that to the bank.

Photos. Hmmm. Not saying why I've picked the photos I've picked. Got that? Not saying. Don't assume you know. These photos may not help you solve the puzzle. They *could* just be a nice place for a spring holiday. Well, except for the last one. That one totally gives the game away. Or not.

 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 1300 entries, which means Marie won. Our records suggests this is a first-time win for Marie, And for being such a loyal follower, she gets one of the better prizes. Send your address to me, Marie, so I can mail that out. Magdalen (at) CrosswordMan (dot) com. And the rest of you know the drill: Submit your guess for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio and maybe you'll win a prize for better or worse.

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. 


EKW said...

I thought this was a very easy puzzle,
and I expect many correct submissions.
Let's say more than 5000, and go for a record.

jan said...

Yes, it's easy, but are you sure there are 5000 NPR listeners altogether? I'll take 2,001 - 2,050.

David said...

Another backwards one- start with the country and then get the article of clothing. Also, an interesting aspect of the answer is that both the country and the clothing contains two consecutive letters of the alphabet together in addition to the three.

Gotta go with 1001 to 1050.

Debbisam said...

Not as easy as Green Energy but a no brainer once I got the country (and verified the article of clothing spelling). I'll take the 1301-1350 range.

Dave said...

On the surface, a very easy puzzle, but some people are going to submit the more obvious answer and Will may or may not accept that one. Depends on whether he's splitting hairs or not. I'll take the 1,301 to 1,350 slot, please.

skydiveboy said...

I will be cautious and go with 3,001.

I found this to be so easy as to not really be a puzzle. On the other hand the Brits might just say this puzzle is positively topping. In either case many will say it's a bitch and be half right.

Kathy Dawn said...

Well, the slot I liked best was taken, so I'll go for 1351-1400....Can anyone concisely explain to me how I might use some "HTML tags" herein? (Obviously, I haven't a clue what they are. Even looking the term up online conveyed nothing to me!)

Anonymous said...

I think I have the same answer as David and skydiveboy. I had previously thought of what I suspect is the country shown in the photographs, but I didn't know labcoats were a peculiarly local garment there.

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

Anonymous said...

Kathy dawn: you put the letter in chevrons (b for bold, say) at the beginning of the bit you want to emphasize, and the same tag with a / before the letter at the end. I wonder what a does.

Henry BW

Shieldhouse said...

Was easy after I cheated and used the Internet. Came up with 2 countries and two different appropriate items of apparel...neither ethnic.

I say 825+/-

Curtis said...

This puzzle took very little time, and I found it pretty easy. But, I'm going to guess on the low side for three reasons:
1. Listeners will have been distracted by this being Easter weekend.
2. Listeners will be distracted by their kids being on spring break
3. This puzzle took a slight amount of research.

I'll guess 351 - 400

Marie said...

I'm so excited about winning the "Pick a Range" last week that I can hardly stand it! I got the country easily but the article of clothing took some work, then I came up with two possibilities. I am going with the second one, based on David's clue. I'll try my luck with 1101-1150 this week.

Anonymous said...

My nine-year old computer sang "Daisy, daisy" last week and I am just getting acquainted with a new one. Many changes!

There were two or three music groups on the on-air portion that I never heard of.

I can't really figure out what the puz master wants this week, so I'll just wait until tommorow.

Mendo Jim

Tobias Duncan said...

If its not too late I will take 1201-1250

Joe Kupe said...

4501 - 5000: I entered both the obvious and difficult options!