Sunday, May 13, 2012

NPR Puzzle 5/13/12 - A Capital Profession

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a state capital. Change one of the vowels to another vowel and say the result phonetically. You will name a revered profession. What is it?
Hmm. Another not-hard puzzle?

Send your answer in to NPR by clicking this link here.

Ross and I had a lovely trip to the strip of communities between Boston and Providence. My cousin, Lucy, graduated from nursing school, so we went to her pinning ceremony on Wednesday. Yesterday, her nephew had his birthday and bar mitzvah on the same day.  In between those two family events, we explored Attleboro, the hometown of a group of settlers who headed southwest and, with the help of Daniel Cooper (James Fennimore Cooper's father), came down the Susquehanna River and ended up just down the hill from where our house is now. (Yes, our house has its own website.)

Our house was built by Laban Capron, so while we were in Attleboro, we visited the house that Laban's great-grandfather, Banfield Capron, lived in. The woman who lives in it now -- and nearly 400 years after it was built, hers is only the fourth family to own it -- explained about how Banfield was the first Capron in the U.S. One of Banfield's sons, Jonathan, had a son, Comfort, who ended up a physician. He came to live here, in our house, with his son Laban, who was a justice of the peace and the first postmaster for our part of the county.

So, in a way, our trip was all about family: our family, and our house's family. And now we're back home...and very tired of driving!

Photos. I'm really enjoying the Least Said Soonest Mended rule, so without further commentary, here's this week's array:

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.

Around 3,400 entries this week. Way too high for most of you, although Norrin2 was ambitious but just overshot a bit. Is this week just as easy? Pick your modestly generous range 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. 


Dave said...

I'll take a shot at 3,001 to 3,250.

David said...

This was a good puzzle to think about while on my morning run. As I worked through the states, I found that I had forgotten more capitals than I expected. I had them all memorized when I was in grade school.

I'll go with the 2001 to 2050 range, please.

Anonymous said...

Would an agister be revered, if the cattle he was in charge of were holy cows?

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

Curtis said...

Okay, these puzzles lately are skewing way to easy. I'll kick my guess up to 3501 - 4000 this week.

Anonymous said...

Nice pad, guys! Had to look up "Keeping Room" though.

Have to say Attleboro isn't my favortite word; I spent several weeks in a jungle operation named for this city. I don't know about the city, but the operation sucked.

I am afraid last week's submission blowout answers a question we have wondered about. The low numbers that seem to prevail are the result of not knowing the answer, not of disinterest.
I predicted that everyone would solve it easily. but few would bother to enter. Not.

Working backward this week, the solution is nearly as easy, so let's go 2500+.

Mendo Jim

skydiveboy said...

I will go with 4,001.

I would like for someone in the education field sometime to tell me what is useful in knowing the state capitals. In a country where many citizens are unable to even correctly name the three branches of government, or who the vice president is, why spend time memorizing something with no practical value? BTW, I have met several Canadians who have absolutely no idea who their prime minister is.

Curtis said...

I guess you could convert Dover (Delaware) to "Diver" and go visit the Bismark (North Dakota)...

Anonymous said...

Skydiveboy - I am the person who, asked "How many voting members of the House of Representatives are there?" answered not "435" but "Are there also non-voting members?" (to which the answer is "six").

Henry BW

Marie said...

This is easier than last week, I think, but then what do I know....the NPR audience mystifies me. I'll grab that 3251-4000 range.

skydiveboy said...

There is no 3251-4000 range.

Henry BW,
It is a great shame only six reps cannot vote. I would vote for well over half of them to not have that ability.