Sunday, June 17, 2012

Eureka! (No Hint: That's a Greek Word)

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Think of a common French word that everyone knows. Add a "v" (as in "violin") to the beginning and an "e" at the end. The result will be the English-language equivalent of the French word. What is it?
Not easy. Or it is, and we've just not thought of it.

Four hours later...

Okay, we got it. Nice marital teamwork: I thought what the puzzle might be and Ross thought of the actual answer.

If you and/or your snuggle-bunny solved it, either or both of you can submit your answer here.

For the hardcore fans (and Blaine, whose blog is justly famous and who solved it HOURS before we did -- thanks for visiting, Smartypants) who commented on my placeholder, don't worry, I'll count your picks in the Pick-a-Range contest. For everyone else, know that some of the super-low ranges have been picked. To see which ones, go here.

We're instituting a NO HINTS rule for this one. Two reasons: 1) way too easy to hint (although I won't say why), and 2) Blaine's right: this could be the one with a small enough number of entrants that if you solve it you have a better-than-average chance of getting on the radio. So no hints, no jokes, no puns, and all violators will have their comments removed.

Photos: My NO HINTS rule applies here as well. So I'll tell you precisely what I typed into Flickr to get these photos (France + beautiful + landscape), and all the links to the photos are live. On Thursday, I'll have properly thematic photos.






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. Or skip the comments and send an email with your pick to Magdalen (at) Crosswordman (dot) com.  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 choosing.

Just over 1,100 entries this week. No winner. As noted above, you'll probably want to snag one of the low ranges for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio. Who knows, you might be lucky.

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. 

9 comments:

Natasha said...

It helps to be creative for this puzzle.

Natasha said...

I select the 501-550 range, please.

Marie said...

251-300 please and thank you.

Ben said...

I'll take 401-450 for this.

- Ben

kevokev said...

601-650 for me please!

Kevin

David said...

I still don't have the answer, so I better grab the 301 to 350 range. By the way, it appears that Sal Robot (anagram of barstool) wants the range with 51.

Mendo Jim said...

Serves me right for complaining about the ease of solving recent challenges.

Actually I kind of wanted a tough one, not a stupid one.

Instead of finally having an "Ah ha!" moment, I had an "Ah crap!" one.

I would be comfortable arguing that adding a "V" (as in "violin" or otherwise) to Will's word results in nonsense.
He had a similar groaner a year or two ago, but i can't remember enough of it to find it. Anyone?

Dave said...

201 to 250, sil vous plais.

Curtis said...

@Mendo Jim;
I recall such a groaner, too, but I also can't remember it well enough to find it.