Sunday, June 24, 2012

NPR Puzzle 6/24/12 - Chips in the Pocket?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a familiar three-word phrase that might be used in poker and add an "E" at the end and you'll get a two-word phrase that's common in football. What phrases are these? (The spaces in between the words changes in the two phrases but the letters stay in the same order.)
As Ross put it, "Great. Two things I know nothing about, poker & football." Luckily for him, I know a little something about both football and poker. Puzzle solved.

When you've solved it, send your answer in to NPR here.

This one is super-easy to hint at, so please be clever, subtle, obscure even. There are no points for obvious, and we'll yank any comment that really gives the game away.

Photos. Enh, Nothing wonderful here. I typed in "poker" and then, in a second search, "football" and selected among the results. No prizes for guessing which are which.

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.

NPR had a wopping 1,100 entries this week. As none of us picked higher than 650 last week, no prize will go out. Just goes to show, this game can still surprise us. Pick a range for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio. Don't think too hard about it, as that doesn't seem to help.

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. 


Curtis said...

This week's puzzle seems easier, and less tricky, than last week. I'll pick the 1,351 - 1,400 range this time.

Natasha said...

I select the 1001-1050 range, please.
Never heard of the poker phrase before.

skydiveboy said...


David said...

Another case of work backwards- start with the 2 word football term ending with an "e", to get the 3 word poker term.

David said...

By the way, 1501 to 1550.

Dave said...

I'm betting on 1101 to 1150.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank everyone here for not giving away the answer. Unfortunately that other blog gave away so many hints that it was easy for people realize that there was non standard stuff going on.This led to all the entries this week.

noone said...

I think someone wants a "2" betweeen "people" and "realize"; as in "2 cute by ½".

Anonymous said...

1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

Mendo Jim said...

David advises looking at the football term first; reversing the puzzle often yields the answer more easily.
The poker term is not one I have used in 60 years of playing the game.

I don't think that the hints on this blog and the other had much to do with the total submissions last week.
Maybe 20 NPR puzzlers post here and there. With 3600 entries a few weeks ago, there must be some serious lurking going on.

No tranche guess this week.

Anonymous said...

The lurk/post rates for a site like this are probably really off ,10 to 1 or better.
Not to mention the traffic generated by people using google to try and figure out the answer every week. I think you greatly underestimate the impact these sites have on the puzzle.

Mendo Jim said...

Anonymous: Nice to have your input.

I am not sure if our hosts get an idea as to how many folks look in on a weekly basis.

We know how many post.

Blaine might also weigh in on this, the "lurk/post ratio."

Magdalen's prizes are about as good as Will's and the chances are better.

Since the Puzzlemaster knows about the interest in what affects participation, I have always wondered why he apparently doesn't.

I only send in answers when there is a chance I can move Will in a more interactive direction. And then I don't include my phone.

Marie said...

I'm betting on 1401-1450.