Sunday, July 1, 2012

NPR Puzzle 7/1/12 -

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a well-known retail store chain in two words. Remove one letter from its name. The remaining letters, in order, will spell three consecutive words that are synonyms of each other. What are they? Hint: The three words are all slang.
It took all three of us (Henry BW is visiting for the holiday) about an hour to get the answer, with time off to make, serve and eat breakfast.

Nice puzzle. Way too easy to hint, of course, so please please please make them so obscure I don't even realize you've done it. Thank you for your cooperation.

And you know the drill: send your answers in to NPR here.

Photos. I'm reminded of a book that used one of the slang terms as its title because of the multiple meanings that word could have. I'm going to go for another of those multiples meanings (not the one implied in the puzzle).

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 over 1,000 entries this week, which means Natasha won. What's interesting is that she slipped in and claimed 1,001-1050, a range that David often picks. So, see? It can matter when you pick the range you want. Good job, Natasha. Email me (see above) so we can confirm that we have your address and a prize will go out this week. Pick a range for the number of entries to be announced next Sunday on the radio. Who knows? You might pick someone else's preferred spot and win!

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. 


KDW said...

Hint (suitably obscure, I trust): Anyone want to join me on the beach to sip a screwdriver?

I'd like to "pick a range" of 1,851-1,900.


skydiveboy said...

Speaking of "preferred spot", I would have to say Shakespeare used his favorite spot in Macbeth. Remember when the dog was ordered out of the castle with that famous line: Out! Out! Damned Spot!

1601 this time.

Crossword Man said...

I always thought his dog was called Prince ... as in "Good night sweet Prince".

Paul said...

First of all, I thought it was her dog, since it was Lady Macbeth that ordered him (or her) out.
Secondly...Prince was the dog formerly known as Spot.

skydiveboy said...

It was her dog, but Will S. gave it to her. Prince was the Scottish Terrier they got earlier and was more secure in the relationship along with being better behaved. His nickname was Bonney as I recall.

Paul said...

You're kiddin' me, right?

skydiveboy said...

Oh sure, I'm going to joke about the mistreatment of dogs and have PETA picketing my house?

Paul said...

How would PETA have any idea where your house is?
Besides, I see no reference to "mistreatment" in the above.
''Kiddin'' was a reference to "Bonney", which, as far as I can see, has little or nothing to do with any prince, and more to do with Billy the Kid.

skydiveboy said...

Have you never heard of Bonney Prince Charlie?
They could find my house on Google Maps, of course.

Paul said...

They could find your house on Google Maps without other pertinent information?

skydiveboy said...

Well then please don't give it to them.

Paul said...

Bonney, bonny, bonnie....let's call the whole thing.....NONSENSE!

MendoJim said...

Two words?
He's done this before, has our "master" of puzzles.

Paul said...

I see and sympathize with your point, MendoJim. But, in this instance, is this really "Will's problem", or "corporate America"'s

skydiveboy said...

Clearly it is corporate America's problem. Let's blame it on RCA Victor. Corporate America needs to listen to it's masters voice. And we should take our responsibility as the master seriously.

Curtis said...

I see the number of submitted answers slipped a bit again. With the relative simplicity of last week's challenge, I didn't expect such a truncated number as 1000. Nonetheless, I will stick with my usual 1,351 - 1,400.

Anonymous said...

I'll take a whack at it. The 1051-1100 range, please.

Paul said...

U B illin'?

Natasha said...

The answer sent chills up my spine when I finally got it.

Dave said...

I'll take a stab at 901 to 950.

Marie said...

Twenty blog comments already--hurrah for Magdalen and Ross, who have faithfully maintained this little gem of a blog. I'm sticking with 1401 this week.