Thursday, July 12, 2012

NPR Puzzle 7/8/12 -- That Name Rings a Bell

Ross again, here to give you the answer to last Sunday's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a well-known actor, three letters in the first name, seven letters in the last. One of the letters is an "S." Change the "S" to a "K" and rearrange the result, and you'll name a well-known fictional character. Who is it?
It seemed like I ran through half a dozen "well-known" actors before getting anywhere with this: it had to be the amazing Rod Steiger ... he's well-known, right? If not him, Rod Serling, who is certainly a regular in crosswords.

What about Bob Hoskins, Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Tim Robbins, Sam Shepard? I was beginning to despair and start trying actresses when I landed in the right spot with the star of:



Yes, take Ben Stiller, change the S to a K and anagram the letters and you get Tinker Bell, the fairy in J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, that through the magic of Hollywood has become a Disney icon:



Time for...
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350 -- Dave
351 - 400 -- Curtis
401 - 450 -- KDW
451 - 500 -- Magdalen
 
501 - 550 -- David
551 - 600
601 - 650 -- Ross
651 - 700
701 - 750
751 - 800 -- skydiveboy
801 - 850 -- Marie
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 + 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")

4 comments:

Dave said...

Any baseball fans catch my hint, "If ever there was a time to take a chance . . . " Remember Tinker to Evers t Chance?

Dave said...

SDB, I was being sarcastic. I had no idea what you were referring to.

Mendo Jim said...

I found a Google reference to TinkerBell.

skydiveboy said...

Dave:
Good, I feel better now. I thought the opposite, and since I did not want to give the answer away in my post, when I read your post I thought maybe I had. I thought your post asking for a hint was funny, since I had posted a hint above.