Sunday, August 12, 2012

NPR Puzzle 8/12/12 - Take the Sound Of an Annoying Insect...

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name two insects. Read the names one after the other. Insert an H somewhere in this string of letters, and you'll complete a familiar word that is the opposite of what either of these insects is. What word is it?
I could see how this one worked, but I'll admit it proudly: Ross is better at these puzzles than I am. Which is why I keep him around. And not just to swat buzzy things dead...

If you've absolutely killed this puzzle, be sure to send the answer to NPR using this handy online form.

I had insomnia last night! Whoo-hoo. That makes it official: I'm not sick any more. Because for a while there, I was sleeping 8-10 hours a night and that's so unlike me it was unnerving. Of course, now that I'm 100% healthy, I'm also really, really sleepy.

Photos: I got to this set in a really weird roundabout way. All the photos are of Phoenix. (And you can click on each to read more about it.) Don't even try to guess how this relates to the puzzle; I'll explain on Thursday. I promise, I'll post photos of pretty bugs then.

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.
There were more than 1700 entries this week; we all guessed too low. Do we guess higher this week?
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 with a qualifier such as "about" or "around" (e.g., "We received around 1,200 entries."), AND two separate people picked the ranges of numbers just before and just after 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").  As of July 2012, this rule is officially no longer obsolete (and also I just like having fine print). 


KDW said...

I think that MAYBE I understand the thought process behind your selection of photos. If I still maybe understand it by Thursday, I'll mention it here.

As for whether we guess higher this week: I surely do. May I have 1601-1650, please?

A cautious clue to the puzzle's solution: think about a remarkable hoax.

skydiveboy said...


David said...

I think this week's puzzle is more difficult than last week, so I will stick with 1001 to 1050.

This was another good puzzle to do while running, but like last week, I couldn't get the answer until I returned home. Probably something to do with waking up to see the Olympic marathon live (3:00 am Pacific), then running while brain dead.

Curtis said...

This puzzle, like the one about Tina Fey, came really quickly and easily for me. So, I'll guess high: 2,351 - 2,400

Mendo Jim said...

Not much to quibble about this week. The definition Will is using is not really the main one for this word, but I got it abed in about three minutes

I was hoping for a standard "Say what?" challenge so that I could present a new word.
Everyone has read the just released list of words newly accepted by Merriam-Webster.

I want to add "Shortzonian." These are things from the Shortzone, where reality visits only irregularly.
Examples are Ka as the first sylable of KAL a ma zoo, OfficeMax as two words, Greyhound Racing as a sport, "eat at" as a verb, v v makes a w, etc.
Boy, are Shortzonian things easy to find!

How's about 2345 in the 2301 + range this week?

Joe Kupe said...

Why pictures of Phoenix; how about a synagogue! Got this one on one of my runs again this week. I'll go higher to 1801 to 1850 please.

Barbara H. said...

This puzzle made me think of an illustration by William Blake. Prolific Blake made so many illustrations and poems I don't think I'm giving anything away.

I'll guess 1501 for the correct answers received.