Sunday, August 19, 2012

NPR Puzzle 8/19/12 - The Winning Answer

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name the winning play in a certain sport: two words, five letters in each word. These two words share exactly one letter. Drop this letter from both words. The remaining eight letters can be rearranged to name the person who makes this winning play. What person is it?
Ah, sports. So much for having an advantage with Henry here. I solved it on my own.

Of course, you didn't need a house guest to help you solve it, which is why you need this handy NPR page to submit your answer.

It's been all go here at Casa Crossword. Henry's up celebrating his birthday by building a toy ballista and a toy trebuchet, all to go with the toy onager from a few weeks ago. Yesterday, we traveled to Newark Valley, NY for a "steam up," a get-together of steam train enthusiasts all vying to run their trains around an outdoor track. Henry took one of his engines, but I'm not sure he actually ran it. It could just have been the "Get In Free" calling card he needed so he could do what he most loves: watch other people run their engines.

Me? I'm just writing a lot. Tons of deadlines, as far as the eye can see.

Photos. Let's go see what Flickr has for the three words 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.
There were more than 700 entries this week; we all guessed too high. Last week, we all guessed too low. Anyone know which way we'll err 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). 

9 comments:

David said...

The winning play is necessary but not sufficient- let the complaining begin.. Didn't even get out for my run yet.

If I'm going to be wrong in my "Pick A Range", it will be with my standard 1001 to 1050.

musettesmom said...

May I have 801-850, please?

Curtis said...

I'll go for 1,351 - 1,400

skydiveboy said...

1251

Anonymous said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

Mendo Jim said...

The solution to the continuing mystery of falling participation may be just that the quality of Will's product has fallen so drastically that listeners have stopped listening.

Wikipedia says: "A challenge is a general term referring to things that are imbued with a sense of difficulty and victory."

Did anyone experience either of those with yesterday's five minutes of work?

The challenges that do take some time are because they contain flaws that have come over from the Shortzone.

It does seem that he generally puts a little more work into the on-air portion.

Potential range 4000+, actual (my guess) 900+

Joe Kupe said...

2001 to 2050 please. Did you notice how the first four letters in the answer are from the first word and second four from the second word?

Dave said...

Yup Joe, I noticed that right away. I think that should have been part of the puzzle to make it a little more interesting.

1201 to 1250, no strings attached.

Joe Kupe said...

Lets see if Will mentions that on the air!