Sunday, August 5, 2012

NPR Puzzle 8/5/12 - A Musical & Religious City?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the name of a well-known U.S. city with four syllables. The first and last syllables together name a musical instrument, and the two interior syllables name a religious official. What city is it?
Ross got this one over breakfast. I'll blame my lingering illness and consequent dopeyness for not getting it right away. (*cough*)

Here's the link for where to send your answer.

Still not feeling 100% so I'll keep the photo section simple:

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 "over 700" entries this week, so no winner. Let's all try again with 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 many puzzle-solvers will get the right answer; it came to me with alarming ease. So I'll stay with a high guess: may I have 1151-1200, please?

skydiveboy said...


Mendo Jim said...

In an email exchange with Will Shortz years ago, I suggested that he occasionally came across as a little arrogant, a trait he vigorously denied.

Today I want to add not-terribly-honest or maybe just dense.

Last week on-air, he described irony as "a major element" of Tina Fey's work.
In the written challenge as it appeared on the NPR website, this got changed to "the chief element."
Today he used his chance to clear this up by claiming he said "a chief element." Twice.
Either he thought this little lie would make everything OK, or he didn't recognize the difference.

I kind of think if you are the puzzle "master," whether self-appointed or self-annointed, you need to use words consistently and correctly or explain why you didn't.
He missed a good chance to let us know the nuances separating "a major," "a chief" and "the chief."

I am not sure Will broke the city's name into proper sylables, but close enough I guess.

Just three days ago I was in the very place where a record was set for the "musical" instrument.

David said...

I good puzzle for while on my morning run. I actually thought of the religious official without getting the city and drew a blank on the musical instrument. I was forced to go state by state, trying to think of all the cities I knew, which got me to the answer.

Once again, I will go with the 1001 to 1050, please.

Anonymous said...

I'll guess 801 - 850. =]

Anonymous said...

Wow Mendo Jim. Bitter, much? It's just a puzzle. Let it go...

Anonymous said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

I got this one quite quickly, especially considering I'm not from around there.

Mendo Jim - Thank you for the quotes on "musical": I had been thinking something similar.

Henry BW

Curtis said...

I'll buzz in at 751 - 800 on this one.

Paul said...

Curtis, your comment bespeaks volumes.

Mendo Jim said...

From "The Puzzlemaster Presents, Vol.2. Will Shortz's Best Puzzles from NPR:"
"Every week, over a million people tune to National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday to hear Puzzlemaster Will Shortz present his on-air puzzles and weekly challenges."
I don't know if this is more or less than I thought, but it puts our range guesses in perspective.

Did anyone else think Will was a little rude to the on-air player last week?
As has been pointed out, the editing process may mask what happens on Thursday afternoons, but I thought Will seemed a little miffed at Eric's hitting home runs off his best stuff.

Joe Kupe said...

If the answer is what I am thinking the clue should have been the letters and not the syllables as the first and second syllable can be debated. 501 to 550 please!

skydiveboy said...

There can be no legitimate debate on the syllable breaks in the word. The dictionaries and other reference books are all in agreement. The puzzle was not stated properly.