Sunday, September 9, 2012

NPR Puzzle 9/9/12 - Another Capital Idea!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a world capital whose letters can be rearranged to spell a popular and much-advertised drug. What's the capital, and what's the drug?
Whatever the answer is, take two and call Will in the morning.

But first, be sure to send in the correct answer to NPR using this happy little form (I figure I need to be nice to it, lest it break again) right here.

Before I get to this week's Photo Array, let me address the comment that Mendo Jim left on Thursday's post. MJ--don't you think it's time to leave dial-up? Or, at the very least, make it a weekly ritual to stop by any of the emporia that offer Wi-Fi to their customers and upload the photos there? But if those solutions don't appeal to you, how about this. You have my email [Magdalen *at* Crosswordman *dot* com], so you write and ask for the URLs of the pretty pictures. I'll send them to you and let you click on them, or not, in your own time. Howzat?

Photos: We know the limitations to having photos of the world capital, so I won't do that. No, these photos are from the Wiki page of the individual responsible for the drug. Enjoy!






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 500 entries this week, which means that EKW has won. Please email me [Magdalen *at* Crosswordman *dot* com] so I can get a puzzle book out to you. Yay! Proof that, yes, from time to time someone wins!!
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). 

10 comments:

EKW said...

Magdalen, Thanks for including your e-mail address in this week's blog.
I think I won "Pick a Range" on the
Autumn Leaves puzzle, so I sent you my
contact info. I will stay with the same range for this week, even though the puzzle seems very simple.

Regards, EKW

Curtis said...

Wow, I overestimated the response to last week's puzzle by a long shot, even though I thought it was pretty easy. I'll stick with 1,351 - 1,400 this week.

Mendo Jim said...

Will sent all of his minions off to do anagram labor this week and summed up the results with the fact that there were 5 steps (which we all knew) and that there was more than one correct ladder (which we also all knew).
I'll bet there were some clever submissions which we would have been interested to hear or see, but which now exist only for Dr. Pmaster's private enjoyment.
He has done this dozens of times over the years and I think it is an insult.

I have missed my Richard Renner/Topica mail today. Anyone else?

In my time I sang the caisson song so won't be guessing Range this week.

David said...

I couldn't figure it out on my run. I found a list of drugs and the answer followed quickly after that. I'll try my regular 1001 to 1050.

Dave said...

I'll lower my usual guess and go with 801-850.

Marie said...

I'm going with 901.

KDW said...

May i have 751-800, please?

KDW

Paul said...

Could I donate the 2001-2050 range to Mendo Jim, please?

Joe Kupe said...

Did not need to go to the Pharmacy for this one. 1801 to 1850 please!

skydiveboy said...

1201