Sunday, October 21, 2012

NPR Puzzle 10/21/12 - The Letters W, L, C, N, I, T Have Been Brought to You By W, S, B, A, J, D

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
What letter comes next in this series: W, L, C, N, I, T?
Here's my hint: NO HINTING!

I'm serious. It's a great puzzle and I want to keep it that way. No more hinting. Please.

Your utter and well-deserved sense of being smarter than the average bear will have to  be limited to sending in the right answer to NPR using this delightful, and now so familiar, form.

Photos! I know the letter, so I've looked up some odd words starting with that letter to get some pretty pictures.

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.

It's "Read the Fine Print Day"! There were about 500 entries, so Joe Kupe is the winner! Congratulations, Joe. You and Skydiveboy will be getting puzzle books (I bought some new ones, hence the delay in getting SKB's out in a timely fashion).
Guess the range for this week's puzzle.

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). 


EKW said...

I pick 601-650.
This could be regarded as a hint!

Paul said...

O.K., I'll bite. 1751-1800. Could that also be regarded as a hint?
{You see what those red letters do for you, Magdalen?}
btw, if my range should happen to be a winner, I'm asking in advance that my prize be donated to the library, doctor's office waiting room(or other waiting room; no need to be so specific}, or forlorn-looking person of your choice.

KDW said...

Surely everyone's ready intuition ends serendipitously. May I have the 1,301-1,359 range, please?

KDW said...

Sorry--that nine above should be a zero: 1,301-1,350.

Marie said...

Easy-peasy, 1951 pleasey.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Seems like we're scraping the bottom of the barrel for puzzles these days, Mr. Shortz. Really.

Magdalen said...

Paul -- Not to worry, no one gets a puzzle book they *don't* want. Sometimes the glory of winning is sufficient! :-D

David said...

I ran for 3 1/2 hours this morning (and afternoon), not getting this puzzle. Got online to check that I got the letters right (I did) and immediately got the answer.

1001 to 1050, please.

Anonymous said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Henry BW

Dave said...

I'll take a crack at 901 to 950.

Mendo Jim said...

In propounding a well-known retread this week, Will will avoid the kind of mess he made last week with a puzzle of his own creation.

Judging by the posts here and at the other place, I am the only one who cares that The Pmaster felt compelled to claim he said "unusual property" instead of "very unusual property" in his recap. This is the second time for this kind of slipperyness in as many months.

I think SDB's posts during the week gave him the idea about the pronunciation's not changing.

It is humorous that the on-air player sent in a answer, "enough," that doesn't meet Will's added pronunciation standard.

1600+ Range please.

Curtis said...

After my vacation, I expected a more difficult puzzle. I'll take 2,351 - 2,400, please.

Joe Kupe said...

701 to 750 please!

KDW said...

I had a lot of fun with this puzzle. Did anyone else notice that googling the puzzle ("What letter comes next in this series: W, L, C, N, I, T?") took you directly to Richard Wiseman's book "Puzzled"; then a visit to and a peek inside the book turned up the answer?

I didn't capitalize every word in my clue, but if I had, the word "series" would have been more evident ("Surely Everyone's Ready Intuition Ends Serendipitously").

Magdalen, you totally stumped me with two of your as-always-excellent photo picks. What are the two question-marked items listed here: seashore, screen, ???, Syringa, ???, scarf....


David said...

KDW, I just tried googling "WLCNIT" and got the answer in the first item on the search page