Sunday, November 25, 2012

NPR Puzzle 11/25/12 - Only 30 Shopping Days Left...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
In a few weeks something will happen that hasn't happened since 1987. What is it?
Ross and I are not going to say anything about the puzzle. And we're going to ask that you not talk about it in the comments. Go to that "other" blog if you really have to say something.

Better yet, go to the famous NPR "Contact Us" form and tell them ALL about it!!

We hope everyone in our blog family had a warm, friendly and yummy Thanksgiving. THAT you can talk about all you want in the comments.

I'll help. Here are some photos of other people's Thanksgiving to inspire you. Click on any photo to see who, what, where, etc.:







Happy Holidays and shopping days from all of us at Casa Crossword to all of you!

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 roughly 370 entries for the ALPHA - ALOHA puzzle, so no one won last week.

You can win either a puzzle book or the warm glow of satisfaction knowing you're a generous person who caused a contribution to the Red Cross's fund for Superstorm Sandy victims. Guess the range for this week's puzzle, and good luck!

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). 

16 comments:

Paul said...
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Paul said...

601-650, Sandy donation, please.

Dave said...

Is that a duck swimming in the sky in the fourth photo, or is the photo upside down?

Magdalen said...

Dave -- It took us a while to figure it out, too. The water's surface was clearly very smooth, so whoever posted the photo at Flickr decided to have some fun and flip the photo over. Quite effective, isn't it?

Muffled Jim said...

Good day!
This here's a fun and easygoing blog where we talk about Will Shortz's weekly NPR puzzle.
Oh, but please don't.

Magdalen said...

Mendo Jim -- LOL! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I think 1201-1250 will get this. Should I be close make a donation to your Red Cross.

Barbara

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

skydiveboy said...

555

zeke creek said...

801-850 The Red Cross were first responders to our house fire for which I will forever be thankful.

zeke creek said...

Resting on a select number air current.

Anonymous said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Hintry BW

Curtis said...

I thought last week was easy, and I overestimated. I'll drop down to 351 - 400 this week.

EKW said...

I was way off last week. This week I will try 501-550.

Dave said...

701 to 750, please.

Joe Kupe said...

151 - 200 please. Answer could be literally anything or everything!