Sunday, December 16, 2012

NPR Puzzle 12/16/12 - Looking Through Rose-Colored Glasses?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a two-word geographical location. Remove the first letter. Move one of the other letters to the front of what's left. This will result in a single word. And this word names what you are most likely looking through when you see that geographical location. What is it?
This is one of the puzzles that can, conceivably, be solved backwards.
Start with something you look through, remove the first letter and place it elsewhere in the word, add a new letter to the beginning of the letter string, split that into two and you get a geographical location.
Ross got it, although we're doubtful about the "most likely" part. Kinda depends on...well, we'll talk about that on Thursday, shall we?

And when you have it, as I'm sure you do, you can send it along to NPR using this form here.

In other, completely tacky bit of self-promotion, my book is out:

Here's the blurb:
TV producer Rand Jennings solves the problem of his boss-from-hell, Marcy, when he sees a way to mess with Marcy’s reality TV show, The Fishbowl. It’ll drive her crazy if he selects genuinely talented “Fish” who’ll treat the game as more than trash-talking in skimpy swimwear. At the end of the season, Rand will have written a winning screenplay he’ll pitch as “The Devil Wears Prada gets Gaslighted.”

He casts his first ringer, a confident bartender from South Philadelphia, not realizing that Lissa-the-bartender is actually her twin, Libby-the-law-student. When Libby’s summer law job evaporates in the bad economy, and a certain cute producer kisses her, she agrees to spend the summer locked in a stage set decorated like a fish tank.

As their relationship deepens despite the show, Libby’s lies and Rand’s deceptions threaten any chance they have to be a real couple. Set against the humorous backdrop of a tasteless reality TV show, Love in Reality is the sexy story of how falling in love forces Rand and Libby to be honest with themselves and each other. 
Clearly it has nothing to do with this blog, so no one has to buy it. If you're interested, though, there are "read now" buttons at the Harmony Road Press website. And it costs nothing to download a sample, just to see if I can write.

Photos for this week's challenge. Interesting. (If you've solved it, you know why I say "Interesting" while stroking my chin.)

For what it's worth, none of these photos is near or of the geographical location in the puzzle. 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 over 2,800 entries for last week's puzzle, and Jan won--with the last pick registered. In fact, her pick came in so late, I'd already written Thursday's post and scheduled it for publication. But that's still legal. So, Jan, you may have a puzzle book or a donation to the Red Cross. Your choice. Contact me at Magdalen >at< and let me know your preference and, if needed, your mailing address.

You--yes, 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). 


Laura said...

3,001 - 3,250

Curtis said...

Ah, Will is on a geography kick
so, with 2,351 - 2,400 I will stick.

EKW said...

I will take more than 5000, new record. If there ever was an easy puzzle, this is it. Magdalen, I sent
you a link for photos near the puzzle location. Happy Holidays to all!

skydiveboy said...


Mendo Jim said...

I had the right answer until I tried Magdalen's bassakward approach and confused myself beyond help.
I am not sure what Will really intends by the answer, but my feeling is that the feature was, for the majority of history, most commonly "viewed" through lyin' eyes.

David said...

I'll be on a train and probably out of cell phone range on Thursday, so this is sure to be the week my answer is selected. 1001 to 1050, please (Sandy).

KDW said...

May I please have 1,751-1,800?

Barbara said...

I hope my guess of 1101 - 1150 will get The Red Cross some cash. Many will know this answer but be to busy with the season to answer.

Dave said...

Took me almost two whole days to come up with the answer. I'll take 701 to 750, por favor.

Paul said...

2501-2750; I think the Red Cross would like getting their money's worth.
Hey, if you have the answer, try rearranging the letters to name two things you might find in Magdalen's new book!

Mendo Jim said...

My "lyin' eyes" comment above refers to the early history of false claims to have seen/visited the subject feature.

I have to say that "lyin'" also came to mind when I heard the 2800 claim for correct submissions last week.
If true, it really needs an explanation.

Joe Kupe said...

Looks like I struggled a little more than everyone else too as it took me until middle of Tuesday! 401 - 450 please. And congrats on the book; I'll have to check out a sample.

Henry BW said...

Finally, on Wednesday afternoon, the penny dropped. "What you are most likely looking through" is of course "Flickr", which is the wrong answer.

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Marie said...

Easy, in retrospect... 1951 please.