Sunday, December 2, 2012

NPR Puzzle 12/2/12 -- One Two Buckle Will's Shoe?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name two articles of apparel — things you wear — which, when the words are used as verbs, are synonyms of each other. What are they?
Okay. Comments on the quality of this puzzle are officially:

(Hah. I made Mendo Jim look at one of my filthy pictures!)

For everyone else, of course, you don't have to comment. You can just send the answer along to NPR using their normal contact form.

Our photos today are of words that anagram to pieces of clothing. (Click on any photo for more information, including what word I used to find it.) Have fun puzzling them out.

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 around 380 entries for last week's puzzle, so Curtis won last week. (Contact me, Curtis, to say which of our wonderful prizes you want this 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). 


Mendo Jim said...

This one took about a minute.
If I recall, it took the same the last time Will used it.

I wonder what is in the bottom half of the top photo.

Paul said...

951-1000, please.


KDW said...

May I guess 1,951-2,000, please? (Red Cross donation if I get lucky -- I think it's great that you're doing this.)

jan said...

The last time this puzzle was used, they got "over 3000 entries", so I'll stick with that: 3001-3250.

skydiveboy said...

3201 (give or take 39 million)

Paul said...

You know, I do believe skydiveboy's range has already been's a revelation to me!

Curtis said...

Ah, the struggle of choice. I think I'll go for the Red Cross donation, since they do good work. I had the "pleasure" of having the Red Cross show up at my door offering help many years ago, so I feel better giving to them than receiving a book. In that case, I came home from working a night shift to find my apartment partially burned. The unit below mine had caught fire, and the flames came into my place through a window (the concrete floors prevented my unit from getting engulfed). The fact that the Red Cross showed up offering help, even though my insurance covered the damages, gave me respect for an organization that seeks out ways to make lives better.

This week I'll pick 2,351 - 2,400.

skydiveboy said...

I did not realize it jumped from 50 to 250 at the higher elevations.

Anonymous said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Thank you to Mendo Jim and Jan - I thought I'd seen this one before.
The puzzle as stated is flawed, because there are a huge number of articles of apparel that are approximate synonyms (within WS's normal tolerance) of "cover." Is the number of entries going to be flooded with those, or will people realize there has to be more to it than that, and not send them in? (Last week, I was expecting a much larger number of weak entries based on events that occur every 25 years.)

It's a pity that "trouser" and "stole" are different tenses.

And a question left over from a few weeks ago - can you have a single pajama, and how many legs does it have?

Henry BW

Dave said...

2,001 to 2,050. This puzzle sucks.

David said...

With my wife, we got his one over beers in about a minute, after reading the puzzle on line. I'll stick with my regular range of 1001 to 1050, please (Red Cross).

Marie said...

I'll take 2201, solved it in less time than it took to get dressed.