Sunday, December 23, 2012

NPR Puzzle 12/23/12 I'm guessing it's not Bob Ross

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Take the last name of a famous actor. Drop the first letter, and you'll get the last name of a famous artist. Drop the first letter again, and you'll get the name of a god in classical mythology. What names are these?
It was a team effort to solve this, as we have Henry visiting this weekend. Actually, Henry didn't help but I'm sure just having him in the room made all the difference.

Who helped you solve it? Whoever it is, think kindly of them when you fill out the NPR contact form and claim all the credit for yourself.

Here are some photos of places mentioned in one or other of the Wiki pages for our famous actor, famous artist and/or famous god. You can even click through now to see what each photo's of because I was pretty crafty in obfuscation:

Valladolid, Spain, where Charles Grodin won an acting award in 1988

Exhibition Hall of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Victoria Tower's Gardens, where one of Rodin's sculptures is located

This castle is in Hesse, which has some significance to scholars of Norse-Germanic mythology

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania--birthplace of Charles Grodin

Cordoba, Spain -- Yes, I know this looks Moorish, but there's actually an established religion in Spain, Asatru, that worships Odin. Who knew?

If you want to pair up photos with Artist, Actor, and God in the comments, feel free. I'll let you know if you got it right in the Thursday post.

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 570 entries for last week's puzzle. No winner this week. (I'm still waiting for Jan to get in touch from winning 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. (In the new year, we may offer a new charity as the substitute gift.) 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). 


Curtis said...

I'm going to drop down to 351 - 400 because it's a holiday week, and the wording of the puzzle might throw some listeners off.

skydiveboy said...

You beat me to the number I was going to take for the same reason along with the holidays.


Mendo Jim said...

Will actually gave two slightly different challenges on the air.
I've got the second one, but am having no luck with the first.

Dave said...

I think I'll go for 801 to 850 this week.

Laura said...

501 - 550

That was tough.

Mendo Jim said...

All the places that offer the challenge each week (this blog among them) did so in wording that does not offer a solution.

The only place to find out what Will realized he should have said seems to be in the transcript of the challenge on the NPR Sunday Puzzle website.

Magdalen said...

Mendo Jim -- I'm not sure what you mean. We cut-and-paste the puzzle from the NPR website, so if the wording above is wrong, that's on them.

Here's the wording from their website today:

Take the last name of a famous actor. Drop the first letter, and you'll get the last name of a famous artist. Drop the first letter again, and you'll get the name of a god in classical mythology. What names are these?

Is that not what we have above? And if it's in the transcript but NOT on the website, here's the transcript:

Yes, take the last name of a famous actor. Drop the first letter and you'll get the last name of a famous artist. Drop the first letter again and you'll get the name of a god in classical mythology. What names are these?

So again, last name of a famous actor. Drop the first letter. You get the last name of a famous artist. Drop that first letter again and you get the name of a god. What names are these?

Okay, I'm not seeing the difference. Will you come back on Thursday and explain it to us, please?

Magdalen said...

Henry has explained it to me. I'm not sure I would hold that distinction against Will as it seems to be a slightly musty one.

But yes, you are TECHNICALLY correct.

Congratulations & Merry Christmas, MJ!

Mendo Jim said...

Will dropped the modifier he first used because it was wrong and he realized it.
You can hear it.

As the old Chinese philosopher Immanuel Kant said: Merry Christmas to you, too.

KDW said...

May I have 401-450, please?

Paul said...

701 - 750

Paul said...

One of the 'names' won an award in(or near) one of the places pictured. Hint: it wasn't for 'Best Deity'.

Joe Kupe said...

251 - 300 please. It was a tough one and I did it with a buddy, he got two parts, I got one part, but he did find an actor which worked who is not as famous as the actor we submitted so there could be two actors!

Marie said...

201, I still haven't gotten it, but I think I'm finally on the right path.