Sunday, January 13, 2013

NPR Puzzle - 1/13/13 -- 0xDECAFBAD

This will be your last week of Crossword Man for a while. Magdalen finishes her Stonecoast MFA residency today and we'll be back home anon. Yes, this time I joined Magdalen for the final couple of days and experienced some of the public events in the program, as well as downtown Freeport, ME.

Possibly the biggest cultural experience for me was to enter the amazing L.L.Bean stores. They certainly know how to deal with weather, and I took the opp to stock up on a new winter coat, hat and gloves. I'm expecting a lot more of the white stuff this season.

And I should warn anyone heading this way that you can't go two steps without bumping into (1) moose, (2) lobsters. Whoever called Maine the "Pine Tree State" obviously didn't get the memo.

Anyway, all that's by-the-by and I should get on to this week's NPR puzzle:
Think of two familiar, unhyphenated, eight-letter words that contain the letters A, B, C, D, E and F, plus two others, in any order. What words are these?
Hmm. Getting A through E is easy enough, but adding that F is tricky. Anyone who plays Scrabble-type games might be at an advantage here. I won't say any more till Thursday. Here then are some pictures associated with the answers, which will in no way help you (attributions later in the week):

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.

I think I heard "around 80 correct entries" for last week's Sam Loyd puzzle, so KDW is in line for one of our lovely prizes, or can choose to trigger the donation as per the next para. KDW please let us know.

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 Fairfield County Community Foundation. 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). 


Anonymous said...

This week, the puzzle is sooooo easy, I'll go with 2,351 - 2,400.

Laura said...

2501 - 2750 please!

zeke creek said...

Pardon my being so forward, but 1301-1350 please.

Mendo Jim said...

" two others," aye there's the rub.
And even if you reuse a letter, you still are not likely to have two words.
It is hard to find anyplace where one of the terms I think Will wants is written as a single word.

I am a little fuzzy on who wins the Range/Tranche. Are we looking for entries or correct entries?
I never would have suggested it if I thought it would be so difficult.

EKW said...

I would like 451-500. Surprisingly few correct answers last week.

Joe Kupe said...

We got two words but one reuses one of the first six letters. Anyone get two words without reusing one of the first six letters? 951 - 1,000 please!

David said...

1001 to 1050, please. I have 1 answer so far and several wrong ones.

Anonymous said...

Joe, I'm with you. I came up with one word that does not repeat any of the letters a through f, but my other answer repeats one of those six letters.

Then again, I haven't been working on the puzzle for long, so I'm certainly not claiming that I'm correct in either answer. (The one without repetition clearly fits the puzzle as printed on, but I don't know whether it's "correct.")

Since the wording to me implies that the "others" must be different from a through f, I assume I'm only half way (or is that half-way?) home.


Dave said...

I'll go out on a limb and guess 1,101 to 1,150.

Anonymous said...

Phil here again. After a little research, I found "befaced" in a few sources. Granted, "befaced" is hardly a common word and uses only seven letters, repeating one, but it does have the virtue of using only the letters a through f.

Here's one source: "The battered, brutal visages, she saw there, confronted with the myrmidons of law,--especially the befaced womanhood of those of her own sex who were under arrest, filled her with dismay and terror." ("Mrs. Eden's Sixpence," as printed in the 1846 magazine Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine.)

Here's another one, this one from 1879: "In going up again to Dijon, it was wonderful to see the old Burgundian country with light-haired people, or at least not black, and the whole country population befaced like Germans, . . ."

But I suppose nineteenth-century references won't work here.

KDW said...

How neat to have won "Pick a Range" again! Please contribute to the Fairfield County Community Fund (specifically to the Taunton Press Newtown Children and Families Fund, if possible) -- a thoughtful and caring choice on your part.

May I please have 901-950 this time around?

Paul said...

Hey, Mendo Jim....moot point?
1501 - 1550 for the next round...FCCF.

Mendo Jim said...

Paul: I am not sure what you mean.
I am going crazy trying to find a second "word" after the easy and fits-all-the-clues first one.
I am going to be ticked if he wants the two word phrase that means a meal.
Somebody let me know.

skydiveboy said...


David said...

Mendo Jim, according to my brief research on, one word's origin is early 20th century, the other late 17th century. Both words were combinations of two shorter words

Mendo Jim said...

Thanks David.
I guess then it is safe to post that I went to

It told me that there are no dictionary results for "crabfeed."

Now somebody needs to tell me "Of course not you dummy. That's not the word. Ha, Ha. Keep trying."

Unknown said...

I'll take 1901 - 1950, please.


Anonymous said...

you can check your answers against Ross's, by searching in Flickr and seeing if you get the same photographs. I found at least one of them with the tag spelt as two words.

My usual 1051-1100, please.

David said...

Mendo Jim-

Crabfeed? Of course not you dummy. That's not the word. Ha, Ha. Keep trying.

In fact, crabfeed was my initial guess for my second word.

Mendo Jim said...

Thanks, David, I needed that.
I was just about to ask NPR to extend this challenge to a second week when when I finally got the damned thing.
If, of course, it is OK to reuse one of the six.