Sunday, January 20, 2013

NPR Puzzle 1/20/13 -- One Anagram To Lead Them All

I notice that Ross started his blog posts with actual, like, words and not my formulaic "Here's this week's NPR Puzzle." Hah! That's what you get when the substitute comes in!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the last name of a famous world leader of the past. Rearrange its letters to name a type of world leader, like czar or prime minister. What world leader is it?
Ross says it's a tough puzzle, but that's because I had to say something to help him solve it. Me? I think it's pretty easy.

And you did too--admit it! You've already sent in your answer using NPR's highly stylized contact form here.

I'm back. Did you miss me? I bet not--Ross's blog posts are so interesting.

Hey, if you want a chuckle, go read the comments on Leslie Ann Sartor's blog regarding an excerpt of my book. Specifically, Vince's comment. Make sure you refill your coffee--he's written a tiny doctoral dissertation on an 800-word excerpt! Too funny.

Otherwise, I'm in deadline hell. Book Two of The Blackjack Quartet (yes, it has its own website) needs to be in my editor's hands in two weeks. Less than two weeks. So I have to blog fast and then write some words this morning!

Photos: One of these is misleading. Can you guess which one? Leave a comment with just the number of the photo.







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 650 correct entries for last week's BOLDFACEd FEEDBACK puzzle, which means Ross won bragging rights for the week. I'll never hear the end of it.

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). 

11 comments:

Laura said...

251 - 300

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Hmmm, once again I overshot the target last week, assuming the puzzle was too easy. I guess I'll go with 351 - 400.

skydiveboy said...

939

KDW said...

May I have 451-500, please?

David said...

Will said it was easier this week, but I don't have it yet. I'll go with my standard 1001 to 1050, please.

Marie said...

951 please.

Paul said...

851 - 900 FCCF

Dave said...

I'm whispering this one, 401 to 450.

Mendo Jim said...

Well, the two days I wasted last week were made up for by the two minutes this.
The on-air guy did pretty well. I was surprised he didn't know F. Lee Bailey, but then I still don't know who Alvin Ailey is.
I don't see 1500 + above so I'll ask for it.

Joe Kupe said...

201 to 250 please. I needed the dictionary to confirm my answer on this one! Not easy, I'll agree!

EKW said...

1051-1100, please.