Sunday, February 17, 2013

NPR Puzzle 2/17/13 - Alphabet Soup: The Movie

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a well-known movie in two words with a total of 13 letters. Each of the two words contains the letter C. Drop both C's. The letters that remain in the second word of the title will be in alphabetical order, and the letters that remain in the first word will be in reverse alphabetical order. What movie is it?
Ross solved this one, while I tried to figure out whether our Facebook Ads had been cost effective. (They had, but only because we had a $50 coupon.) After solving it, he read the synopsis for the movie to me. I'll admit, I have not seen this one. Is that a hint? Do you really think you know my tastes well enough for it to be a hint?

If you do, send the name of the movie to NPR using their blockbuster Contact Form here.

We're on vacation, so here's a short photo array related to the Wiki page for the movie:

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 600 correct entries for last week's MANDELA/MONDALE puzzle. Once again, no one picked the proper range. Is it because they've switched over to giving us the number of correct entries? Our current choice of prizes--a puzzle book or a contribution to the Fairfield County Community Foundation--is still up for grabs. Make a guess for the chance to win either a puzzle book or the warm glow of satisfaction knowing you're a generous person. We want you to win!

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). 


Paul said...

100 - 150 FCCF. First things first.

Paul said...

Sorry, 101 - 150 FCCF. Second things second.

Laura said...

451 - 500

zeke creek said...

401-450, please.

Mendo Jim said...

I guess the standard for horseshoes and hand grenades applies again this week.
It took enough work to expect a cleaner answer.

I have to admit that my face hurt from laughing after seeing this movie in the theater.
I still laugh thinking of many of the scenes.
I would sugesst renting it, just skip the sequels.

I thought someone would hit the Range last week. 501+ might work.

skydiveboy said...


Anonymous said...

351 - 400 this week please.

David said...

1001 to 1050, as always, please.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many NPR listeners would actually admit they've seen, and maybe enjoyed, this film.

zeke creek said...

Fine puzzlers or perhaps not as highbrow as some let on. I pick 'c', both of the above.

Dave said...

I think that there are going to be an alarmingly low number of correct submissions this week, so I'll go with 501 to 500, please.

KDW said...

For a day or so, there was a dead-giveaway clue on Blaine's Puzzle Blog (till Blaine returned and axed it). On the chance that a fair number of players saw that clue, I'll try my hand a bit higher than most this week: 651-700, please.

Mendo Jim said...

As a result of watching the number of answer submissions over several years, I have come to the conclusion that the difficulty of the challenge only affects that total when it is extreme.
I think that the answer could be posted (here, at Blaine's and elsewhere) on Sunday afternoon without substantially increasing the number of submitted answers.
I have tried in vain to find the mysterious controlling factor, proven by the fact that I only have three of Magdalen's nice puzzle books (including my prized Girl Scout one).
Of course the Underpaid Intern's inconsistent revelation of "answers" vs. "correct answers" is a wild card.

My son and I went to see this movie in the theater the year it was released. When I mentioned that it was the answer to this week's puzzle, he immediately started to laugh.

Since I am of the contingent that thinks the doubling of one of the letters sort of ruins this challenge, I submit the fact that "alphabetical order" actully refers to strings of characters (words).
Letters would be simply alphabetical, with doubling still troubling.

Joe Kupe said...

Tough one this week! 251 - 300!

Marie said...

Amen, Mendo Jim, amen. 551 please.