Sunday, February 24, 2013

NPR Puzzle 2/24/13 - Doctor, Doctor...

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name two parts of the human body, 10 letters in all. Place their names one after the other. Take a block of three consecutive letters out of the second word and insert them somewhere inside the first word without otherwise changing the order of any of the letters. The result will name a kind of doctor. What kind of doctor is it?
This is not immediately obvious. Okay, we haven't solved it yet. Which is going to be a problem when I get to the photos section, but I'm not there yet.

You, of course, are there already. In fact, you're dancing around happily, chortling that you've solved the puzzle. Don't forget to send in the answer here!

Still haven't solved it. [Edited to add: Ross solved it.]

You know what? I don't care. I'm going to go find some pretty photos and include them for NO GOOD REASON other than that I like them. Kaleidoscopic images:

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 or a contribution to the charity of our choosing in the winner's honor.

There were 350 correct entries for last week's POLICE ACADEMY puzzle, so skydiveboy gets his choice of our current choice of prizes--a puzzle book or a contribution to the Fairfield County Community Foundation. (Email us, SDB, and tell us which you'd prefer.)

Everyone else can decide if today's puzzle (which took us 90 minutes to solve) is hard or easy or maybe the number of entries has more to do with low pressure systems. Factor all that in and let us know your pick for the chance to win either a puzzle book or the warm glow of satisfaction knowing you're a generous person.

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...

I'm going to drop my guess down to 151 - 200, just because the wording of the puzzle might throw some folks off the trail.

skydiveboy said...

201 and please donate my prize, thanks.

EKW said...

301-350, please. Surprisingly view
entries are being submitted for what
consider to be quite simple puzzles.

EKW said...

That should say surprisingly few...

Dave said...

251 to 300, please.

David said...

A bit tricky, and my guess will almost certainly be too high, but I will stick with 1001 to 1050. (I would hate for the actual number to be in that range and have guessed something else.)

Mento Jim said...

This is a clever challenge.
If you want to solve it yourself, don't go over to Blaine's until you do.

Laura said...


zeke creek said...

401-450, please.

Paul said...

101 - 150 FCCF

KDW said...

I'll try 351-400, please.

Mendo Jim said...

Has the explanation for "PICK A RANGE" been recently updated?
More importantly for this old brain, is this change retroactive?
That is to say, is the new verbiage now a part of previous blogs?

skydiveboy said...

Mendo Jim:

Things change over time. Get used to it. Even the Catholic Church may have to give up, or at least cut back, sex with children.

Mendo Jim said...

Be snarky if you want, sdboy, but you didn't answer the question.

zeke creek said...

If it's around 450 and you pick 451 I win, because of hope and change. In all reality I definitely defer to Laura, because of ladies first.

zeke creek said...

I imagine you still have your multiple crowns, Jimbo.

Word Woman said...

501 to 550 please.Thanks. I liked all the Fibonacci numbers in the kaleidescope pictures.

zeke creek said...

Is 1618-1000 taken? If so then 618-1000?

zeke creek said...

Forget my last post Ross/Mag, I was just having geek fun :-)

Joe Kupe said...

Still have not gotten the answer and a few of us are working on it. We have a 33 week streak going here. 501 to 550 please.

Marie said...

I agree with Mendo Jim, SKB, snarky comment. And, one that is not appreciated by me.

Paul said...

I'd hate to miss a golden opportunity to note that I found the color scheme of one of the photos....interesting.
This should in no wise be interpreted as an insinuation that the 'NO GOOD REASON' disclaimer was disingenuous.
I haven't found any 13's or spirals yet; doesn't mean I'm not looking.

Paul said...

It's after the deadline. Photo #6 was my favorite; blue and red are typically used to represent veins and arteries, respectively, in anatomy drawings. However, if Magdalen says the coincidence was completely unintentional on her part, I'm not accusing her of fibbin'.

Magdalen said...

Thanks, Paul, but while the red & blue color scheme caught my attention, I'll admit I didn't know why it caught my attention. You're far cleverer than I!

Word Woman said...

Paul, guess I have golden spirals on my brain. Kindergartners and I drew golden spirals today & "discovered" phi. So I saw the 5's and 8's in the kaleidescope photos...but no 13's. Golden and fibbin', blue and red ~~ nice.

The kids cracked me up today saying "Fibonacci" with a thick Italian accent & accompanying hand gestures. It's my favorite part of the week.