Sunday, February 3, 2013

NPR Puzzle 2/3/13 - X Marks the Memo

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous author, first and last names. Change an X in this name to a B, and rearrange all the letters. The result is how this author might address a memo to the author's most famous character. Who is it?
This took a bit of work, mostly by Ross, to solve. And I can't even blame my slowness in posting this on the puzzle or, well, anything, really. I guess I'm just slow this morning.

You, however, have been very quick with the answer and sent it in to NPR using their lavish and wonderful contact form here.

Here are some photos of places:
Princeton University

London's Victoria & Albert Museum

Philadelphia's Free Library

British Museum Reading Room

Could be anywhere, but in fact it's behind the Tate Gallery, in London

Ambleside Church

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 900 entries for last week's WHEELCHAIR leads to HEEL and HAIR puzzle. No one won. Which means the right to pick between a puzzle book or a contribution to the Fairfield County Community Foundation continues. 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 to make you happy. 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). 

15 comments:

KDW said...

Tricky puzzle. Might a "Wheel of Fortune" contestant have an edge here?

I'd like to guess 701-750 this week, please.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll go with 751 - 800

EKW said...

I would like 901-950, please.

Richard said...

Has to.be at least 1000 if I have answer today, so may I have 1101-1150, please?

Paul said...

851 - 900 FCCF ... before it's too late.

Laura said...

451 to 500

Mendo Jim said...

Does anyone know if Archie called his orchidiphile boss "Buster?"

Anonymous said...

I'll take 951-1000. Got it right away. Yippee, my brain cells are still firing.

David said...

I'll take my standard 1001 to 1050, please.

Marie said...

I solved it easily and quickly without help. I'm not that good so I'll take 1951.

Michelle said...

I'll go fer 501 to 550.

David said...

Apparently, magic things happen about 15 miles into my Sunday run. I think it has something to do with lack of oxygen to my brain. Anyway, I was sure I knew the right answer, the name had all the things in it that I was looking for. I was wrong. I got it later.

Joe Kupe said...
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Joe Kupe said...

601 - 650 please! I thought it was a tough one!

skydiveboy said...

1803