Sunday, April 28, 2013

I'm Back, Just in Time to Save Nine

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The first 12 letters of the alphabet are A to L. Think of a familiar, six-word proverb that contains 11 of these 12 letters. The letters may be used more than once, and you may use additional letters from the second half of the alphabet. What proverb is this?
Not hard, although not quite as easy as last week's.

You know what to do with your right answer--send it to NPR using their contact form.

Yes, I'm back. My surgery was complicated! difficult! rare! and exciting! I, of course, slept through it. But it meant that instead of being sealed back up like some Press-and-Go bag, I had to stay in hospital for a couple days while they monitored stuff. It's always the monitoring that gets you. I see my hotshot Venezuelan llanero surgeon on Friday, but I expect he'll say they just need to keep monitoring stuff. ::sigh::

More importantly, I feel a lot better. In fact, I'm at a point where it's just annoying that I don't feel 100% yet. So no excuse not to restart the blog.

Photos: I'm having fun with words.







 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 One Fund Boston in the winner's honor.

I thought last week's Aegean Sea puzzle was easy and still the number of correct answers was low. (Do you suppose if someone misspelled Aegean in their contact form, it didn't get counted as the right answer?) Is this week easier...or just easier to spell? 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). 

10 comments:

Word Woman said...

Magdalen, glad you're back and feeling feisty. 451-500 please.

David said...

Welcome back, 1001 to 1050.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Good to see you back, Magdalen, and very glad that you're feeling better. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400.

Magdalen said...

Thanks, everyone. It's good to be back.

KDW said...

Magdalen, so good to find you back and kicking up your heels. Will you incorporate your hotshot cowboy surgeon in a future novel? -- KDW, north of the PA/NY burder

Paul said...

Words cannot express how good it is to have you back. Numbers, on the other hand....1177.

Paul said...

P.S. I think I've interpreted picture #1, and that's where i'm stopping.

Mendo Jim said...

Dugout Doug, Jack Torrance and now Magdalen. We missed you.

Several silly and fairly simple challenges have come and gone.

This one is "Yeah, that works. So?"

Should be about the same as last week, 900 or so.

Marie said...

Welcome back Magdalen; glad you are nearly 100%!
I'm going big...1951.

musettesmom said...

May I have 651-700, please?