Sunday, May 19, 2013

Eenie, Meenie, Meinie, Mo -- Who's Going to Make This Show?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a category of books, in two words. Add one letter to each word — the same letter of the alphabet in each case. Rearrange the letters of the first word plus the added letter to make a new word. For the second word simply insert the new letter somewhere inside it. The result will be the two-word title of a famous movie, which is based on a book, which is definitely not found in the category of books you originally named. Name the category of books and the movie.
At first, Ross and I couldn't agree on how to solve this. Do you look at categories of books? Or do you look at lists of movies, focusing on the two-word titles? Ross solved it using logic, which always strikes me as dirty pool.

You, of course, instinctively knew the answer because that's how fast your brain works, so you've already sent the answer in via the NPR Contact Us form.

There's an interesting story about the making of this particular film, and I've exploited for the Photos. Below are shots of the birthplaces of men who had their hands on the option to make this movie. One of them did, but it really could have been any of them.







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.

No one won this week with 750 -- some guessed lower, but most guessed higher. I certainly think Ted Turner, Head Turner is easier than this week's puzzle, so I predict a cluster of picks in the mid- to low-hundreds. Leave your pick in the comments and let us know.

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). 

9 comments:

Word Woman said...

Hello, how about 301-350 this time around? Thanks!

Curtis said...

I'll go with 351 - 400, not having gotten the answer yet.

Marie said...

Easier than I thought it would be...401 this time..overshot last time, probably undershot this time.

David said...

I'm afraid I am going to have to voluntarily leave my standard range on this one and go with 451-500.

Mendo Jim said...

Well this is one of those challenges where I will end up saying "Why couldn't I think of that?"
Or perhaps "What a lame puzzle!"

There have been a very few of the former and too many of the latter.

So: Dumb me or dumb Will.

I'll feel even dumber if more than 200 send in the correct answer, so 151+ for my prize.

Mendo Jim said...

I like to come up with the answer before I get out of bed on Sunday morning. I just missed it by three days this week, getting it abed this morning.

One "word" of the category is iffy and I am not sure that the genre should exclude this work.

I wish I could claim I was thrown off by the original title of the book's differing from the movie.

I'll stick to my tranche.

EKW said...

I thought this was a good puzzle. I will take 101 - 150 if it is available.

David said...

Mendo Jim-
Since I would accept "Science Fiction" or "Sci Fi", I don't think that one word is iffy.

I see your point about genre, but I disagree. More discussion after the answer is posted.

Word Woman said...

David and Mendo Jim,
And more often either both words are shortened or both are "lengthened." Interesting combo of one and the other in this puzzle answer.