Sunday, May 12, 2013

Too Bad There Aren't More Famous Men Named Tot Mama

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous American man, first and last names. Change the first letter of his first name from T to H. The result will sound like a term for an attractive person. Who is it?
Interesting. I got it over breakfast by not thinking of much at all. I don't recommend that technique, but it could work in a pinch.

You, of course, solved it immediately and sent it in, because you adore the NPR Contact Us form.

Here, as expected, are some wildly misleading photos of places mentioned in our famous man's Wiki page.








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.

Mendo Jim was last week's winner with 680, which means he gets to let us know if he'd prefer a puzzle book or the warm glow of satisfaction from having a donation made in his name.
 
Everyone else can pick a range for our Famous American Man puzzle. Easy? Hard? Depends on the weather? 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). 

6 comments:

Word Woman said...

851-900 please, love the Tot Mama for today.

Paul said...

I like the photos. The first one had me fooled, but I'm not a skyline...uhh...expert.
Half again as many as last week: 1020

Mendo Jim said...

Puzzle book, schmuzzle book, I'll take the cash.
Or the donation thing if you must.

Will didn't mention the challenge repeat. I wonder why.
And he was pretty quick with hints on-air today for no good reason I could see.

He is either on cruise control or always trying to make things more interesting.

I'll let it ride on 700 though there is no reason half of his million listeners couldn't send in.

David said...

It took very little time to come up with a list of possible first names, one of which was the correct answer, but a lot longer to come up with the second name. I'll take 951 to 1000, please.

Mendo Jim, it seems the on-air player is is spending more time chatting with Will (today talking about national parks) and less time solving the puzzles. I wonder if the editing makes it seems the clues come quicker than they do in real time

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400 this week.

Marie said...

Hope I'm not blowing it by going bigger this time, 901 please.