Sunday, June 23, 2013

Five Little Words...Again

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Write down these five words: "aide," "heart," "tough," "gelatin" and "emanate." There is something very unusual they have in common. What is it? And what's another word with this property?
Another "write down these five words" puzzle! Yippee! (Sarcasm provided free of charge...) Here's an unhelpful hint: figuring out what the five words have in common is relatively easy. But to think of another word...that's a bit more of a challenge. Enjoy!'ve already solved it, in which case don't forget to send your answer in to NPR by filling in their contact form found here.

For those of you following my medical progress, I went for a CT scan yesterday. Keep your fingers crossed that all the infection is gone, because if it is, there's a chance I get released from IV-antibiotics, and I'm so ready to lose the six feet of plastic tubing and wildly unattractive black-and-maroon nylon bag. SO READY. (I'll report on Thursday how I did.)

Okay, photos of words we've thought of that fit the format (if you squint a little).

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 (or the American Red Cross, currently helping communities hit by tornadoes) in the winner's honor.

Over 700 correct entries this week, which means no winner. That's a relatively high number in the current era. So what do you think, is this new puzzle even easier? And what does that mean in terms of numbers? As usual, you gotta guess to have a chance to win.

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 have no idea how to guess anymore, so I'll pick a range at random: 751 - 800

Anonymous said...

Welcome back, Magdalen, but I respectfully disagree with your assessment that the more difficult challenge occurs in finding additional words that fit the property. In fact, avoiding such words seems more difficult. After all, you used at least two words in your comments, and the first comment this week does, too. I tried hard to avoid them, but, of course, I failed, in part because I used "I" a few times, though I'm pretty sure Will would not accept it.

Seriously, fingers are metaphorically crossed for you here that your infection is gone. I do hope you're able to put this thing fully behind you soon.


Joe Kupe said...

Sounds hard, but once I wrote it down it popped right out at me! 901 - 950 please!

Mendo Jim said...

It is hard to count the number of times Will has made a claim such as he does here.
I think there is a quite large number of words that share the "something unusual that they have in common."
We'll see.
Gimme the 651-700 Range, please.
I wish your experience with the health care system was less common.

David said...

I'll stick to my new 501 to 550 range, please.

I agree, Phil, that it is sometimes difficult to avoid answer words. I would guess that there are more answers that Will would accept this week compared to last week.

Marie said...

The only thing unusual about this property is that I saw it in less than one minute....951 please!

Word Woman said...

701-750, s'il vous plait.

skydiveboy said...