Sunday, June 9, 2013

Shortz Feature Film?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a movie in two words — five letters in each word. Both words start with vowels. Take one letter in the first word, move it two spaces later in the alphabet, and rearrange the result. You'll get the second word in the movie's title. What movie is it?
There's a lot I could say, but all of it would be borderline hinting.

And anyway, you KNOW the answer and you've already sent it in to NPR through their contact us form.

Magdalen here. Many thanks to Ross, who--in addition to having to do everything while I've been sick--pinch-hit on the blog.

I know, I've been sick a lot. Here's the short version of events: I had gallbladder attacks in early March, scheduled what should have been a routine operation in mid-April, only it wasn't routine and I didn't recover as quickly as I should, perhaps because there was some infection in my liver that jumped into my right lung where it got really, really big. Here's the crazy part: I never ran a fever. So much for the one symptom I might have noticed at home to suggest something was wrong! Anyway, when I suddenly had severe pain in my chest, Ross drove me to the ER. Ten days later, I was released from the hospital, and ten days after that, I'm blogging again, albeit with an IV-antibiotics bag running 24/7.

If anyone asks, my husband is a saint. Just saying.

Okay, photos. This is a hint-free post, so all I've done is take each of the movie title's words and plugged them into Flickr to see what comes up.

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.

Confession: We slept through the actual broadcast, so I have no idea how many people correctly guessed IRK VEX BUG (I certainly hadn't). Good thing we weren't running the Pick a Range last week! We are now, though, so leave your pick in the comments and let us know. And please, no hints in the comments. Thanks!

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). 


Mendo Jim said...

Gee, I'm first.
Kind of a silly challenge, but not his worst.
I'll go low 100+.
Mainly I want to welcome you back, Magdalen, I've been worried.
I hope the IV doesn't mean no pancakes this morning.

Word Woman said...

Welcome back, Magdalen. What a long and winding road...Here's to an IV-free life soon (except in the garden!)

I will go with 451-500, please.

skydiveboy said...

Yes, welcome back and stay awhile. Ivy can be creepy.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you're back Magdalen. Here's a quick and speedy recovery. I'll pick 351 - 400. This week was exceptionally easy, but the numbers lately have been disturbingly low.

David said...

Magdalen, glad you are back and blogging again and hope your full recovery comes quickly.

Couldn't think of the movie title during my run this morning because I had it wrong. I thought a particular letter in the first word had to change, not any letter. Once I got home and read the actual puzzle, the answer came without too much trouble.

I may have to abandon my normal range (forever?, i hope not) and go 501 to 550.

Marie said...

Glad you are back Magdalen, 401 please.

Paul said...

Just under the wire, here.
If the winning number is between 651 and 700 this week, I'd like a Saint Ross statue for the dashboard of my car.
No, that won't work; make it a Red Cross contribution.