Sunday, June 16, 2013

Word Salad

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Write down these five words: "mate," "peck," "miss," "pot" and "blunder." There is something very unusual they have in common. What is it? And, can you name one other word with the same property?
Ross just solved this--he is SO clever--but now to name a sixth word. We suspect there are multiple options. We've thought of one, which we'll tell you on Thursday.

And you can send in your answer (which may, or may not, be the same as Ross's) to NPR using their extra-special contact form here.

We went out last night with friends for dinner and a show at a local theater. Ross told our friends it was my first time out since I'd been released from the hospital. I was startled to realize that was true. Wow, what a little shut-in I've become! Actually, the entire evening was loads of fun and not too exhausting. Further evidence I'm getting better.

Okay, some perfectly random photos--no reason at all that I picked these, no sirree--for your Sunday pleasure.







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 500 correct entries this week, which means David won. Let us know what prize you'd like, David, and we'll get that taken care of. And for everyone else, is this an easy puzzle this week? And what does that mean in terms of numbers? I have no idea if "just over 500 correct entries" is a lot or a little. Nonetheless, 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). 

6 comments:

Word Woman said...

Yes, yes, sirree! How about 551-600? Thanks, glad you are feeling so much better, Magdalen.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'm also glad to see that you're feeling better, Magdalen. I'll go with 351 - 400 again this week.

David said...

Thanks, Magdalen. Please make a contribution to One Fund Boston. My wife and I have run the Boston Marathon before and my children have waited for us at the finish line. We just managed to be there on the right year.

I got today's answer about 29 minutes into my run. I have two different answers, because I have thought of this before.

I'll go with my new standard 501 to 550, please.

Laura said...

151 - 200

Mendo Jim said...

The light bulb over my head must be burned out.
I wonder what I will think of the answer when it is revealed tomorrow.
No Range guess.

skydiveboy said...

651