Sunday, July 28, 2013

NPR Puzzle 7/28/13 -- NPR Makes it Big...Initially!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
In three words, name a product sold mainly to women that has the initials N-P-R. The answer is a common phrase.
Easy-peasy. A nice, simple puzzle for a sleepy Sunday.

So easy, you've already sent the answer in to the NPR Contact Us form, found here.

Hey, I've got good news. I'm healthy. I had a final CT scan on Tuesday and met with a cardiothoracic surgeon who said my lung infection had cleared up enough that there was no point in operating. Also, no more antibiotics. Yippee! 

In other news, school went well. We stayed in a gorgeous house in Maine, on the water and very comfortable for our house party of eight. Everyone had a good time and there's talk of trying it again next summer, only without the school part. That would mean I'd get to go on the whale watch trip with everyone else...

Okay, so time for photos. Let's see what I can find, shall we?







That was fun.
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.

The last time we played, there were over 700 correct entries, and Paul was our winner. Sorry not to have gotten in touch sooner, Paul, but your prize is still waiting for you. Let us know what you'd like, and we'll get on that. Everyone else can pick a range for next week!

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). 

10 comments:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Welcome back! And here's to your continued good health. I'll take 1,351 - 1,400, please.

skydiveboy said...

Welcome back.
So you all got to stay in the main house.
And now you are back in your main house I would imagine.
903

Henry BW said...

This one was so easy even I have seen the answer.

My usual 1051-1100, please.

David said...

Glad to have you back. I'll go back to my old standard 1001 to 1050.

David said...

Another puzzle with a New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle connection.

Joe Kupe said...

801 to 850 please! Welcome back and glad you enjoyed Maine; it is one of our favorite states!

Anonymous said...

During the just-ended hiatus of this blog was a puzzle (not an especialy easy one) with a claim of 2000 entries.
Somehow, I don't think Will and his minions place spend much time on this aspect of things.
This easy and kind of insulting challenge should so at least as well, so I'll take 2000+.
It is nice to see things back to normal here.

Mendo Jim said...

During the just-ended hiatus of this blog was a puzzle (not an especialy easy one) with a claim of 2000 entries.
Somehow, I don't think Will and his minions place spend much time on this aspect of things.
This easy and kind of insulting challenge should so at least as well, so I'll take 2000+.
It is nice to see things back to normal here.

Paul said...

Welcome back (welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaack).

Pleased to hear of your good health.

Pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip.

Please send a nice donation to the Red Cross. Many thanks.

725 worked so well for them before, they'd like to try it again this week, but:
"Everyone ELSE can pick a range..."

Well, assuming I'm misinterpreting, as I am wont to do.....

Ross Beresford said...

Paul: a $10 donation has just gone to the Red Cross (designated for Disaster Relief).