Sunday, August 11, 2013

NPR Puzzle 8/11/13 -- Back to the Classics?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
It's a twist on an old puzzle: "Nieces and nephews have I none, but that man's father is my father's son." What is the gender of the speaker? And who is the speaker referring to?
Uh. ::chirp chirp::

You know the answer; send it in here. (Edited to add, we had a bit of disagreement about the correct answer to the second question.)

I'm seriously tempted to allow hints on this one, simply because I refuse to believe that any of my readers a) has never heard it before, or b) can't figure it out in five seconds even if they haven't heard it before. BUT, I'm not going to allow hints, because they're too easy. Instead, just tell me in your comments whether you already knew it, or how many seconds it took to solve it if you didn't already know it. (You can take your bitingly clever hints over to Blaine's blog.)

Photos. Hmm. Well, the answer's in these someplace, but as none of you needs the answer, who cares. Also, while I normally don't include real people in the photo section, I don't think anyone can complain here. (I'm pretty sure most of the Wentz's in the 1925 reunion aren't around, and the ones that are still alive look really different now.) Click any photo to get more information.


Don't miss the photo on the mantel of the original family reunion in 1999. (Also, don't you love the red hair gene?)

And I thought MY family was odd...

Here we have the blond-hair gene.


And the "no hair" gene...

 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.

Again, over 2,000 entries. Word Woman won because her comment posted before Mendo Jim's for the same range. So, WW, do let us know if you'd like a puzzle book or a contribution to One Fund Boston or the Red Cross. And everyone should be sure to 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). 


11 comments:

Word Woman said...

My thanks. Please donate to One Fund Boston for me.

This week is a bit trickier. I will go with 501-550.

Great family photos!

curtisjohnsonimages said...

This one took me mere seconds once I got around to listening to the puzzle podcast this afternoon. I'll take 2,351 - 2,400.

Mendo Jim said...

It is astounding how poorly Will understands his "fan base" after all these years.
My solution time was increased from 10 to maybe 30 seconds while I considered if his variation made any difference.

Henry BW said...

I knew the old version of the riddle, but not Will's variation.
I predict a very high entry, mostly of people who don't understand what difference the variation makes, but get it right anyway.
However, I will go for my usual 1,051-1,100.

zeke creek said...

351-400 for me. I've got the WV selective gene pool thing going on. Pease forgive me for ending my sentence with a preposition. Red Cross, please.

Laura said...

2,501 - 2,750

Marie said...

2401 , thank you!

David said...

Back to 1001 to 1050, please. I wonder if the puzzles have been getting easier to get the entry rate higher. It seems there were a lot more submissions in the Liane Hansen days.

Ross Beresford said...

Word Woman: a $10 donation has just gone to One Fund Boston in your honor.

Joe Kupe said...

1,501 - 1,550 please. Tricky one, I needed help from a friend. But not as tricky as NPR's new home page; I will go on record and say I do not love it.

Word Woman said...

Thanks, Ross!