Sunday, August 18, 2013

NPR Puzzle 8/18/13 -- It's Unique I Tell You! Really Unique!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The Roman numeral for 38 is XXXVIII. What is special or unusual about this Roman numeral that sets it apart from every other Roman numeral that can be written?
Henry's here this weekend. Ross and I know the answer through [REDACTED] but Henry's solving it the old fashioned way: he's EARNING it. (Sorry, I had to channel the Smith-Barney ads with John Houseman.)

You already know the answer, right? Well, don't forget to send it in to NPR using their Contact Us form here. And given how fugly their website redesign is, you may actually want to use our link for once!

Photos. I'm saying nothing about these, lest I inadvertently hint something. Just gaze on them and be inspired.







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.

David won with his "usual" spot. Ross thinks the current intern is going for really round numbers, so "over 1,000" or "under 2,000" will come up more often than, say, "around 230" or "just over 750" or even "694." Do you agree with Ross? (I don't.) If you do, better snatch up the "00" overs and unders right quick!

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). 

13 comments:

Paul said...

505(Red Cross), please.

David said...

I'll stick with my 1001 to 1050. I have always thought that the over ranges are larger than the almost ranges (independent of the intern), which is why I almost always have picked an xx01 to xx50 range. My guess that the over 1000 range is like from 1001 to 1070. In your spare time (ha ha), you can see if the over range is announced more frequently than the almost range

One Fund Boston, please.

Word Woman said...

Lovely photo selection...Might you add a Pteroredactedtyl next ;-)?

David, I think you are on to something.

I will go with 701-750 please.

zeke creek said...

CDI to CDL, please. (401-450) Make a donation to the Red Cross, thank you.

Word Woman said...

ZekeCreek, very clever, aren't you? VIII-XIX-MMXIII

janetfap said...

I'm stumped by the puzzle but mighty glad to have come across your site.
Guessing 451-500.
Red Cross.

skydiveboy said...

354

Word Woman said...

Btw, I use your link to submit the answer most weeks. It's easy to find. Now that NPR is messing with their site, it's especially nice to find an easily navigable link. So, merci, gracias, and thank you!

Mendo Jim said...

I would like to hear Henry's take on last week's puzzle. His comment seemed to lead away from my thinking.
This week is either too hard or too easy for my aged brain.
I'll just wait patiently for Thursday.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I've been trying all week to post a comment here, and I keep getting an error. I was shooting for 351 - 400, which SDB has since taken. I'll take 301 - 350 instead.

Al said...

Had a lot of trouble with this one, so I think the range is 201-250

Marie said...

Kind of hard, 251.

Joe Kupe said...

151 - 200 please. I believe it was Sting who said, "King of Pain."