Sunday, August 4, 2013

NPR Puzzle 8/4/13 -- Food in a Car

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
Name a foreign make of automobile. Cross out several letters in its name. The remaining letters, reading in order from left to right, will spell a food that comes from the country where the car is made. What is the country, and what is the food?
Yeah, okay. (Sorry, Will--I'm not blown away by this one.)

Whether you raced off with this puzzle, or it drove you crazy, be sure to send in your answer to NPR using their lovely Contact Us form.

It's cold here in NE Pennsylvania. No, really. The temperature was in the 50s when we woke up this morning! Brrr.

Photos. Well, this one is tricky. I can't show you the car (duh) or the food (duh) or the country (, I looked), so I'm going to Wiki.

(That's not the food, by the way.)

 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.

Wow, over 2,500 entries. Ross's theory is that NPR has a new intern who counts the entries in Base 8. You may have a different explanation. Whatever your theory, 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). 


skydiveboy said...


Word Woman said...

Welcome back, Magdalen! So glad you are healthy and had a fun time in Maine. Hope you enjoyed at least one lobstah.

How about 2000-2050!?

Anonymous said...


So glad to learn that you're healthy once again. I am forthwith dumping all the stock I bought in medical specialists to celebrate your health.

Anent this puzzle, I have to admit that I got stuck. I was sure it was Kia, but no matter how many letters I crossed out, I couldn't make a Korean food from the name. Unless--does anyone know whether Ka is a popular Korean dish in addition to being a Cirque du Soleil show?


Word Woman said...

As well as your passenger vehicle in Harvard Square.

Since we had to cross out several letters I knew the car maker had to have a longish name. And why do we say make instead of maker anyway?

It feels like summer puzzles the past few weeks. Hope we'll all (including William) be sharp again once September comes.

Mendo Jim said...

There's gotta be some kind of pasta in Lamborghini Aventador.
Otherwise, it looks like Jeopardy and Will are both doing kid's week.
Maybe there is a kid doing the tranche.
2000 again, I guess.

Anonymous said...

I think this week's puzzle was marginally easier than last week. I'll go with 2,351 - 2,400

Marie said...

I solved it about a hundred times faster than last week's so I 'm going big 2600.

David said...

All of a sudden we are getting lots of responses and I found this an easy puzzle, so 2751 to 3000.

Paul said...
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Paul said...

Aaahh, what the hell. 725 Red Cross.

Joe Kupe said...

Love it when a coworker has the make of the car as it came to me ever so quickly! 1001 - 1050 please!

Henry BW said...

M;y usual 1051-1100, please. I assume that the answer I thought of even before Will'd finished the question is the correct one?

zeke creek said...

Late to the party as usual. Very stylish in some circles. 1851-1900 please. Wekcome back, .we missed you