Sunday, August 25, 2013

WHOO-HOO! You Go, Joe Kupe!! (Also: NPR Puzzle 8/25/13)

Hey, Joe -- Congratulations!! Very cool listening to you struggle prevail ICE the on-air puzzle! Way to go, Kupe! (Would it have killed you to mention your second favorite (third favorite?) puzzle blog?)

Anyway, we salute you, and I'm sure I speak for many of us--LOVE the accent!

On to this week's NPR puzzle:
Think of a business that's found in most towns. Its name consists of two words, each starting with a consonant. Interchange the consonants and you'll get two new words — neither of which rhymes with the original words. What business is it?
Here's where I explain my approach to these "Think of a ... " puzzles. I think of an example of whatever it is I'm supposed to be thinking of, and then I manipulate it in the fashion Dr. Shortz suggests. Turned out, my initial effort was right this week. So, from my perspective, it's easy.

And you undoubtedly think it's easy, so go ahead and send it in to NPR at their SOOPER SEKRIT contact form here.

Photos are going to be tough this week. Let me think. Okay, a bit of a mixed bag:







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.

As previously mentioned, Joe Kupe was the ON-AIR guest AND picked the right range! Whoo-hoo! So, Joe, you get a puzzle book--I guarantee it's not one that NPR will be sending you!--or a contribution. Let us know. And again, great job!

Okay, everyone, easy puzzle this week, so back to Ross's "lazy intern" theory? Or what? Pick a range and submit those answers so that we can have a third person from our little club be the ON-AIR guest!

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:

Word Woman said...

Good morning. Easy today. How about 1000-1050? Thank you. Go Joe!

Word Woman said...

Er, berg.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Very easy today. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400.

EKW said...

I agree. Much easier than last week.
I will try 951-1000.

Word Woman said...

Corrected range for me: MI to ML (1001 to 1050). Mea Culpa. Otherwise known as the Michigan to Milan range ;-).

Anonymous said...

What accent?
Joe

Mendo Jim said...

I imagine we all look at the Sunday paper's Comics for Kids with Slylock Fox sometimes.
This week Slylock's key clue starts "I have no brothers or sisters..." and you can guess the rest.
I started out today working on the various ways to pronounce "ough."
How about yough?
I haven't patronized one of the featured businesses for over 40 years.

skydiveboy said...

351

zeke creek said...

501-550. Red Cross, please. Great job, Joe. Poised and engaging.

David said...

1201 to 1250, please.

Marie said...

Proud of you Joe! 1051 for me.

Joe Kupe said...

Thanks for the well wishes everyone, it was a lot of fun. Born in Brooklyn, moved to Long Island in third grade and now living in Rochester, NY about an hour and a half from the Canadian border! I think the accent is a combo of all my NY State experiences! 1,501 - 1,550 please. And as the answer for this week's challenge came to me on my run yesterday morning please donate the prize from last week to The One Fund Boston.

Mendo Jim said...

I guess nobody is going to check out Slylock Fox and point out that he got the answer wrong.