Sunday, September 29, 2013

Better Figure This One Out--You May Need It!

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Name something in seven letters that most people keep in their homes. Take the first, third, fourth and seventh letters and rearrange them. The result will be a four-letter word naming something that the seven-letter thing is commonly used for. What is it?
We're working on this. I'll let you know when we get it.

tick...tock...tick...tock... (Imagine the Final Jeopardy music if you like.)

Okay. Ross has the answer. I now have the challenge of coming up with photos!

While I'm thinking about that, be sure to send in your answer using the lovely contact form supplied, in secret, by NPR.

Photos! About which...well, let's let them speak for themselves, shall we?







 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.

Last week's ???? of a puzzle garnered only "150" winning answers. No one won. This one seems marginally easier...? At least, I'm not hinting by using question marks all over the place!

You have all solved this week's puzzle. Now figure out how many other people will! Pick a range and see if you can win.

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). 

9 comments:

zeke creek said...

I. choose 251-300.
Thx, Zeke.

David said...

I'll probably be alone again atop the second column, but 1001 to 1050 please.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'm gonna go with 101 - 150 this week, cuz I think this puzzle is as hard as last week. And, I think many folks use this product differently than the original intended purpose.

Marie said...

Oh gosh, I had the answer last week and forgot to send it in!!! Would have been such great odds to get the call, ah well. I think this week's is easy, 951.

Word Woman said...

301-350 please.

Mendo Jim said...

I couldn't get this comment page to open last week and got this one only after 3 or 4 tries.

I hope I don't violate any rules by saying "stewpot" works, but probably isn't the intended response.

600 or so should make a nice donation range.

KDW said...

May I please have 151-200?

Paul said...

Please permit me to claim whichever side of 600 Mendo Jim doesn't already have for the Red Cross.

Joe Kupe said...

401 - 450 please. Harder than I thought.