Sunday, September 22, 2013

Don't You Just Love the "Tricky" Ones?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The name of what character, familiar to everyone, contains each of the five vowels (A, E, I, O and U) exactly once? The answer consists of two words — eight letters in the first word, four letters in the second.
Got it. And got some of the decoys, useful for the photo section below.

You got it too, so you've already sent your answer in to the Contact Us form that NPR so generously hides supplies for you.

THIS IS A NO-HINTS BLOG POST. Yes, I realize that limits our chances of getting mentioned on-air when someone stumbles upon us and gets the right answer because of our hints. I can live with obscurity more easily than I can live with the guilt.

So you know what that means--I don't want to catch any of the hints in your comments. Make them so tangential, so obscure, I don't see them.

Many thanks. :-)

Photos. As I say, we generated a list of  * * * * * * * *  * * * * having only AEIOU once. Here, now, are some photos inspired by that list.

Antiques Shop

Baroness Quin

Fountain Pens

Gasoline Pump

Laughing Dove (its name, not its activity)

Lucretia Mott (on the right)

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.

The winning answer was "around 850" which means zeke creek wins. Again! Want that puzzle book now? LOL

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). 

14 comments:

Alex B. said...

I was hoping it would be Austin Powers but his name isn't 8-4. I'll take 701-750, please.

zeke creek said...

Winner, winner chicken dinner. 651-700, please. As W.S. would say, "Make the donation as you like it."

zeke creek said...

In some circleS That was a WAS.

Barbara H. said...

Nice photos you selected. Amazing how many photos are on the Interwebs.

I choose even lower 601 - 650.

David said...

I'm still answerless. When preparing dinner last night, I realized that "cauliflower" uses each vowel once. So does "crab louie".

I'll stick with the 1001 to 1050, please.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Like David, I'm still answerless. I usually get it within ten minutes, so I'm thinking this is a hard one. I'll go with 351 - 400.

Word Woman said...

501-550, please.

Anonymous said...

Buffaloe Bill? Coilhand Luke?
Prolly gonna kick myself.

Marie said...

This could be a tough one, 301.

KDW said...

May I have 451-500, please?

Ross Beresford said...

Following a coin toss, a $10 donation was made to Red Cross Disaster Relief in Zeke Creek's honor.

Joe Kupe said...

Tough one, and it is not quizgame host! We finally got it late yesterday. 151 - 200 please.

Paul said...

Barbara H.:
You misspelled 'teh'.

Maggie Strasser said...

201-250 please.
I'm still stumped as to the answer.