Sunday, September 1, 2013

NPR Puzzle 9/1/13 -- Mozas?

Here's this week's NPR puzzle:
Think of a well-known celebrity who goes by a single name — the last two letters of which are alphabetically separated by only one letter (like A and C, or B and D). Replace this pair of letters with the one that separates them, and you'll have a common, everyday word. What is it?
Ross used my method from last week (think of the first person who fits the pattern, manipulate according to the directions...) and got it right away.

I did not.

But you guys did.  And that mean you need the all-singing, all-dancing NPR Contact Us form link to send your answer in.

End of summer, at least here. We estimate a couple more nice days of swimming, then it's going to be tragically cooler. In another month we could start to see some lake effect snow.

Photos. Not saying much. See if you can figure it out, given that you've solved the puzzle already.







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.

At first, I thought the correct range was just under 900, in which case no one won. Then Ross pointed out that it was >900. I checked and whoo-hoo! I won!!

So, how does the holiday weekend play into your strategy for selecting a range? Higher? Lower? Pick a range for a chance to win. Be sure to show all work!

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). 

8 comments:

Word Woman said...

Higher for ease of puzzle, lower for U.S. Open fans (My brother is there) and beach goers not hearing/not caring...Puts me back at 1001-1050, please.

...Although I fall in the "not caring" category this week.

Oh, for some nice juicy Roman Numerals.

Word.

zeke creek said...

701-750, please. Red Cross. Like Bugs I really carrot

Mendo Jim said...

A rather unchallenging challenge, perhaps among the top three insults that Will has foisted off on his millions of listeners.
There could be those millions of correct entries, but I doubt if more than about 600 will submit one.

David said...

901 to 950, please.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

skydiveboy said...

1209

Joe Kupe said...

US Open is in New York, it's a concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do. Go Bryan Brothers. 2,001 - 2,050 please.

Marie said...

1101, thanks.