Sunday, September 15, 2013

Three in a Row--It's a Famous Name Mutilation Spree!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a well-known person from the 20th century who held an important position. Take the first and last letters of this person's last name, change each of them to the next letter of the alphabet, and you'll get the last name of another famous person who held the same position sometime after the first one. Who is it?
Ross solved it, then led me like a tiny child to the solution. Hey, no shame in that. I have a blog to write.

You, too, are qualified to lead dimwits like myself to the answer because you, like Ross, have solved it. Don't forget to send your answer in to NPR using their cleverly hidden contact us page.

All my photos today are of places mentioned in ONE of the famous people's Wiki page. Why not both famous people? Because the other person's geographical choices are BORING. That's my hint to you. Make of it what you will.







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 450" which means zeke creek wins! Send us an email (address in the paragraph above, which no one reads anymore) saying what prize you'd like. We do still have puzzle books, so there's not shame in asking for that!

Beyoncé and Mar "CK" Antony. 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). 

11 comments:

Word Woman said...

951-1000, please.

Maggie Strasser said...

551 - 600, is my guess.

zeke creek said...

801-850. I hope that this posting will suffice. Please direct the prize to the American Red Cross.
Thx, zeke.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll take 1,351 - 1,400 this week; it's considerably easier than last week.

David said...

Back to 1001 to 1050 for me, please.

Marie said...

Super easy, 1951 please

skydiveboy said...

2301

Henry BW said...

1051-1100, please.
Unusually for me, I was actually able to solve this one by logic.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations zeke. I just made a $10 donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief in your honor.

Joe Kupe said...

2001 - 2050 please. If it were not for one of these two people we all might not be "here" today!

Mendo Jim said...

I hesitate to actually name my range guess, so may I have last week's again?