Sunday, October 6, 2013

A, E, I, O, U, and (for the purposes of this puzzle) Always Y

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
What familiar saying in seven words has seven consonants in a rows? (Could also be expressed in nine words.)
A bit of marital dissension on this one, mostly about how to solve it. (Remember, we cheat but we also never send in our answers.) I won, in that my approach yielded the answer before Ross's approach did.

Incidentally, NPR doesn't seem to have the puzzle online at this time. Here, nonetheless, is the contact form.

Photos will be fun on Thursday (nod to those of you who have solved it already) but for now I'm going a different route.

Nothing about the following photos hints to the answer, so click on them and enjoy.







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 headache-inducing AND headache-curing puzzle garnered around "350" winning answers. Word Woman won, so let us know if you want a puzzle book or a contribution in your name.

Is this week's puzzle easy or hard? Kind of depends on whether you've solved it already. Pick a range and see if you can win this week.

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). 

12 comments:

Word Woman said...

Magdalen, thanks for the great photos. I particularly like the colorful, painted crabs. Feeling a little crabby I haven't a clue yet...but happy to know $10.00 will go to One Fund Boston.

Maggie Strasser said...

551-600 please.

No idea as to the answer...yet!

Ross Beresford said...

Thanks Word Woman ... One Fund Boston have now got their donation.

zeke creek said...

Way to go purple x red.
Please allow me to go 201-250.
Zeke.

Word Woman said...

Thanks, Ross and Magdalen, for the donation.

Thanks, Zeke Creek, aka Old Yeller, er, Eller, for your colorful words of encouragement.

Let's go with 251-300 in this ever-expanding universe of word fun.

Word. Woman.



curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll go with 351 - 400 this week.

David said...

I'm still at a loss for the answer. How about 501 to 550 this week, please.

Paul said...

301 - 350
Red Cross

meaghn said...

401-450 please
One Fund Boston.

Marie said...

Squeezing in to the 451 slot, thanks.

KDW said...

May I please have 51-100?

Joe Kupe said...

Still not answered and I am almost at 3:00! 151 to 200 please.