Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Redneck's Last Puzzle?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a brand of beer. Rearrange the letters to name an activity often associated with beer.
We're working on it. It doesn't help that neither of us drinks beer.

But you're all way smarter than we are, so you've sent in your answer (using NPR's shy little contact form) and cracked open a brewskie in celebration.

Meanwhile, a joke:
Q: What are a redneck's last words? 
A: "HOLD MY BEER AND WATCH THIS!" 
Back to the puzzle. Which we haven't solved yet. And Henry's not answering his phone, darn him. (He's our resident beer drinker.)

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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, presumably still helping communities hit by tornadoes) in the winner's honor.

They didn't announce any number other than there was a single "right" entry. But Will Shortz kindly allowed as how they got "about" 300 entries, which means Marie wins. And Mendo Jim wins. Puzzle books? Or a donation. Email us and let us know.

Is the beer puzzle easy? We're not finding it so. 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). 

8 comments:

zeke creek said...

551-600 please. Congrats on the mention of your superior acheivement on last week's puzzle.

Word Woman said...

Yes, jolly good show, Ross. I've often thought it would be fun to have a crossword puzzle made of cross words (mad, angry, crabby, etc.) Might you work on that in your spare time? ;-)

651-700 for me please.

KDW said...

May I have 901-950, please?

David said...

501 to 550, please. I don't think the puzzle is easy enough to go with my standard range.

Joe Kupe said...

The Red Sox just won the World Series and I am still struggling with this one. 301 to 350 please.

Word Woman said...

Koji, Uehara my sunshine! Hope that helps ease your pain of not yet solving the puzzle.

skydiveboy said...

Come on Joe, just beer with it.

Marie said...

Still not sure I have it but ready to make a guess, 351 thanks.