Sunday, November 3, 2013

An Actress and a Director Walk Into a Puzzle...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
A famous actress and a famous director share the same last name, although they are unrelated. The first name of one of these is a classic musical. The first name of the other is an anagram of a classic musical. Who are they?
Lots of ways to attack this. Ross and I used a combination of brain power, Internet, and our usual cheatful ways.

For what it's worth, we think this one is easy, so gauge your Pick a Range picks accordingly.

Oh, and be sure to send in your answer to NPR using their camouflaged Contact Form here.

Photos! As usual, I've pulled up the Wiki pages for both musicals, the actress and the director. Any place names are fair game, so I'm not even worried I'll give it away by letting you click on the photos.







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.

No winner this week. And I think it will be tough to guess how many people will send in this week's puzzle answer. Pick a range and see if you get it right.

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). 

9 comments:

Word Woman said...

951-1000, please.

(zeke creek, tmi on the other blog)

Re: Beer and Toasting from last week: Every year on October 26 (though I've read it was actually declared as the 23rd, 'cos that matters so much) geologists the world over raise a mug of beer to toast Archbishop Ussher who declared the earth's birthday as 9 a.m.,10/26, 4004 B.C.

Our gov'ner, John Hickenlooper, launched his microbrewery in late October passing out free beer coupons at the Geological Society of America national convention held here in Denver. "Instant" success!

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400. The actress shares a name with one of my grandmothers, who also happened to take me to see the movie version of the anagrammed musical when I was a child.

zeke creek said...

Fixed. 1451-1500 please.

Word Woman said...

Thanks, zc. Magdalen and Ross, hope you don't mind a bit of cross-pollination.

David said...

I took me only about 1 mile into today's run, so I'll go back to my regular 1001 to 1050 slot please.

Joe Kupe said...
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Joe Kupe said...

Feels good to know the answer again, it has been two challenges in a row without a correct answer. 701 - 750 please.

Mendo Jim said...

Yep, back to figuring it out during the first cuppa.
The only trouble was trying to anagram the first actress' name that came to mind.
1600+ looks open.
I think I saw I was a co-winner on the population quiz.
If I can't get the cash and Ted Cruz is not a charity, you decide where to send it.

KDW said...

May I have 951-1,000, please?