Sunday, November 10, 2013

The TLA Puzzle

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
There is a politician today, sometimes known by his or her full three-word name, whose initials are also the initials of a popular chain of restaurants. Who is the politician and what's the restaurant?
Ross got this one, even though we've not eaten there.

Photos range from Alaska to Florida, for reasons that will be explained on Thursday (no, really, I'll publish on Thursday, promise).







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 in the winner's honor to the American Red Cross, helping communities hit by Hayan.

Over 1,000 entries, so David's strategy of picking out a spot and sticking to it wont the day...finally. This week may be even easier. 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). 

15 comments:

Word Woman said...

Glad you two were just busy and traveling. 1750-1800 this time please.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400, please. This week's puzzle took me a minute, at the very most, to solve.

PRH said...

1501 - 1550, please.

David said...

Generally with this type puzzle, I find it easier to work "backwards". For today, that would be start with the restaurant chain and then get the politician. Not so for today.

One Fund Boston, please (if that was one of last week's options. American Red Cross if not.

After Magdalen's comment, I have to stick with 1001 to 1050.

EKW said...

I will take 1601-1650

Marie said...

Had the answer last week right away, then forgot to submit, bummer. Not making the same mistake this week. Thinking big and optimistic, 1951, thanks.

KDW said...

May I have 1,701-1,750, please?

Mendo Jim said...

The Free Dictionary has 61 quite interesting things that share the subject initials, not including what may have been glimpsed in the vid of Henry's Vegas pool game.
1551+ looks open.

zeke creek said...

1401-1450 please.

jan said...

I'm going long. 2001-2050, please.

Ross Beresford said...

$10 has gone to One Fund Boston in honor of David's Pick A Range win.

Paul said...

I think 1451 - 1500 is a gap I can stand in for the ARC.
And, if Magdelen says they're helping in the Phillippines; I have implicit faith in Magdalen ... at least until Thursday.

Magdalen said...

Okay, I admit it. I do tend to go for the "disaster du jour" and as Boston won the World Series (don't get me wrong, I'm a Sox fan-lite), and the Philippines have lost so much, we're offering two new charities to pick from. The Philippine Red Cross (www.redcross.org.ph) and the World Food Programme (www.wfpusa.org) Take your pick. Until the next disaster hits.

Joe Kupe said...

Been to a few of these in three different countries. Got the politician first though, it was the first one that came into my mind. 751 - 800 please as not everyone has eaten here and the restaurant may be past it's hey day!

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please. Given how many restaurant chains there are, and how many politicians, I'll be slightly surprised if this has only one answer.