Sunday, November 24, 2013

Trees, Trees, Trees, Trees...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a tree whose letters can be rearranged to spell two herbs or spices. What are they? Hint: The tree has a two-word name.
We're working on this one. Lots of choices.

Meanwhile, you've already solved it, so here's the NPR Contact Us form for sending in your spicy answer!

Photos of trees! I personally think trees are among the most beautiful things to photograph and this collection bears that out. More than the usual allotment (sorry, Mendo Jim!) because it was hard to pick just six.










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 Wednesday post. After the Thursday Wednesday 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 Philippine Red Cross, or World Food Programme, both helping communities hit by Haiyan (aka Super Typhoon Yolanda).

Around 300 entries, so KDW won. Pick your prize, KDW. This week seems hard. Does everyone agree, or are we just being stupid? With that in mind, pick a range and see if you 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). 

12 comments:

KDW said...

Please make a contribution to the Philippine Red Cross -- thanks!

Your choice of photos is always a delight for the eye, particularly so with those beautiful trees.

I agree that this week's puzzle is very hard. I have a list of about fifty two-word-named trees, and I didn't even include the esoteric ones. Now the real work of anagramming begins.

I'll try the 101-150 range, please (but I won't be surprised if that's too high).

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll go with 51 - 100 because this puzzle is unusually difficult this week.

Word Woman said...

0-50 please. Happy Thanksgiving!

Marie said...

Now I'm worried I thought of one of the herbs/spices within seconds, then it was short work to solve the rest....but maybe I'm wrong! Oh well, better go 151.

Alex B. said...

I guess I'll take 201-250. I have some possible answers that can't possibly be the intended ones, because the trees are too obscure.

zeke creek said...

251-300, please.

Mendo Jim said...

Here it is Tuesday already and I am still trying to find a way to approach this challenge.
This is doubly vexing since I am pretty sure more than one valid answer will be submitted.
I think that the likely range has already been taken.
Have a safe, satisfying and relaxing Thanksgiving.

David said...

I'll take the next range up, 301 to 350, please. Philippine Red Cross if I win. Is there such a tree as a Philip Pine?

Word Woman said...

David, Philip Pine-no. ;)

Paul said...

Ditto to everything Mendo Jim said ... except it's now Wednesday.

Joe Kupe said...

351 - 400 please, it is next available. And Wednesday mid-morning, just shoveled and still no answer!

Ross Beresford said...

A $10 donation has now been made to the Red Cross Typhoon Appeal in KDW's honor.