Sunday, December 22, 2013

And It's Another No-Hinter!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Think of a well-known filmmaker, first and last names, add "S-U-N" before this person's first name and last name. In each case, you'll form a common English word. Who is the filmmaker?
We can't deny it. This one's easy. And very hintable, so you know the rules: don't let me catch you at it.

And you have until Boxing Day to send in your answer, but why wait until the last minute? Beat the crush! So send that really obvious answer in to NPR using their contact us form here.

By the way, congrats to all our readers who came up with alternate islands.

Photos. I'll tell you why these on Thursday. And before Thursday, may you all get the gifts you're dreaming of!













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

Over 500 entries so last week yielded no winner. And that seemed like an easy puzzle. So your guess is...well, certainly better than mine (I haven't "won" for ages)

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). 

10 comments:

David said...

Back East for vacation (Cleveland now, Philadelphia after Christmas), so I get to post early. I think this is easy, but people may be buy, so I'll take 1001 to 1050.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Easier, at least to me, than last week's puzzle. But, this filmmaker isn't as well know as Coppola (okay, not as well known as Francis F., but better known than Sofia), so I'll go with 351 - 400.

Word Woman said...

701-750, please.

We had a light dusting of snow on the winter solstice--perfectly beautiful last night and today.

Maggie Strasser said...

2251-2300 please.

Warm & foggy in the Eastern Catskills.

zeke creek said...

CSI,
That would make him Sun Francis Coppola. He produced Sunford and Sun. 1301-1350, please.

Mendo Jim said...

Probably nobody else remembers Ray Flowers, with his noir mysteries of the 40's and 50's.
Ward Beam was not quite as well known as was Less Day. It is too bad King Vidor changed the spelling of his name.
This is another week where the other demands on one's time will have a greater effect on the Range than difficulty.
700 plus is possible.

Joe Kupe said...

251 - 300 please. Not as easy as I originally thought, but we got it! Oh, and a belated Happy Festivus.

Paul said...

1,851 - 1,900 please (WFP)

Mendo Jim said...

One last attempt to break through Blogger's dislike.
Apologies to WW for stepping on her Range guess.
I'll try 600+ instead.

Marie said...

951 please