Sunday, December 15, 2013

No Puzzle Is an Island--?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name an island in which some of the letters appear more than once. Drop exactly two instances of each repeated letter. The remaining letters can be rearranged to name something to eat. What is it?
We have an answer. We suspect there will be more than one legal answer. Please come back on Thursday and tell us which island/food combination you found.

After, of course, sending it in to NPR using this wee little Contact Us form that NPR hides in an Advent Calendar every December. :-)

Oh, and this is a hint-free zone this week. Go hint over at Blaine's blog if you think you have a very witty and coy way of suggesting the obvious answer. (One exception to the no hinting rule. If you have two answers, you are allowed to hint at the SECOND, or less obvious, answer here.)

Photos. I've selected Eastern Europe (rather landlocked, so fewer islands for me not to hint at). Feel free to click through for attribution and explanations:







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 200 entries so last week's "winner" was Ross. (I offered him a puzzle book...) You, too, get a choice of prizes, so pick a range and see if you win. (Sadly the cookies are all gone. Sorry, Mendo Jim.)

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). 

11 comments:

Paul said...

Fewer than 50

Mendo Jim said...

I have three answers already, one really satisfactory.
With all the islands in the world and all the things people eat, I think that there will be five or ten good ones.
I wonder what the rule is for including "Island" in an island's name.
Hmmm, no more cookies. eh?
1000 plus seems a good Range guess.

David said...

Pretty easy. 1501 to 1550 please, Philippine Red Cross.

Richard said...

Considering I Got This Immediately, I'd Have To guess 3500.

Sarah said...

I got this pretty quickly too and found two correct answers. I submitted the less-obvious one.

I'll guess 2001-2050.

Philippine Red Cross.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'm going to go with 351 - 400 just because I was hoping this would be different type of island.

David said...

I found three obscure answers, each of which has one duplicate pair of letters removed. The removed letters are A, N and T. Food clues are (alphabetically by food):

part of a Supreme Court decision;
James Brown's shoes;
John Glenn.

Word Woman said...

1400-1450 please.

Have a good solstice week!

zeke creek said...

1901-1950, please. Just got in under the wire.

Joe Kupe said...

801 - 850 please. And for the second week in a row I actually have lived within 100 miles of the answer!

Mendo Jim said...

It is with great sorrow that I announce the demise of one of my great answers. There turns out to be a pesky "l" in Baffin Island.
Whoa! The robot checker has two numbers for a change and is easy to read.