Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pairing Up for Commerce

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
The word "wizard" has the peculiar property that its letters can be grouped in pairs — A and Z, D and W, and I and R — that are opposite each other in the alphabet. That is, A and Z are at opposite ends of the alphabet, D and W are four letters in from their respective ends, and I and R are nine letters in from their respective ends. Can you name a well-known brand name in six letters that has this same property?
We're working on this, which means it's not immediately obvious, or we're all still groggy from too much food and computer games. (Edited to add: Ross solved it.)


You on the other hand have solved this immediately because you are magically delicious, wait, no, just plain smart!

And, having solved it, you've been smart enough to send your answer in to NPR using their delicate snowflake of a contact form, found--quick, before it melts!--here.

Photos. Well, as I don't know the answer (yet), I can hardly post something too hinty. Here, nonetheless, are some brand names.













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 1100 entries so once again last week yielded no winner. This week is, we believe, not easy. I'm predicting that the ranges from zero to 500 will fill up pretty quickly.

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). 

16 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

151-200 range please? If I'm correct, donation to PRC.

Thanks & Happy New Year!!

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll go with 351 - 400. I found this pretty easily, but the spelling is a little different than most would assume.

Word Woman said...

301-350 please.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a puzzling year ahead.

Mendo Jim said...

"Wizard" has a similar symmetry to the plan of the puzzle: pairs 1-6, 2-5 and 3-4.
Dr. S doesn't make clear (to me, at least) if this is necessary for the answer or if just 3 pairs anywhere in the word will work.

Paul said...

My answer does NOT follow the 1-6, 2-5, 3-4 pattern.

1,851 - 1,900 (WFP), please.

jan said...

I'll take 401-450, and WFPUSA, please.

zeke creek said...
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EKW said...

I will try 501-550.

Happy New Year!

PriscillaAA said...

I'll take 451-500; I think this is a tough one.

Joe Kupe said...

Multiple folks were at this for several hours at a Christmas gathering last evening and in the end we came up with nothing. 101 - 150 please, and yes we are still trying to solve!

Mendo Jim said...

Paul (here) and Blaine (there) both say that the pair pattern in "Wizard" is not necessary for this challenge.
Do they know something I don't?

David said...

1001 to 1050, WFP please.

Mendo Jim said...

Well, I have one name that is a musical (nearly everything is a "brand" these days) as well as makers (separately) of tractors, mobile homes, shoes and men's clothes.
However, I think that Will simply neglected to be rigorous about his instructions and intended the correct response to be in the symmetrical form of the word "Wizard," even though Blaine seems to have secret knowledge otherwise.
Therefore, fewer than 50 should be the reported Range.
Happy New Year all.

zeke creek said...

Thanks for the link. May I change my range to 51 -100? Philippines, please.

KDW said...

I submitted my answer only this morning because the past several days were taken up with moving. Can't find a cereal bowl yet, but am breakfasting happily on yogurt. This small apartment building is full of welcoming neighbors and is overseen by a conscientious landlord--a great contrast to my previous apartment. Happy New Year, Magdalen and Ross, and thanks for running this blog. Happy New Year, everyone!

Oh, and may I try 251-300, please?

Marie said...

201 please, finally got it