Sunday, December 1, 2013

Somehow I Doubt It's Twerking...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a dance. Change one of the letters to a U. The resulting letters can be rearranged to name an event at which this dance is done. What is it?
Easy-peasy, presumably to make up for the low numbers of entries in past weeks.

It's so easy, in fact, that you're in danger of forgetting to send in your answer. Do it NOW, using the shy, little NPR Contact Us form found here.

We here at Crossword Man want to thank all our readers--the regulars, the occasional visitors and the lurkers (and Will Shortz!)--for making it fun to write this blog. We hope you're having a wonderful last day to the holiday weekend.

Gosh, I'm sneaky. All of the photos below--you can click through to see where they're of--relate to a biography on Wiki. I'll explain on Thursday whose biography and how that person is intimately related to the dance of the puzzle.

 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).

Around 150 entries, so KDW won two weeks in a row. Same prize, KDW? This week seems ridiculously easy. 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). 


Paul said...

1,501 - 1,550 WFP, please.

Anonymous said...

You should not post copyrighted photos without permission.

zeke creek said...

1001-1050, please. Say, Ano, how about "Citizen's arrest"?

Magdalen said...

Hi, Anonymous. (And everyone else.)

Here's what I do with photos. I go to and I only look for photos to which their copyright holders have provided a Creative Commons license. That usually shows up as "some rights reserved" and it suggests that provided the photograph is linked back to the original Flickr page, I'm allowed to use the photograph for non-commercial purposes.

None of the photographs today lack the Creative Commons license, so I'm not sure which photograph you're concerned about. Are they all copyrighted? Yes, of course. But owning the copyright in something doesn't mean that no one can use it ever for any purpose. The Creative Commons license search feature at Flickr grants me permission without the copyright holder doing anything more about it.

We take intellectual property rights very seriously here, so if you know of a photo that was not covered by the Creative Commons license, please let us know and we'll take it down.

I hope that clarifies the matter.

Anonymous said...

My understanding of the Creative Commons license is that it includes giving attribution to the original author (at least that's how it reads on Flickr). But I could be wrong.

Word Woman said...

1001-1050 on this one, please.

Magdalen said...

Anonymous --

Now you've shifted your concern from the violation of the copyright to the question of attribution. I freely admit that I take the position that having the photograph linked back to its Flickr page is sufficient attribution. If it isn't, then a copyright holder is welcome to ask for more, or ask me to remove a photograph, which I'd happily do.

Mendo Jim said...

Trouble with the pictures eh?
Not me since I only see the top inch or so of the first one.
Certainly didn't spend much time on this one, getting it about the time what-her-name tells me what to do when I figure it out.
So there are three factors for the Range:
You listen to the show (or perhaps read it online).
You figure out the answer.
You really want to talk to Will and Rachel(I knew I would think of it) on the radio.
If at least 5000 people listened this morning then the Range is only limited by Number 3.
So I'll take 5000 +.

David said...

I'll go with the 2001 to 2050 range, please, and go with the Red Cross if I win.

Anonymous said...

Just saying... I found your blog because I wanted to check the instructions for today's NPR puzzle again, and although I figured it out, I thought last week's was easier! As soon as Will said a tree (hint: two words), the answer popped into my head. And the week before I didn't get it because I thought he said "choral" but he said "quarrel". Thanks for posting the puzzle for those of us who needed to double check what we heard.

zeke creek said...

Magdalen. I will concede my range to ww and pick 1051-1100. Thank you. Please remember our friends in the Philipines.

Anonymous said...

Really easy once I sat down to do the puzzle. I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400.

Marie said...

1951 please. Thanks for keeping this blog going.

Anonymous said...

No. Attribution is still concerning license. CC is a form of copyright. Please remove my peacock photo. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

On second thought, go ahead and leave it. Remember in the future that attribution means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit. That last part is, I believe, important. I didn't realize the peacock photo wasn't copyrighted, thus my initial comments.

Word Woman said...

Zeke Creek, you were there first! I concede the 1001-1050 range back to you and will go with 1201-1250.

Word Woman said...

There is a miner problem with the first image :-).

Joe Kupe said...

1451 - 1500 please! Me and Leo Sayer are going out ot lunch now!

zeke creek said...

Living so close to Annie Oakley's North Star home I've recentky been majoring in minors.

KDW said...

Yes, Magdalen, same prize, please. And I'll try 901-950 in the range-picking department.

Thanks so much for running this blog!

EKW said...

Let's try 701-750.

Ross Beresford said...

Another $10 donation has been given to the Red Cross Typhoon Appeal in KDW's honor.