Sunday, July 28, 2013

NPR Puzzle 7/28/13 -- NPR Makes it Big...Initially!

Here's this week's NPR Sunday Puzzle:
In three words, name a product sold mainly to women that has the initials N-P-R. The answer is a common phrase.
Easy-peasy. A nice, simple puzzle for a sleepy Sunday.

So easy, you've already sent the answer in to the NPR Contact Us form, found here.

Hey, I've got good news. I'm healthy. I had a final CT scan on Tuesday and met with a cardiothoracic surgeon who said my lung infection had cleared up enough that there was no point in operating. Also, no more antibiotics. Yippee! 

In other news, school went well. We stayed in a gorgeous house in Maine, on the water and very comfortable for our house party of eight. Everyone had a good time and there's talk of trying it again next summer, only without the school part. That would mean I'd get to go on the whale watch trip with everyone else...

Okay, so time for photos. Let's see what I can find, shall we?







That was fun.
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 to The One Fund Boston (or the American Red Cross, currently helping communities hit by tornadoes) in the winner's honor.

The last time we played, there were over 700 correct entries, and Paul was our winner. Sorry not to have gotten in touch sooner, Paul, but your prize is still waiting for you. Let us know what you'd like, and we'll get on that. Everyone else can pick a range for next week!

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). 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sabbatical Is On!

Hi --

I had a bit of a hiccup today when my primary care physician (who's lovely, by the way) thought I couldn't wait until after school (a ten-day residency starting next Friday) to be evaluated for lung surgery.

Not good news. Luckily, my PCP took the time to meet with a cardio-thoracic surgeon and they both looked at my scans. The surgeon (who sounds lovely) believes I may be a candidate for VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopy--basically, they stick a teeny camera inside my lung to find all the remaining pockets of infection and clear them out) but that I don't have miss school.

And, yes, before you start counting on both hands, I am collecting specialists at a great rate. What can I say? I present an interesting case...

Anyway, Ross and I will be able to take our vacation as planned, so the blog is officially on sabbatical until Sunday, July 28.

Unless I have surgery that week. In which case, Ross will let you know.

I hope you're all having lovely summers yourselves.

Cheers --

Magdalen

Let's Go With Something More Patriotic, Shall We?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
It involves a spoonerism, in which you reverse the initial consonant sounds in one phrase to make another phrase. For example, if you spoonerize "light rain," you get "right lane." Name part of a truck in two words; spoonerize it, and you'll name something FEMA uses. What is it?
Ross pointed out that if you Google "FEMA" the third auto-option you see is "FEMA Flood Maps." Which is the answer of course: MUD FLAPS & FLOOD MAPS.

No news yet on my next square on the Medical Adventure Game board. Even the planned sabbatical for the blog is up in the air. I'll post something on or before Sunday so you'll know what's going on.

Photos. Well, I'm sorry, but I cannot be bothered to post a photo of the iconic "reclining woman" mud flap decoration. And how interesting can flood maps look? So here's some fireworks to get everyone in the right spirit for the holiday. (You may want to whistle or sing John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever march, with or without the iconic "alternate" lyrics. Whatever gets you in the mood...)







I hope everyone has a happy, healthy, safe & joyous Fourth of July!

Time for
Here are this week's picks:
Fewer than 50
 51 - 100
101 - 150
151 - 200
201 - 250
251 - 300
301 - 350
351 - 400
401 - 450 -- Joe Kupe
451 - 500
 
501 - 550 -- EKW
551 - 600 -- Curtis
601 - 650 -- skydiveboy
651 - 700 -- Mendo Jim
701 - 750 -- Paul
751 - 800 -- Magdalen
801 - 850 -- Word Woman
851 - 900
901 - 950
951 - 1,000 -- Ross
1,001 - 1,050 -- David
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

 > 5,000
 > 5,000 + 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 still just like having fine print).