Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ay, and I Don't Want It?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name something in five letters that's generally pleasant, it's a nice thing to have. Add the letters A and Y, and rearrange the result, keeping the A and Y together as a pair. You'll get the seven-letter word that names an unpleasant version of the five-letter thing. What is it?
Another of the "Surely there can be too many answers?" puzzles. We've solved it, and we're declaring this a "No-Hinting" week. (Add an AY to "no hinting" and you get "don't let me see you do it.")

You need to know where to send your answer? Here's the link to the hibernating NPR Contact Us form.

And photos? You know me, I'm off the reservation when it comes to photos these days. If there's a connection, I'll tell you all about it on Thursday.













It was supposed to be all carousel horses, but I couldn't resist the dragon and sea monster at the bottom.

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

Around 200 entries last week, and Maggie Strasser is our winner. Ross will make a contribution to the Red Cross in your name, Maggie!

This week is, we believe, easier. But I take Mendo Jim's point that NPR isn't making it simple for people to find the Contact Us form, which must have some effect on the number of entries. So, calculate the wind chill where you are, the chance of a storm surge, and general post-New Year's lassitude, divide by the rate of New Year's Resolutions, and then pick a range.

16 comments:

jan said...

I'll take 401-450 again.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Maggie! I just made a $10 donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief in your honor.

Paul said...

1,651 - 1,700 (RC), please.

Word Woman said...

Magdalen, I note a bit of Tongan chic your way this week. 701- 750, please.

David said...

I don't have the answer yet, but I guess that 1001 to 1050 do (or at least will (WFP).

Anonymous said...

Is "ya" keeping the a and y together?

Anonymous said...

I guess the seven letter word is a real word. Have YOU ever used it?
49ers!!
Blogger doesn't want names again.
300 + I suppose.
Mendo Jim

zeke creek said...
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Word Woman said...

Zeke Creek, you can stick to your first pick this week but it means I will need to change my first pick :-).

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'll stick with 351 - 400 this week. To answer Mendo Jim's question, I know I've never used this word. And, I think I'd get strange looks if I did (or at least more strange looks than usual).

zeke creek said...

How about 501-550? I'm so poor at this that I can't even pay attention. Red Cross, please. :-)

Anonymous said...

Is a "layover" an unpleasant version of a "lover"?

Marie said...

Stab in the dark---851

Maggie Strasser said...

Thanks Ross!

251-300 please. And I still have no idea on this puzzle.

KDW said...

May I have 651-700, please?

Joe Kupe said...

Wow, two tough ones two weeks in a row! 601 - 650 please.