Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ssss Says the Sssnake...

Here is this week's NPR Puzzle:
What word, containing two consecutive S's, becomes its own synonym if you drop those S's?
Ross--wait, Ro--solved it.

I'm declaring this a no-hint puzzle, which (as you'll recall) means don't let me catch you hinting.

But no need to be coy when you send it in to NPR using their well-camouflaged Contact Us form here.

If you have solved the puzzle AND if you have a long memory for trivia AND if you're over 30, then there's a chance you'll get the photo array this week. I'll explain all on Thursday.













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 600 entries so Ross wins (in the sense that he doesn't have to make a donation in anyone's honor, unless he feels like it). There's always next week...

By the way, I've revised the fine print so it's consistent with what we actually do these days.

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."), the prize will be awarded to the entrant who picked the range including that precise number, e.g., 551 - 600 wins if the announced range is "around 600." We retain the discretion to award the prize to an entrant who picked the adjacent range (e.g., 601-650) if that entrant had not already won a prize. 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 January, 2014, this rule is officially even more complicated than it's ever been, but at least it's consistent with what we actually do.. 

10 comments:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

This one took me maybe a minute to solve, compared to about 36 hours for last week's puzzle. So, I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400.

Maggie Strasser said...

501-550 range again, please.

I eventually got last weeks but again, no clue yet on this one.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

This one took me a minute or less, compared to 36 hours for last week's puzzle. So, I'll go with 1,351 - 1,400.

Mendo Jim said...

I guess I need someone to tell me whether "Addison McConnell" does not have four doubled letters or whether the Senate Minority Leader is not well known.
Will Shortz overreached even his normal arrogance with "the only answer that works is ...."
Not only do I know it was submitted (I did it) but it also changes the "number of correct responses."
I am thinking that one answer to today's challenge, a body part, might be applied to the good doctor.

David said...

MJ, I like your answer, but I guess that Will believes he is well known as "Mitch" but not well known as "Addison". I certainly didn't know it.

1001 to 1050, please (WFP).

Word Woman said...

1201-1250 please.

zeke creek said...

701-750, please.

Paul said...

666, why not? RC or WFP, flip a coin.

Alex B. said...

Do I get a prize for understanding why you picked the photos you did?

Henry BW said...

It should not have taken me two days to solve a puzzle that I already knew the answer to.
My usual 1051-1100, please.