Sunday, January 19, 2014

Thou Whoreson Z, Thou Unnecessary Letter

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous person whose first and last names together contain four doubled letters — all four of these being different letters of the alphabet. Who is it? For example, Buddy Holly's name has two doubled letters, D and L.
There's a very obvious answer and at least one less obvious (but more likely to be the "right") answer. And then a lot of people whose "fame" can be debated. Have fun, everyone!

Send 'em all in, I say. And by "send 'em all in," I mean submit them to NPR using this delightful Contact Us form right here.

Whoo-hoo! Our own "Marie" (the cunning nom de blog comments of Christine from Kaizer, Oregon) was an awesome contestant. Very composed and smart and fast and wonderful. Way to go, Marie! We knew you first!! When people ask you, "How long have you been playing 'Pick a Range'?" you can tell them you date back to the puzzle book days. (Which we still have. These days, you guys are all about the charitable donation thing. And we applaud that.)

Today's photos are in honor of King Lear (quoted in this post's title; the quote satisfies the condition of four different doubled letters: N, S, T & U):

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).

Over 600 entries so last week goes to Mendo Jim. It's been a while, MJ--what prize would you like? And has anyone else noticed that we (shh...) haven't had a new disaster/tragedy recently? The Red Cross is a worthy charity at all times, though, and lord knows there will be tornadoes and hurricanes soon enough. Sadly...

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). 


Magdalen said...

If you're wondering why I would post photos of black boxes, I didn't. Flickr is, uh, flickring off at the moment. At least I'm pretty sure it's Flickr and not me.

KDW said...

Magdalen, I was indeed wondering about the photos. I am a Flickr naif: will the five black boxes magically become real photos at some point?

I solved today's puzzle with alarming speed, so I'll risk a 4-digit range--1,001 to 1,050, please.

Alex B. said...

Can't believe you found at least two distinct answers. I can only see one who's well-known at all. 701-750, please.

Maggie Strasser said...

501-550 please. Having a massive brain fart, cant come up with any decent names at the moment.

zeke creek said...

Z is for none other than Zzeke ccrreek. That should cover the famous. May I take 801-850?
Thank you, zeke.

Word Woman said...

601-650 please.

Marie said...

Thanks for the kind words Magdalen! I was surprised that my nerves did not show more ...apparently serious puzzling brings out the best in us! You are so right about the puzzle book days, very cute:)
I have not moved on to next week's challenge but I am going to go with 751.

Word Woman said...

Yes, Christinemarie, I just listened. Awesome.

Magdalen, be careful dissing Z, please. My daughter's name starts with Z...and, she has an umlaut!

Mendo Jim said...

Yes, a long time between wins. If you don't have Volume 4 of the Girl Scout book, I'll go with the Red Cross.

Funny. I got tied up with the SF-Seattle game and let the photos download for the first time in months. Then they were blank.

The name I have for this week came as an unexpected surprise and turns out to be a person whom I could not hold in less regard. Maybe there will be a nicer alternative.

Let's try 451 rhis week on the chance that there are more than one.

Anonymous said...

I'm gonna go lower than most this week with 351 - 400> The subject of the puzzle, while not entirely obscure, is not well known to a current audience.

Ross Beresford said...

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

Joe Kupe said...

We got two answers too! One much more famous than the other! We entered both. 301 to 350 please.