Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cedric is Not the Entertainer You Seek

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a famous entertainer: two words, four letters in each word. You can rearrange these eight letters to spell the acronym of a well-known national organization, and the word that the first letter of this acronym stands for. Who's the entertainer, and what's the organization?
We don't have the answer...yet. I'll edit this post when we do. Edited to add: Ross solved it today (Monday) with a little help from me. He got the entertainer and I got the acronym. Teamwork!

You've totally beaten us to the finish line, which I can tell because you've already sent your answer in using the NPR Contact Us form, seen here in its all-white winter ermine form.

In the meantime, here's where we are (symbolically) followed by where we're going tomorrow on vacation:














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.

We have a winner! Word Woman won with "around 700" entries. Let us know, WW, if you want a puzzle book (really! We still have some!) or a contribution to the Red Cross, which is presumably helping families forced out of their homes by the recent series of snowstorms. (In our area, it's house fires caused when the pipes freeze and the homeowners think it makes sense to use a blowtorch.)

Have fun guessing a range for next week, everyone. There will be a Thursday post--we're still wired while we're having fun.

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:

Alex B. said...

Part of me loves this answer, and part of me winces at a tiny bit of inelegance. 151-200.

Word Woman said...
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Mendo Jim said...

Sorry to say that I am running behind M and R with no answer yet.

I have been chuckling for a day over Alex B.'s comment. Imagine a "bit of inelegance" in one of Dr. S's puzzles!
Unfortunately this can't be considered a hint.

There does seem to be a difference in the wording of the challenge. Will said "plus the word" not "and the word." Might make a difference.

Word Woman said...

Thanks for sending a donation to the Red Cross, Magdalen and Ross. Hope you are having a good holiday.

I'd like to revise my guess downward to 351-400. Thanks.

In the 60's here today ;-).

David said...

501 to 550. I don't have the answer yet, so it must be hard. (WFP).

curtisjohnsonimages said...

My guess is Fewer than 50, now that I've solved it. I think, for most people, this one will be close to as hard as the digital clock one from a couple weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

I guess 101-150. I solved it earlier this week, and spent too much time on four-letter names of entertainers. I think it will not have many responses.

Also it was a holiday weekend some in the U.S. Presidents' Day (Washington's Birthday).

Marie said...

Going big, relatively, 401.

EKW said...

201 - 250, please.

Paul said...

51-100 donation