Sunday, February 2, 2014

Come Ona My House...

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
It's a two-part question: Where in most homes will you see the words SHE and HIS, and what word will you see right after HIS?
This is not immediately obvious to us, in case you were wondering.

Oh, wait, you weren't wondering because you've solved it already! And sent the answer in to NPR here ("here" being a misleading suggestion that the contact form is readily visible).

Well, at the risk of giving the game away without realizing it, I'm going to show you some rooms in houses. Enjoy!















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 300 entries. WTF? No one guessed lower than 500, so we all lost. Better luck next week, I guess.

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.. 

11 comments:

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I personally don't think the "place" in a home is common. No one our neighborhood has one, and only one person in our immediate circle of friends has such a place in her home. And, while at least one of the items is common, I don't know that many folks keep both these items in their homes. I'll go with 151 - 200

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I personally don't think the "place" in a home is common. No one our neighborhood has one, and only one person in our immediate circle of friends has such a place in her home. And, while at least one of the items is common, I don't know that many folks keep both these items in their homes. I'll go with 151 - 200.

Word Woman said...

101-150 SHE said.

zeke creek said...

201-250, please. If those are pictures of your home I could perhaps steer you in the direction of a decent interior decorator. :-)
Zeke the jester.

Anonymous said...

I sure hope you guys don't pay much for Blogger. I'll be back.
Mendo Jim

David said...

501 to 550, please. WFP. Keeping with our recent double character theme, my not a robot first "word" is 4 consecutive double digits.

Mendo Jim said...

My great aunt and uncle had one of these places in the 1940's and I can't remember one since.
Will is going to have to deal with the choice of the word "most."

I have a "she" but my "his" is not followed by a word.

I'll take 300+.

EKW said...

251-300 please. A very uninteresting puzzle.

KDW said...

I'll try 351-400, please.

Joe Kupe said...

We have multiple of these in the house and so do most people we know! 401 -450 please, thanks!

Mendo Jim said...

It ocurred to me this morning that for some reason I was thinking the puzzle called for a whole
room in the house.
For a while I was looking for something besides a waSHEr in the laundry room.
As I mentioned, my great uncle had a beautifully decorated and (for a young boy) mysterious room at the back of the house for one main purpose; he was Irish through and through.
He was also the paymaster for the City of Los Angeles for 20 years or more. It was a very important postion and he moved among the powers of that burgeoning city.
I have one of his business cards which included his home address and telephone number!
Anyway, I think the "place" is much smaller and more common and frequently has the device named by the "word."
My "his" is not followed by a word, but an appropriate state abbreviatiopn.