Monday, February 24, 2014

Oh, Goody, Another City Puzzle!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Write down these six words:
  • Cupid
  • Yoo-hoo
  • Eyeball
  • Entrance
  • Seafood
  • Wiper
The six words have something unusual in common. And when you've figured out what it is, that unusual something will suggest the name of a well-known U.S. city. Name that city.
Not hard. I'm more than a day late, so you've all solved it already...and sent your answer in to NPR using their chameleon Contact Us form here.

Here's my photo array. See what you can make of this:

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.

Alex B. won with "around 200" entries. What would you like, Alex B., a contribution or a puzzle book? Let me know at the above email address. And we all get to go again. Oh, and because I was sick yesterday--yes, and traveling--there are two posts with range picks in the comments, so check both places to be safe. (So far, 851-900 and 1001-1050 have been picked.)

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.. 


Anonymous said...

This one was surprisingly easy. I didn't like "Yoo-hoo" as a clue word. I think there are better choices for the second word, choices that would make the answer less obvious.

Still, I'll pick a range. Based on the city that is, I assume, the answer (though there's also one in my current home state), I'll go with 1,601-1,650.


Alex B. said...

Yay! Red Cross, please, and I'll donate some blood this week as well.

Word Woman said...

151-200, please. How was Hilton Head?

zeke creek said...

851-900 please. The Red Cross Is as worthy a recipient as one may find. @ ww music is a dream. :)

Henry BW said...

I predict a low entry. Will only read out the list of words once (probably because he was afraid that reading them twice would make a certain property too obvious) so many listneers will not have been able to write down the list. Only those sufficienly motivated to go to the NPR or other website for a copy of the list will be able to compete.

Meanwhile, I think I have spotted the "unusual property." That seems to point directly to a placename (in several states) but I could not conceivably regard any of those places as a "well-known city."

My usual 1051-1100, please.

Mendo Jim said...

When you get to be my age, you tend to challenge your short-term memory just to prove you still have it.
On Sunday, Dr. S gave a list of words with no warning about pencil and paper. So, lying in bed (my age again), I tried to commit the words to memory. The fact that the good doctor didn't repeat the challenge (for the second week in a row) didn't help.
I managed to remember five of them to write down when I got up, missing "entrance." Not bad.
Getting them in order would have been tougher, but nothing was mentioned about that. Whoops.

Then looking for "something unusual in common" slowed me down some more.

I'd say the PM is back in form.

251+, please.

Now for the real challenge: Getting Blogger to give me a name block and then figuring out if I am a robot.

Word Woman said...

@zekecreek, it all makes sense once you know the answer. I am going to mark it on my calendar now!

Anonymous said...

Even though this puzzle was easier than some recent ones, the overall trend is for fewer entries. Hence, I'll pick 351 - 400.

Ross Beresford said...

Congratulations Alex B!

A $10 donation has gone to the Red Cross for Disaster Relief.

Hilton Head is great to visit, especially coming from the would-be-Narnia here. We were on our best behavior, hoping to get invited again in another two years.

Joe Kupe said...

501 to 550 please. And like several other puzzle answers I have not lived near this place, but have visited the clue and the place many times!

Marie said...

601 thank you