Sunday, March 30, 2014

Another Movie Puzzle--Woot Woot!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
This week's challenge comes from listener Mike Reiss, a former writer and producer for The Simpsons. The film Wild Wild West had three W's as its initials. What prominent film of last year had two W's as its initials?
Ross gets the "W" on this one (W as in win). I think this one deserves a No-Hints limit.

True winners send their answers in to NPR, using its Contact Us form like a March Madness bracket form.

Is it Spring yet where you live? We're still waiting here in the Northeast. In the spirit of the season-yet-to-be (and to avoid even the suggestion of hinting about the puzzle!), here are some photos of early Spring:

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.

I won! The stated range was just over 900, and that was my range. I have won in a long time. Which should give everyone else hope. Pick a range for this week!

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.. 


Word Woman said...

I will spring for 951-1000 please.

Maggie Strasser said...

601-650 please.
(Contribution should I win)

and I came up with 2 answers. Wonder which one to go with?

Mendo Jim said...

Was that NASA Dr film "With Weight?"

I am having trouble so far with WW AS its title vs. WW IN its title.

I have three movies with WW IN its title and one with WWW. None with WW AS.

Will did say AS and "Wild Wild West" (the movie) fits.

Word Woman might have the advantage here.

Anonymous said...

I came up with one answer that fits the puzzle and one that almost fits the puzzle. I'm gonna go with the one that truly fits, and ignore the more prominent almost-ran, and pick 351 - 400.

HB said...


David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Anonymous said...

Either I'm missing something, or the wording of the question is vague. The best answer I came up with doesn't work according to my understanding of English. Since so many others have multiple answers, I'll assume I'm missing something. But curiosity will be gnawing at me until Thursday, when I can share my answer and see what others think.

As for a range, I'll take 451-500.


Word Woman said...

Mendo Jim, MM MM good.;-)

zeke creek said...

Waka waka, Fozeke Creek chooses 1451-1500.

Joe Kupe said...

301 to 350. This is interesting because the one movie that truly fits rose to prominence in 2013 but in reality is a 2012 release. I have not entered it yet, but am leaning strongly that way.

Anonymous said...


You've hit on the problem I encountered. I didn't want to say as much as I thought doing so might be tantamount to hinting, but I checked my film against Amazon, IMDB, Barnes & Noble, and the official site for the film in question, and all confirm it's a 2012 film.

But then I realized (after my previous post) that my answer must be wrong for reasons that I'll explain on Thursday. For a while, I really thought that the PM had messed up on this one, but then I realized that my answer was wrong on so many levels that it was far more likely that I was simply stumped. Point to the PM--at least tentatively pending confirmation Thursday or Sunday.


Anonymous said...

When Willy the Short gets cute, I tend to get a headache.
I may or may not have figured out some of the clues, but am going to let this challenge slide.
After going through two years of movie titles, my headache got even worse: What a bunch of dreck and wasted celluloid.
I am torn between fewer than fifty and more than 5 thousand. Flip: fewer than fifty.

Blogger with holds name box again,
Mendo Jim

Paul said...

If it's more than 5,000 and it sets a new record, please add Word Woman's other initials to 'record' and rearrange to determine where to send my prize.

Anonymous said...

As the perfect antidote to my headache, there appeared in my trusty rural mailbox this morning a door stop.
This door stop is the 2000 page "Chambers Biographical Dictionary," mine by dint of savvy Range guessing.
It has a cover graced by a Georges Seurat painting. It is great!

Thanks to Magdalen and Ross.

No name box again Mendo Jim

KDW said...

Darned if I can solve the puzzle, which certainly has overtones of April Foolery. But I'll give range-guessing a cautious try with 151-200, please.