Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fiddling While Rome Puzzles?

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a capital of a country. Change the first letter to name a familiar musical instrument. What is it?
Solved it.

This is a NO HINT puzzle. Remember--that means I shouldn't be able to recognize your hint as such. Want to give the game away? Go over to Blaine's blog. :-)

Of course, you can get as explicit as you want when you send the answer in to the cute & quirky Contact Us form at NPR! (In fact, I recommend it.)

Photos of Portugal. (Trust me, there's no instrument call the "hisbon.") However, there is a connection between the correct answer and Portugal. I will explain on Thursday.













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.

Are we going deaf, or did they not announce a range? We'll double check when the audio is available--or perhaps Dr. Shortz would care to comment?--but at the moment, we're leaving this bit blank.

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.. 

12 comments:

Paul said...

I'll go with 601 - 650 again, for the sheer perversity of it.

zeke creek said...

How about the ancient misbon? :) So sorry about last week. I will guess 351-400, since there are two legit answers to split the entries.

Mendo Jim said...

I'll file an FOIA demand for the Range number tomorrow. There is the possibility that Dr. S is retaliating for my past criticism by purposely ignoring my 1900+ guess from last week.

I have two answers so far for this week.

Since my usual reference book for such things was published, Christmas Island has changed either its capital or its name from The Settlement to Flying Fish Cove.

In 2010, the listenership of the two hours of Weekend Edition Sunday was estimated to be just short of 3 million.
I wonder why it is so hard to get 1000 Puzzle answers.

Word Woman said...

1001-1050. Looks like Will is going for higher numbers. Maybe this week was soooo low they "forgot" to announce it...

So, so easy.

Joe Kupe said...

We listened closely, we did not hear it. I think the on air quiz went longer than expected and you can here some edits in the on air piece that played so it may have inadvertently been left out. I got an answer pretty quickly, 2001 - 2050 please!

Word Woman said...

Joe, you are likely correct about it being an editing error. I relistened and heard the edits you mentioned.

Mendo Jim said...

Anyone else remember one part of this puzzle from an earlier one? Perhaps with a singular/plural issue?

I want to start a group with a suikinkutsu, a whamola and a schwyzerörgeli. And one and a two.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'm assuming that they'll accept two, or maybe all three, of the answers that folks are submitting. I submitted the two I found as part of a single entry. Since the pool of potential answers is triple, I'll go higher than usual with 1,351 - 1,400.

Henry BW said...

Since even I found one of the answers on Sunday morning, it must be easy. Are there really two others I missed?
My usual 1051-1100, please.

David said...

My unusual 1501 to 1550 range, please.

Marie said...
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Marie said...

751. no rhyme nor reason.