Sunday, March 2, 2014

Oscar Puzzle Day

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the first name of a nominee for Best Actor or Best Actress at Sunday's Oscars. You can rearrange these letters into a two-word phrase that describes his or her character in the film for which he or she is nominated. Who is this star, and what is the phrase?
Very topical. I hope you all solve it early and then watch to see if this person wins an Oscar tonight.

Oh, and  don't forget to enter your answer using the handy Oscar Ballot Form uh, NPR Contact Us Form found here.














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.

Zeke Creek won with the 851-900 range, so we'll contribute to the Red Cross for you, ZC. My apologies for missing Curtis's pick of 351-400 when I compiled the range chart. Won't happen again, I promise. :-)

This week: easy? hard? squishy? Take your pick and see what you get! And good luck tonight with your Oscar pools!

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.. 


9 comments:

Maggie Strasser said...

301-350 range please.

I've only seen Dallas Buyers Club, so I have to guess occupations of all the other characters.

Anonymous said...

Are there ten or twenty actors and actresses to choose from?

Mendo Jim

Fifth try to pass the robot test
Sixth ditto
Seventh ditto

jan said...

If my answer is correct, the wording of this puzzle is bogus. 251-300, please.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please. Pobably too high, but ...

Word Woman said...
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Word Woman said...

451-500 please.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I usually get around 95% of these puzzles by Sunday afternoon. I still can't find anything for this one that doesn't sound really contrived. So, I'll go with Fewer than 50 .

Mendo Jim said...

Curtis: "Really contrived" sounds about right for the only answer I came up with.
I still think 20 possibilities are in play.
The awards are for Best ... in a leading role and Best ... in a supprting role.
I was leaning toward Barkhad Abdi in "Captain Phillips" who lost his bark (a kind of boat) in the attack. "Had bark."

zeke creek said...

401 -450 please. thank you for making the donation in my name.