Sunday, March 16, 2014

Someone's Been Shopping!

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Take the brand name of a popular grocery item, written normally in upper- and lower-case letters. Push two consecutive letters together, without otherwise changing the name in any way. The result will name a make of car. What is it?
This is a great puzzle for working on together and out loud. Or it isn't and that's just the way we solved it.

You, of course, being a wildly efficient puzzle solver, knew the answer as soon as you'd heard it. And you've sent your entry in already, even before I've typed out the URL for the NPR Contact Us form here. (Wow! That's fast.)

Yay! I get to look at car photos. Or maybe supermarket photos...? No, cars are it:













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.

Over 150 entries, which means Mendo Jim wins. Hey, Mendo--would you like a real prize? We have a copy of Chambers Biographical Dictionary available. Weighs a ton, so useful as a reference guide that doubles as a door stop. Or you can have an only-slightly-dusty puzzle book, or a contribution in your name to the Red Cross. (The temptation to find a charity associated with looking for the Malaysian airline is considerable, but avoided.)

This week is easier than last week. That much I know. Pick a range and see what you know!

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:

Maggie Strasser said...

Going with 151-200 this round.
Donation, as usual, if I'm right.

Now, if I could only win Mega Millions as easily!

Mendo Jim said...

"Push together?" Come on.

Range will be based on interest, not difficulty.
Let's say 1901-1950.

The biographical dictionary sounds neat if the shipping cost is doable (maybe media mail).

Taking me longer to deny my robothood than to solve the pz.

David said...

I'll go back to my 1001 to 1050 please, donation.

EKW said...

This is a very easy puzzle, but not interesting enough for a big response.
I'll guess 451-500.

Word Woman said...

I auto guess 501-550. Thanks.

David said...

Although it is nice when someones wins the "Guess the Range", I hope no one is car-wrecked this week.

Paul said...

601 - 650

zeke creek said...

901-950, please.
@MJ 'push together' flashback to Lamaze classes.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

Once I came upon the answer, I realized I had been simply overlooking the obvious. 351 - 400 for me this week.

Joe Kupe said...

After two weeks in a row of not getting the answer I'm back on track! 401 - 450 please.

Marie said...


801-850, please and thank you!