Sunday, April 20, 2014

And Now...For the Rest of the Tree Canopy...

Thank you, Ross, for the placeholder blog post earlier.

And in case you're late, here's the NPR Contact Us form for ease of entering.

Here are some photos culled from Flickr's extensive collection of "forest" pix:













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.

Someone watched The West Wing and House, M.D. NPR got around 680 correct entries. Zeke Creek won. (I assume you want a contribution to the Red Cross, Zeke?) This week seems easier, but who can say. Oh, wait, I know: YOU CAN. Pick a range!

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.. 

14 comments:

Mendo Jim said...

Well, THAT was the shortest lived comment I never made.
I guess it is between CWM and me.

Anonymous said...

It seems likely that, with only two comments to Ross's stand-in post and one here, there is some kind of glitch with Blogger.
Or a massive lack of interest.

Mendo Jim

Magdalen said...

I'd suspect the Blogger glitch, except you've been able to post your comments, MJ, and you're the Blogger Glitch Magnet...

Maybe everyone took Easter off from the puzzle?

Word Woman said...

Easter and then tree hugging today for inspiration...

How about 451-500?

And Happy 44th Earth Day! Glorious 80 degrees here and the crabapple, cherry, and plum trees are resplendent and fragrant.

jan said...

Didn't seem that easy to me. I'll take 401-450.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please.

Anonymous said...

Kind of tree: Dead
Thing it had: Borer
Haircare product from Revlon: Beard Doer.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I haven't found the answer yet, and I usually get it quickly. 351 - 400 and a donation please.

Word Woman said...

Some generic answers:

sap + pine = nappies (or a loblolly pine)

sap + elm = maples (so that's where the syrup comes from;-) )

Mendo Jim said...

Ever since Will the Short propounded the idea that pine cones can be found on fir trees
(7/17/2011) I have been reluctant to trust him, arboreally speaking.

The seed of that feeling was planted, so to speak, several years earlier when he claimed that conifers were kinds of firs, not vice versa, then dismissed those who corrected him as "purists" or somesuch.

I am still boggled by the immense number of possibilities in this challenge and probably won't take any more time to work on it.

I think 100 + is reasonable.

Joe Kupe said...

Not as easy as Will thought. Wednesday afternoon and still struggling! 151 - 200 please.

Barbara said...

Got it Wednesday evening, 51 - 100 please.

I think very few puzzle solvers had a good solution pop into their minds. I saw brand names for several days and nothing fit, and had letters that needed to be rearranged.

While the brand name is well known, the product wasn't around where I was.

zeke creek said...

301 to 350 please.
my buddy William Jefferson C. says the answer is pine roots which anagrams tube porno site.

Marie said...

Idk the answer, so 201...