Sunday, April 6, 2014

Food, Glorious Food

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Split pea soup is something that might be found on a menu at a diner. The phrase contains each of the 5 vowels — A, E, I, O and U — exactly once. Name something else that might be served in a diner — also 3 words, consisting of 3, 6 and 8 letters, respectively — that contains each of the 6 vowels (A, E, I, O, U and Y) exactly once.
We have ways of making puzzles like this easy. I say that, and of course my way didn't work, so I've handed it off to Ross, who has even trickier ways! And then he hands it back to me with a refinement, and between us, we solve it.

You gotta love teamwork.

You also gotta love the fact that YOU have solved it without tricks and ploys and already sent the correct answer in to NPR via their cunning Contact Us form, now molting out of its winter plumage.

Ever since Flickr changed its system, I've had to be either more cunning or less cunning in my photo choices. Today, I'm going less. Way less. Here, then, is some pretty food:














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.

Last week's "love it or hate it" movie puzzle had just over 280 correct entries. (Did they say correct? I forget.) No one won. Which means nothing for this week's less tricky puzzle. Pick a range and see if you win!

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.. 

10 comments:

Joe Kupe said...

Something I would definitely order! Plus with a correct answer I am back in the win column! 501- 550 please.

David said...

1001 to 1050, please. I actually got this one.

Anonymous said...

It has been a while since a solve-it-and-then-get-out-of-bed challenge.
Hundreds of thousands will get this answer, but I'm thinking only about 1500 or so will submit it.

No name box for Mendo Jim and maleficium for a robot word.

curtisjohnsonimages said...

I'm going with my usual351 - 400 just because I don't thing this is an obvious answer, like pancakes or meatloaf.

Sarah said...

I'll go with 901-950 since I got this with no help in about 2 minutes. (I figured out the last word, then worked backwards.)

Word Woman said...

Yeah, PDE, 1101-1150, if you please.

zeke creek said...

851-900, please. The dish pix look Heavenly.

Paul said...

How does Mendo Jim get fun words like maleficium? I'm getting a bunch of boring numbers.

951-1000 for the Red Cross, please.

That old maleficium has me in it's spell,
That old maleficium that you weave so well ...

Henry BW said...

My usual 1051-1100, please.

legolambda said...

As zeke noted, phabulous phood photos, Magdalen and Ross.

I'll order the blue plate special, 1151-1200, with a dollop of bleu cheese dressing on the side. (As George Carlin wondered, "Where's all the blue food?!" {Blueberries don't count. They're purple.}

Well, at least my plate is blue, fittingly, because I likely blew guessing the correct range.

LegoIndigo