Sunday, April 13, 2014

Howdy Doody from California

Here's this week's NPR Puzzle:
Name a well-known American company. Insert a W somewhere inside the name, and you'll get two consecutive titles of popular TV shows of the past. What are they?
Interesting puzzle. We don't have an answer yet, partly because I'm in Pleasanton, California...and Ross is back home. So, while it might be the case that two minds are better than one, ours are 3,000 miles apart, which dulls the synergy just a bit. [Edited to add: Sure enough, as soon as Ross and I started to Skype, the answer came to me.]

We'll get there. And when we do, we'll have joined all of you in knowing the answer, if not in sending it in to the NPR Contact Us form, seen here dressed as an Easter Bunny.

Let's look at some pictures of where I am today:













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.

Hot turkey sandwiches are more popular than I'd realized. NPR got over 1400 correct entries. We, however, did not get a winner. Who knows about this week? If YOU do, you'll win a prize!

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:

zeke creek said...

Perhaps without an Hurricane Hariet passing the number will be between 651-700.

Mendo Jim said...

Another whilst-still-abed challenge.
Until I could get to the internet, I had some reservations about the "past" part of things since I never saw either show and hardly miss 'em.
I was the only one whe guessed too high for the Range last week (and not by much). This one is even easier, so I'll stay with 1500 +.

Magdalen had to deal with getting the show 3 hours late this week.

Word Woman said...

In honor of the 4-year-old Frenchman and his un, deux, trois, cat, cinq riddle, I will choose quatre-zero-un (401) through 450.

Bon chance!

Mendo Jim said...

WW:
I'm having trouble with the image "4-year-old Frenchman" brings to mind.

Word Woman said...

Trop mauvais, Mendoza Jim. Just a person of French descent, c'est vrai?

Word Woman said...

Mendo! Sacre bleu!

David said...

1001 t0 1050 please.

Mendo Jim said...

Women, too?

Paul said...

1,551 - 1,600 RC, please.

Henry BW said...

My usual 1 051 to 1 100, please.

curtisjohnsonimages said...


Jag tar, 1,351 - 1,400 vänligen.

KDW said...

May I have 701-750, please?

Joe Kupe said...

801 to 850 please. Two shows I can say I have never watched! But my parents did own something made by the company!

Marie said...

1401, thank you.